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Old 02-04-2019, 01:57 PM   #43
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I knew about that, but Iíd be nervous dousing the IP with the Acetone / ATF mix. Iíd think the Acetone would attack the (presumed) seals on top of the pump where the shafts come through.
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:09 PM   #44
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Lets be clear Tony, as long as a classic Airstream motorhome is in one's position, it is not finished. Therefore acquiring a second moho is not required to confirm the illness, it's just an additional symptom.
If I bought a 79 Revcon 30' MH and before it had put any significant dent in my wallet, found an 89 345 LE & bought it...Where am I contagion wise/Am I classifiable/Certifiable?
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Old 02-04-2019, 04:59 PM   #45
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Letís see......less than happy....been there, done that, Regards, Bob
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:46 AM   #46
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If I bought a 79 Revcon 30' MH and before it had put any significant dent in my wallet, found an 89 345 LE & bought it...Where am I contagion wise/Am I classifiable/Certifiable?


Youíll be okay as long as you arenít still shopping. Youíre still shopping, arenít you....
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:42 PM   #47
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Itís Alive

So.. itís been a while since checking in, but not without progress.
Got the Airstream flat bedded the following day, this time with a Peterbilt and a Landoll trailer. Once again, the first order of business was to fix the tow rig before loading the beast. This time I watched as the winch cable got within 5 feet before detaching from the winch, taking another hour or so to re-spool. Good thing I had tools, as the tow truck had none. A bit overconfident in their rig, methinks.
Finally got the whole works loaded, chained down and on the road. Made it a few miles before the port side awning unfurled, threatening to thrash itself to shreds. Stopped, rolled it back up and strapped It down. The rest of the trip was blessedly uneventful.
The tow was $150/ hr, door to door, which seemed to be the average rate, though he didnít charge for winch repair time and cut me a break Ďcause we used my tools to fix it and I helped..
Once delivered, spent the rest of the afternoon with a pressure washer blowing off a decade of moss and neglect.
Sporadic progress since then, spent cleaning, organizing and collecting hardware to splice into the fuel system. Rigged up an outboard tank with fresh diesel and a hand prime / squeeze bulb to get juice to the lift pump, through a quick disconnect. Plumbed the return line back to the tank, dropped in a battery, checked all fluids, opened the bleeder and cranked till I got fuel. Closed the bleeder and cracked the injector connectors and cranked till the battery said enough!
Recharged the battery and tried again today. Cranked till the injectors started to leak, purging the air, I tightened the connectors and hit the starter, and it coughed, lit and settled down to an idle, like it just had a short nap, not a 10 year hibernation.
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:55 PM   #48
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Ignoring my own advice, I bought this thing without performing an end to end crawl on both sides, owing to the swamp. Once I got it to my shop and sitting on a concrete pad, I was free to roll around and what fresh hell Iíd fallen into.
All in all, not bad but in the process of splicing into the fuel system, I noticed a rather large appendage behind the transmission. Wiping off the grease yielded DNE2, more like DNE squared. Did a quick search and saw Iíd lucked into a Doug Nash underdrive/ overdrive.
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:59 PM   #49
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Great news. It's exciting bringing a sleeping beast back to life. The rattling marbles and the smell of diesel makes a good day.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:39 PM   #50
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Pics and Vids to follow.

Been helping a guy, part time.
My new gig has me resuscitating even more ancient stuff in a near daily basis.
Two weeks ago was a Mercedes Unimog, dormant for a while, carburetor bowl full of dirt and oxidized aluminum powder.
Last week was a 53 Austin hearse that had been sitting in a field for 30 years. All of the aluminum coach work dangling in the breeze, the wooden framework long since rotted away. It was a 12 volt positive ground system that I ended up hitting with 24 volts to get it spinning fast enough to light up.
I may have found my ďretirement ď path, reanimating lost causes and dead things.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:56 AM   #51
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Sounds awesome!
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It always amazes me how long you can let a diesel sit......and then with a little love, boom, away she goes. My friend and I did the very same thing to his 1981 Toyota landcruiser 3.4L diesel a while ago; and also my 1983 Fleetwood Bounder last fall.

There is no other feeling you experience in life, than when a long deserted diesel rattles back to life and quickly settles down to that bag of hammers idle; better than, you know what.

Sweet score on an under/overdrive. It will be interesting to get your experiences on how it works for you.

Wishing you continued success.

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There is no other feeling you experience in life, than when a long deserted diesel rattles back to life and quickly settles down to that bag of hammers idle; better than, you know what.

Similar but not identical to when a 2000 VW Beetle 1.9L TDI 5 spd. Comes to life daily ready for the day with basically normal maintenance.

At over 400,000 miles.

My diesel fleet is still young by some folks standards. Only 200K on my Dodge Cummins 5.9L 6 spd.

Good luck with the restoration.

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