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Old 05-29-2012, 02:00 PM   #841
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The ground strap is often overlooked, I've done it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:57 PM   #842
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Thanks for the heads up guys...
I will check the chassis end of the strap, as I know the drawer end is good.

Had a varied bag today.
Tested the alternator output again today, and could not be sure there was a problem...

I did do some crawling about under the front end, and also pulled off the fender shield on the drivers side to check the Hydroboost and MC.
Fluid was full in both bays and looked fresh and clear.
The hydroboost looked clean and good.
My search for the PS leak focused on a drip off the bottom of the pump... so need to check all the connections.

Pleased to note that both sides have Supersteer Bell Cranks!

Spotted a little horror that I was pleased to be able to fix...
Looking on the pass side of the motor, I looked at the pipes to the fuel pump.. I noticed a damp spot on the main inlet pipe that feeds from the main chassis rail pipe...
As soon as I touched it, I heard a hiss...
The pipe was split badly, so badly in fact it was barely holding..
I will post a pic tomorrow... it was scary bad.
I replaced it right away, and will now really have to look close at everything.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:49 PM   #843
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Thanks for the heads up guys...
I will check the chassis end of the strap, as I know the drawer end is good.

Had a varied bag today.
Tested the alternator output again today, and could not be sure there was a problem...

I did do some crawling about under the front end, and also pulled off the fender shield on the drivers side to check the Hydroboost and MC.
Fluid was full in both bays and looked fresh and clear.
The hydroboost looked clean and good.
My search for the PS leak focused on a drip off the bottom of the pump... so need to check all the connections.

Pleased to note that both sides have Supersteer Bell Cranks!

Spotted a little horror that I was pleased to be able to fix...
Looking on the pass side of the motor, I looked at the pipes to the fuel pump.. I noticed a damp spot on the main inlet pipe that feeds from the main chassis rail pipe...
As soon as I touched it, I heard a hiss...
The pipe was split badly, so badly in fact it was barely holding..
I will post a pic tomorrow... it was scary bad.
I replaced it right away, and will now really have to look close at everything.
"The pipe was split badly, so badly in fact it was barely holding..
I will post a pic tomorrow... it was scary bad.
I replaced it right away, and will now really have to look close at everything."

I had the same problem when I fist got mine and the smell of gas is scary! There are about 4 places on the stainless steel fuel rail that are joined with clamps and 1/2 fuel hose. I changed all of mine and used two clamps on each side and the best fuel hose you can buy. I also shielded the ones that were close to the tail pipe.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:00 AM   #844
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Busy day...

Finally put 4.6 Stroker motor in my sons Jeep in the morning..
Good job these kids are fit and strong... I did the directing!
We almost got it all zipped up... but he could not find the belllhousing bolts..

Onto the Airstream.
Finished putting the exhaust back on the Genset, and got that fired up!
Have some issues to deal with later on that, but for now its running.
Replaced 4 sections of fuel hose, but spotted more that I will do, but they were 1/4" return hose and I did not have that to hand!
Gently tightened some oil pan bolts that will hopefully cure the weeping I can see.
Used my Powerprobe 3 on the Motorhome finally!
Fixed the engine Temp Gauge... wire had come off.
Yesterday, I had wiped off the underside of the PS pump.... its wet again, so it goes on the list.
Found 2 wires hanging loose beside the engine... neither had power, but both were burned by contact with the exhaust manifold... Need to chase them and see what they are!

Noted that the Dash A/C has been converted to R134a, as it has the quick connect fittings added... But the compressor clutch power wire has been cut... and despite me searching, I could not find a wire that looked like it was originally connected to it...

The long lead on the PP3 allowed me to attach the clips to the battery AND go all the way to the back and test the tail lamps!
I have a lot of issues.... and so does the Airstream... we are a matching pair!
The PP3 tells me that there is some variation in the Alternator output... It has a speaker, and its crackling, which they say can be bad diodes...

I also found a hot wire in the fuse box in the glovebox..... and when I say Hot, I dont mean in the electrical sense! The wire was HOT to the touch... I was probing the fuses with the PP3, and I touched it with the back of my hand... made me jump. The wire feeds the heater fan, and Aux heater according to the wiring diagram, but someone has spurred 2 more wires off it at some time. I pulled the connector out... and the plug was melted/soft, so I left it disconnected, as I need to look deeper..

Need to get back to bed... woke at 3am...
More later..
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:49 PM   #845
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Some pics that I had not uploaded...
Nylon block securing the Golf cart batteries for now...



Better pic of how the drop floor of the tray looks....
Trying to decide for the future if its best like this, black and low profile, or with a piece of diamond plate, or pieced of polished aluminum...
The bit I had was too deep, but ya get the idea...
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Could noit hold the piece up straight and take the pic it seems...

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Old 05-31-2012, 10:52 PM   #846
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Here is the scary fuel pipe....
This is how it was, I did not twist or make it look worse...




New coolant overflow fitted..

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Old 05-31-2012, 10:56 PM   #847
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Getting ready for the move...
Original mirrors back on...


Tail lamps, and spare tire cover temporarily in(zip tied)...
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:16 PM   #848
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More progress toward roadworthyness, fit and finish...
New sparkplug wires fitted, and put the old airfilter back on.... for now.
More fuel line replaced, and tuned the fitting of the battery tray... it slides better now, but still does not close quite right for some reason..
Took it for a spin around the storage and as I had secured some of the loose stuff better, I was able to test the brakes more firmly and all felt good!
The engine still "Bogs" when I get on the gas, then it picks up and flies.
I bet its a carb problem, but as the carb is going to be replced with the rebuilt Quadrajet soon, I will live with it for now.

The genset is running great and smooth, but I am having a problem with it "dieseling" on after I stop it when its hot. I will put a can of Seafoam thru it to break down the carbon, and tune the carb a bit better, see if its running too lean

I have only once opened the awning before, and now with all the space I have, I was able to unfurl the beast, so I could get some more polishing done in the shade!
Posted more pics over on my polishing thread, but here are some...

Did most of the section forward of the entrance door..
Still some more to detail, but its 90% there now..
I had stripped the clearcoat on the rest of the areas, but had not rinsed it off properly, and it had dried. I needed to reactivate it, but had taken my can of stripper home, and forgot to bring it back!




After that, I went over the front drivers side corner with the finer polish..



Then I attacked the midsection with the G6 until I had used it all up..
I managed to connect the back to the front and back with a continuous line of shine!
Aside from the bits I see I missed, its looking better I think..




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Old 06-03-2012, 04:22 PM   #849
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I drove to an auto parts place east of El Paso to look for a carb kit...came out empty-handed, but saw this huge puddle under the rig, and was thinking"Oh, great, there goes the fresh water tank..." but the puddle was a leak in the gas line just aft of the fuel pump...it was like 98 degrees outside, and I had the mental image of Scrap going up in flames, and a further vision of one of those beer cans in the firepit the morning after...a spark plug inserted rapidly after the clippers worked well, but I think the pucker factor did some serious damage to the parking lot...I threw my shorts away.
I now carry enough gas line to re-equip a fleet, and a spark plug is in my 'ready' box. I usually travel over-equipped, but always find something else I want to carry...after the fact...m
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:59 PM   #850
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Yep, I hear ya...

Cranking it out today...

Degreased the Genset floor ... AGAIN... it was bad!

Pretty much finished stripping the rest of the painted lower half and anything I missed before.



Seems the genset door vents that we puzzled about are in fact Aluminum...
The yellow primer that was on the whole thing was stubborn tho!

Its gonna need another stripping...
I did so much stripping, I should have a fist full of $1 bills!


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Old 06-03-2012, 10:14 PM   #851
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I drove to an auto parts place east of El Paso to look for a carb kit...came out empty-handed, but saw this huge puddle under the rig, and was thinking"Oh, great, there goes the fresh water tank..." but the puddle was a leak in the gas line just aft of the fuel pump...it was like 98 degrees outside, and I had the mental image of Scrap going up in flames, and a further vision of one of those beer cans in the firepit the morning after...a spark plug inserted rapidly after the clippers worked well, but I think the pucker factor did some serious damage to the parking lot...I threw my shorts away.
I now carry enough gas line to re-equip a fleet, and a spark plug is in my 'ready' box. I usually travel over-equipped, but always find something else I want to carry...after the fact...m
Have you considered adding some "Depends" to the ready box?????
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I believe the yellow primer is zinc chromate. Skip the stripper. Lacquer thinner should take it right off.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:20 PM   #853
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It's got to have a middle wrap color scheme, what are you going to do?
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:41 PM   #854
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It's got to have a middle wrap color scheme, what are you going to do?
I am gonna polish it for now Mike.
Due to my past in Design, I am very aware and sensative to the way adding a belt color will change the proportion.
Putting a black line along it will visually lengthen, and make it appear lower.

Not what I want for now....
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