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Old 09-19-2012, 10:14 AM   #785
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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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Need the ridge at the two ends of the pipe as well to securely hold the hose.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:30 AM   #786
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This one is close...maybe not bent enough...and too much money! Bet we could find something out there!
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:54 AM   #787
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I've sent an email off to my friend and included the bit about the ridges. We'll see what happens.

Looks like you might be on the right track for a replacement tube.

Worst case is I'm sure a muffler shop could fabricate something. Or even worse yet is I could buy one of those Harbor Freight tubing benders and make some myself
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:28 AM   #788
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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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Brad, here is a pic of the lower and upper to compare to your pic. Length of lower is about 33", upper is about 27".
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:54 PM   #789
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Alternator update...

I tested the wiring and voltages at the alternator connector and the isolator. So far it is pointing to the alternator being bad (really pissed at that). I pulled the alternator and I'll run it into town tomorrow to have it bench tested.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:54 PM   #790
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Alternator update...

I tested the wiring and voltages at the alternator connector and the isolator. So far it is pointing to the alternator being bad (really pissed at that). I pulled the alternator and I'll run it into town tomorrow to have it bench tested.
I'm still a bit confused on the alternator wiring. Originally the '81 had a SI type alternator (I believe). Years ago mine was upgraded to the CS130 type. CS type has a four pin connector. The S (sense) pin is connected to the engine battery. The F (field) is connected to the ignition and/or charge light. Some docs say to use the L pin and some say to use the F pin for this. My L and P are not connected. Anyone know exactly how these darn things are to be wired?
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:35 AM   #791
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Brad, here is a pic of the lower and upper to compare to your pic. Length of lower is about 33", upper is about 27".
Dean,

I've found a place that can work from sketches or detailed drawings to bend tubing. I'm thinking of generating a detailed sketch of from one of my hoses and having a tube bent. Would you be interested in test fitting the tube on your rig? It will be some time yet before my engine is installed and even more time before the radiator is set in place.

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Old 09-20-2012, 12:11 PM   #792
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Dood idea guys.
Make sure you use silicon pipe for the flex joints and you will be good for life!
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:17 PM   #793
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Dood idea guys.
Make sure you use silicon pipe for the flex joints and you will be good for life!
My life or the motorhomes life? I'm pretty sure it's going to out last me
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:24 PM   #794
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Dean,

I've found a place that can work from sketches or detailed drawings to bend tubing. I'm thinking of generating a detailed sketch of from one of my hoses and having a tube bent. Would you be interested in test fitting the tube on your rig? It will be some time yet before my engine is installed and even more time before the radiator is set in place.

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Let's chat more about that. What kind of price is he getting...just curious.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:29 PM   #795
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Let's chat more about that. What kind of price is he getting...just curious.
No price yet. My concern is sending dimensions off to someone, having a bunch made and find out they don't quite fit. If someone is in need of one in the near future I'm not in a position to check fit a tube. I would like to get one fabricated if the price is reasonable and then if it fits find out what their price breaks might be for fabricating them in various batch sizes.

I'm not thrilled with the idea that all I have is two used hoses for my motorhome. The odds are pretty good on having a hose blow that has been used and then removed, stored and then reused again.

If there isn't a market for these then I will likely just have one made for myself and call it good. As Steve mentioned it should at least last for the life of the motorhome.

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Old 09-20-2012, 12:33 PM   #796
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Alternator update...

Well really pissed now! I'm at a good local alternator/starter shop in Red Bluff. The so called 220 amp alternator I got from power bastards.com one yr and 4 days ago is bad. It is 4 days over warranty so powerbastards.com will not warranty it. Will cost $175 bucks plus shipping to get it rebuilt with a 30 day warranty or. $320 bucks for another new one with 1 yr warranty. I'm very disappointed this very expensive alternator lasted 2000 miles and 1 yr. sad. I won't be buying from powerbastards.com again. Shop here says there is no such thing as a 220 amp alternator since rectifiers/regulators are only made for up to 180 amps. True? Don't know.

I'm buying a stock 105 amp from the local shop. I want to get on the road next week!
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No price yet. My concern is sending dimensions off to someone, having a bunch made and find out they don't quite fit. If someone is in need of one in the near future I'm not in a position to check fit a tube. I would like to get one fabricated if the price is reasonable and then if it fits find out what their price breaks might be for fabricating them in various batch sizes.

I'm not thrilled with the idea that all I have is two used hoses for my motorhome. The odds are pretty good on having a hose blow that has been used and then removed, stored and then reused again.

If there isn't a market for these then I will likely just have one made for myself and call it good. As Steve mentioned it should at least last for the life of the motorhome.

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Can you send him the old hose as a model?
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:41 PM   #798
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Well really pissed now! I'm at a good local alternator/starter shop in Red Bluff. The so called 220 amp alternator I got from power bastards.com one yr and 4 days ago is bad. It is 4 days over warranty so powerbastards.com will not warranty it. Will cost $175 bucks plus shipping to get it rebuilt with a 30 day warranty or. $320 bucks for another new one with 1 yr warranty. I'm very disappointed this very expensive alternator lasted 2000 miles and 1 yr. sad. I won't be buying from powerbastards.com again. Shop here says there is no such thing as a 220 amp alternator since rectifiers/regulators are only made for up to 180 amps. True? Don't know.

I'm buying a stock 105 amp from the local shop. I want to get on the road next week!
Wow

I've always wondered about those "high amp" alternators and whether they were really the cats meow they are purported to be. From your experience I can safely say I'm sticking with the 105 amp alternator that I have.

It's sad that they won't warranty something that is just 4 days outside of warranty but I guess I'm not really surprised either.

Sorry you're having to go through all of this.

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