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Old 04-20-2016, 06:01 AM   #169
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Hang in there Tap. You set yourself a pretty ambitious goal to have the 280 ready for a several hundred mile trip in just a few months after purchase. As you said, your rig had sat for many years and bringing it back to road worthiness is going to take a good deal of time and money. Better to have these issues show themselves while youre at home than out on the road somewhere. Between replacing the glass, new tires, brake work, etc., you have tackled some of the most expensive items on your rig......ouch! But.....better to take care of things while at home than half way to Penn Wood right? Hang in there Tap.........oh, and thoroughly inspect your ball joints.
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:16 AM   #170
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:38 AM   #171
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Upgrading your cooling system is one of the better jobs to get done on our rigs. Solving the engine temp issue is so comforting. No more fan clutch kicking in all the time, no more nervously watching the temp gauge while stuck in trafic or climbing a long hill.

I had my radiator recorded with a hi performance core for around $500 , installed new water pump, hoses, redid the air dam etc. this resulted in an average 15 degree running temp drop. And much more relaxed driving experence.

It all does take some time and more cash than we would like, but that's the deal with these old units. Could have forked out the big $s going in for a newer coach. And still be forking out for its maintainance and repairs from all the stories.

I hear you about the gathering, I've been reading along and feel the excitement of joining in and meeting so many other classic caretakers. Very tempting.
But at this point with your revival strongly under way, getting these significant jobs done well is going to pay big rewards once you have them wrapped up and are out enjoying your nicely running, dependable rig.

This gathering is shaping up to be multiples of the first one in Colo. The next one may be a blooming festival.

You seem to be accomplishing so very much on your coach these days. Take comfort in that and keep the ball rolling while you have the momentum.

There is something to be said for the rolling restoration. Ie. break jobs down into sections that will allow some fun use as you go along. Once you get the basic mechincal systems sorted.

Hang in there Tap. You are doing great.

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Old 04-20-2016, 08:28 AM   #172
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When we first got the 310 in late January of 06 it didn't make it's next trip for 6 months due to all the issues that had to be fixed. It wasn't safe to drive the way we got it. I had to do all the work myself which is why it probably took 6 months.

Hang in there, once you've got the big jobs out of the way the rest is gravy....yeah right
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:44 AM   #173
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Thanks for the encouragement and well wishes guys, that really helped.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:09 AM   #174
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:24 AM   #175
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Like Brad said, find an old school radiator shop and see what they can do with it. Mine got busted up pretty bad during a mishap with my harmonic balancer.....just a month or so after I took ownership. A local shop, thats been around for years here, was able to repair it and Ive had zero problems with it since. Give it a shot, ya never know.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:30 AM   #176
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As long as the headers (top and bottom pieces) ate in good shape a recore is the way to go. Also see if an additional row of tubes can be added which increases cooling.

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Old 04-21-2016, 12:57 PM   #177
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That's what I did...re-used my original tanks...I don't think there are two of the same radiators in any of our Airstreams !!! I put a four row core to fill the whole cavity and increased the tube size from 7/16 to 9/16...probably why it cost a million dollars ($985.00). regards, Bob
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:22 PM   #178
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My mechanic found a brand new one for $800. I'm going that route. It will be good in the long run, but so far I've put about $8,000 into this RV, still have to put about $1,500 more into new tires, still have to get the breaks replaced and new bearings packed, and I still haven't even driven it.

Even worse yet, I haven't tested the plumbing or any appliances inside yet, so this is just the beginning of the big payout.

I dream about someday enjoying the thing.
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:27 PM   #179
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My mechanic found a brand new one for $800. I'm going that route.
Can you find out from your mechanic where he found the brand new one?!

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It will be good in the long run, but so far I've put about $8,000 into this RV, still have to put about $1,500 more into new tires, still have to get the breaks replaced and new bearings packed, and I still haven't even driven it.

Even worse yet, I haven't tested the plumbing or any appliances inside yet, so this is just the beginning of the big payout.

I dream about someday enjoying the thing.
In the hopes of making you feel better (and me worse!) I've got a LOT more than that in vested in my 74 Argosy and it doesn't have an engine or transmission installed yet or even an interior
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Can you find out from your mechanic where he found the brand new one?!

In the hopes of making you feel better (and me worse!) I've got a LOT more than that in vested in my 74 Argosy and it doesn't have an engine or transmission installed yet or even an interior
Maybe we should share the Peanut spreadsheet so folks can see the cost of parts to just getting a unit back on the road, that has recently (less than 5 years) been used, and with a parts donor to contribute all the missing/bent bits, and with no labor costs (but a big 'favor' pile mounting up!)?

Cost comparisons to Bella (which now is officially the same as the list price on a brand new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and nearly that of a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4) would not be fair, but these things are the definition of a money pit.
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Yeah Tap, hang in there mate as it does eventually slow down. Make sure you get the newest date coded tires you can, to put off having to shell out for tires later, rather than sooner.

When I bought my rig I spent a pretty penny buying it, but it was roadworthy and had been used regularly; that didn't stop me having to put a couple thousand into it to fix things but it certainly wasn't the big shock one can get when buying a barn find.

Speaking of barn find, I recently shocked an elderly gent selling a 345 that he hasn't used in 15 years by telling him that it would cost me a minimum $10,000 to get his rig on the road; let alone fixing interior or cosmetic stuff. He thought I was insane.

PS Give us info on the new rad and what hoses your mechanic found for your coach.

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Old 04-21-2016, 05:39 PM   #182
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...selling a 345 that he hasn't used in 15 years by telling him that it would cost me a minimum $10,000 to get his rig on the road; let alone fixing interior or cosmetic stuff. He thought I was insane.

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Well rightly so, Tony. He knew it would cost at least 15 000
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