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Old 06-07-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
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Hello everyone I just decided to register after following this forum for a year or so. I find the people here to be most helpful and freindly. I've owned a 1979 28 Excella now for 12 years and have a terminal case of aluminitus just like everyone else here. I've done many of the same repairs and upgrades as many of you have and hope I can be of some help to others here. I work in powertrain engineering for the automotive and trucking industries in Michigan.

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Old 06-07-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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Welcome! Your expertise and offer of help is appreciated.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums.

We have a 1982 24' Motorhome that we are in the process of bringing back to a useable motorhome. We have a 454 7.4 L Chevy engine on a P30 chassis.....living in California, we had to bring her back to her original smog equipment.....not an easy task....but we were able to get her smogged and licensed....now we are concentrating on the inside.....if you change this, well we might as well do that......welcome again and please post some pictures...paula
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:30 PM   #4
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I to have a p30 454
My current project is going all electric on the engine cooling fans.

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Old 06-07-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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You obviously have a 454. Geez, those engines with the crappy manifolds got hot; cook a steak in 3 minutes. I have heard that Banks built a better manifold/ exhaust system that helped.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:49 PM   #6
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Good idea to use it for cooking! I love those old motorbikes... Maybe someday!
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:49 PM   #7
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Duh, not bikes!

Um, motor HOMES. Darn autocorrect!!!
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:23 AM   #8
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There is a cookbook, probably available at Amazon, titled Manifold Destiny...all about cooking on the engine block while headed down the road...my '63 Chevy fed me a warm/hot meal many times, although I would prefer not to remember the time the can of beans exploded...WHAT A MESS!!! This book informs you of how to foil wrap stuff, where to place it for best cooking, and when to stop and turn it...entertaining reading, even if you don't try it...
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:01 AM   #9
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I think i'll stick with the BBQ I've done it snowmobiling and i dont like the taste of 10w40
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:05 AM   #10
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:28 PM   #11
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I was looking through some old paperwork from Airstream and found a letter admitting that on the passenger-side exhaust manifold there was a design flaw that caused the exhaust manifold gasket and doughnut gasket to fail prematurely! This flaw being the Steel Panel in the wheel-well blocking airflow and essentially trapping the hot air. This is for the 310/454ci varient. I'm sure other models as well!
I'm considering notching out a piece of this panel and bending it out to funnel some air to this area. Just thought I'd add my own observation!
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I have seen that manifold glow cherry before i added a trans cooler which required a large hole thru the wing panel. I also had the radiator redone about 4 years ago and went to 4 cores now even when i tow my boat im lucky if i can reach the thermostat on cooler days. The main reason i m going all electric on the fans is noise. The stock cluch fans can engage harshly and a toss the belts and flex fans are noisey------huh-----
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I have seen that manifold glow cherry before i added a trans cooler which required a large hole thru the wing panel. I also had the radiator redone about 4 years ago and went to 4 cores now even when i tow my boat im lucky if i can reach the thermostat on cooler days. The main reason i m going all electric on the fans is noise. The stock cluch fans can engage harshly and a toss the belts and flex fans are noisey------huh-----
Welcome to the forums!

It seems by your post that you have an understanding of mechanical things, good!
It will be interesting to see if you chime in on some of the more "mechanical" debates that sometimes happen here. In general there is a nice group here and the forum is a lot of fun!
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:40 AM   #14
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Thank you Bruce B. I see another thread on fridge repair has started. When mine failed 3 years ago i went to a convensional compressor type with an inverter could not be happyer with the preformace. Ill post some pics and duity cycle info soon.
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