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Old 11-16-2019, 11:20 PM   #1101
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Iíve been real busy at work selling equipment that requires my time on Saturdayís for installation, so I finally got a solid day in today. The front end is out and I should have the tranny and possibly the engine out tomorrow. Regards, BobClick image for larger version

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Old 11-17-2019, 04:27 AM   #1102
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Iíve been real busy at work selling equipment that requires my time on Saturdayís for installation, so I finally got a solid day in today. The front end is out and I should have the tranny and possibly the engine out tomorrow. Regards, BobAttachment 356390Attachment 356391Attachment 356392Attachment 356393[ATTACH]356394[/ATTACH


Other than the engine being on the wrong end, I really like the looks of that Gillig chassis. Not putting those down ridding on bread trucks, but it would be my second choice after the Spartan. Hope to get that 94 DP back soon and start on it. First step is new airbags, leveling valves, and shocks,
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:58 PM   #1103
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So.....a solid 20 hours this weekend, and about 2 gallons of coffee put me right back on schedule. The engine and transmission are out, found another burnt wiring harness under the distributor that probably would have stranded me on the way to Yellowstone next summer. Iím going to replace all the air lines in the front. A few more items to replace as well. Tried to keep everything neat, but ended up swimming in antifreeze.....I think Iím just going to burn todayís clothes.....I should have the engine stripped down by Tuesday morning and will get it on itís way to Jasper by the end of the week. Regards, BobClick image for larger version

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Old 11-18-2019, 05:24 AM   #1104
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Whatís the engine plan with Jasper?
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Old 11-18-2019, 06:13 AM   #1105
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Good question Dave, spoke with my jasper guy last night, I suspect that the lifters were bleeding down after the engine got hot due to the POís use of the incorrect engine oil. The engine had a terrible loud tick, tick, tick noise, will have them check the cam, install a set of forged pistons and rods, check the crank, heavy duty timing chain set, high volume oil pump, etc. The engine had excellent power and ran smooth, but sounded like something was going to fly apart ! I donít want to have any problems on the trip to Yellowstone so Iím trying to cover all the bases. This is going to be a trip of a lifetime for me, Iíll try and get the kitchen removed next Sunday, then on to dashboard, then the rear end ! Regards, Bob
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Old 11-18-2019, 06:28 AM   #1106
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Okay, I will admit to posting a FORD acronym, but decided not to poke fun at the project.

Keep up the good work Bob

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Old 11-18-2019, 08:56 AM   #1107
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You’re pretty amazing Bob. I’m assuming you own stock in some COFFEE COMPANY. You could keep them in business by yourself. So you were able to get the front end high enough to drop that motor out the bottom?
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:35 PM   #1108
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Youíre pretty amazing Bob. Iím assuming you own stock in some COFFEE COMPANY. You could keep them in business by yourself. So you were able to get the front end high enough to drop that motor out the bottom?
So amped up on caffeine, he just reached in and pulled the whole lot out with his bare hands, motor mounts and all.

Got to love Bob.
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:46 PM   #1109
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Gotta love it....Mike the front frame rails are 34Ē off the floor....I wasnít watching the back end but the trailer hitch bent the crossmember on the tow dolly. The on board levelers on the 370LE are about 3 times the size of the ones on the 325LE so it made the job a lot easier.
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:41 AM   #1110
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Good question Dave, spoke with my jasper guy last night, I suspect that the lifters were bleeding down after the engine got hot due to the POís use of the incorrect engine oil. The engine had a terrible loud tick, tick, tick noise, will have them check the cam, install a set of forged pistons and rods, check the crank, heavy duty timing chain set, high volume oil pump, etc. The engine had excellent power and ran smooth, but sounded like something was going to fly apart ! I donít want to have any problems on the trip to Yellowstone so Iím trying to cover all the bases. This is going to be a trip of a lifetime for me, Iíll try and get the kitchen removed next Sunday, then on to dashboard, then the rear end ! Regards, Bob


Going pretty much stock? Some emissions mods back in that era really robbed performance and economy as a trade for reducing NOx emissions. Lower compression ratios to reduce combustion temperature is the main culprit. The resulting incomplete combustion was treated with air infection and catalytic converters to burn off the wasted hydrocarbons. That was back when gas was cheap and CO2 wasnít the boogeyman.

Might be some head and cam options worth considering.
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:52 AM   #1111
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Ask them about something with specs like this:

https://www.compcams.com/xtreme-ener...d-429-460.html
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Old 11-20-2019, 05:01 AM   #1112
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:01 AM   #1113
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Ask them about something with specs like this:

https://www.compcams.com/xtreme-ener...d-429-460.html
Are there other parts that have to be changed out when you change to a camshaft with different specs? Or is there just a timing adjustment?
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Old 11-20-2019, 11:01 AM   #1114
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Are there other parts that have to be changed out when you change to a camshaft with different specs? Or is there just a timing adjustment?
Depends ln how agressive of a cam you go with.
Stock or close to and you can just swap and make all your timing/clearance adjustments

If it's really agressive you'll start needing things like heavier springs to get the valves closed in time, or stiffer hydraulic lifters to get them open as fast as intended. Which can then require... this train can run all the way to the drag strip.
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Old 11-24-2019, 10:24 PM   #1115
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I finished stripping the engine down today, the rebuilder will be picking it up soon. I finalized my selection of the new camshaft, pistons, and rods. Cleaning and repainting all of the hardware and brackets.....seems like there are more than there should be ! I have the kitchen about 80% torn out and will reassemble it at the cabinet makers shop. I hope to get the dashboard out in a couple of weeks so I can get going on that as well. Regards, BobClick image for larger version

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Old 11-25-2019, 07:56 AM   #1116
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Worried about running out of pellets?
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Old 11-25-2019, 02:14 PM   #1117
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No.....Iím skinny and like to stay warm
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Old 11-25-2019, 05:20 PM   #1118
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It's how New Yorkers package marijuana these days. Bob heats with Maryjane to counter the daily caffeine intake.

Sorry, I have a serious case of shop envy. I've been working on my Minuet with one parabolic heater managing to get the trailer into the positive temps, just barely......

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Old 11-26-2019, 08:34 AM   #1119
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I hear ya Bob, my wife likes the thermostat at 80 and I don't usually disagree


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It's how New Yorkers package marijuana these days. Bob heats with Maryjane to counter the daily caffeine intake.

Sorry, I have a serious case of shop envy. I've been working on my Minuet with one parabolic heater managing to get the trailer into the positive temps, just barely......

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A woodstove would keep the minuet much warmer
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Old 12-11-2019, 03:24 PM   #1120
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Now that the kitchen is completely removed I have been cleaning up the wiring mess that was behind the cabinets etc. I decided to take out the auxiliary heater and figure out why it never worked that well......:itís not even worth posting pictures of how Airstream put it together......honestly. I just rebuilt the whole thing and the pictures will show. The engine should be back in 2 weeks. The kitchen cabinets have now been reassembled in the cabinet makers shop for accurate measurements and he can start on that soon. The new farm sink, commercial faucet, dishwasher, and trash receptacle as well as the 2 burner stove top are in......onto the dashboard.......Regards, Bob
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