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Old 07-26-2012, 09:55 PM   #659
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Looking GOOD!
How did the Henry's go on?
I rolled the Henry's on with a small roller. Didn't tape off to make straight lines...just rolled on to top...only I will see the white when I'm up on a ladder. Last summer I painted my 20 ft ATV trailer roof with Henry's. It's gone through a Redding summer and winter and is holding up very well. And I am a believer in the stuff. It can be a 100 degrees out and you can touch the top of the roof with your hand! My test on the trailer went well and I can't wait to do the top of the MH with it!
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:07 PM   #660
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I pulled out the ignition switch this morning and will be replacing it with a new one. I was trying to follow the steps that have been outlined in some other posts here but I couldn't get it out. So I googled it and discovered that for my switch I have to turn the key to the ACC setting, insert a paper clip and then turn the key slightly counter clockwise then the tumbler pulled out!
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:30 PM   #661
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I'm also replacing the headlight switch and for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to remove the knob to get the switch out of the dash. I finally looked up the part at Napa online and saw that there is not shaft in the new switch which means the shaft comes out of the switch. Thought there must be a set screw holding the shaft in so I looked under the dash at the switch. There is a release pin on a spring that you push in to release the shaft!
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #662
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The header collector gaskets I got a couple weeks ago were the wrong ones, so I ran into town yesterday and got the correct ones. One of the studs broke off. I drilled it out and re-tapped the threads. It's all back together and it sure is quiet! I like that! Actually the air injected tube on the right side is still holding up were I put some metal repair paste on the small hole a while back so I'll hold onto the new injector tube until I really do need to replace it.

I love getting my parts at Red Bluff Auto Electric. They had everything on the shelf that I needed yesterday; gaskets, ignition switch, headlight switch and a solenoid. I might pay a little more for it, but they are always the right parts and of better quality.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:13 PM   #663
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I hope that is not brass nuts. thay well come loss!!
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:14 PM   #664
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I hope that is not brass nuts. thay well come loss!!
They came with the new set of header studs so I'm sure they will work fine. I don't think they are brass.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:28 PM   #665
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Installed a new starting solenoid, cleaned up the connectors and replaced one of the connectors. Hopefully this was my intermittent starting problem.
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:43 PM   #666
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This morning I installed a new Fan-tastic fan in the front of the coach. It replaced an older Fan-tastic fan which was squeaky and showed it age. Install was simple since it was a direct replacement. I love how the new one open and closes automatically...you know it the little things in life that please us! The curved inside trim looks really good. I got it all done and I was off the roof by 11am...it is supposed to reach 100+ today. I still have the rear fan to replace. I'm looking forward to that one being done, but not to doing it. It will replace an original fan.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:01 PM   #667
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I'm happy you're enjoying your heirloom coach and enjoy seeing what you've done are are doing. Keep up the good work, it is an inspiration! _Mary
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:47 PM   #668
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I'm happy you're enjoying your heirloom coach and enjoy seeing what you've done are are doing. Keep up the good work, it is an inspiration! _Mary
Thank you very much Mary! And thank you for inspiring me to add a new ground wire to the dash gauge lights! My gauges don't drop off anymore and the lights are brighter!
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:17 PM   #669
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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?
I noticed you have headers on your 454, did you install them yourself and if so, how big of an issue was it? I have a set of headers, I am considering installing. Note that they don't have Air injector ports, which is not needed on vehicles 25 years and older in Texas to pass inspection.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:15 PM   #670
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I noticed you have headers on your 454, did you install them yourself and if so, how big of an issue was it? I have a set of headers, I am considering installing. Note that they don't have Air injector ports, which is not needed on vehicles 25 years and older in Texas to pass inspection.
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Hi Peter,

The headers on my MH are the Banks system and my dad had them installed years ago. I would definately consider using what you have to keep costs down as long as you can finish out the exhaust at a reasonable cost. There seems to be plenty of room in the engine bay to install them. You want to run both sides into one large free flow muffler and run that out one 3 inch tail pipe on the drivers side. I believe going into one muffler and out one tail pipe generates more low end torque which is what you want for the motorhome (remember you are not building a race car). Go in front of the rear tire so you don't have to go over the axel at a higher cost.

Check out the Banks web site and download their installation instructions for the older 454 gas engine Banks system. This will show you a diagram and give you a good parts list. Use the modern exhaust clamps instead of the old style U bolts.

Install a heat shield on the oil filter and a heat shield on the starter. If you still have the old plug wire boot protectors, I would continue to use them. I wouldn't wrap the headers...that's a race car thing and they may rust under the wrap. I would consider a good header paint with ceramic paint or even have them ceramic coated but again that will cost. If your year didn't have the extra sheet metal on the passenger side to push air across the headers instead of just out the wheel well, then add it.

My dad got tired of replacing the passenger side stock exhaust manifold after cracking from the heat. The other thing you want to do is to increase the air flow into the carburetor/fuel injection. Again look at the diagram from Banks.

Now here is my smog speech . You might think we are all crazy out here in California, my excuse is I was born in Minnesota! Ive lived in calif since 1967 and let me say, I love breathing clean air. Our air is cleaner today all due to auto emissions controls! Now here is the reason I mention all this. If your MH has smog equipment on it, leave it on. My dad lived in Oregon and he removed the air injection system, which I had to put back on at great expense to get the Motorhome smogged and registered in calif. also calif is no longer the only state requiring smog checks. Unless your MH is going to the grave with you, you might want to sell it some day and your only buyer just might be from calif. I would love to find a 31 footer some day and if it is from out of state, it must have all the smog equipment intact and running or I'll pass it up. Ther enough said .

Now get those headers on!
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:16 PM   #671
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I noticed you have headers on your 454, did you install them yourself and if so, how big of an issue was it? I have a set of headers, I am considering installing. Note that they don't have Air injector ports, which is not needed on vehicles 25 years and older in Texas to pass inspection.
Any input is appreciated.
I wish Calif still had that 25 yr smog rule, but no longer. They want the older vehicles off the road. I have to have the MH smogged every year and that comes up again in a month and a half. It barely passed last time...hopefully it is running cleaner this yr!
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:04 PM   #672
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Thanks for all the input, i will check out the Banks site and may tackle it once it cools down. So many projects and so little time...
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