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Old 09-16-2012, 03:45 PM   #771
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Are you sure its the clutch squealing? We had belt squeal on our 310 off and on for a year or more that gradually got worse. At times I was able to get the squealing to stop by gunning the engine a time or two. Turns out it was worn belts and worst of all the belt broke while passing a semi on the interstate. The belt that broke then took out the other two belts which left me with no power steering, no power brakes and no cooling. It was dicey there for a minute or so trying to get off onto the shoulder.

If it is your a/c clutch I have heard that on some vehicles you can replace the clutch without out to much problem. If you do attempt this it would be nice to know how you go about it.

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I will have to check again to make sure, but I've checked the belt and it is tight and new.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:18 PM   #772
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Anyone have an idea what a valve job on 454 heads might cost these days?
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:21 PM   #773
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Anyone have an idea what a valve job on 454 heads might cost these days?
I would hold off on the valve job. With the mileage on the engine a valve job will put an overload on the rings and probably suck oil through them and you will be easy to find by following the cloud of blue smoke. With 135,000 miles, I think that is what I read somewhere, leave it alone or go ahead an rebuild the entire engine.

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Old 09-17-2012, 09:18 PM   #774
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I agree with you Dan.
135k miles is both a lot and not so much.
Dean, your Dad, drove that M/H and from what I saw, treated it well, and with respect.
Do a compression test if you really want to know where the engine is...
Is it using oil or dripping oil?
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:15 PM   #775
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Yup about 135k is where it's at. I did a compression check a year ago when trying to smog it. I can't remember exactly but think it was around 130 and all were almost identical. So i think I'm in good shape. It definitely leaks oil...intake manifold gasket for one. Maybe it's not burning as much as I think but it does use a quart about every 300-400 miles.

Maybe just best then to pull intake only and replace gaskets there. Certainly would be a lot less $$$.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:19 PM   #776
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I've got to say its been a real joy working on the mh but I think I really have reached a point where I just want to use it and enjoy it. The less work I "need" to do at this point the better! And I think I've spent enough money on it for awhile. LOL. I just got up north to spend the next week cleaning it and prepping mh and ATV for a trip to Coos Bay OR to go riding in the sand. It would be great to reach the point where all I have to do is load the food and go when I want to travel with it!
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:00 PM   #777
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[QUOTE=dadstoy;1204363] It would be great to reach the point where all I have to do is load the food and go when I want to travel with it![/QUOTE]
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:04 AM   #778
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Maybe it's not burning as much as I think but it does use a quart about every 300-400 miles.
We have been burning/leaking about the same amount for two trips over the Rockies and a zigzag trip from coast to coast. I say we declare ourselves as "normal" and keep on driving.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #779
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Brad,

I dont think those hoses are for the vertical radiator. The top hose i used is the Gates 22086 and I cut a few inches off the thermostat housing end for a proper fit.

I cant find a pic of the lower hose. I'll be heading up to the MH sometime next week to begin the massive cleaning job! I'll take pics of the bottom hose and I'll take some measurements for you.
Dean,

I found these hoses in the storage compartment of my 74 Argosy. I'm guessing/hoping that the two matching ones are the lower hose and the single hose is the upper hose.

Can you confirm or deny this assumption?

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Old 09-18-2012, 09:45 PM   #780
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Dean,

I found these hoses in the storage compartment of my 74 Argosy. I'm guessing/hoping that the two matching ones are the lower hose and the single hose is the upper hose.

Can you confirm or deny this assumption?

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Yes! The two on the left look like the bottom hose and the other does look like the upper! You may have lucked out if they are in good shape!
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:13 PM   #781
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Dean,

I found these hoses in the storage compartment of my 74 Argosy. I'm guessing/hoping that the two matching ones are the lower hose and the single hose is the upper hose.

Can you confirm or deny this assumption?

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The upper hose is upside down. The bottom end in the pic goes to radiator...other end to thermostat housing.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:46 AM   #782
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Yes! The two on the left look like the bottom hose and the other does look like the upper! You may have lucked out if they are in good shape!
All of the hoses appear to be soft and pliable.

What I'm wondering is if it would be possible to have a copper or steel tube bent to the correct shape and connected with short sections of rubber hose at each end. My Triumph TR4 and 51 Dodge pickup both use that approach for connecting the radiator to the motor. Considering these hoses are no longer available that might be a viable alternative.

Thanks identifying them!

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Old 09-19-2012, 10:01 AM   #783
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All of the hoses appear to be soft and pliable.

What I'm wondering is if it would be possible to have a copper or steel tube bent to the correct shape and connected with short sections of rubber hose at each end. My Triumph TR4 and 51 Dodge pickup both use that approach for connecting the radiator to the motor. Considering these hoses are no longer available that might be a viable alternative.

Thanks identifying them!

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That's exactly what I would do next time. I wonder if a V shaped pipe is already available from another application?
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:08 AM   #784
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That's exactly what I would do next time. I wonder if a V shaped pipe is already available from another application?
There area companies out there that that will do CNC bending of tubing to your specifications. This is one of those situations that makes me wonder if I managed to get a company to make some tubes at a reasonable price maybe we could do a group buy.

I have a friend who does CNC machine work so he might be able to provide some leads. Let me do some research as to what options are out there and I'll report back.

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