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Old 03-09-2012, 01:25 AM   #441
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Dean , It's looking really good. I noticed your coolant overflow bottle.
Is there somewhere on-line that I can use to get this? I have seen it but just wondered where the best place is that is not a AS dealer. You have the bracket also , does this hook on anywhere special or did you make a mounting somewhere?
Thanks! I got mine at O'Rielly Auto Parts. It's a universal tank and this one is available from a lot of suppliers. I think it was 345BILL that got on first and posted about it. They make too sizes, I got the larger one. It's about 13 bucks. I think the OEM tank price is outrageous. I think this one will work just fine! It comes with a bracket and I mounted it in the same location as the stock tank. The bracket is very universal as well.

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Old 03-09-2012, 01:36 AM   #442
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New to the forum here. Long time admirer of Airstreams. I haven't purchased an RV yet but seeing this thread and following it through makes me sure I do want a classic. You've put a lot of work into yours and it shows. The classic factor can't be replicated for any amount in a new MH. The connection with your dad through this is great to read about.
Thanks for posting and keeping us all apprised of a fantastic journey.
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Welcome to the forum Ken! It has been a lot of work so far, but I certainly enjoy it. At the "ranch" property here lots of folks have the big 5th wheels and the space sure would be nice, but heck they are not Airstream motorhomes! I'm trying to get another round of tasks checked off the list for our trip to Yosemite next month. Hopefully my dad would have approved of the refurbishing that I have done.
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:48 AM   #443
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I clamped the new oil cooler lines away from the header and straightened up some wiring. I rescaled the tail light housings and certainly hope that takes care of the nasty leak I had. I painted the rear storage bin and changed the transmission cooler hoses.
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Welcome to the forum Ken! It has been a lot of work so far, but I certainly enjoy it. At the "ranch" property here lots of folks have the big 5th wheels and the space sure would be nice, but heck they are not Airstream motorhomes! I'm trying to get another round of tasks checked off the list for our trip to Yosemite next month. Hopefully my dad would have approved of the refurbishing that I have done.
Having never met your dad but following the thread completely through, he appeared to have been a man that appreciated a classic. I am pretty sure he is smiling from Heaven looking down at your work. I did not have any connection to my dad like that so I think this is pretty neat stuff.
Good work man.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:10 AM   #445
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Dean,
Not sure if that is a before pic, but that tail lamp would be a leak fest.


I did that area recently, and here is how mine looks before I put the lamp back.
I still have to seal the wire hole.


While you are in there...

Did you see my post on painting the tail lamp cans, and adding LED's?
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:11 PM   #446
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Derek, this is all I have left in sheet metal. I could probably make one to cover a cigarette pack! LOL!
Hi Dean
Trying to follow Forum on iPhone app while computer on fritz!
Now that I know sheet metal and brackets, I think I'll be able to make this on my own. Probably need to double check current coolant overflow tank to see if I don't need to replace it as well. Nice job, thanks for sharing, Derek
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Dean,
Not sure if that is a before pic, but that tail lamp would be a leak fest.

I did that area recently, and here is how mine looks before I put the lamp back.
I still have to seal the wire hole.

While you are in there...

Did you see my post on painting the tail lamp cans, and adding LED's?
Here is a couple of pics if you missed it..
Hi Steve, yup, that is a before pic after I cleaned it up a bit. I caulked the big H out of both of them. I'm really hoping this is the source of my leak...I want to put in the bedroom carpet and bath floor!

Yes, I did see your pics on painting the cans and the LEDs...I have that on the list for a bit later.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #448
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Hi Dean
Trying to follow Forum on iPhone app while computer on fritz!
Now that I know sheet metal and brackets, I think I'll be able to make this on my own. Probably need to double check current coolant overflow tank to see if I don't need to replace it as well. Nice job, thanks for sharing, Derek
It was pretty easy to make. I used all left over material!
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:01 AM   #449
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I still have a leak in the rear...very disappointing! Taillights are dry and it is not leaking at the running lights. I've checked the roof vents, etc. again and they look good. The only thing left is the awning rail. After that, I give up!
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Dean, sure you've checked windows for leaks at rear of motorhome, is there a possibility if the aluminum rear cap wraps for possible leak? Try temporary fix by applying the Vulkem caulk along rivet sections. May not be 'pretty' but would rule out the roof.
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Dean, sure you've checked windows for leaks at rear of motorhome, is there a possibility if the aluminum rear cap wraps for possible leak? Try temporary fix by applying the Vulkem caulk along rivet sections. May not be 'pretty' but would rule out the roof.
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Yup, I've also recaulked the rear window.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:23 AM   #452
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I picked up the third section of hose and finished off the duct replacement. There should be no more complaints of not enough A/C from the passenger . And no more frosted window on those cold wet mornings out on the road! It takes about 15 feet of duct to redo the A/C and defroster ducts.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:47 AM   #453
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I feel your pain Dean.
Yesterday and last night, We had the same deluge that passed over you.
I went over there yesterday afternoon between showers and was disapointed to find a little patch in the same LH rear corner under the bed. Better than it was, but still not right.
Poking about with a dry tissue to ID the actual area, its clearly dripping down between the skins now.
Also found signs of a leak where the gas filler is, but I had not sealed that yet.
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Dean,

In a previous life, my moho was involved in an accident that did a lot of damage to the right a-pillar, side window, and roof. I purchased it in a semi repaired state. The floor was saturated, and the whole area leaked at every joint. I had to remove the side window, and do a lot of refitting, re-seaming, and re-sealing of panels to get it squared away. I also had the significant advantage of doing my leak testing with the interior panels removed.

I was amazed at how much water could flow past just a single loose rivet. The awning track could be the culprit since that connection is routinely stressed whenever the awning is deployed. The awning assembly also has some significant weight and stiffness to it, and probably resists the independent flexing of the moho's frame and skin during driving, or leveling, or jacking.

Obviously, the real challenge is finding the leak. Along the lines of what Derek suggested, I used lengths of duct tape, and butyl tape as temporary "flashing" to try to eliminate potential problem spots. Sheets of "dyna-mat" acoustic insulation were very handy for this. I also found that leak testing with a hose on a dry sunny day was easier than trying to sort it out in the rain when you have no control over the water source (besides, watching your coach leak in the rain is just plain depressing). I generally tested from the bottom, and gradually moved the water source upward.

Is there any possibility that you are leaking from a vent or rooftop A/C unit that is some distance away from where the water is appearing? Is the coach always parked in the same place, or at the same slope when the leak appears? How about the fuel filler door? Overhead marker lights?

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Ours leaks also

Visited the 82 24' Ste P yesterday and it was leaking from the passenger side windshield......wouldn't have known except for the rain storm....and being there that day....not huge leak so would have dried before I went there again...so the windshield needs to be resealed......

We had a huge leak on our 68 28' Ambassador this past summer in Ft. Collins, Colorado. It was leaking above the forward curbside vista view window...it turned out to be from the awning rail.....not easy to fix as there was an awning there but it took a popsicle stick to poke sealant up under the awning into the screw hole that was open...

We don't have an awning on the MH but you can bet, we will have it looked at real hard before we install one.....paula
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I was amazed at how much water could flow past just a single loose rivet. The awning track could be the culprit since that connection is routinely stressed whenever the awning is deployed. The awning assembly also has some significant weight and stiffness to it, and probably resists the independent flexing of the moho's frame and skin during driving, or leveling, or jacking.
We had a rivet failure that drove me nuts for years, because it would only leak when the coach was at a certain angle, With a tall ladder, I finally found it and used Parbond to seal it. The thing that really rang my bell, is the leak had prolly happened from day one, and the P.O. had tried to caulk it from the inside! The awnings were generally installed post-factory, hence the problems with leaks. I cleaned the area where the awnings screwed to the roof and used Vulkem (on a warm day). I've told a number of people who admired Airstreams, "all coaches leak, just like boats."
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I replaced the nylon guides on the two sliding doors over the refrig today. I also replaced the right side backup can with a new one from my spares...wires and socket were corroded on the old one. Didn't do any more today on the roof leak, but at least the taillight and running light lenses are clean!
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:53 PM   #458
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I took a look under the "hatch" today (the cutout in the bedroom floor just over the fuel tank. All looks good! It's dry, no gas smell and hoses and clamps look great! Well, one less thing to deal with right now
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:52 PM   #459
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And they say today is the first day of spring

I replaced the water temp sender with a second one today. The first one I got at Autozone purely out of convenience. It did not work. Second one I got at Napa purely out of convenience. I don't really care for Napa. This one works and it even looked like the original.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:59 PM   #460
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My new iPad steering wheel mount arrived today!
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