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Old 01-10-2012, 10:51 PM   #757
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I hope they're having a better winter than last year...family in Glasgow said it was miserable.

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I'd be miserable if I had had to wear a skirt all day in that weather!
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:47 PM   #758
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TH400 joy..

Busy day...
First job was to bring my "Old Faithful" '87 Suburban home from storage...
I will be pulling the transmission out sometime soon.
I put what I was told was a good used TH400 in it when I refreshed the motor in 2008.
The original TH400 was fine, but had lost engine braking in L2.
I thought the used one would be better, and it was working ok, but same issue as the original... no L2 engine braking.
Its a common issue with the TH400, if they are used for towing.. the front band wears out.
Suddenly last year, when moving house, I lost Reverse or it was erratic, and it then started making a wierd whining noise, so i mothballed it until I was ready.
I have the original trans, and a rebuild kit on my bench..
Never done a trans before, so should be interesting!
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:53 PM   #759
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Airstream got some attention too...

The Costco GC2 6V's i bought yesterday, are charged, and resting ready for the install.
With the Suburban home, I went back and decided to pull the rusty, holey battery tray out of the Airstream, and prep it, get some measurements for the floor drop.

What a mismash mess of wires and cables behind the tray!


I took a bunch of pics, but it looks like my dad accidently took my Camera cable back to England with him!
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:47 PM   #760
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Steve, I'll shoot a couple of pix of wiring behind my battery tray and post them here and you can tell us all if yours looks anything like my ratsnet of wiring!
Great day at RV Supershow here in Tampa, wow, the Airstream trailers on display were SWEET! I'd sure love to see Airstream get back into making the Classic motorhome, the widebody trailers sure are nice.....
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:43 AM   #761
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I'd be miserable if I had had to wear a skirt all day in that weather!
"...but they'll never take our freeedom!!!"
- William Wallace a la Braveheart
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I think you and about 25.000 people like to see that to.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:14 PM   #763
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Here ya go...
Be warned... niether the wires nor the battery tray shots are for the weak...




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Old 01-13-2012, 04:15 PM   #764
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'89 battery cables from underneath

This is my ratsnest underneath my motorhome. Cables stick so far down, I'm almost afraid that they'll get caught while driving. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Derek
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You have your work all cut out for you for the next two or 5 day, or maybe more
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:28 PM   #766
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Yes, its gonna be some work.
The whole floor is full of holes, but as it needs to be about 3" deeper, that works!
The back of the tray is rotted up about 2", so i will replace that metal too, and splice the new section in.

My plan is to leave the divider in, to act as a stiffener, remove the "Toolbox" lid, and move the Engine battery there. The 4 x GC2 batteries will sit in 2 pairs.
I am drawing up plans tonight...
Tomorrow i hope to start by cutting the floor out...
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Yes, its gonna be some work.

My plan is to leave the divider in, to act as a stiffener, remove the "Toolbox" lid, and move the Engine battery there. The 4 x GC2 batteries will sit in 2 pairs.
I am drawing up plans tonight...
Tomorrow i hope to start by cutting the floor out...
Steve, one of the 'previous investors' has done exactly what you've mentioned. Placed the engine battery in the toolbox area, and I have 2 GC batteries in the open area. Is there really room for 4 GC batteries in there? Didn't you upgrade your drawer slides to hold more weight as well?
Thanks, Derek
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Hey Derek,
My calculations say that the original battery compartment is 26.5" long, by 15" wide from where the rolled outer skin is to the back wall.
The "Toolbox" area is rearward, and is an additional 16".
My GC2's have a footprint of about 10" x 7". So, all 4 sitting together will be 20" x 14".
You are correct, i picked up some 500lb slides last year for this mod.

I will post a drawing maybe tomorrow.
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How simple is a TH400?

Interesting...
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This is my ratsnest underneath my motorhome. Cables stick so far down, I'm almost afraid that they'll get caught while driving. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Derek
Interesting engineering to put the fuel line and filter (and possible leaks) so close to such large electrical line and junctions...

Former Ford Pinto designer no doubt
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