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Old 03-20-2021, 06:33 PM   #141
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Somehow, the alignment attempt revealed a ďdraggingĒ left front wheel. Wheel bearings are super smooth, but a sticky and leaking caliper. Impromptu brake job today as well (both done for good measure)

Ran out of time for parking brake cable, but if itís the right part I will post part number and review
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Old 03-20-2021, 06:34 PM   #142
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Here are some pics of the original air injection tubes...capped off with coolant tubing. Still finding funny PO fixes
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Old 03-21-2021, 09:26 AM   #143
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Somehow, the alignment attempt revealed a ďdraggingĒ left front wheel. Wheel bearings are super smooth, but a sticky and leaking caliper. Impromptu brake job today as well (both done for good measure)

Ran out of time for parking brake cable, but if itís the right part I will post part number and review
Good to catch that!
After all the brake issues I found, I'm glad to have replaced the whole dang system, because that parking brake won't do a thing to stop it once rolling.
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Old 03-22-2021, 06:31 AM   #144
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The brake cable was a good fit. It is a Raybestos product, and looks more robust than the OEM

The Part Number is BC93818 and some comparison pics. Glad I didnít need a custom solution!

Also, discovered some adjustment can be made at the parking brake handle! Turning it changes where the cable link attaches to the lever arm. No wonder I had to pull so hard...Iím guessing this also allows for some on-the-fly adjustment for cable stretch and pad wear
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We are hosting some friends for the weekend, work on Charlie progresses. We have a parks trip to TX in a few weeks, so we have a priority list of things to fix. Unexpected projects included replacing power steering hose (leaks), front brakes, getting the radiator record versus re-rodded, and low fluid sensors (engine). All systems check, then who knows what else

The rear springs were a bust. Not sure how Iím going to address that. Put a spacer in to level it, but nothing repaired or replaced. 2 shops took a look and passed on the work...
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Old 04-03-2021, 11:12 AM   #146
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We are hosting some friends for the weekend, work on Charlie progresses. We have a parks trip to TX in a few weeks, so we have a priority list of things to fix. Unexpected projects included replacing power steering hose (leaks), front brakes, getting the radiator record versus re-rodded, and low fluid sensors (engine). All systems check, then who knows what else

The rear springs were a bust. Not sure how Iím going to address that. Put a spacer in to level it, but nothing repaired or replaced. 2 shops took a look and passed on the work...
Where did you put the spacer?
And did they say why they passed?

Maybe I should start a side gig doing airstream rear suspensions...
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Old 04-04-2021, 08:32 AM   #147
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Just added a block to the spring stack

One shop said the labor involved with removal of our springs would require cutting into the back of the box for air compressor. More than they wanted to take on, but willing to help if I pulled the springs myself

The other shop said these springs are ďwavyĒ and did not think re arch was a good idea. Also didnít see any springs in his catalog that would fit and didnít have shop time available to commit to the job

When you open your shop, I request customer #1!
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Old 04-04-2021, 10:25 AM   #148
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Just added a block to the spring stack

One shop said the labor involved with removal of our springs would require cutting into the back of the box for air compressor. More than they wanted to take on, but willing to help if I pulled the springs myself

The other shop said these springs are ďwavyĒ and did not think re arch was a good idea. Also didnít see any springs in his catalog that would fit and didnít have shop time available to commit to the job

When you open your shop, I request customer #1!
I have a hard time understanding why shop 1 said that... Sounds like a "we use a big tool to make it easy and it won't fit in there"

The part number for the correct spring is
GM C/K 30 and 3500 Truck Rear Leaf Spring | 10 Leaves | 3,955 lbs. Capacity
SKU: 22-617

Ordered from Michigan truck spring, but I had to change the bushings out and remove the included 9/16" bushings and install the right 5/8" size

Rubber Leaf Spring Bushing | Chevy/GM
SKU: RB-129

If you order yourself, probably worth calling to see if they can sell you the spring or an equivalent that has the right bushings already installed.
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Old 04-04-2021, 10:31 AM   #149
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What ubolts did you install after putting the spacer in?
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Old 04-04-2021, 11:31 AM   #150
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After coolant flush and changing out the thermostat to 180 deg, driving a couple hours still saw engine temps creeping up at highway speeds and while running the AC. Decided to bite the bullet and address the primary cooling system [ATTACH]392334

Confirmed a few things, it is a 4-core radiator, no leaks, and cruddy insides. Getting this to a radiator shop tomorrow for a clean out and re rodding.

Will take this opportunity to add an external trans radiator and trans temp sensor. Am I missing anything?
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After coolant flush and changing out the thermostat to 180 deg, driving a couple hours still saw engine temps creeping up at highway speeds and while running the AC. Decided to bite the bullet and address the primary cooling system [ATTACH]392334

Confirmed a few things, it is a 4-core radiator, no leaks, and cruddy insides. Getting this to a radiator shop tomorrow for a clean out and re rodding.

Will take this opportunity to add an external trans radiator and trans temp sensor. Am I missing anything?

I am about to tackle that one myself, since i suspect a bad water pump bearing and possibly seal.
My list includes new water pump (still confused about which of the 2 acdelco listed at Rockauto is the right one) new ACD fan clutch and 7 blade fan.
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Old 04-04-2021, 12:02 PM   #152
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I am about to tackle that one myself, since i suspect a bad water pump bearing and possibly seal.
My list includes new water pump (still confused about which of the 2 acdelco listed at Rockauto is the right one) new ACD fan clutch and 7 blade fan.
You want the long nose water pump. There are two styles available for the big block. Long nose and short nose, sometimes referred to as truck and car water pumps.

I didn't write down the part number from mine so I can't help you with that.

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Old 04-04-2021, 12:12 PM   #153
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You want the long nose water pump. There are two styles available for the big block. Long nose and short nose, sometimes referred to as truck and car water pumps.

I didn't write down the part number from mine so I can't help you with that.

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Rockauto list 2 for P30

ACD 252608 @39.79 https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...059544&jsn=452

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ACD 251612 @115.79 https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...722&cc=1059544


I can't make out a nose length difference
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Rockauto list 2 for P30

ACD 252608 @39.79 https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...059544&jsn=452

and

ACD 251612 @115.79 https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...722&cc=1059544


I can't make out a nose length difference
I find it interesting that one is listed for serpentine belt and the other for timing belt. Neither makes sense to me.

I used this Cardone water pump on Peanut.
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Problem we have Brad, we have serpentine and v belts!
Intrested in how to get the radiator out!
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After coolant flush and changing out the thermostat to 180 deg, driving a couple hours still saw engine temps creeping up at highway speeds and while running the AC. Decided to bite the bullet and address the primary cooling system [ATTACH]392334

Confirmed a few things, it is a 4-core radiator, no leaks, and cruddy insides. Getting this to a radiator shop tomorrow for a clean out and re rodding.

Will take this opportunity to add an external trans radiator and trans temp sensor. Am I missing anything?
An oil cooler is easy enough since you're in there, and can't hurt in getting heat out of the engine, we have one. Only other upgrade i can think of is an electric fan to help move the air, which is something I'll likely do myself before long.
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Old 04-04-2021, 06:53 PM   #157
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Iím now referring to AS motorhome as more of a practice than a project. The power steering lines were in fact leaking, so thatís done.

Found another break in the AC compressor bracket! Previous owner did a repair, looks like I need a replacement bracket but ours doesnít look like ones coming up in my searches[ATTACH]392382

The interior is really coming together, here is the latest development...
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Iím starting to think we can travel/camp in these things
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The interior is really coming together, here is the latest development...
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Iím starting to think we can travel/camp in these things
Looks great, where did you score the dinette set? Or did you built it yourself?
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I discovered our forum has a marketplace late last year. The same day I found the dinette set for sale in the neighboring city from a 2004 trailer. Its just a couple inches larger, lighter, and much more sturdy. Frame is formed plastic like our tanks! Some modification to fit around the tv cabinet and seatbelt anchor frame, but otherwise plug and play
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Iím now referring to AS motorhome as more of a practice than a project. The power steering lines were in fact leaking, so thatís done.

Found another break in the AC compressor bracket! Previous owner did a repair, looks like I need a replacement bracket but ours doesnít look like ones coming up in my searches[ATTACH]392382

The interior is really coming together, here is the latest development...
[ATTACH]392383

Iím starting to think we can travel/camp in these things
Looks beautiful!
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