Originally Posted by clray
Hello, as usual I am getting no help from dealer parts depts., so since I am finally getting to try to get my MH on the road, I am relieved to be able to turn to you. For starters, is there anywhere I can get a rebuild kit for the brake master cylinder? Does anyone have a copy of the manual for the 1981 for sale? I'd appreciate any and all advice. I'm looking forward to getting to meet some of you soon. Thank you so much.
NAPA, Autozone or Pep Boys should carry all parts for your rig other than the engine as the P30 chassis is everywhere. A master cylinder is only 75.00 or so dollars. The weird thing is that Airstream turned the master around and mounted it backwards (at least on mine).
For suspension stuff go Henderson.
As for manuals you may find yours on Keyairs manual sticky on the Classics page in the motorhome forums. Others like me do have hard copies of the engine shop manual.
As for parts for the engine it can be a mixed bag. Hamilton Marine is pretty good, but some of the parts on our rigs are not replaceable per say. For example the turbo is a Rajay (no longer in business) unit that can be replaced by a suitable Garret turbo but the housings will require adjustments for fitment.
Just beware of ordering parts for fuel management as there are different types of 6BD1A's. An excavator 6BD1A will run a different governor and other parts.
Don't be afraid to modify and replace items that fail with newer better parts. For example I replaced my old compressor with an ARB twin cylinder unit and I'm using two 5 gallon aluminum holding tanks for air.
When you are ready come on over to the Classics section and introduce yourself with some pics.