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Old 01-24-2016, 11:43 AM   #15
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:48 AM   #16
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:52 AM   #17
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:58 AM   #19
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:59 AM   #20
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Our 310 tends to sit for long stretches. The last time I went to start it, the starter engaged but would not turn the motor over on the first try. On the second try and for the rest of the trip, it started. I got the feeling that the rings were probably stuck to the cylinder walls on that first try. You might want to see if the motor can be turned over by hand if you can get a socket on the crank pulley bolt.
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Sorry , you couldn't get her home, but thanks for sharing your enthusiasm!
The body looks very straight, it may have some frame rust, but hopefully it was stored under cover for a long time.
First thing I would do is get the radio and the heater working and then go on a wildlife hunt. You may have some critter infestation that can be very destructive.
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Old 01-24-2016, 12:32 PM   #22
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Welcome aboard Tap. Sorry the hear the first day did not go as planned. Be forewarned 90% of my projects have taken longer and been more involved than I originally thought. As for what my wife calls the money pit, well ... we won't go into that.
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Old 01-24-2016, 02:00 PM   #23
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Yup, these things happen.

A few thoughts based on the pics and comments.

When looking for chassis parts, remember that is a a 1981 P30 first, with a 7.4 Big Block, and then a Motorhome chassis. You will find that will get you on the right parts page and allow the parts guy to locate what you need.
The transmission is normally a TH475, which is a slightly HD version of the TH400, but with straight cut sun gear and a parking drum brake on the back.
Brakes should be "JF9", which is to say Hydroboost operated, discs on all wheels. The rotors on the front are slightly larger than the rear, but they use the same caliper and same pads... and none of that is expensive to replace.

RockAuto is a great source of parts at good prices, but sometimes you local autoparts place can come close, and its either right there on the shelf, or 24hrs away.

If I were you, here would be my priority list when it arrives "Home".

1/ Get her watertight if she will be living outside. That means sealing over the broken and missing glass obviously for starters. Then I would pull up/inspect all the floors looking for staining or wet ply/OSB. This will tell you what the story is or was. Here are the favorites leaks places. A/ windshield/cockpit side windows. B/ Joints on front and rear end caps. C/ Roof piercings, like AC Units, Fan units, and my fave, the seals on the grey and black tank roof vents.

2/ Find used glass for the cockpit and side windows that are missing. Windshield glasses and seals, will be new I assume.

3/ Go thru the Motor/Trans/Cooling/Fuel/Brakes/axle replacing all fluids/filters/rubber hoses, unless you have evidence of more recent work. As you go, look for leaks and other clues from the past. If I was dropping the trans pan, I would never replace the stock tin pan and would go with a deep aluminum or Derale steel pan($120) with a drain plug and magnets... altho this will probably involve a little trans Xmember clearance...

4/ New tires... manly people have swapped from the original 8R 19.5 to 225/70R 19.5 without issues.

5/ Replace the broken Headlamp units with HID 4x6 conversion kits($85), that will be totally brighter AND remove the electrical load from the notoriously weak GM headlamp switch/wiring.

That should keep you busy for a couple of weeks....
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You added some more pics while I was writing my last post...
Awesome!
Gives us some more clues.

Yes, I agree with Peter.... some critter hunts would be VERY wise... maybe Peter will break out his Pipe(Being from Hamlet)... sorry Peter, I had to say it!

Looks like you might need some AC work!
The only kinda scary thing I saw was the rear wheel arch... not sure what happened there, but I bet its fixable.
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You may want to check the roof air before moving. On mine bolts through the inside grill is all that holds the unit on. Without the inside grill mounted the rooftop unit is just sitting there and will slide right off.

Also for the windshield call a local glass shop, preferably someone who works on trucks, and they can order the glass and gasket, probably for less than you can, and install it with no hassle.

Good luck with your new toy.
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Tap's 1981 280 Motorhome (Purchased January 2016)

Thanks so much you guys, I really appreciate all of the helpful info and encouragement!

I am very excited to finally own an Airstream, though I will be even much happier once I remove all of the critter droppings, clean it all up inside, replace the smashed windows, remove the old carpeting, and get it running.
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Yes, I agree with Peter.... some critter hunts would be VERY wise... maybe Peter will break out his Pipe(Being from Hamlet)... sorry Peter, I had to say it!
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Who you gonna call.......??????
I do make house calls, but its a flute, Steve, not a pipe
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Do as much as you can, as fast as you can, before the excitement ends.
Get those kids involved too.
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