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Old 10-16-2014, 11:47 PM   #1247
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Sorry to hear you went thru that silliness Dean.

I think I can answer the smog cutoff issue in detail because I researched it...

Up until model year 1974, there were requirements for emissions, but no Catalytic Converter was required.
In 1975 for passenger vehicles and light trucks they were required to have them, as well as a raft of other emissions equipment .
As a result, the rolling 25 year exemption stopped for vehicles from 1975 onward. It kinda makes sense to me... even tho I don't like it.

It is my understanding, that in CA you could take, say the emissions equipment from a 1990 Suburban, TBI fuel injection system, electronics, fuel evaporation system, and exhaust system as far as the catalytic converter, and bolt it to the MH... it would be inspected and approved by a Smog Referee, and once approved, it will be tested as a 1990 model year.

I think you are correct on the Diesel cutoff year Dean, no smog required. If you put say a 2005 Cummins 24v Diesel in it the smog test would reflect the running gear smog test... if that makes sense..

There is a good reason why I have 5 smog exempt vehicles!
Two from 1973, two from 1974, and a 1984 diesel Mercedes!
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:37 PM   #1248
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:24 PM   #1249
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:26 PM   #1250
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Very Nyce.. I have been watching, admiring... well done... well done...

Oh.. and nice work on the AS too!
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Old 10-21-2014, 05:48 AM   #1251
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As Red Green says....."If they don't find you handsome, at least they'll find you handy".

Very sweet job Dean. Congrats on 20 years. My 20th is next year and I'm hoping for a cross country tour.

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Old 10-21-2014, 03:26 PM   #1252
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Are your design service available for hire? Spectacular! The glass of shiraz makes it.


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Old 10-21-2014, 09:16 PM   #1253
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:39 PM   #1254
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Very Nyce.. I have been watching, admiring... well done... well done...

Oh.. and nice work on the AS too!

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Old 10-21-2014, 09:44 PM   #1255
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As Red Green says....."If they don't find you handsome, at least they'll find you handy".

Very sweet job Dean. Congrats on 20 years. My 20th is next year and I'm hoping for a cross country tour.

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I guess I'm lucky...handsome and handy! LOL

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Old 10-21-2014, 09:50 PM   #1256
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Thanks. And thanks for not calling out my "cheap" bottle of Shiraz! LOL! The "two buck chuck" brands are all I can afford after owning an Airstream! I'm itching to do another Airstream motorhome project...I want to see if I'm more then just a one hit wonder!

Can't wait to see what you are going to do with your MH!



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Old 10-21-2014, 10:04 PM   #1257
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I think I can do some of what you did... and realize there are things I just can't do anymore... Might as well go camping... =)

But, if the 'fever' ever bites, it will take lots of stitches and therapy..
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:25 PM   #1258
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Well, here is some of my progress today...

MH has a driveshaft vibration at about 65mph. Not to bothersome since I usually drive between 55-60. I dropped the rear driveshaft section this morning to check the U Joints and the center bearing. All the U Joints feel good. Center bearing also feels good. I couldn't actually pull the rear driveshaft however. I can pull the slip joint out only about an inch and it won't come any further. Anyone know what the deal is here?

The only thing is see or feel is about a 16th of an inch movement in the parking brake hub/trans yoke. I'm wondering if that is enough to cause the vibration at 65mph? I will have to remove the parking brake at some point since I have a leak at the rear tranny seal.

When I drove into town a couple weeks back for the smog check, I noticed a slight brake noise under about 5-10 mph, so I took a look at the brake rotors and pads. Both sides of all rotors look good. It is almost impossible to see the pads, but I can see the pads a bit on the front...they look new! Only a few thousand miles since brake job! Crossing this one off the list.

I took the little portable BBQ out of the outside bin, disassembled and cleaned it. Fired it up to test. I know we can know BBQ the ween's and steak dinners!

I built my third gen-turi today. First one was with leftover 4" pipe. After Burning Man last year, I tossed out a lot of crap..just no place to store it all. The 4" gen-turi went to the dump as well. For Burning Man this year, I made a 2" gen-turi, it worked but I really felt a 3" was the way to go. I'll test it tomorrow. I really do need a gen-turi. I can't run the Onan genset for more then 10 minutes without exhaust setting off the CO detectors. Oh, I lined the bottom six inches with a piece of sheet metal I had sitting around. My 2" deformed a bit from the exhaust heat!

I put together one of those cargo carriers for the rear hitch. I know but please don't judge me too harshly! LOL I think it is going to be a bit better to not carry my portable generator and gas inside the MH this trip!

I also put a new carpet on the outside step. It amazes me how quickly I go through those.

I still have a long list of to-do's, but they are mostly small items.

In stead of posting this, I should be watching my home town team kick ass at the World Series...that would be the Giants of course! But, I find watching baseball on TV just isn't my thing and besides its just so much more enjoyable sitting in the captain's chair of the MH with a cocktail in hand and listening to Carole King on the stereo!



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Old 10-21-2014, 11:14 PM   #1260
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The top photo.. is that a pillar block.??.. i wonder if that bearing is going..?
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