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Old 03-11-2019, 09:53 AM   #1701
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Mike, yes please, when time permits, post the part #s. I have the same step. Mine has a ghost living in it. It works, then doesnt, then works, then doesn't. One issue with mine is that it extends at wide open throttle (up a mountain grade) when engine vacuum is low. Maybe I need to add a vacuum tank?
Dean, I wouldn't mess with adding a tank. The steps weren't designed to need one so my guess is the problem lies in something else. The steps are designed to extend when there is no vacuum going to the actuator. With little or no vacuum the spring attached to the linkage will want to extend the steps. Since mine is a diesel, the source of vacuum is different from the gasser. I would guess that you've got some bad tubing or possibly a pin hole in the diaphram of the actuator. The actuator is a pretty simple job to replace.
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:41 PM   #1702
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Take a look at the button switch in the door jamb. The point the switch actually activates as the button is pushed can vary. Also as the hinges wear the door can move a bit especially going down the highway. Mine has a small aluminum shim riveted where the button hits the door and the wear point is off to the edge. I have tried different shims with some success but you start to interfere with the gasket. It seems I can get it working for awhile and all of a sudden it goes wild and I have to start tinkering with it again. It's just part of playing on these 30 plus year old beasts.
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Old 03-23-2019, 11:44 AM   #1703
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Howdy Gents! Been a little slow on the Classic forum here lately eh? (Except for BOB who never stops and Steve seems to be plugging along on some projects) I generated a bit of a list on our trip south over the winter and I've pretty much wrapped that up.

Muffler n tailpipe for generator installed
New actuator and tubing for my entry stairs
New sway bar bushings up front
Got a fresh alignment done by a real good shop in a neighboring town
Oil change
New hose for my oil fill tube

Just little stuff but all needed done. We are headed WEST in a couple weeks for Colorado and may stray a bit either on the way there or on the way back. Probably on the way back.
I'm itching to go to the Black Hills, haven't been there since college graduation in 1980.
Damn I'm old.

Anyway, hope everyone wintered over no worse for wear. We have had some serious family illness but nothing in our home. The back spine stimulator helps......some. Looking forward to getting west. Hope there is a Motorhome get together this summer that we could make.

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Old 03-23-2019, 01:07 PM   #1704
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Great to hear you guys are heading west. Hope you have a great trip and if you go to SD try to visit Crazy Horse it is worth the side trip.

Make sure you visit the badlands Nat monument and also Wall drugs in wall Sd.
Have a great trip
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:00 PM   #1705
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Looking forward to it John, thanks for the well wishes. I was at Crazy Horse in 1980 so if we make it, should be interesting to see how far along they've gotten. Ive seen recent pictures and read about all new goings on.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:12 PM   #1706
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If you make it to Wall Drugs don't get back on the highway, cross it to the south side. A few hundred yards from the on ramp is a small area with a chain link fence that looks like it might be a farmers well and pump station. What it is, is a Minuteman Missile site. This thing is really hidden in plain sight.

It is open to the public and free. It is a self guided cell phone tour. You dial the phone number and as you wander around several features around the site are numbered, you enter the number you are looking at and you get a recording on your phone describing what it is. The silo cover is slid back about half way and there is a dummy missile in the hole. There is a plexiglass case built over the silo so you can lean on the case and damn near reach out and touch the tip of the missile. It really makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

These sites are remotely operated and you can tour the control room which is about 20 miles down the road. The tours are limited and you have to reserve a spot several days in advance.
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:17 AM   #1707
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WHOA! That sounds interesting!
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:47 AM   #1708
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Go see that, Its the Bomb apparently.
Glad the back is improving!
Who know, I might turn up to a western ASMHGTG... one day!
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:05 AM   #1709
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This is what the site looks like, the structure in the distance is the plexiglass cover.


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This is the bad boy. It goes down 85'.


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Yeah it is "THE BOMB."
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:17 AM   #1710
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There is also one of those in Tucson you can tour, not self guided, but they take you down into the silo

Very very cool!
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:36 AM   #1711
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MAYCO's 1982 310 TD

Yup. The real ones are An interesting product from Boeing, by the way.
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Just be careful of dropping a socket.

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Old 03-25-2019, 02:28 PM   #1713
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MAYCO's 1982 310 TD

MinuiteMan is solid fuel, but yeah, I know what you are referring to...
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:42 PM   #1714
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Ok, Ive got a question for the motley crew here. Having seen the undersides of the engines and bay areas on numerous rigs here on the forum, I'd really like to get those areas cleaned up and presentable on my 310. I've got about 37 years of grime, grease, road dirt, and remnants of previous leaks on my engine and surrounding areas.

What is the best way to attack that project? What chemicals, either home remedies or commercial, are the best to use on it? Do I need a power washer? What have you folks used and had success with? There are so many products on the internet that I have no way of knowing which are the best. I don't think there are any businesses in my town that offer this service on vehicles this big. Would it be worth searching for a engine cleaning service and pay to have it professionally done?

What do I need to protect on my Diesel engine ?

Thanks for any advice
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:05 PM   #1715
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Personally, Id pay a professional that has Diesel engine experience.

The mess it would make, including the hazmat removal is not something I want to do in my driveway. They can handle it better and cleaner for the environment.
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How much does a service like that cost?

I see I'm not the only one jealous of "cmadmaxman"s super clean pictures!

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Also, there is another school of thought... The frame won't rust if it's covered in used motor oil
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your worst cloths, several cans of foamy engine brite or simple green, and a do it yourself car wash.
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:09 PM   #1719
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The engine bay will have to wait until later this year. We left this morning heading west for Colorado. Ive lost track of how many times we've made this trip in the 310 but it's still fun driving US36 all the way to the Denver area. This time we are headed a little north for Fort Collins as our first stop in CO. We are going to camp just west of town for a couple weeks at Horsetooth Reservoir. It's tucked right up against the foothills. Pretty views and we will be right on the water. Next stop will be south of Denver at Chatfield State Park. If the weather permits and most the snow is gone we are going to try and head up to higher elevations but gonna have to wait and see what's up. The campgrounds in CO have gotten so crowded over the last few years. Weekends are booked through Sept in many of the state parks on the front range. It's getting nuts, like the rest of the state.
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:21 PM   #1720
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Horsetooth Reservoir is a beautiful place! I spent a weekend there back in the late 70s. It wasn't nearly as crowed then

Enjoy your trip!

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