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Old 10-11-2020, 03:55 PM   #1001
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Peter I admire and congratulate your tenacity and endurance, job well done.

If I was doing a job like that and sat down to report on mid job progress, there is no way my old body would return to the job that day or maybe even for a couple of days. I may have to return some of those special rivets you gave me, if I can figure out how.

says the guy that somehow replaced the Tag axle with something I will never understand But thanks, Dan, means a lot coming from you!!
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Old 10-11-2020, 06:47 PM   #1002
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I would really like to hook up with you two guys someday ! I think between all of us we could either repair anything or create a work of art. I truly love the time I spend working on my Airstream projects and always look forward to a new problem or making something better. I like to read about your projects and how you tackle the job from start to finish . So many people come and go on the forum......they give up.....there are so many projects out there, unfinished,screwed up, messed up, ruined.....but the few that are here make the difference. Hope to meet you guys at a future “Get-Together”. Let’s make that happen some day ! Regards, Bob
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Old 10-11-2020, 07:19 PM   #1003
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I agree. We need to work on making that happen. We need to add Brad to the list and I'm sure a few others.
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Old 10-11-2020, 07:42 PM   #1004
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I agree. We need to work on making that happen. We need to add Brad to the list and I'm sure a few others.

Its a long list. We need to have the biggest Classic Airstream MH rally in 2021 and it needs to be central enough to make it possible for east and west to join. Dan, you have a diesel, so Mountains have no meaning to you, we gasser better stay in the flatlands. I don't think Bob is interested in taking that route 16 from IH90 to Cody pulling his toad anytime soon. He never admitted to it, but the rumor is he broke out in cold sweat when he saw the truck runaway ramp on the left.
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Old 10-12-2020, 03:49 AM   #1005
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Diesel isn't really the difference, it's just spending some time at altitude. I drove a 1910 Model T Ford to the top of Pikes Peak. And yes it has the 4 banger engine with splash oil and woven cotton bands in the trans. I drove the Model T to Denver from Los Angeles on the back of a 1938 Ford COE with the 85 hp flathead V-8 and mechanical brakes. You just gotta point the front end down the highway and let it roll.

The Model T at the Peak.

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This is the 1938 with one of my 1926"T" Touring on it. I have a pic of the pair at the Eisenhower Tunnel entrance but I can't find it right now.

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Back to the Rally I might suggest somewhere around South Dakota, some interesting areas and on that side of the mountains. Hopefully the "virus" will have died down enough so my doctor doesn't freak out too much.
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:57 PM   #1006
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Diesel isn't really the difference, it's just spending some time at altitude. I drove a 1910 Model T Ford to the top of Pikes Peak. And yes it has the 4 banger engine with splash oil and woven cotton bands in the trans. I drove the Model T to Denver from Los Angeles on the back of a 1938 Ford COE with the 85 hp flathead V-8 and mechanical brakes. You just gotta point the front end down the highway and let it roll.

The Model T at the Peak.

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This is the 1938 with one of my 1926"T" Touring on it. I have a pic of the pair at the Eisenhower Tunnel entrance but I can't find it right now.

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Back to the Rally I might suggest somewhere around South Dakota, some interesting areas and on that side of the mountains. Hopefully the "virus" will have died down enough so my doctor doesn't freak out too much.

Dan, that is remarkable, the 38 Ford COE looks like a real comfortable ride . Where in the world is the engine, it must be partially in the cab? Do you still own these beauties?
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Old 10-16-2020, 03:29 AM   #1007
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Dan, that is remarkable, the 38 Ford COE looks like a real comfortable ride . Where in the world is the engine, it must be partially in the cab? Do you still own these beauties?
Yeah Peter I tend to hang onto things that I like. The '38 has a dog house similar to a modern van, the narrow cab does make it cozy. My friend had a Dodge based Pleasure Way and the passenger footwell gave you about the same amount of room. I built a hydraulic "roll off" bed for it so it loads cars without ramps. With a car on the back it weighs in at about 9500 lbs. so the ride isn't too bad. It does give you an appreciation of what the "old timers" went through to get products to the market.

After I retired and moved to Washington I put a 3.4 liter 6 cyl Cummins turbo diesel in it, looks like a baby 5.9 Cummins. It shoe horned in without cutting any sheet metal or interior. bumped the economy from 5 mpg to 15 mpg. By the way the engine was designed with Onan for a quiet generator set. There is no rattle and at idle the only way to tell it's a diesel is to smell the exhaust. At road speed you listen to turbo whine.

I bought the "T" as a sheet metal mock up from an outfit that builds sheet metal parts for antique cars. The owner started it for himself and lost interest in it. The engine is moved aft 8 1/2" and the drive tube shortened to maintain the stock wheel base. The fenders and body platform were hand made and
stretched to fit. I did all the mechanical work and made it all fit. The steering was particularly fun as the column is stretched about a foot and naturally all the angles changed. It is all "T" parts with some interesting heating and reshaping. Another thing everything on the car was available during the Model T era with the exception of a Borg Warner T11 overdrive I added for a bit of road speed. I think the longest trip I took was from the tip of Baha to Los Angeles, about 1300 miles in two weeks.

As mentioned above I am in awe of what the old timers accomplished. With the technology, materials, and tooling available to them, they accomplished some pretty amazing stuff. Compared to some of the stuff Airstream sends out the door, the old timers did the best they could with what they had.
The following is from an article on Ford's 999 race car built in 1902.

"Instead, Ford enlisted the talents of Oldfield—a bicycle racer with a reputation of being fearless at speed. Oldfield took to auto racing naturally, winning his first race in October 1902. That event was comprised of four racers over a timed five-mile loop. Oldfield bested the other competitors with a time of 5 minutes, 28 seconds, which set a record for a five-mile race on a closed course.

The 999 could accomplish this near-60 mph average thanks to it’s absolutely massive four-cylinder engine. With a 7-inch bore and 7-inch stroke, the total displacement of the four banger was 1077 cubic inches. The intake valves were atmospheric, meaning there was no cam shaft to open them, only the vacuum created by the downward motion of the pistons in their cylinders. The whole package is thought to have made 70–100 horsepower at a mere 700 rpm.


A 230-pound flywheel backed the enormous engine, and motion was transferred to the rear wheels by what most modern engineers would call a Rube Goldberg machine. A hand-operated lever forced a wood (seriously) clutch to engage with the flywheel, which then spun a solid (no u-joints) driveshaft that was engaged to a ring-and-pinion gear set which transferred motion to the rear wheels with no concession for differential speeds between the wheels. That solid drivetrain did not allow for suspension movement, so there was none. Also the engine had no oil pan or valve cover, and thus sprayed a liberal amount of oil onto the driver at speed."

These guys were the real deal.
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Old 10-23-2020, 07:10 PM   #1008
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The 80 gal windshield washer reservoir

Yes, this must be the only one on the planet. May I present to you the 80 Gal Windshield washer reservoir.

Since some PO plumbed a waterline all the way from the fresh water tank to the engine compartment to feed the desert radiator cooler set-up, I decided to use the same for my windshield washer system. It seems , you can not have a tank big enough to feed those giant windshields. My freshwater system has a huge 1 gal accumulator to feed the washer for some time before the water pump needs to kick in to pressurize the system.

The desert cooler controls the interval of the spray via an electric valve and is fully automatic.
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Had the front end aligned (it was off by 1/2 ") Would have chewed up those new tires in no time.

Man, what a shop it was!
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Pulled generator out from below. Drove up on ramps to get enough clearance. Fairly easy process without lifting and messing up the access door. Biggest issues were a couple of hidden rivets to pull the plastic section under the opening. Pulled the broken exhaust manifold, welded it back together and put it back in. About a days work with learning the quirks. Now it would take me about same time it takes to pull a VW transporter engine ...45 mins
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So, are you planning on having a contest at the next Get Together to see who can remove/replace their generator the fastest?
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Old 11-15-2020, 11:42 AM   #1012
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So, are you planning on having a contest at the next Get Together to see who can remove/replace their generator the fastest?

Well, I was actually thinking about alternators....
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So, are you planning on having a contest at the next Get Together to see who can remove/replace their generator the fastest?
I think I will win that contest; thanks to my portable Honda suitcase generator!
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Happiness is easy to come by
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You bet Peter!
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Thanks to whoever posted about the Victron FET Isolator, I believe it was Rob!
Gained .9v, wow all the way at the digital gauges. A little confused why the input (alt) terminal shows 2.4v with the ignition of. I wrote the company for clarification.
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Thanks to whoever posted about the Victron FET Isolator, I believe it was Rob!
Gained .9v, wow all the way at the digital gauges. A little confused why the input (alt) terminal shows 2.4v with the ignition of. I wrote the company for clarification.
I did? My memory must be going
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Got my isolator ordered last night! Thanks for the great info y'all.
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... A little confused why the input (alt) terminal shows 2.4v with the ignition of. I wrote the company for clarification.

Victron replied to my inquiry and said the low voltage at the Alt input is normal and drops to 0 once a load is applied.

In all the years dealing with low voltage issues on these Motorhomes it never dawned on me that diodes are the main culprit until Brad pointed it out to me.
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Victron replied to my inquiry and said the low voltage at the Alt input is normal and drops to 0 once a load is applied.

In all the years dealing with low voltage issues on these Motorhomes it never dawned on me that diodes are the main culprit until Brad pointed it out to me.
What reading are you getting on your dash volt meter?
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