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Old 03-01-2015, 11:32 AM   #1387
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how did you solve your radiator hose issue i have a 82 310 with a 454 any help would be really appreciated
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:55 PM   #1388
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Hi Greg,

For the upper hose the best fit I found was the Gates 22086. You will have to cut some off the thermostat side for it to fit, but all the bends seem to work well.

I was very lucky on the lower hose. My dad had a new original spare. It was probably at least a decade old, but never used and in brand new shape. I'm hoping it lasts for the remaining life of the mh!

I know that a couple owners with the vertical radiator have found something that works. Somewhere in these threads someone has posted a part number for the lower hose. I wrote it down but I have that number in the mh up north.

The original has a spring inside it to keep it from collapsing when the water pump is sucking at full force when going up those long grades and the 454 is taching out at 4,000 rpm's!

If you are replacing any other external engine parts, let us all know as well...we can provide part numbers for other components that we have all replaced.

I know the following advice is unsolicited, but here goes...
If you experience overheating problems, you will do what we all have done...replace parts. But in the end the only thing that solves the problem is a recored radiator. The vertical radiators are not available anywhere on the planet, but any radiator shop can recore yours. Biggest expense is the labor to remove/reinstall it. There are two ways to remove the radiator...remove all components from in front of it including opening the a/c system. Or it can be slid out from the bottom if you can raise the front of the mh high enough...that's how mine was done.

After having my radiator recored, the temp rarely varies from what my gauge says is about 180 degrees. When the temp does climb, the fan clutch kicks in and it cools right down! Use the standard 195 degree thermostat. Your not running a dragster down the quarter mile. The 454 is designed to run at what is thought by most to be too high of a temperature.

Also when you replace your fan clutch, which you will do sooner or later, use the original AC Delco part...mine was #88961767. Don't use the Autozone nor Napa replacements...I know this from experience. I tried them both and not only went through doing the job three times but cost me more then twice the amount if I had just bought the expensive AC Delco part to begin with.

The greatest improvement you can do for your engine is to make sure you are running a properly "tuned" Quadra-Jet carburetor. I'm going to assume it hasn't been swapped for something else and it must remain a Quadra-Jet if you are registered in California or one of the other states requiring "enhanced" smog checks. I bought a rebuilt from RockAuto...it wasn't a great rebuild job. I've rebuilt it twice myself since. First time, I bent one of the metering rods. It's now running great and I get 7.5 mpg mountain driving and 9.5 mpg flat freeway driving!

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Old 03-02-2015, 02:21 PM   #1389
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CW disappoints...again. I usually buy online but I didn't want to pay more for shipping then the off the shelf parts I needed! Silly me!


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Old 03-02-2015, 09:15 PM   #1390
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Hi all! A new group over on Facebook has recently been created. It's a group that came about to bring together a very diverse group of Airstream addicts! If you have a love and "addiction" for Airstreams (trailers and motor homes) and welcome diversity with open arms, this may be a group for you!

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Old 03-10-2015, 12:12 PM   #1391
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I've noticed that you appear to have electric remote control mirrors on the outside. Can you share the details about these and the level of difficulty for the installation? Thanks.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:20 AM   #1392
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I've noticed that you appear to have electric remote control mirrors on the outside. Can you share the details about these and the level of difficulty for the installation? Thanks.

They are there more and heated Ramco mirrors. My dad put them on a long time ago. The remote is nice for adjusting the mirrors when backing into a space. I've never needed to use the heaters. The only issue I have is that I have to have them pulled in very close to the windows to make them useful. I would like to modify the "L" bracket mount to move them farther away from the windows.


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Old 03-11-2015, 12:07 PM   #1393
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Thanks so much. I'll keep that in mind as I configure the mount.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:06 PM   #1394
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We had a little rain today, so I did some inside work including replacing the carpet padding and some tack strips in the corner of the salon. I had a rain water leak last November. I pulled the wet padding and dried the carpet back then. I guess I've been a bit lazy!Click image for larger version

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Old 03-15-2015, 07:17 PM   #1395
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Can only hope our kids continue the life of our toy as you are doing! 😊
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:32 PM   #1396
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Can only hope our kids continue the life of our toy as you are doing! 😊




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Old 04-26-2015, 10:42 PM   #1397
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Hello Everyone! I haven't done much to the MH lately except check the water in the coach batteries and run the engine and GenSet a bit lately. Just got back from spending two weeks in the MH at the ranch property.

I've been working on my RZR, riding it and enjoying the 80 degree weather before the temps turn to 110 degrees this summer. The drought worsens in Northern California and everyone is bracing for another terrible fire season. So you don't believe in climate change? Come to California. We may run out of water this summer!

But for now, the mountains are still sort of green and temps are mild and it has been fun leaving the masses behind.
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:07 PM   #1398
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search on 'Radiator hoses for 79 MH' dated 10-1-2013. It shows in detail how I replaced my radiator hoses
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:52 PM   #1399
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Thanks! I looked it up and wrote down those hose number!

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Old 04-28-2015, 12:59 PM   #1400
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I love making pancakes in the MH
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