Okay, twice bitten, totally P30 shy; I get it.
I have a 83 turbo diesel and have yet to find any individual part over $100.00. Ball joints, callipers, pads, front end springs and shocks are still available at Moog, NAPA or your local auto store for very reasonable prices.
For example I just bought a set of Blistein shocks for the rear, front and steering damper for $442.00 US. Master cylinders are less than $100.00 CAN. Wheel bearings and seals for front hub were $75.00 CAN. I can purchase new front springs from NAPA for less than $250.00.
Yes, you can buy Henderson this and that for $$$$, but in the case of steering cranks bells $425.00, they are well worth it and make a huge difference. I just won't buy everything they sell. You can go overboard trying to make them handle like your Porsche 911.
The secret with these old rigs is trying to do as much of the maintenance as you can yourself and fixing small problems BEFORE they turn into big ones.
With my coach it was the mechanical that scared me, not the interior, which I have since completely renovated. Slowly but surely the mechanical doesn't scare as much anymore.
The other secret is, to adapt or be willing to change things that don't work to a newer item as opposed to just replacing parts that barely work. I for example changed my single cylinder air compressor to a twin, added two five gallon air tanks instead of one, and moved the compressor closer to the batteries so I could use the original power wire to just power a relay, to allow the compressor to run off the batteries directly. No more blown air compressor fuses.
I spent more on my interior and exterior than I'll ever spend on my mechanical.
Per Mare, Per Terram and may all your campaigns be successful.
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