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Old 07-01-2017, 04:55 PM   #1041
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Wishing everyone a happy 4th
Yo, yo, don't forget about us brothers up here in the Great White North, celebrating our 150th birthday today!

at least ours falls on a Saturday

Happy fourth of July to all my American friends; have a safe weekend.

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Old 07-01-2017, 05:43 PM   #1042
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Hey Tony I was born in the USA but my dad was born in Canada so I celebrate both days. Happy National Birthday to everybody.
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Ditto here. Dad was born in Toronto....
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:22 AM   #1044
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I have to admit, this picture of Ceeby just terrified me. I think you succeeded.
You probably wouldn't believe me if I told you any sudden noise scares the crap out of him and he disappears instantly...

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Old 07-03-2017, 02:16 PM   #1045
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Today I reached another milestone

It was exactly one year ago today that I hoisted the 454 and stuffed it into the engine compartment....my how time has flown....

So after spending the last year fabricating and installing the fuel system with the new 50 gallon tank, replacing all of the rear suspension, installing the Onan generator and a zillion other odds and ends I started the 454 up for the first time since I removed it from the test stand.

The main purpose of this test run was to verify all of my fuel lines, radiator hoses, transmission cooling lines, power steering lines and associated chassis wiring was done correctly with no leaks in the fittings or shorts in the wiring. After it was all said and done I had two leaks in the cooling lines to the transmission cooler and one leak in the suction side of the low pressure fuel pump and NO smoke from the wiring! I tightened the fittings and the leaks appear to have stopped. I don't think that's too bad considering I'd never made an inverted flare on a pipe before

I do have some issues with the gauges. The water temperature gauge doesn't seem to read much of anything, the oil pressure gauge appears to be reading full scale and the transmission temp didn't register. This latter issue might not be a problem because after about 30 minutes of running (idling mostly) the tranmission cooling lines were barely warm to the touch.

Here's a short video just to prove it was running



Next up:
  • Re-install the 50 gallon gas tank
  • Build the battery compartment on the drivers side where the black water tank used to be
  • Replace the pinion seal and then install the drive shaft
  • Finish the chassis wiring such as tail lights, headlights, etc
  • Bolt the generator to its tray so it doesn't fall out!
  • Wrap up the last details on the chassis wiring inside
  • Bolt the seats in place
  • Go for a drive......

There still a bunch of piddly things to do along with the above just to make it road worthy but there's nothing I can think of that is difficult, just time consuming. I'd like to go for the test drive by Labor Day but that will depend on how the rest of the summer goes. I'm woefully behind on yard work so that will cut into the amount of time I spend on the Argosy. Oh well, that's life

I'm really hoping to be able to spend part or all of this winter working on the interior remodel and there are a lot of repairs I want to make to the outer shell as well.


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Old 07-03-2017, 02:21 PM   #1046
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Congratulations Brad, that is one heck of an achievement!
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Old 07-03-2017, 02:38 PM   #1047
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WOW! Big big milestone Brad! Congratulations for sure. That's GOT to feel good.
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Old 07-03-2017, 02:44 PM   #1048
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Thanks guys!

Yeah it does feel good I think I've been stressing on it for quite a while now because it's all I can do right now to keep my eyes open I'm so worn out, mentally that is
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I do have some issues with the gauges..... and the transmission temp didn't register. This latter issue might not be a problem because after about 30 minutes of running (idling mostly) the transmission cooling lines were barely warm to the touch.

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Congrats Brad, what an achievement! The Trans temp did not registered on my 310 until I drove in summer temps under load. Most I ever saw was around 175 degrees. The extra 3 quarts of Derale Pan, plus a cool running 454 probably made a difference.
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:14 PM   #1050
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Congrats Brad, what an achievement! The Trans temp did not registered on my 310 until I drove in summer temps under load. Most I ever saw was around 175 degrees. The extra 3 quarts of Derale Pan, plus a cool running 454 probably made a difference.
Thanks Peter

I've got the same Derale pan on my transmission. I think I dumped in 19 or 20 quarts of oil before I it showed full. I have a little to much in there now but I'll wait until it's actually moved under it's own power before I decide whether to drain any.

I'm not sure what I was expecting as far as temperature on the cooling lines but I know I'm not disappointed!

I had it idling for about 25 minutes and the coolant temp reached 205 and then started dropping and stabilized at 181 degrees. This is with the motorhome sitting inside my shop and just the water pump mounted cooling fan. The computer is set to maintain 180 and it seemed to be doing a nice job. All in all I'm quite happy with how well it went today
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:30 AM   #1051
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As I progress with the chassis wiring I've reached a point where the headlights can be installed. I decided quite a while back that I wanted LED bulbs which necessitated finding all the pieces and parts to make it happen.

To start with the headlight buckets needed to be replaced as they were super rusty and in overall poor condition. After a lot of searching via google images I found that my 1974 Argosy used headlight buckets that were identical to those used on a 1955/56 Chevy! The only differences were two tabs used to hold the headlight chrome rings on. The 1955 buckets had them and my 1974 buckets didn't. Fortunately that was easy enough to fix.

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Of course the buckets didn't come with wire grommets or plug assembly so I had to source those separately.
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The LED bulbs that I chose have a built in fan for cooling. These same bulbs have been used by some friends in their Triumphs so I figured if it's good enough for a Triumph it's good enough for me
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Plugging everything together in preparation for squeezing everything inside the bucket.
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Everything fits
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The lens sits somewhat taller than a standard glass bulb but the trim ring holds in everything place just fine.
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And then there's the mandatory ABS part included in the headlight assembly as provided by Airstream.
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Both bulb assemblies are done and ready to install.

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Old 07-04-2017, 06:12 PM   #1052
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Congrats! Awesome!

Great to hear you got it fired up! I don't doubt for a minute that when you get done your 20 footer will be as strong and dependable as any brand new MoHo on the road. And lets face it, no new MoHo will look near as cool rolling down the road.
Question. When was the last time you took one of these Classics out for a road trip??
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Great to hear you got it fired up! I don't doubt for a minute that when you get done your 20 footer will be as strong and dependable as any brand new MoHo on the road. And lets face it, no new MoHo will look near as cool rolling down the road.
It definitely took a load off my shoulders when it fired right up

I really really like this TBI setup. I hot wired the electric pumps to fill the surge tank and pressurize the system and then I cranked it over and it fired right up!

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Probably around April of 2012. Trailered the Spitfire race car to the Mitty at Road Atlanta. That was the trip where I lost all of the v-belts at the same time while passing an 18 wheeler at 65 mph

Oh wait, does driving Peanut up and down the driveway count?!
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Oh wait, does driving Peanut up and down the driveway count?!
With the length of your drive, probably yes Brad
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With the length of your drive, probably yes Brad
Good point, Peanut probably has traveled about 5 miles up and down my driveway!
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:12 AM   #1056
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The last few days I've been working on the drivers side storage compartment. The drivers side contained the black and grey water tanks.
However like Bella I will no longer have a black water tank due to the toilet having a removable cartridge for waste which means I can fill the empty space with batteries, grey water tank and a few other odds and ends.

I started the process by stealing another of Martin's ideas on how to fabricate the compartment opening

The compartment covers are now double hinged. The top hinge opens the covers just like they came from the factory. However now there is an additional lower hinge that folds down revealing a dropped floor with 3" more head more. I'll be adding a slide out tray that will hold up to 3 batteries and will replace the original grey water tank with something that fits the new dimensions better.

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I've still got a lot of work to do on the compartment but getting the hinges fixed in place was probably the most difficult part. Fabricating the floor and rear wall of the compartment will mainly just be time consuming.

I'm hoping to fire the engine up again sometime today to test something new. Will report on that later....
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Looking good Brad.

One small heads up, which may or may not apply. I have my (new) propane tank in the front part of that compartment. It was mounted on the floor of the new compartment, but that means both hinges of the compartment has to be unlatched to get the refill nozzle engaged and is very tight. If I was doing it again, then I would raise the propane tank up off the lower floor and use the 3in of space to store the propane hoses etc underneath.
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Looking good Brad.

One small heads up, which may or may not apply. I have my (new) propane tank in the front part of that compartment. It was mounted on the floor of the new compartment, but that means both hinges of the compartment has to be unlatched to get the refill nozzle engaged and is very tight. If I was doing it again, then I would raise the propane tank up off the lower floor and use the 3in of space to store the propane hoses etc underneath.
Current plan is for the propane tank to be installed in it's original location behind the steps. Probably kinda of a pain for the guy trying to fill the tank but I've got all the hardware to put it there so will try that first. Besides, it it was good enough for Airstream it's good enough for me....right....?

That's a good suggestion on raising things to provide storage underneath. I will definitely keep that in mind as I try and figure out what all will be put in the compartment. Right now it's just the grey water tank, the battery tray and it's associated components like the battery isolator, etc.
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Awesome new Brad!

Funny about the double hinge on the storage compartments as I had the same thought when I had my electrical box rebuilt and lowered by a couple of inches; but I still didn't have enough room for the BBQ and it was costing me large as it were, so I scrapped the idea. I was also concerned with water intruding into the box from spray off the rear wheels.

I hope the hinges you are using are stainless steel or aluminum.

Keep going Brad and may the Airstream Gods go play with someone else.

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Awesome new Brad!

Funny about the double hinge on the storage compartments as I had the same thought when I had my electrical box rebuilt and lowered by a couple of inches; but I still didn't have enough room for the BBQ and it was costing me large as it were, so I scrapped the idea. I was also concerned with water intruding into the box from spray off the rear wheels.
Figuring out a way to seal the compartment is on my "hope to accomplish" list! I may not be able to make it water tight but if I can keep 98% of the moisture out I'll probably call it good.


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Stainless and they are 7' long!

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Funny you should mention the Airstream Gods.....

I was trying to decide what to do with the aluminum sheet that seals the floor underneath inside the compartment. There are a lot of large openings in this section due to the hold holding tanks and I wasn't sure if I should just patch or replace the whole section. To get a better look I decided to remove the plywood inside along the drivers side wall and unfortunately found a LOT more rust and rot than I had anticipated

The 1"x2" floor tubing is rusted and perforated on the front and rear side of the wheel well. I knew the rear one was bad but I didn't know the front side was as well.
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First thing I needed to do was get the plastic wheel well out of there so I could figure out how to replace the steel tubing. To do that figured I needed to remove the inner skin. Got that removed and I still can't see how to remove the wheel well
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It was getting late and I still had to mow the front pasture so I called it quits. I'll dig into it more in the next few days.

This is definitely going to delay me from being able to take a test drive. Oh well.....


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