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Old 07-04-2017, 03:56 PM   #1761
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If it gets to be a serious problem, I have an web site host that claims I have "unlimited" uploads. For as long as that lasts, I could make a photo area for folks to put their photos and link to?
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:29 PM   #1762
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Well, I am back and will have something to post soon... I hope!
I also see that all my pics are back too... or is it just me????
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:00 PM   #1763
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Welcome back Steve.... pictures or not!

Look forward to hearing what you've been up to.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:15 PM   #1764
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Well, Weddings(My Son), family visits for 8 weeks... and trips to Canada(Fantastic trip), and home remodelling... felt like I was never gonna get a clear time until after July, and I was right on the money!

Today, I ordered a rivet drilling tool(VTS), and a couple of tubes of Trempro 635, so I can begin.... again.
Also added a Eastwood SCT tool to the arsenal... should be good for prepping the roof for that white paint!
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:52 AM   #1765
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Hey,
You and I have something in common. A fixer upper. GLater on that.
I made a trailor hitch for my 325. Cost me about 400.oo bucks. I got pictures, need to have my son post them. You will be impressed. Your welder freind can do this in about 2 hours. Mine is mounted with 10, 1/2 inch grade 8 bolts.
These thing can drag going up a drive, making the gas tank really close to hitting too.
I had my local fab shop bend some 3/8 flat stock, left and right side, it has a 1 1/2 lip on the bottom, it angles up to the bumper. The cross beam is 5 inch square tubing I cut the holes for the welding of receiver to be welded in. Painted it black, look great. And I made it wide enough (5 inch channel). To put a tray plugged in. I'll get you some pics. Your guy will know what to do. Or if your in the metro Milwaukee,wi area, I'll make you one. Dj
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:54 AM   #1766
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Good Info!
I have no gas tank protection as you saw, so a combined upgraded tow hitch and tank protection is a high priority.
Pics when you get a chance please!
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:09 PM   #1767
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It's been a busy first 6 months...
Wedding in Sedona of my Son.
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Then a trip to BC, Canada!
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Let's get back to it!
VTS box arrived today with some Trempro 635 and the rivet removing tool!
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Old 08-05-2017, 04:48 PM   #1768
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Eastwood SCT arrived. I think it's gonna be awesome for polishing and conditioning the roof before I apply the white paint up there. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-05-2017, 07:21 PM   #1769
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The tool looks pretty cool, we don't have anything like that.....I think I need one, let me know how you like it, Regards, Bob
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Old 08-05-2017, 07:31 PM   #1770
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Looks to much like work to me....
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Old 08-05-2017, 07:36 PM   #1771
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It's pretty cool Bob...
I was "forced" to drag it out of the box and do some "Testing" today.

If I have it right, I think you know tools, and this thing is definitely no toy.
Its pretty big, hunky, and feels well built.

I put it to work on some rusty steel stock and then on my '74 Alfa, with the 80grit flap wheel on, and stripped paint, rust and bondo. It munched thru it pretty well and left a nice, brushed finish on the steel below. I think with the various rollers/drums/brushes available it's pretty versatile. Definitely a different beast to an angle grinder with a flap wheel.

About the only down side is the cost of the consumables... The buffing wheel is $50, and the wire brush drum is $60. The rest of the scotch pad/emery wheels are $20 each.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:04 AM   #1772
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That doesn't sound that bad price wise....considering what it does, what is the width of the flap wheels, and other brushes ? Considering I sell Snap-On Tools, I always have to listen about price! I have for 28 years....goes in one ear and out the other. My customers know what they want and don't even ask price. Regards, Bob
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:20 AM   #1773
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I think the drums are 4" dia x 4" wide, but will confirm.

They had a deal on again, at $179.99, which is why I jumped at it...

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Old 08-07-2017, 10:29 PM   #1774
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Busy day today...
I began with working on my English Wheel, by adding a 4"x 4" steel spine to it, to begin the stiffening plan. Tacked, and looking good.

Then it was prep time..
My cardboard boxes are loaded with the rebuilt Rochester Carb, tools, etc!

Tomorrow is the restart!
I have my list of things to achieve, I hope it goes ok.... but I know how it goes in reality.
I will also be stopping by my fav junkyard on the loop and hopefully find some goodies!
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:12 PM   #1775
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1984 Airstream 345 owner (Newbie) need advice!

Junk yard trip was a hot(92deg today) sweaty waste of my time....
There was nothing that I wanted there... sadly!

Airstream was sitting awaiting my attention.
Reinstalled the batteries that were at home on the tender, and fired her up just to prove that she ran before I swapped the carb!

The swap went OK, but the new carb is missing a couple of vacuum pods(Front LH and rear RH), that should be there according to the emissions diagram I am working off!

I thought it would be a straight swap to put them on to the freshly rebuilt MH specific carb from Chris Ruggles, but I spotted some linkages and stuff that I needed to swap also, so I decided to just see if it ran and sounded right and worry about the emissions crap later.
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The swap went well, and even tho I could not find a power feed to attach to the electric choke(WTH?), it fired up as soon at the fuel got thru to the float, and ran ok for the test period.
My Innovate Air/Fuel meter was reading 12/1 which is a little on the rich side, but the idle was a little fast and not having a + feed to the choke may hold the choke on... not sure!

Interestingly, I noticed that new car has TWO forward facing large diameter vacuum nipples... one low, near the base and one high. The old carb only had the lower one, for the PCV hose.... I was puzzled for a bit until I spotted a larger diameter hose floating free(and sealed off) that goes forward and over the radiator, and disappears... I'm thinking its for the HVAC, which would explain why mine doesn't seem to do anything!

Anyway, a mildly successful day... but why does it feel like you cross one item off the list and add 5 new items!
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:23 AM   #1776
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I dont think Rochester ever made 2 carbs the same
Actually it is not quite that bad, every year, every engine configuration can have a different plumbing, including jets bore size vacuum passages and on and on.
That is why it is better to rebuild the original unless you can get an exact match on the body number
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:29 AM   #1777
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I agree Wayne.
Unfortunately the original carb was long gone along with a lot of the smog items I need!
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:58 PM   #1778
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I agree Wayne.
Unfortunately the original carb was long gone along with a lot of the smog items I need!
I have one from an 86 345 you can have.
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Old 08-09-2017, 05:05 PM   #1779
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Put it in the box with the 4L80e parts please!
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Put it in the box with the 4L80e parts please!
I guess I should get that box ready to go now that you're focusing on your 345 again
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