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Old 01-30-2012, 11:59 AM   #785
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Steve,
I sure wish I had your talent! And HALF of your energy! 3 day wknd coming up for me. Hope to at least get moho started and wheeling it down the road a bit.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:25 PM   #786
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Talent?
LOL, nah, just years of fiddling about with cars!
If you look at the second pic, you can see the heavy steel L that comes off the frame, then the lighter L that hangs down and attaches to the original slide.
I need to check the heavy L bracket and see how and where its attached... maybe it will need something, to be sure its goo.
If not I will just make a new longer bracket to hang down lower to mount both slides onto.
I might also add a bar running across under the drawer... not sure yet, but I would prefer a safety net!
Simple is best!
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:41 PM   #787
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So, I finally got the Girlfriends Range Rover fixed...
New fuel pump, rebuilt Airpump and 2 new front Airsprings!

Next!

The TH400 for my Suburban is on the bench...
This one has about 150k miles on it, and looks great aside from it lost L2..





Ready...
Steady...
Go!

This bit is for you Myrtle Lynne!



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Old 02-17-2012, 05:42 PM   #788
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About an hour later...

Empty case..



Pile of parts!



I have a rebuild kit, but I have some questions...
Now the TH400 is almost identical to te TH475 that we have in our Motorhomes, aside from a few components...

Thought it would be fun to share!
I am quite shocked on how easy to take apart it was.... lets hope I can put it back together!
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:40 PM   #789
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Steve, what exactly is that part you are 'pointing' out to Myrtle Lynn? Is is something the rest of us should be worried about, like go ahead, get the part and replace now, and have spare as a back-up?
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:50 PM   #790
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The part is called the Governer.
The plastic skew gear on the end of it is what failed on Mrytle Lynn's M/H.
Not sure how common it is or if a spare is needed...
Just thought it was interesting!
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #791
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Ok, I remember Myrtle Lynne's trip to Fort Wilderness when that failed. Never actually knew what it was called though. Maybe next time I'm at auto parts store, I'll inquire about the part.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:23 PM   #792
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Yep, thats the Governer.
We had one on my Son's Mercedes fail the very same week!

Here a is a little gem I found...

Governor
photo of the TH-400 governor and cover. Note the direction the plastic drive gear teeth. the plastic drive gear can wear out or break. This result in no upshifts since the governor is not rotating.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:08 AM   #793
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So, I finally got the Girlfriends Range Rover fixed...
New fuel pump, rebuilt Airpump and 2 new front Airsprings!

Next!

The TH400 for my Suburban is on the bench...
This one has about 150k miles on it, and looks great aside from it lost L2..

Ready...
Steady...
Go!

This bit is for you Myrtle Lynne!
Ha I know it way too well! I know how to change on roadside. :-) I carry a spare with me. My trans guy said it may go again in a year.. Or two.. Or never again. He said they tend to rust a bit due to the vehicle sitting. Thanks for the pics. Looks different when the whole trans is out.
Thank you!
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The part is called the Governer.
The plastic skew gear on the end of it is what failed on Mrytle Lynn's M/H.
Not sure how common it is or if a spare is needed...
Just thought it was interesting!
Yes as I said a spare is a very good to have. You can have a road side service replace if you have on the spot, if your not able to change it out. He gave me my spare. They are pretty inexpensive. Again when mine failed I was driving about 70-75 mph and it all of a sudden acted like I put the gear selector into neutral.
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Thought it would be fun to share!
I am quite shocked on how easy to take apart it was.... lets hope I can put it back together!
Right on...taking apart is easy...putting back together is easier if you do it the same day.

If I wait a day, Old Timers cuts in and I can't remember what it is.

Worst part is moving it around and getting it on the bench.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:36 PM   #796
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Digging thru the Airstream Website, I spotted in the Serial Number archive, the base price of my 1984 345 was.......
$92,340
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The original owner of my '88 345 told me when they bought it they traded in a really nice Winnebago motorhome and still made payments of $1500 a month for the next five years. So that is trade plus $90,000 in payments. I have the original bill of sale and the sticker price was somewhere in the $120,000 range. I can't remember the exact number right off the top of my head but that was a lot of money!
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The governor seems to be a common problem. When we bought our 87 345, the governor went out on our way home. We decided to rebuild the entire trans but the next day and about 300 miles later, the governor failed again. As it turned out, the nylon gear on the rebuilt governor was from a 700 R4, almost identical but a tiny bit larger. The correct gear was installed and we made it home just fine but I think I'll pick up a spare governor.
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