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Old 01-03-2021, 01:03 PM   #2361
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Thanks!


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See page 115-116 of this thread for solar panel pics, and positioning...



Or here:
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325 will be different but might have some similar spacing.




Tried to bolt that wood steering wheel on the OEM Airstream hub... and altho its similar, the 9 bolt holes are on a tiny bit different PCD...

Looking at solutions and will report back.
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Wondering what people think to this...
My original steering wheel was ratty....

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Iíd already started a test piece two tone re-cover....
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Then, in a freak event, I got a perfect OEM wheel, which I fitted, and was happy to mount.
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Fast forward to another event...
Picked up this riveted mahogany wheel recently from a friend.
Wondered if it would look good/better than the leather wheel on the MH?
9 hole mount, very close in diameter.
Opinions?
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You probably should save it, and wait till you have taken a long road trip, you might like the comfort of the covered wheel over the wood one.
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Old 01-03-2021, 05:05 PM   #2363
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Wondering what people think to this...
My original steering wheel was ratty....

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Iíd already started a test piece two tone re-cover....
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Then, in a freak event, I got a perfect OEM wheel, which I fitted, and was happy to mount.
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Fast forward to another event...
Picked up this riveted mahogany wheel recently from a friend.
Wondered if it would look good/better than the leather wheel on the MH?
9 hole mount, very close in diameter.
Opinions?
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Diameter: Original wheel is underneath.
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Steve, if you have one to spare, i think Nick (BoomSounds) has been looking for one forever. You may want to give him a shout.
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Has anyone ever replaced the water fill port behind the aluminum flap, and if so, what worked?
Mine is weathered and cracked on the hose barb... I could fix it but replacement would be better...


I replaced my crumbling plastic insert with one of these Ď84 270. The center spout was the exact replacement, turn and pull out from the surround. It went directly into the original housing!
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Old 01-04-2021, 01:25 PM   #2365
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Nice!
Iíd actually already bought this one but if it doesnít work I know where to go.

JR Products 37525 Polar White... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C88B1X2...p_mob_ap_share

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Anyone have thought or opinion on this radiator?
Itís a little smaller than the OEM radiator in overall dimensions but 4 row...

Primecooling 4 Row All Aluminum Radiator for Chevy/GMC Blazer,C/K Series Pickup Truck More V8 Models 1973-91 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYUVC77...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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So, ever since I ďDroppedĒ my Kohler 7kw genset, Iíve been worried about what to do about replacing it.
I think I maybe found a partial solution today.
A Kohler 4.5kw genset off CL.
Seller said itís been sitting for 5+ years and was running... he planned to have it as a house backup but never got around to it.
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Looks in pretty good shape, and doesnít look like itís been at the bottom of a lake for 25 years either.
Will take a deeper dive into it tomorrow I think.... but $50 seemed reasonable....
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Old 01-05-2021, 08:54 PM   #2367
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So, I found that the 4.5 genset install and troubleshooting manual was in the same Doc as the 7kw!
Confirmed it is a single cylinder unit, and can output 37amps or so, and easily runs a single 13.5 AC unit, or 2x 11k btu's.
It looks like a simple unit, with a mechanical fuel pump, but a "Fuel Solenoid" on the input fuel line. will have to see if they work!

I've figured out where the main 12v input, and ground is, so tomorrow I will extract the unit from my VW trunk(250# ), replace the oil, and see if it will run!
If, by some fluke, it runs, I might as well stuff it in the MH... after I extract the 7kw for inspection, maybe even sideways, as it about 3" longer than the 7kw is wide, and run it for a bit until I get situated.
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So, I found that the 4.5 genset install and troubleshooting manual was in the same Doc as the 7kw!
Confirmed it is a single cylinder unit, and can output 37amps or so, and easily runs a single 13.5 AC unit, or 2x 11k btu's.
It looks like a simple unit, with a mechanical fuel pump, but a "Fuel Solenoid" on the input fuel line. will have to see if they work!

I've figured out where the main 12v input, and ground is, so tomorrow I will extract the unit from my VW trunk(250# ), replace the oil, and see if it will run!
If, by some fluke, it runs, I might as well stuff it in the MH... after I extract the 7kw for inspection, maybe even sideways, as it about 3" longer than the 7kw is wide, and run it for a bit until I get situated.

Hell of a deal, 50 Bucks! I am willing to bet you a cookie that the carb is gummed up. Dont forget the hungry converter wanting 8-10 amps. They get kinda cranky when you deprive them.
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Old 01-05-2021, 10:24 PM   #2369
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Hell of a deal, 50 Bucks! I am willing to bet you a cookie that the carb is gummed up.

Agreed Peter, thats why I absolutely could not turn it down!
Hell, if its toast, I am pretty sure I can part it out and make a $ or 2 on eBay...


My VW Jetta TDI wagon handled the 250# in the tail without a blink, altho I'm not sure how to lift it back out yet! I dont think my Girl is gonna offer to help...

For the record, the first half of the 80 mile round trip was done with less that a gallon(49.2mpg), and the trip total was 46.8mpg... so I guess we should add about $9 to the cost...


Further investigation says this unit is from 1983 ish, and looks in good cosmetic shape for a 37 years old.
The Engine is designated as a K341QS, and im trying to find a carb rebuild kit for it, but so far nothing...
Looking forward to pulling the plug and checking the bore with the scope to see, and pop some oil in there and try to rotate it...
If that looks good im gonna feed it some fresh oil and a diet of fresh gas and Seafoam and see what it does...

I have a good feeling about it... but ive been wrong before... allegedly...
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Just anecdotal but I have a 1965 vintage IH Cub Cadet with a K241AS 10hp and I donít think I ever put a carb kit in it. I did have to replace the carb after about 45 years of service due to a wiggly worn carb body to throttle shaft fit.

Bring it back to life. If itís an aluminum head might need a head gasket and tweak if it chirps under load.

Have you checked Parts Tree https://www.partstree.com/

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Thanks Gary!
Will check that site out and report back after Iíve got more info.
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Seafoam. Pour a bunch in the gas can and run the generator from it for a while. It will definitely help clean the carburetor.
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Some progress on the $50 genset today
Slid it out of my VW without dropping it and got it to my workshop area.
Pulled the spark plug and it looked ok.
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Plug looked ok after a cleanup, and gap was close.
Tried to get my borescope into the plug hole but couldnít as it seems itís a side valve engine and the spark plug is offset.
It looks like and alloy head.

Drained the oil out.
A close examination revealed it was black and a little tar like, but there appeared to be about 1 1/2 quarts. After letting it settle and warm in the sun, I skimmed the majority of it and found nothing major in the bottom. Some minor metallic flecks, but nothing serious, no chunks or grim discoveries.
Refilled it with 2 quarts of HD 30 weight.
Dropped some ATF into the cylinder to add some lubrication.
Ran new 5g leads to a freshly charged battery, crossed my finger and hit the start rocker switch...
Nothing.
Checked the fuses, nothing obvious.
Ran a jumper cable to the + on the started and she cranked over quickly.
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Dripped in a little oil for a wet test.
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A little lower than I hoped but itís been sitting a long time. Iím guessing the rings are a bit gummed up.
Gotta do more research on the control box now.
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If access to the cyl head after installing in the frame is limited consider replacing the head gasket, cleaning the carbon off of the head and the piston and then check valve clearance before installing in chassis.

Just gives you better engine access get it happy then show it itís new home.
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Old 01-07-2021, 05:17 PM   #2375
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Brad... Your site is gone, unless you migrated it somewhere?
Don't suppose you have any 4.5cm21rv files???


GC... will do that if I can get this beast started and running!

Your your version of this engine have an oil filter anywhere???

Cannot find one, which is just weird.

I've proved the motor is not seized, and I have compression, but I'm sure the rings are probably stuck from sitting so long... a good run and a Seafoam soak will help for sure.

At the moment my focus is on the electrics.
The first issue is the start/stop switch which is toast... It crumbled to pieces in my fingers today while I was probing the connectors looking for voltage.
The 3 relays in the control box are similar condition, with the a
Clear acrylic covers crumbling, so luckily found 4x used, on Fleabay for $15. Shipped
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Been trying to figure out this little gizmo. Magnet told me to check the resistance, which I did, and itís different each leg, confirming his thiuts that itís a diode.... problem is I donít know which way around it goes now!
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Ordered points, plug, switch, and generator brush kit too... I'm now over $100 into this thing total... LOL
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Might have found a clue.
Seems like there maybe 2 types of Kohler generator controllers.
1/ The one that is described in all the available manuals.... has idiot lights and a OCB control board.... odd thing is that neither my 7kw nor this 4.5kw appears to have that....
2/ A more basic ďRelay BasedĒ controller.
I found this manual on eBay and itís on it way to me as I write.
Look at the top title.
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If this hunch is correct, it might help figure this puzzle out.

Back to the wood steering wheel...
I found a hub adaptor on eBay($35) that fits a C/K series truck AND the wood wheel. The spline count and bore seems to match the Motorhome unit, but if not I can put it on my Blazer.
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Been trying to figure out this little gizmo. Magnet told me to check the resistance, which I did, and "it’s different each leg, confirming his thiuts that it’s a diode.... problem is I don’t know which way around it goes now! "
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Steve, take your multimeter, and check each side of the diode if that is what it is? If the positive shows dead on one side and the other side is infinity it's a diode, and it shows both sides the diose is shot. If it is shorted both sides get a new one asap. Check Mouser.com or Digikey.com they should have something. Is there no print on either side of the diode? Let me know please and I'll try to find it for you. Actually I may have one here......MAYBE! I've never seen one like this though so without knowing what it is rated for we'd just be guessing. And then again if it's NOT a diode that'll have to figured out also. It's going to take a better tech that I'm not.

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I wonder what a diode would be doing hanging in the air like that.
I doubt that is is a diode. That is particularly true since it seems
to have no polarity indication.

My guess is that it is a fuse.
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