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Old 04-25-2013, 09:06 PM   #1281
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Question. I apologize if this was already answered and I didn't see. My levelers work great with the exception of the driver front. It extends and retracts. No oil leaking, but after a night of them being used I have to extend it again. It seems to loose strength. Any ideas?
The seals in the jack could be leaking internally or the control valve could be leaking. The simplest way to be sure would be to swap the jack with another one. The jacks are mounted with 4 bolts, the hydraulic line and the wire for the down indicator light. Not really a big job to remove. Just swap it with the passenger side and see which side goes down over night.

You could buy gauges and fittings to set up to monitor pressure but that might be more work and certainly will cost more than swapping the jacks.

Good luck.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:10 PM   #1282
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The seals in the jack could be leaking internally or the control valve could be leaking. The simplest way to be sure would be to swap the jack with another one. The jacks are mounted with 4 bolts, the hydraulic line and the wire for the down indicator light. Not really a big job to remove. Just swap it with the passenger side and see which side goes down over night.

You could buy gauges and fittings to set up to monitor pressure but that might be more work and certainly will cost more than swapping the jacks.

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Ok. Will try that. Should be something I can handle.
Thanks!!
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:20 PM   #1283
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Ok. Will try that. Should be something I can handle.
Thanks!!
And while you have them out you might as well paint them so they will be pretty like Steve's. I'm sorry I couldn't resist.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:17 PM   #1284
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And while you have them out you might as well paint them so they will be pretty like Steve's. I'm sorry I couldn't resist.
Myrtle Lynn, Not to pile on, but I think your rig will call for chrome plating them.

....Which makes me wonder why we've never seen any pics of the underside of your moho??? You're not hiding anything rusty under there are you?
I've always figured it was fully polished too.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:55 AM   #1285
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Myrtle Lynn, Not to pile on, but I think your rig will call for chrome plating them.

....Which makes me wonder why we've never seen any pics of the underside of your moho??? You're not hiding anything rusty under there are you?
I've always figured it was fully polished too.
Now, now, my underside is a bit personal. Lol. Not hiding anything. No rust under there. With the small oil leak that I was told to leave, keeps it very under coated. It's definitely not chrome plated under there, but it is well kept. My Moho I have to say is rust free. I payed on the top end for it. "Invested" ;-) a lot of money to make her run, drive, and sleep like it should. Don't think I didn't spend years working on her. I did! I just got one I didn't have to rebuild. I say that but a lot is replaced. It is 100% ready, thats the best part. My last thing is I want to remove my emissions and have headers installed. My friend here in town had two now only one( I helped sell the one) when I drive them it had so much power. Mine feels so restricted. She is running so good I am not going to disrupt her now. Next time she goes to the DR's she will have her arteries cleared. Anyone want all that emission stuff? It didn't have cosmetic stuff that needed to be fixed, just a lot of striping, and polishing. Took her out yesterday for a little drive. I found a place here in town that sells pure gas no ethanol. :-) I filled her up right away. It is a new gas station so now I am excited they are here. Oh! Sorry. I will snap a few pictures of my underside for you and post. :-) hope your not disappointed. No chrome. Dirty like the rest. :-)
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:49 PM   #1286
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Started on the other front jack...
It was also ugly, and has some other issues...


The roller bearing is gone... the stop is bent... well the area it is bolted to is! Also check out the tweaked spring wrap!
I am gonna have to get the BIG hammer out on this one!


Whats left of the roller...
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:37 PM   #1287
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What are those?

Sorry to be so ignorant but what are those jacks? Where are they? Do I have those on my MH? Paula
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:11 AM   #1288
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Leveling Jacks, for stabilizing and leveling when parked.
It was a factory option, but mine were added aftermarket I guess.
Your MH might not have them... there is a lever controller beside the drivers seat on mine.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:09 PM   #1289
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#2 front jack is cleaned and painted... Pic coming!

I was working on the drivers side rear wrap..
Its ugly, but I screwed a piece of Masonite to the upper surface to flatten it out, because its badly warped.
Then used a DA sander with 80grit to surface the back side.
Wiped it down with MEK then brushed on a skim coat of MEK/ABS slurry...


Another thicker slurry coat, and then wetted on 2 layers of fiberglass.


Once this is hard, I will work on the visible surface...
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:28 AM   #1290
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#2 front jack is cleaned and painted... Pic coming!

I was working on the drivers side rear wrap..
Its ugly, but I screwed a piece of Masonite to the upper surface to flatten it out, because its badly warped.
Then used a DA sander with 80grit to surface the back side.
Wiped it down with MEK then brushed on a skim coat of MEK/ABS slurry...


Another thicker slurry coat, and then wetted on 2 layers of fiberglass.


Once this is hard, I will work on the visible surface...
That looks like it is going to turn out well! Mine are brittle but not yet cracked. Mine do need painting though.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:16 AM   #1291
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The plan at the moment is to try to get it half decent looking, so I can get a mould off it.
The picture shows the back side... and the little nubs are the self tapping screws that go thru the Masonite and into the part. its super brittle too.
Not matter what I did, I could not get the broken sections lined up... it was a real jigsaw puzzle!
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:26 PM   #1292
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Well, I made a small but important mistake and one that I have to own up to, so other do not follow me blindly!

When I decided to do this MEK/ABS slurry repair, I figured that I needed to thin the mixture considerably to allow it to "Wet" the fiberglass cloth... because that's what you do with polyester layups...

It seems that it was too much for the ABS fairing material, having that much solvent "poultice" on to it...
End result was a bit of melting and wrinkling...
Its not a disaster for me, but it might be for someone else...
So just go easy!

I will just fill the sagged areas and wrinkles and bring it back to a nice surface to get a mold off.

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Old 05-16-2013, 01:49 PM   #1293
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Both front jacks are ready and also one mount too...

Waiting for parts from HWH now...

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Old 05-16-2013, 08:19 PM   #1294
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Range Rover Seats...
My electrical guru buddy and I took to the garage with a note pad, PowerProbe 3, and some beer last night...

He confirmed that the memory function on the seat is somehow tied to the body computer(BCM), via the CPU box under each seat. Despite supplying power and ground to the correct places the seats were DOA, all accept the pneumatic lumber motor which is the ONLY item that is not tied to the seat position memory.

We broke the seat functions down by motor and figured out which wire polarity drove the motor which direction, then did the same at the switches.
We then applied power and ground to the switch feed, and connected the motors to the relevant switch wires.... and its working!

Phew!
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:06 AM   #1295
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Wow,
Has a month really gone by?

I have been a little distracted with a few things... Robyn is getting me back on track...

My attempts to straighten out the Jack bracket damage is still being thwarted...
Propane torch.... FAIL.
Map Gas torch.... FAIL.
Plan C is coming..
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:16 AM   #1296
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A few mods have been going on in the garage, which have opened up some new processes...
My old sandblaster is now working again...

Some test pieces have been prepped...
Headlamp cans...



Ready...


Powdercoat!



Whilst it was a good test, I see I need to prep better(or maybe use someone who can see better!) for stuff that will be visible... the RH one had some paint of something still on which caused some reaction or just plain roughness...



Front bumper brackets are next..

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Old 06-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #1297
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Headlamp casting stripped.... again, and almost ready for powder..

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As a fellow Brit expat I'm one of many others that can fully appreciate how anal you are Steve,. A little paint left over caused a headlamp can to be a little rough???? On the back to boot! Redoing a headlight casting that most others would have been very satisfied with?

However is is the very same trait that allowed the British to build a lighthouse on an island that is only accessible by boat three days a year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/sevenwo...mm/index.shtml

You would make a fantastic brain surgeon, if you're not one already.
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As a fellow Brit expat I'm one of many others that can fully appreciate how anal you are Steve,. A little paint left over caused a headlamp can to be a little rough???? On the back to boot! Redoing a headlight casting that most others would have been very satisfied with?

However is is the very same trait that allowed the British to build a lighthouse on an island that is only accessible by boat three days a year.

BBC - Seven Wonders

You would make a fantastic brain surgeon, if you're not one already.
Which why in my restoration we refer to things being done as "Steve's" way (i.e. correct with attention to detail) or "Dave's" way (hoping it is correct, but needed to get it done). Dave's way is often followed by Steve's way.......
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...You would make a fantastic brain surgeon, if you're not one already.
Hmm, I certainly would have no problem having Steve work on my Argosy and sorta wished he would

However when it comes to Steve performing brain surgery I'm not so sure sand blasting, powder coating and polishing will fix the problems that I have...
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