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Old 06-16-2018, 05:42 PM   #1
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Old 06-16-2018, 05:45 PM   #2
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Old 06-16-2018, 05:56 PM   #3
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Nice.....!

Who's visitin who?
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:01 PM   #4
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That’s really great to see. Thank you for sharing the photos. I hope you both have a great visit. Really cool.
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:33 PM   #5
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Nice pair, but unless that 345 has been converted to diesel, I'd stick with the 280.

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Old 06-16-2018, 06:44 PM   #6
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No visit guys, they be movin in.


No Tony not a conversion, it be factory original.
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:20 AM   #7
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A few more details. This coach showed up at a local auction about 80 miles from home. We went down the night before and camped so we wouldn't have to get up in the middle of the night to get situated and registered to bid. These auctions can be a bit of a zoo. Anyway after standing around in the hot sun all morning, bidding, paying for it, getting all the paper work, getting out of the zoo lot and getting both coaches home we were both kind of spent.

The coach is a 1987 34.5. It was sold as an empty shell to a company in Illinois and at this time I have no idea what they did with it. The second owner took it to a Airstream dealer near Seattle and had an interior installed. It can be recognized as typical Airstream layout and fittings with some subtle differences.

The only reason I was remotely interested is it came from the factory with an Allison transmission mounted behind a 5.9 Cummins 12 valve turbo diesel. The last thing in the world I need is another Airstream moho but I just couldn't let the Cummins/Allison get away.
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:30 AM   #8
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I just heard Tony has hopped in his car with his camera and tape measure and is heading west as fast as he can.....
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:48 AM   #9
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I was concerned about Tony. I thought too much drool dripping on his keyboard might short something out.
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:27 AM   #10
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A few more details. This coach showed up at a local auction about 80 miles from home. We went down the night before and camped so we wouldn't have to get up in the middle of the night to get situated and registered to bid. These auctions can be a bit of a zoo. Anyway after standing around in the hot sun all morning, bidding, paying for it, getting all the paper work, getting out of the zoo lot and getting both coaches home we were both kind of spent.

The coach is a 1987 34.5. It was sold as an empty shell to a company in Illinois and at this time I have no idea what they did with it. The second owner took it to a Airstream dealer near Seattle and had an interior installed. It can be recognized as typical Airstream layout and fittings with some subtle differences.

The only reason I was remotely interested is it came from the factory with an Allison transmission mounted behind a 5.9 Cummins 12 valve turbo diesel. The last thing in the world I need is another Airstream moho but I just couldn't let the Cummins/Allison get away.
WOW! Really cool and very interesting story. Another factory CUMMINS in Classic under 36'. Rare bird!
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:28 AM   #11
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The ride home was uneventful fortunately. The batteries were dead so I had to get a jump start to get going. The auction had it running for the preview in the morning and it ran great, no smoke and sounded healthy. The boost and oil pressure gauges didn't work but he had mounted an oil pressure gauge below the dash that did work, showed a solid 58-60 psi all the way home. On the road the temp and fuel gauge bounced continuously and the tach died about 10 miles from home.

The dash vents only blew hot air. I used to snicker at all the vacuum control problems you guys have because my 280 is all mechanical, karma sucks. The slider windows are all stuck from lack of use so it was a sweatbox driving home. Surprisingly the cruise control worked and it went up and down several 5%-6% grades and I never had to touch the brake or throttle.

I stopped and bought some fuel because I couldn't trust the gauge and I couldn't shut it down in case I couldn't get it started. The tires are 4 years older than dirt, can't find the DOT date on most of them, but they made it home.
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WOW! Really cool and very interesting story. Another factory CUMMINS in Classic under 36'. Rare bird!
That is not the only rare thing.


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Old 06-17-2018, 12:12 PM   #14
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Whoa is right and that puppy leaked and the rear floor is toast. There is a small soft spot in front of the passenger seat. The rest of the floor looks to be in pretty good shape.
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