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Old 12-19-2015, 02:11 PM   #1611
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Hey guys! Its been a while since I've been on here but I was about to post myself and I came across this. I just bought a 1987 290 with a custom Kendon trailer. I bought a smart car as well! Its the ideal combo for me. If I can figure out how to post a pic I will. The trailer is easy to move around by hand and the smart car is less than 2,000 pounds. Not the V8 like my other vehicles but it does the job.
Welcome Cody!
Sounds like a fun combo!
You should start a thread for your rig so you can share it with everyone!
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Old 12-19-2015, 02:17 PM   #1612
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Had Honeydo list to finish, but I am off to kick butt on my 345... unless the forecasted rain arrives early!

Fingers crossed!
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Old 12-19-2015, 03:02 PM   #1613
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Had Honeydo list to finish, but I am off to kick butt on my 345... unless the forecasted rain arrives early!
You let your Hondydo list interfere with working on your motorhome?

Bummer
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:17 PM   #1614
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You let your Hondydo list interfere with working on your motorhome?

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Not really...
She gave me a list of things she wants done... and she will buy me 6 new tires for the Airstream....
She knows my weakspots, what can I say....
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:24 PM   #1615
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Not really...
She gave me a list of things she wants done... and she will buy me 6 new tires for the Airstream....
She knows my weakspots, what can I say....
who will break the news to her that you have 8 tires?
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:42 PM   #1616
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So, today was a mostly good day!
Things in the mailbox...
This little book...


And my LED Clearance lights!!


Went to storage...
Reinstalled the House Batteries...
Managed to get the last plug out of the pass side exhaust manifold with pentrating fluid, heat and a nut easyout thingy...
Looked like this..



Reinstalled the Air Injection pipes into the exhaust manifolds.... but they hit the structure... so ended up swapping sides... put what they said was left, onto right... now its good, but they face backwards, so I need longer rubber pipes. No problemo...

Replaced the rubber pipes at the Mechanical fuel pump...
Zip tied my newly rerouted power cables to be safe for now...
Put the Holley Fuel Pressure regulator on...

Took this pic of my glovebox switch and fuseblock... for fun.



Took this pic of my momentary switch next to the ignition switch...
What was in that hole to the left???



Crossed my fingers, turned on my battery isolators....
I have house lights!
Put the key in the ignition...
And the engine cranks!
The rear compressor is running..
But no start...
No fuel pressure.

I did press the emergency start button, and I confirm, that the drivers firewall solenoid clicks...

Its was raining... So I just sat in the drivers seat, and enjoyed the moment!
What IS it about being in an Airstream when its raining????

That moment passed, and I checked the rear fuel pump was running, which it was.
Pulled the feed line from the tank, and no fuel.
After a couple of checks, I think I pinched the main fuel line when I pulled up the tank.
Tomorrow will tell!
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:51 PM   #1617
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who will break the news to her that you have 8 tires?
She knows... I told her... I have 2 that are only 5 years old...
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:59 PM   #1618
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So, today was a mostly good day!

Went to storage...
Reinstalled the House Batteries...
Managed to get the last plug out of the pass side exhaust manifold with pentrating fluid, heat and a nut easyout thingy...
Looked like this..



Reinstalled the Air Injection pipes into the exhaust manifolds.... but they hit the structure... so ended up swapping sides... put what they said was left, onto right... now its good, but they face backwards, so I need longer rubber pipes. No problemo...
I am amazed you got those plugs out in 1 piece. Whenever I tried that I found them to be rust and heat welded.
Were the air injectors made for the stock manifold versus headers. Stock manifold is so much thicker in that location.
Sounds like you had a good day, other than the pinched fuel line. Hopefully all you need to do is lower the tank a bit to free the line, instead of completely dropping it.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:17 AM   #1619
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:28 AM   #1620
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That moment passed, and I checked the rear fuel pump was running, which it was.
Pulled the feed line from the tank, and no fuel.
After a couple of checks, I think I pinched the main fuel line when I pulled up the tank.
Tomorrow will tell!
Ouch, that must have given you a sinking feeling inside. How much fuel do you have in the tank? Also do you remember how far the fuel pick up was from the bottom of the tank?
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On my 1984 the hole on the left of the ignition switch is for a light that turns on when the air compressor is running.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:42 AM   #1622
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On my 1984 the hole on the left of the ignition switch is for a light that turns on when the air compressor is running.
That's interesting. My 84 310 didn't have an indicator like that and the 1986 345 didn't have the indicator either. I wonder if it was added by a PO?

The only problem with indicators like that is it doesn't really tell you the compressor is running, it just indicates that there is power to the compressor. If you're not in the habit of watching the pressure gauge for the suspension then it could be a long time before you realize the pump isn't actually running.

I think the best indicator would be a low pressure warning light similar to an oil pressure warning light. If I end up putting an air suspension system on my Argosy I'll add the warning light.

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Old 12-20-2015, 09:39 AM   #1623
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I put 4 x 5 gallon cans of fresh gas in plus some Stabil in, so should be 20 gallons in there.
My new $22 sender unit is working but I noted that it is only reading about 1/8. Now it might be that my battery is low 11.9v after cranking for a while... Or it needs more ignition on time to stabilize... Or the rear airbags are not fully inflated, leaving a tail down stance... Or just simply my sender setup was off.
I am OK with the gauge under reading by an 1/8 if that's the case!
I had not primed the rear pump, and I know they are not good at pulling air, or initial priming. I disconnected the line at the rear of the pump and sucked... Did not have my Mityvac with me! After pulling nothing and noting the vacuum holding... Have to assume the feed line is pinched. It was dark and raining so time to call it a wrap.
Today will drop the tank a little with the mityvac connected and if I see a sudden fuel pull I will know!
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:41 AM   #1624
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On my 1984 the hole on the left of the ignition switch is for a light that turns on when the air compressor is running.
Wow... That good info Gunner!
But I have that little red light next to the hole... I will have to see if that's a replacement.

I must be loosing my mind I thought we had a rear tank pressure gauge on the dash!
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