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Old 08-27-2016, 03:04 AM   #393
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I feel your pain Mark, but hang in there.

The Airstream Gods are just testing you, and making sure you are of the right stuff to become a custodian of one of these beauties!
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:53 PM   #394
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You still hanging in there bud.......What happened?

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Old 09-01-2016, 09:33 PM   #395
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Radiator issues again. After putting over $1,000 into other new parts under the hood. It never ends. *Sigh*
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:33 PM   #396
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I feel your pain Mark, but hang in there.

The Airstream Gods are just testing you, and making sure you are of the right stuff to become a custodian of one of these beauties!

Thanks Martin.
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:41 PM   #397
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I'm on the north end of the Twin Cities, not far off Hwy 65.

Paul, thank you SO much for posting here. I had no idea that there was another Twin Citian here!

I would LOVE to get together with you. I've felt so all alone in Minnesota in my classic AS troubles.

It feels so good to know that you're around. Any chance you're around this weekend?

Do you know anything about radiators on our classic mohos?
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Old 09-01-2016, 10:04 PM   #398
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Aloha Tap, so glad to see you have caught your breath and rejoined us.

A number of us have been thru a lot of the same pain, especially with the cooling system. It does usually come around to biting the bullit and either replacing or having the radiator recored. Some models have radiators that are hard to find new other than with plastic tanks. That was the case with my 345,
So I had it recored with a high effeniecy core. This after many fan clutch replacements , flushes and other attempts to get it to run less hot.

A way to diagnose the cooling of the radiator is with a lazer thermometer, that you can aim at different parts of it when at temp. You will probably find the lower corners are blocked and not reaching the temps of the center part.

I have read here that on some models the Rad can be dropped down thru the frame. Mine had to come out the front. This allowed me to redo the airdam which should also help

Getting this done on top of your other repairs should turn the tide on the cooling system.

Wishing you the best, Richard
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Old 09-02-2016, 08:41 AM   #399
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Good luck Tap. I've read through this thread and it has been helpful in making a checklist of things I need to be addressing in the future.

speaking of radiators,

I drained mine, but it literally took days because i was getting one drip per second! So, obviously I have a blockage. Coolant was low, dark and cloudy, but the Isuzu TD hadn't been overheating when idling.

What is others experience using coolant flushes?

or a backflush system like this?:

https://www.amazon.com/Prestone-AF-K...=coolant+flush
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:38 AM   #400
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Mark also sent me a PM, same content, so I thought I'd share my PM reply:

Hi Mark,

We have seen a number of other AS Classics around the twin cities. At least two other 345's. One was parked at a repair shop a couple of miles south of our place so we peeked in the windows. It had the twin beds in the back. Ours is a queen.

If you camp at the MN AirStream Park you will meet Tim over on the E strip, and he has a 345 very similar to mine but better cared for.

We are home this weekend, as far as I know, but I have a little project that will probably consume my Saturday.

I do not know anything about radiators, other than I replace them when they are bad. There used to be a warehouse on Co.Rd.B2 in Roseville that sold radiators and gas tanks (bought one each from them years ago). I see people paying a lot for new/rebuilt radiators, and I'm thankful ours is doing so well. The cooling system has a lot of plumbing - back to the water heater, heater core, etc. I used some conditioner/water pump lube a couple of years ago, but I know we are due for a flush.

But if you need a second set of hands this weekend, let me know. We'll try to find a time that works on Sunday or Monday.

- Paul
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:13 AM   #401
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Good luck Tap. I've read through this thread and it has been helpful in making a checklist of things I need to be addressing in the future.

speaking of radiators,

I drained mine, but it literally took days because i was getting one drip per second! So, obviously I have a blockage. Coolant was low, dark and cloudy, but the Isuzu TD hadn't been overheating when idling.

What is others experience using coolant flushes?

or a backflush system like this?:

https://www.amazon.com/Prestone-AF-K...=coolant+flush

Diesels don't make heat while idling. They make heat by working. Your exhaust temperature gauge (EGT) measures the amount of work or power output by the temperature of the exhaust.

It's possible your system drained slowly because the drain port itself was blocked from lack of use. If your Isuzu doesn't overheat on the highway, especially in the mountains, then you are probably in good shape.

If the cooling system is in decent shape, change of coolant and back flush might be considered a maintenance item but if you have an overheating problem pulling the radiator for boil-out and rodding or recoreing if needed would be a better solution.
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:51 PM   #402
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Hey Tap, what's up? Tell us you are still alive and haven't given up. We've all had problems in the past and slowly worked thru them.


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Old 09-15-2016, 09:39 PM   #403
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I peeked back at the beginning of your thread Tap. And was relieved to see that your coach came to you at a low price. So You have some room to move on it.

This all reminds me of when I bought my 911. The word on the forums was that it was a $20k car. One way or the other. You could buy a nice one for $20k. Or you could buy a project and spend the difference in repairs to end up at 20k

I'm not sure what number to assign to a classic coach but you get the idea.

Cheers Richard
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I peeked back at the beginning of your thread Tap. And was relieved to see that your coach came to you at a low price. So You have some room to move on it.

This all reminds me of when I bought my 911. The word on the forums was that it was a $20k car. One way or the other. You could buy a nice one for $20k. Or you could buy a project and spend the difference in repairs to end up at 20k

I'm not sure what number to assign to a classic coach but you get the idea.

Cheers Richard
Have I missed something from Mark indicating he is getting ready to cut and run? I hope not!
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I peeked back at the beginning of your thread Tap. And was relieved to see that your coach came to you at a low price. So You have some room to move on it.

This all reminds me of when I bought my 911. The word on the forums was that it was a $20k car. One way or the other. You could buy a nice one for $20k. Or you could buy a project and spend the difference in repairs to end up at 20k

I'm not sure what number to assign to a classic coach but you get the idea.

Cheers Richard
Truer words couldn't have been better said but there's a difference........

IMHO If you're not mechanically inclined or don't have access to a skill required for a project at, or near free; buy a very nice one. It gets very expensive having people fix things for you at shop rates.

Projects are for mechanically inclined people.

That being said, I hope Mark sees this through, but starts taking the time to pick a system on his rig and learn everything about it to mitigate his costs.

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Old 09-16-2016, 05:38 AM   #406
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As I get older and supposedly wiser , I come to realize that the Classic Airstream Motorhome is a real fun Hobby to have.
I have the knowledge and experience, to work on about every system on these machines, even while on the road. But I do not have the unlimited resources and ground crew to completely bring these rigs into the 21 century, concerning reliability, safety, emission, fuel consumption, AC etc.
So, when I go on big trips, I prefer to take my late model Van and pull an Airstream. It is much more enjoyable and SAFE for the family, the pets and myself. I have done my share of thousands of miles of sweating every mile that something will blow.
And the Classic Motorhome remains to be a fun Hobby and that's it.
I am looking for a sticker "My other Airstream is a Classic Motorhome"
Go ahead an bash me, I can take it.
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