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Old 06-17-2012, 10:13 PM   #631
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I recently had a similar issue on my '73 Blazer...
Fully charged battery... Click.. on start...
Added stand alone battery boost box attached to battery posts... Click...

Checked all connections, noticed the engine has at least 2 additional grounds, but felt the one from the battery ground side to the frame rail... it was HOT!
Took it off, cleaned it up.... tried the starter again... Click but a slow spin of the starter.
Added the Boost box again... about the same...
Swapped the Ground from the boost box from the battery post to the alternator bracket...
Tried again... spun over like a dream, and started fine...

Wondered if it was a weak battery or weak starter or what...
Removed the boost box, and substituted a jumper cable between ground of battery and alternator bracket...
Started just fine..
Clearly an earth issue, that I will get into when I have a moment!
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:33 PM   #632
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I need to replace the right side air injection pipe. Only supplier I have found is rockauto (no problem with that) for $30. Anyone know of any other suppliers?
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:45 PM   #633
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Thats where I got mine from...
They came in as one black and one chromated..


FYI... when I had to have the manifold skimmed on my Suburban, the tubes were stuck in there and were never ever coming out alive...
I would start soaking them as soon as you get a chance with penetrating fluid and plan for a fight!
Drills and taps at the ready!
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:13 AM   #634
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Thats where I got mine from...
They came in as one black and one chromated..

FYI... when I had to have the manifold skimmed on my Suburban, the tubes were stuck in there and were never ever coming out alive...
I would start soaking them as soon as you get a chance with penetrating fluid and plan for a fight!
Drills and taps at the ready!
Well these parts are getting harder to find. Lucky for me it is the right side that is rusted through and has the exhaust leak and rockauto seems to be the only supplier that has it...they don't have the left side! Right side has shipped and I'll have it on Monday. And Steve, your right, I'll have to soak the $&@? out of it with liquid wrench to get it off!
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:31 AM   #635
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I'm not sure I'm happy with the second clutch fan that I installed on the MH. The first replacement was from Autozone (never again). But to be fair, I had also put in a 180 degree thermostat. That is a big mistake after doing much research and from seeing my actual experience! The 454s need to run at 195 and the thermostat and clutch fan need to be matched. The first replacement engaged for 70 seconds then disengaged for 70 seconds. This was continuous for the previous 700 mile trip! Just before my 1000 mile trip to Coos Bay and back, I replaced the thermostat with the stock 195 degree unit and replaced the clutch fan with a unit from Napa. The Autozone and Napa units are made by the same company, but the Autozone one is made in China and the Napa one is made in the U.S.

On the trip over the mountains from Redding to Coos Bay, the clutch fan engaged for a 5-10 minute period after each start. It engaged at about 25-30%... Not too noisy. It only engaged maybe once or twice at about 25% on the long throttle to the floor grades.

On the trip home, the clutch fan seemed to be engaged at about 25% percent of its capacity on the entire trip. I don't think it should have come on at all. at least it was not on at full every other 70 seconds. There is still a noticeable difference in noise at no engagement and at 25% or so. Damn engine is very quite when that noise maker is not engaged!

My engine temp gauge only varied from about 178 to 182 degrees, assuming that it is correct. I'll tell you this, if you have cooling problems, recore the radiator. It will be the best money spent!
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:56 AM   #636
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My engine temp gauge only varied from about 178 to 182 degrees, assuming that it is correct. I'll tell you this, if you have cooling problems, recore the radiator. It will be the best money spent!
I thought that was my problem as well. My mechanic buddy from the local Fire Dept. did some tests and found it was not only the sender, but the gauge, as well, that were worn out!

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Old 07-08-2012, 01:47 AM   #637
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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen is about 100+ miles from the ranch property where I keep the MH. The ranch is in the foothills about 50 miles west of the valley and about 500 feet above sea level Lassen is about 50 miles east of the valley at an elevation of 5000 to 10000 feet above sea level. This last week, the temperature in the valley and at the ranch was heading up to 100-105 degrees while Lassen was 75 to 80...it was definitely time to head to Lassen!

I entered the park at the north entrance and spent two nights at Manzanita Lake Campgrounds. For the third night, I headed south through the park and stayed at Summit Lake Campground. On the last day, I drove out through the south entrance of the park. It's a beautiful drive up to the summit at over 8000 feet and then down to Red Bluff in the valley. The speed limit through most of the park is 35 mph so no need to worry about those nuts cases sitting on your rear bumper.

Lassen is at the top of my list along with Yosemite as a great destination point for camping with the Motorhome. Lassen, like Yosemite has no RV hookups, so you have to be self contained.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:16 AM   #638
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:27 PM   #639
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Dean, all pics are from iPhone? DAMN! Another place to add to my travels bucket list!
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:57 PM   #640
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Dean, all pics are from iPhone? DAMN! Another place to add to my travels bucket list!
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Hi Derek. Yup all pics shot with iPhone. The Nikon SLRs and point and shoots are all in the closet somewhere collecting dust. I lost interest in carrying all that equipment around. IPhone pics look really good on the iPhone and they are not too bad viewing on larger format like the iPad as well.

Lassen is so beautiful...stay tuned for my Lassen video shot from the MH dashboard coming soon!
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:30 PM   #641
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Exhaust leak

I ran around this morning getting the necessary parts to fix my exhaust leaks at the header collector flanges. Of course the old studs will be fun getting them out...I already have broken one of them!
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:08 AM   #642
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Insurance Scam?

A week ago on my way to Lassen Volcanic National Park, I pulled into a rest stop about 15 minutes west of the park's north entrance. A young man and woman in an older Camero came speeding into the parking lot, pulled in two spaces away and slammed on the brakes. The man came over to my driver's window and said that a rock flew out from my Motorhome and broke their windshield. I got out and took a look and talked to the man and women. Not much was making sense. They were calm and polite and they told me what happened. I listened to the details of what they were saying and I asked them to repeat a couple of times some of what they were saying.

We exchanged names, insurance companies, policy numbers and license plate numbers. We shook hands and they departed. What I saw of their windshield and much of their story did not add up. They said they were following other cars and they were traveling the opposite direction from me. They said as I passed, a rock flew out from my MH and broke their windshield. Well, there was a chip in the middle of the windshield and a small mark on the hood showing that a rock did hit the car from "straight" on. The upper passenger side of the windshield had many large cracks in it. They said the rock did all this damage.

Ok, so a rock at some time did hit their windshield but definitely did so from straight on and this rock could have in no way did the other major damage to the window. I believe it would be almost impossible for my MH to throw a rock and hit a car traveling the opposite direction and hit the windshield straight on. The woman also stated that they thought someone was shooting at them, so this means that they did not actually see a rock shoot out from any vehicle and actually hit their windshield. Also interesting is the woman passenger already had their insurance papers in hand as she got out of the car. Gee, any normal person would be fiddling a bit in the glove box to find their insurance info. It all sounded very fishy to me. With in 20 minutes (cell service was poor in the mountains), I received an email from my insurance company that a claim had been submitted.

Bottom line is my insurance company denied their claim before I could even give them a call today. The agent agreed with me that it would be doubtful that the rock came from my Motorhome. I can't imagine that with mud flaps a half inch off the ground and a nine foot overhang from the rear tires, that the MH could ever throw a rock that could cross lanes, hit another car straight on and do the damage that was done on that car!

My agent told me anyway that I'm not responsible for rocks on the roadway and the only way I could be liable for a thrown rock is if for example I was hauling rocks and one fell off or my tires were all muddy and full of rocks and I didn't take the necessary precautions to clean the tires, etc.

Bottom line is, pay attention to everything as you are driving and pay attention to the other parties story. Ask questions to clarify what they are saying. In this case it all added up to a fish story and I was simply a convenient target!
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:12 AM   #643
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That's why they (everyone) should buy glass insurance!

Drive the Alaska highway and try to get someone else to pay for your windshield.

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Old 07-11-2012, 07:36 AM   #644
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Thanks for the great photos of Lassen NP. I have never even heard of it. It is now on my bucket list.

Gosh, you sure do a great job of maintaining and improving your dad's mh. He is smiling down from above.

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