Just a quick note to express how much I have come to appreciate this forum and its membership. On our recent trip to FL we planned to stop in Atlanta and visit with 59toaster. He had won my "FreeBay" auction for my old 454 manifolds off the 345 and we planned an I-75 exit meeting so I could hand over the goods and spend a few minutes chatting about how cool our AS's are.
Well by the time we got to Atlanta we had been having fuel filter problems climbing hills in Tennessee. When we finally made it to Atlanta, 59toaster had already been thinking about my problems and offered to drive me to a parts store to pick up new filters. Not only did he drive me to one, but he drove me to four in order to find the "rare and mysterious" frame rail mounted filter on the P30. Even when I was ready to just replace the two easier to find filters and limp to FL, he would not give up and went to more stores until we found a replacement.
Then he hung around, while I replaced the filters, and chatted with Suzanne and the kids, explaining how fuel filters work and why they go bad, how much work he's put into his 59, all about working on old trucks - generally making them feel better about this whole experience.
Once the new filters were installed, he gave me some directions that allowed us to make good wide right hand turns back to I-75, we shook hands and we were on our way.
The fuel filters did the trick...we made it to FL with no loss of power.
When I told our family in FL about this whole experience they simply could not believe that I was connected to 59toaster only through this forum and that was enough for him to provide so much help to us. I tried to explain that AS owners are...well...all cut from the same block of billet aluminum but they just didn't understand. Experiences like this remind me how much Iíve come to depend on this forum and its members for advice and help and support. I hope I have many opportunities to return the favors.
To 59toaster: Thanks for spending a few hours on a Sunday helping us get our rig back on the road. We all appreciate it!
1986 Airstream 345 Classic Motorhome