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Old 11-02-2011, 08:55 AM   #575
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Steve,
Thanks, either way it looks like I'm in for a full day. I think I'll see if I can put in a short piece of hose on the reel first...Walmart sells a 6 inch piece that has a wire wrapped around them, to make the next change easier.

I started using General Tires, they're very inexpensive and since Continental bought them, the quality has been great. They're now actually made in the Continental plant in South Carolina. I had them on my M5 and M Roadster, and now on my son's Cooper S...great traction and handling, and they score high on Tire Rack's testing.

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Old 11-02-2011, 10:53 AM   #576
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I have been following this thread from the beginning. Having restored a "78" Ambassador, and nearly finished, I'm looking for a new project. I have come across an "83" 454 310 that has been sitting for about 3 years...driven occasionally. Body is in excellent condition, no spedo, issues with propane tank, on it's second engine...that's what I know at this point. I'm not at all intimidated with the "Airstream" portion of a project like this...but I'm not a mechanic. I'm turning to the experts on this thread for some advice. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

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Old 11-02-2011, 11:09 AM   #577
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I have been following this thread from the beginning. Having restored a "78" Ambassador, and nearly finished, I'm looking for a new project. I have come across an "83" 454 310 that has been sitting for about 3 years...driven occasionally. Body is in excellent condition, no spedo, issues with propane tank, on it's second engine...that's what I know at this point. I'm not at all intimidated with the "Airstream" portion of a project like this...but I'm not a mechanic. I'm turning to the experts on this thread for some advice. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

Bob
Those 454s had a bad reputation, I believe mostly because of the manifold design and the associated heat in the compartment melting things. "You could cook dinner in five minutes" is the old joke. Somewhere on this forum, I remember someone making new headers that helped the breathing. Unless there's paperwork that comes with the coach, get set to replace virtually everything. Not to be negative, just realistic, I've done it, a couple of times.
The plus side, if the body is in good shape, is you've got a Classic, and you belong to a very small group of nut cases that love these old dears! Got any pics? I'd be glad to look at the coach if it's in Arizona. Keep in touch.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:13 AM   #578
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Hi Bob,
Thanks for rolling along with my ramblings!
Funny that this thread is so busy with lurkers!
A 310 eh?
Bodywork is the tricky bit... all else is replaceable... if not cheaply!
Either start a fresh thread, and get everyones advice, or PM me..
Eager to help, as I am sure others will be!!
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:26 AM   #579
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Mike beat me to it!
Yes, the 454 has its weaknesses, but most of them are lack of mainanence related... but thats any engine.
Header make a huge difference to getting the heat out, but I suspect that most of the overheating issues are related to the sheer weight of the bigger Motorhomes, coupled with that backset radiator/airflow, and a smaller capacity radiator than it really needs.
Add the load from the hard worked transmission into the mix, and the overheat condition spins up quickly.
The fan clutch is so critical to the whole cooling issue, but getting the heat out from engine and transmission is my mission!
My plan is to go with a universal Aluminum radiator, HD fan cluch with the correct 7 blade fan(or twin big electric fans), and large, seperate Oil and trans coolers.
My 454 Suburban weighs 6000lb and has the same cooling system as the motorhome... same radiator size, fan system etc... that seems wrong to me!
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:05 PM   #580
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My 454 Suburban weighs 6000lb and has the same cooling system as the motorhome... same radiator size, fan system etc... that seems wrong to me!
True story. Ours weighs in at 15,000 lbs, not to mention all the crap (oops, important stuff) my wife carries around.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:27 PM   #581
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True story. Ours weighs in at 15,000 lbs, not to mention all the crap (oops, important stuff) my wife carries around.
Mike/Keyair...thanks for your input. Didn't mean to hijack this thread. Will repost. Nice jobs on your rigs!

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Old 11-02-2011, 02:31 PM   #582
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No need to apologize, its all good!
Cant wait to help!
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:16 PM   #584
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Ok. Help! My coolant reservoir is leaking. Went to dealer. That was a mistake. Any ideas? I will send pic in a sec. Thank you!
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:01 PM   #585
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LOL... why ask me... as if I know anything???

Oh, ok...
I have been talking to these guys, as I need one too...

LMC Truck...
Not pinned it down yet, but Item 22 and 23 looks good to me.
They are supposed to be sending me a pic today... but nothing yet...
Item #32-0094, and its cap #32-0106 under $30 for both shipped will work if its right..
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LOL... why ask me... as if I know anything?
We all know that we know nothing, but we're stuck with each other.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:42 PM   #587
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Roadrunner,
I'm originally from York, Pa and sold a green '73 Land Rover 88 to a guy in Indiana, 25 years ago...I want it back if you see him. Who knew they would be worth money.

Myrtle Lynn,
Not suggesting it, but when I was looking for my 345, I saw some real creative uses of Tupperware jugs and bottles.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:45 PM   #588
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LOL... why ask me... as if I know anything???

Oh, ok...
I have been talking to these guys, as I need one too...

LMC Truck...
Not pinned it down yet, but Item 22 and 23 looks good to me.
They are supposed to be sending me a pic today... but nothing yet...
Item #32-0094, and its cap #32-0106 under $30 for both shipped will work if its right..
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That one is way off from mine. 21 is more like mine. But still a bit different. I wonder if it would come with a new basket type holder to mount to frame like my old one? Thank you again. You always have an answer. :-)
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