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Old 11-19-2011, 03:11 PM   #169
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The 454 was used in a lot Chevy vehicles including the SS Silverado (very fast) and it is still in demand by car nuts and racers (probably going to to Ajo). Very good motor and plenty of power even in the P30 chassis...when these were commercial vehicles they often ran more than 300K in stop and go city traffic before they were traded in. I used to work at a Chevy dealership and every time any 454 was in a wrecked car/truck the mechanics would line up to buy it.

The Banks Power Pack is not just for power, it offers better breathing (economy), and the engine will run cooler since it breathes better. As a certified car nut it also sounds really cool and you get a nifty shiny enormous stainless steel exhaust tip, and as any hot rodder will tell you shiny is cool.

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Old 11-19-2011, 03:16 PM   #170
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Better fuel economy as well?

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The 454 was used in a lot Chevy vehicles including the SS Silverado (very fast) and it is still in demand by car nuts and racers (probably going to to Ajo). Very good motor and plenty of power even in the P30 chassis...when these were commercial vehicles they often ran more than 300K in stop and go city traffic before they were traded in. I used to work at a Chevy dealership and every time any 454 was in a wrecked car/truck the mechanics would line up to buy it.

The Banks Power Pack is not just for power, it offers better breathing (economy), and the engine will run cooler since it breathes better. As a certified car nut it also sounds really cool and you get a nifty shiny enormous stainless steel exhaust tip, and as any hot rodder will tell you shiny is cool.

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They claim better fuel economy as well.....and several have told me the 454 is a gas guzzler.....p
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:01 PM   #171
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The Banks Power Pack is not just for power, it offers better breathing (economy), and the engine will run cooler since it breathes better. As a certified car nut it also sounds really cool and you get a nifty shiny enormous stainless steel exhaust tip, and as any hot rodder will tell you shiny is cool.
That means you can't wrap your dinner in foil and have it cooked on the manifold in five minutes? The best one I ever saw was a GMC mo/ho owner we got to know at a campground in AZ. We had talked the night before, and he explained he was a hot rodder who specialized in custom engines and had beefed the Olds engine "a tad". We both left at the same time in the morning, and I motioned him to take the lead out. He looked at me and said, "watch this". He put his foot in it and the front tires smoked like a NASCAR race winner. Very impressive, to say the least.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:24 PM   #172
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Met Keyair and his wife today

Keyair and Mrs. Keyair stopped by to see our new motorhome on their way to LAX.....he is largely responsible for our purchase.....although he says he tried to talk me out of it.......maybe he did and I just couldn't hear him anyway he has been enormously supportive and helpful in many ways. They can attest that we really have a 1982 24' Airstream.....maybe the only one on the planet.....and it happens to need an air pump.......anyone have one for a 454 7.4 Chevy???.....working on smogging.......oh the joys of motorhomehood......in California.

Thanks again, Keyair ......p
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:44 PM   #173
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Well, We had fun meeting you too Paula!
Having seen the Peanut up close, I like it!
Its in great shape, and whilst there are things to do, it will come good!
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:36 AM   #174
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I haven't even checked to see if I still have an air pump...it's been running great and I'm afraid to touch it. I suspect it's gone since I have the Banks pack, but I'll let you know by next week. We don't need them here and when it hits 25 most states don't check emissions anymore...I'm sure California is the exception.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:52 AM   #175
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California locked the rolling 25 year exception at model year 1975.

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I haven't even checked to see if I still have an air pump...it's been running great and I'm afraid to touch it. I suspect it's gone since I have the Banks pack, but I'll let you know by next week. We don't need them here and when it hits 25 most states don't check emissions anymore...I'm sure California is the exception.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:35 AM   #176
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The 1982 doesn't qualify for the exemption in CA

Sadly--or maybe not sadly if indeed she is a polluter, we have to put the 82 back the way she was when she was manufactured. So all the stuff that was gutted probably in Florida is now being searched for.........Let's hope we can find the stuff she needs to live in CA.....otherwise? I have been told it doesn't need a catalyic converter......p
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Paula,

CARB has a website and phone number to help locate original smog equipment. Other than that the best bet is junk yards, aka automotive recycling centers.

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Sadly--or maybe not sadly if indeed she is a polluter, we have to put the 82 back the way she was when she was manufactured. So all the stuff that was gutted probably in Florida is now being searched for.........Let's hope we can find the stuff she needs to live in CA.....otherwise? I have been told it doesn't need a catalyic converter......p
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:38 AM   #178
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Paula,

You might give Banks Engineering a call.

Banks Power | 82-95 GM - 7.4L>>PowerPack® System

As long as you are going through the effort and expense, they might have some solutions that will make it legal and get a bit more performance and economy to boot.

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Old 11-22-2011, 01:06 PM   #179
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Will check those sites out, thank you

Went to the CA DMV this morning......had an appointment so my wait time was not too terrible. And, they gave me credit for the sales tax I paid in Florida for which I am grateful. They gave me a temp license that is good until Jan 31, 2012......so things are moving along. Thanks for the sites. paula
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:34 PM   #180
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They gave me a temp license that is good until Jan 31, 2012......so things are moving along. Thanks for the sites. paula[/QUOTE]

Hmmm, temp tags good for 3 months. So, thinking of your 1st camping trip yet???
Good luck, Happy Thanksgiving!
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They gave me a temp license that is good until Jan 31, 2012......so things are moving along. Thanks for the sites. paula
Hmmm, temp tags good for 3 months. So, thinking of your 1st camping trip yet???
Good luck, Happy Thanksgiving!
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Don't forget we still have SteSpot....which is our first love and she is ready for our next rally the first weekend in December. Unlike when we were waiting for SteSpot to be finished, we have another rig to take.......so we are in no hurry.....well, maybe that is not true but getting an air pump has us on hold right now.....and I am practicing patience.

By the way, I appreciate the long temp time.....I was surprised at how smoothly the DMV visit went.....of course, I have to return with the vehicle and the smog test.....

Happy Thanksgiving to you. p
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:46 AM   #182
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Paula,
The rules in California to Pass Smog are twofold...
First you must have all of the ORIGINAL Emissions Equipment that was fitted for the year of your M/H. There are 2 levels... California and Federal, but you only need the equipment originally fitted. So, A Federal Emissions being tested in CA only needs Federal, not CA equipment.
Second the Motor must pass the exhaust sniffer test, at whatever level you County designates..

As I promised, here is the smog equipment page for the 82...
Federal is last box in the 82 section...






So to clarify, to pass the VISUAL part of the smog test, your M/H needs to have:

1/ Engine timing set and tested at 4deg @700rpm.
2/ PCV Valve (Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve).
3/ ACL (Thermostatic Air Cleaner)
4/ AIS (Air Injection System), Smog Pump, Diverter Valves, and Air Injection Pipes on Exhaust Manifolds.
5/ SPK (Spark Control)


This is the Smog Pump I got for my 84, which I believe to be correct, so I think yours will look similar..



Here is what I believe to be the whole AIS setup...
Pump, brackets, Valves and Air Injection tubes for the Exhaust Manifolds...
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