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Old 08-02-2015, 12:17 PM   #15
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The factory is in Ohio but they wouldnt touch an engine swap...........Jasper engines in in Indiana though
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Old 08-02-2015, 01:10 PM   #16
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Sorry about your situation! Don't have much to offer but your break-down was an excellent example for my wife as we contemplate the type of rig to get. She wants a MH and I a TT. My wants are exactly for the situation you are in, having to get a hotel room while repairs are being done, a double whammy!!! Obviously the TT allows it to be towed to a RV park and there you are comfortable while repairs are done on the TV. Good luck and hope you get this resolved quickly.
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Old 08-02-2015, 02:11 PM   #17
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Thanks for a all the input. I appreciate the measurements! It is up on uship.com. The owner of the tow company where it is located has a rig that can haul it but his driver is in Sturgis. He may deliver it later but won't commit. If I can get it home I can consider my options for a new motor. I have the ability to pull it myself. I will update with shipping quotes in a few days.


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Old 08-02-2015, 02:42 PM   #18
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I would get it home first and think about what to do next.
You should have towing on your insurance.
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Old 08-02-2015, 03:23 PM   #19
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If you are on a budget and doing the work yourself, there is a good running 454 in the 28ft Argosy we bought for parts, that is sitting at the Airstream dealer about 100miles from your home. Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 08-02-2015, 04:41 PM   #20
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You might appeal to a local forum member to see if you might store your mh at their place until you can arrange repair or shipping home. A tow yard can ding you $100 in storage fees. Good 454 engines are a dime a dozen, good mechanics or machinists are not!
Did you loose a head gasket? That's just a matter of a head job and some new parts, vastly easier and cheaper than yanking a motor!
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Old 08-02-2015, 06:28 PM   #21
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Thanks for a all the input. I appreciate the measurements! It is up on uship.com. The owner of the tow company where it is located has a rig that can haul it but his driver is in Sturgis. He may deliver it later but won't commit. If I can get it home I can consider my options for a new motor. I have the ability to pull it myself. I will update with shipping quotes in a few days.


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Really sorry to hear about your break down. I think you're making a smart move in shipping it home. It cost me $1000 (plus $200 tip) to move a non-running 345 from Eufaula, OK to Richmond, KY which is about 800 miles.

I hired a "Hotshot" trucker that had a 40' flatbed trailer. I got lucky in that he helped pull the 345 out of the woods where it had been parked for 10+ years. Took us all day to do the load so I think I got an exceptional deal overall.

If you need help/info when you get ready to pull the motor let me know as I've pulled a 454 from the 345 and a 350 from an Argosy.

Good luck!

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Old 08-02-2015, 07:05 PM   #22
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Wow! Aren't there some wonderful people on this forum!

I feel... Wow Sniff, golly gee - just to know all y'all even at a distance
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:46 PM   #23
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I'm going out on a limb here but if I were the OP I would really consider approaching Brad(Bkahler) to help do the engine change. It would be cheaper shipping the coach to Brad in Richmond Kentucky than to New Hampshire.

He would have a very, very knowledgable person to do the engine swap and even though the OP has stated he's capable to do the swap himself, two extra knowledgable hands are far better than two that arn't. It would also be hands that care about doing the job right.

I'm sure that Brad knows all the local machine shops should something special needs to be machined.

If I were the OP I would be PMing Brad pronto.

PS If I'm stepping over the line in anyway I do apologise profusely.

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Old 08-02-2015, 07:56 PM   #24
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This is what I would install.

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Old 08-02-2015, 08:38 PM   #25
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Four bolt or two bolt main? If it's a MkIV, you run an even chance of getting a 2 or 4 bolt block on a 7.4. All 502's are 4 bolt. All Gen 5 and Gen 6 are 4 bolt. It also needs a RV specced camshaft to work right with our moho's. One reviewer states that internal parts are not new.

Not all engines are created equal and we moho guys have to be careful NOT to fall for the cheapest versus the right option, as re and reing an engine in a Classic is mostly all about the labour. It's a beeatch getting these engines in and out of our rigs, and the diesels are worst. To get the Isuzu out, the front crossmember must be cut out and then rewelded back in.

Like I stated, I'd want an Airstream enthusiast working on mine.

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Old 08-02-2015, 09:05 PM   #26
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The two bolt engines are pretty rugged. In fact I remember reading years and years ago that 2 bolt chevy blocks were stronger because the extra bolts in the main webs weaken the web.

It would not surprise me at all if the stock engines in these motorhomes are two bolt mains.

454s of this era didn't really make much power. I want to say that the most powerful MK IV and MK V from 78 and up only made 290 HP.
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454s of this era didn't really make much power. I want to say that the most powerful MK IV and MK V from 78 and up only made 290 HP.
290??? I highly doubt that. The late 80's early 90's SS 454 P/U trucks made only 245hp if I recall. The 5.0L V8 in my 88 Cougar was 150hp, the 5.0 305's in Chevy's were 147hp.
The Airstream 454hp rating was 230hp@3800 and 360lb-ft@2800rpm's. That was brand new on a good day with a ringer of an engine as all the big three only tested ringer engines; (Ford got busted with its 5.0L output in later Mustangs). The hp loss in a moho over three decades would be almost 50% I'd suspect.

Here's a good link to go to on 454's

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f159...4-a-95118.html

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Old 08-02-2015, 09:28 PM   #28
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You are right, 255 was the top BB Chevy HP after 1977.

But in 1970 it could make 450+ stock HP...
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