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Title: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on March 30, 2009, 08:06:50 AM
And so it begins again...

I cannot possibly remember everything I've posted and b****** about (stupid POs), so I'll probably just starting posting pics in the order in which they were taken.

One note, however: after the amount of work we've put into her, I can't believe I could drive up, do about an hour's worth of work and drive her 3 hours home. And make it (yes, Griff, at 65-70 mph).

Just two teaser pics to start...this is how she looked the day we picked her up - from the eBay listing.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Kendas on March 30, 2009, 03:46:13 PM
Yep, all those beautiful pictures of all that wonderful work...  I was counting on having them available all the time so I didn't copy any   ;D

Quick question Leeann.  I forgot how to post the "expanding" pictures on this board, can you remind me?  Please?

Ken


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on March 30, 2009, 03:50:15 PM
I have 'em all, so it's okay. I'll get them back up, I promise.

No problem, Ken...

Click Additional Options at the bottom left of the post reply box, then click choose file. If you want more than one, click more attachments and another box will show up. You can attach 4 per post max, if they're small.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Kendas on March 30, 2009, 03:57:49 PM
Okay we try it and see.



Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Kendas on March 30, 2009, 03:59:48 PM
Danged!  It worked!   ;D

Thanks Leeann


Ken


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on March 30, 2009, 07:30:20 PM
My pleasure ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:01:10 PM
A couple more pics, taken when we got home with her...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:01:48 PM
and more...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:02:46 PM
yet more...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:03:40 PM
even more...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:04:06 PM
the motor, with and without air cleaner


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:04:34 PM
original converter/charger and water pump


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:05:01 PM
more...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:05:40 PM
the rear bunk, folded up, and the rotten floor our feet almost went through.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:14:08 PM
Damn thing needed a serious cleaning; if he had done so, he would've gotten a lot more from the auction.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 03, 2009, 02:34:40 PM
Now, to get her home we had to drive up the road and get belts (they were the 2 things I didn't think to bring, duh) because the 2 on there were missing HUGE chunks of rubber. We replaced the voltage regulator (it was trying to charge the alternator at 16 volts), ballast resistor, ignition control module, cap and rotor. Sam had to adjust the heck out of the accelerator linkage - the second I pushed the gas, the engine would die. If I feathered it, it would move...reluctantly. But I couldn't even get out of the driveway doing that. He adjusted a couple things on the carb, too, but I can't remember what now.

I had brought our own battery and we'd brought 5 gallons of gas, just in case. Turned out we only needed 1 to make it to the gas station that was just before the highway on-ramp.

When we'd finished pumping, I pulled the Concord over to a parking spot so we could walk up the hill to the fast-food place up there and get some lunch. I thought, this thing's 20', I should probably start turning now in order to make it. WRONG. I almost took out a pump...thing turns on a dime. 125" wheelbase with the delivery truck steering is a wonderful thing.

When we got home, we smelled gas. Looked under the front, saw it dripping. The lines to and from the fuel pump were barely held on; we put real hose clamps on and the leak stopped. The PO told us he'd had to put on a brand new fuel pump to get her from the back of the yard up to the driveway. He did say he was a carpenter, not a mechanic...With the rig completely empty (no water, no propane, no people 'cept me, no food...) and fuel pushing out those leaks pretty good, we got 9.5 mpg on that trip. And I drove between 65-70 (though the speedo said 60-65).

We went through the jack box and found all sorts of goodies. A new ballast resistor, a new voltage regulator, a new fuel pump, 2x6s and 6x6s galore, the original lug wrench and bar....later, when we couldn't keep the carb from flooding even after rebuilding it completely (and setting everything to factory default), we noticed that the fuel pump on it was not the same as the one on the box. Turned out to be the HD version, used for school buses. You know, where the fuel tank is 30' from the engine. Not in an application where the pump is 3' from the engine. Swapped out the pumps and we were in better shape.

About that carb...nothing on it was right. Everything that could be adjusted, was adjusted so far wrong it wasn't funny. Several things had been reinstalled wrong, to boot. Took Sam a few days to get it all adjusted properly and put back together as it was supposed to be. However, we still have a dead spot just off-idle; if he doesn't pump the pedal before accelerating, the engine will die. Unfortunately, the 2 adjustment screws seized in the base and one is even broken off, so we can't adjust the mixture.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Griff in Fairbanks on April 03, 2009, 09:59:17 PM
The picture of the dash reminded me ... I've collected several 'spare' dashes, with bezels and instruments, if you or anyone else needs any parts ... will probably sell them off on eBay once I get the dash done.

The dual snorkle air cleaner -- a buddy and I were talking a couple of days ago and he mentioned a couple of his friends who are into Mopars were looking for those air cleaners.  He mention they couldn't believe how much they were going for in eBay and how fierce the bidding was in the last few minutes of the auctions.  (He mentioned one guy had watched one sitting at $125 for days and then it shot to $600 in the last five minutes of the auction.)



Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 04, 2009, 07:22:47 AM
^ Cool - I'll let Sam know.

Yeah, we finally made the dual snorkel work properly for us. That included popping the top back up (damn fool had pushed it to be an innie instead of an outie, for some reason). At some point, we want to run ducting from the snorkels out in front of the radiator.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Griff in Fairbanks on April 04, 2009, 12:51:18 PM
Don't modify that OEM air cleaner ... they're worth too much intact.  Do like I did and get a Spectre #9869 air cleaner instead.  Spectre (http://www.spectreperformance.com/) also has fittings and tubing to make it easy to rig up a cold air intake system.  (The #9869 air cleaner uses a standard 14" round filter element.)



Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 04, 2009, 06:27:26 PM
We weren't going to modify it, don't worry. Just clamp some plastic tubing on the ends was the plan...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 05:29:13 PM
Some more pics, from the day after we brought her home. She's front disc, rear drum brakes. And the brakes had been done not long before we bought her - pads, rotors, front hoses, shoes...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 05:32:29 PM
And now for the most fun of all: the electrical. I cannot remember everything I've posted about it, but suffice it to say everything was simply wire-nutted together and if it was supposed to have a ground, the ground was either missing or insufficient. No fuses, no circuit breakers, nothing....so Sam made a 12v breaker panel and a 110v breaker panel. We replaced the ancient 15 amp converter/charger with a modern 45 amp converter with smart charger, we added in an inverter for those times we might need it (haven't yet), we swapped out the old water pump for a new, computer-controlled one (no slamming/pulsing).

On the 12v breaker panel, Sam added switches for each of our batteries (coach, house and generator). That way, we can choose which battery we're using and which battery we're charging: 1, 2 or all 3.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 05:33:05 PM
More from the above...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 05:34:38 PM
Then we worked on some more fun stuff...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 05:46:07 PM
Our sink no longer had the cutouts that turned them back into counter space. Since we have zero counter space without them, Sam turned a cutting board into a sink cover. And another into a stove cover.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 05:50:55 PM
Next, we added some lights over the sink as there were absolutely none (okay, nothing bright). These are 110v lights, however, so only useful when using the generator or when plugged in (you can see the existing 12v light in front of them).

We also had to fix the front bunk. The stupid PO had decided it was too weak, so they added huge pieces of 3/4" plywood to slide out on top. However, they added too much weight and broke the hinges and method of securing the bunk up out of the way. When they broke, the idiots just threw the pieces up there and let them sit. When I drove her home, the heavy plywood slid and whacked me in the head 3 times. So we had to fix it. The 2 side 2x10s have one screw at the bottom from underneath and one at the top; these hold the bunk extension up out of the way just fine. It was supposed to be temporary, but it's worked just fine...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 05:56:28 PM
The Onan CCK 4.0 worked great, but the exhaust was a mess. The muffler was only hanging by the strap; it was no longer connected to the exhaust pipe. Also, the resonator and elbow at the top of the exhaust were both cracked and rusted all the way through.

Sam had 2 pieces of flex pipe, so we put one on the vertical part and one on the horizontal part. Next, we needed a resonator, so Sam made one with smaller couplers inside a bigger piece of pipe. Last, we needed a muffler. I looked behind me at the Kawasaki KZ550 that's been dead for 8 years (and now has been taken away, yay!) and asked if the muffler inlet was the right size...Sam looked at it, thought about the horsepower of the KZ, thought about the horsepower of the Onan, looked at the inlet size and said YES. He tapped the inlet and it screwed right on...the goopy stuff you see is just plumber's slick-tite, used to get the threads as tight as possible.

Last, we needed tire covers but none of the local places had any that would fit. So we got little tarps and new bungee cords. Standard redneck tire covers ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 06:07:57 PM
Now, even with decent side mirrors and a great rear window with a rearview mirror, we wanted to be able to see better. So I checked around, looked on eBay, and bought a wireless security camera (day/night) with receiver for $25. And a 7" widescreen drop-down monitor for less than $100. Sam had done some dumpster-diving and grabbed a couple outdoor security camera enclosures, so we used one to waterproof and secure the camera on the roof of the Concord, behind the rear vent. Then he took off the plastic crap and turned the monitor over, attaching it to the dash instead of our (non-existent) headliner.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 06:17:02 PM
We also yanked the AM radio and installed an AM/FM/CD player with Aux input for the iPod or Sirius. And an external Sirius antenna. And a CB with external antenna.

Plus, we cleaned the outside and inside, which made it look a bit nicer, and resealed the top of the windshield cleanly (it leaked in spots and was fugly).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 06:17:42 PM
Oh, a closer pic of the 2 spares mounted together, too.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 05, 2009, 06:25:33 PM
Then we added a Fluke temperature meter with 10 possible inputs. Sam has it hooked to outside temp, engine water temp and refrigerator temp for the moment. He plans on adding more, but when he does he'd better type up a key or I'll be totally lost.

Oh, and we put in 2 sorta cheap speakers we got free with the radio - to replace the single, blown speaker in the middle of the dash.

Everything with the dash is temporary. We need to fabricate a custom dash to make stuff fit better - the old radio, for instance, was something like 2" shorter than the new one. So the new one doesn't fit so well.

For the 3x12v outlet, the stereo, the monitor and the Fluke, Sam added junction blocks under the dash and ran a wire from the house battery directly to that. Then added ground wires. If you look to the right of the steering wheel, there are three toggle switches. The right-most toggle is the auxiliary electrical goodies on/off switch (I'll explain the other 2 toggles later). That way we don't kill the battery. The funny thing hanging down in the middle is the aux input and the black rectangle above the 12v outlets is a digital alternator voltmeter.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 06, 2009, 07:45:27 PM
Found the pics of the camera, receiver and monitor before we modified them...the camera is exactly the same but the receiver is a little different than pictured (the guy used a stock photo he found, apparently). No matter; they work great.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 06, 2009, 07:57:06 PM
Found the pic of the ThermoQuad before we took it off and rebuilt it. Can you see what's wrong with this pic? I promise, we didn't touch anything before taking the pic...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 06, 2009, 08:07:14 PM
Now, then...on to the fuel system. The thing came with one 35 gallon tank. At 7-8 mpg, how far do you think that takes us? Exactly...

So, when we were given a chance to pillage a '75 Winnebago Chieftain before it was hauled to the dump, we did. We took both its main 35 gallon tank and its secondary 27 gallon tank, giving us 99 total gallons of fuel onboard. However, where to put the extra tanks and how to select them without buying an expensive selector switch setup (the Winnie's was toast anyway)?

We installed 3 electric fuel pumps, one at each tank, installed a junction block and a fuel pressure regulator that then fed the carb. Pulled the mechanical fuel pump and installed a block-off plate. We used fuel injector line for a boat, for more water and salt resistance. Then we installed 2 fuel gauges to the left of the steering wheel; the left one is the rear tank, the right one is for the middle tank and the one on the dash is for the front (main) tank.

The rear (27-gallon) tank sits on the original rear cargo carrier. We then used kindorf channel to make legs and bolt a steel receiver hitch cargo carrier on top, giving us back that space and helping to hide the tank a bit. Then we painted it all black...  We did reverse the usual pickup tube arrangement, though. Normally, the long straw goes to the engine so the generator can't run the engine out of fuel. Since this is our rear tank, we had the long straw go to the generator so we're guaranteed fuel for the genny instead.

The middle (35-gallon) tank sits at the rear in the center of the rig. In front of the water tank and behind the rear axle. Turned out the best place for the fill was inside the jack box, so it's completely hidden from view. Sam had to work around the propane lines and move one of them, but that's not a big deal for him (commercial HVAC mechanic).

Oh! Side note...our rig originally came with a windshield washer bag and vacuum-operated floor switch. We put in a windshield washer reservoir with pump from a newer vehicle and wired it to the red button (momentary) switch you see next to the fuel gauges.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 06, 2009, 08:10:26 PM
More pics from above.

Before we installed the rear tank, I cleaned the hell out of it (it was really rusty) with a wire wheel and sandpaper, then liberally spread POR15 all over it, finishing it off with their Chassis Coat Black. I was more worried about that one since it would be out where UV could hit it (POR15 is not UV-resistant). The middle tank was still essentially black and had no rust, plus it's hidden underneath.

Now I did promise to tell you about those other 2 toggle switches on the dash, didn't I? Well, they control the fuel pumps. When both are in the center position, as shown in the pic from before, no pump is powered. However, move the toggle switches in a prescribed way and you can select either the bank, middle or front tanks. And you cannot select more than one tank at a time, either.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 06, 2009, 08:17:44 PM
Next, we did the first part of our exhaust work. Some idiot PO had converted the single exhaust into cheapie dual exhaust, without an x- or h-pipe. So we added a crossover (h) pipe. Sam mostly welded the parts to themselves, but did clamp the assembly to the rest of the exhaust. Turned out to be a good thing when we had to drop the tranny...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 06, 2009, 08:21:35 PM
The plastic parts on the exterior had disintegrated, so we replaced the stove vent and the power inlet. The fridge vent cover was metal so I just painted it with Rustoleum and we had to put a new plumbing vent cover on when we bought her - part of the problem with the rotted floor. We replaced the front 14x14 vent along with the broken one in the bathroom, as well.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 08, 2009, 08:24:02 AM
A very nice person on the Champion Fleet Owners site found us a Concord logo for the front (if you look at the front, you can see the light spot where it belongs). However, the PO had removed it because when he chopped up the front after he overheated the thing, he cut off the bottom part where the logo mounts. See, he overheated it probably because he never flushed the radiator....so he replaced the radiator with one that didn't have tranny cooling capability. He chopped up the bottom of that compartment door apparently to allow more cooling air over the radiator (not needed, idiot) and then tacked screen onto the outside of the grill and compartment door (would've been fine on the inside, but looked REALLY stupid on the outside).

So Sam bought some Tester's and painted the logo (really faded) silver and black, then we looked at it in place....

Then he took the remaining black Tester's and repainted the rear logo, spraying some clear on it when he was done.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on April 09, 2009, 05:36:22 AM
Cool thing Leeann isn't telling you is the access door on the frt end.  She can stash a couple gallons of anti-freeze, qts of oil, ps fluid, whatever in there and not worry about it falling into the engine compartment.

I love my Travco, but it doesn't have nearly enough hidey-holes.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: eyeteeth on April 10, 2009, 07:35:25 AM
Nice job on the logos. I repainted mine, and it's amazing even with everything else dirty and dingy how much that helps the look on the MH.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 10, 2009, 07:48:22 AM
Thanks! I think he did a good job, too. You're right; it's amazing how much better the rig looks with the repainted logo on the back (we have yet to mount the front logo).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 10, 2009, 07:50:19 AM
Next, we had to work on the propane furnace. It would light, but it wouldn't stay lit. So Sam took it apart and found that the burners were completely, solidly clogged....so he cleaned them and it works great. Took almost an hour, but it was definitely worth it. If your rig has been sitting for a while, it's worth it to check that first - we should have.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 10, 2009, 07:53:45 AM
Since our rig didn't come with chassis AC and the roof AC was only a 10,000 BTU model (and towards the back of the rig), not much blew on us even if we ran it while driving. Poor little thing just couldn't keep up...so Sam bought a 15,000 BTU model and we gave the 10k model to Trish for her Travco (her AC was dead).

The problem was, how to get it up onto the roof without hurting either us or the unit? Ken had an idea, to which Sam said 'of course' - he's used it himself. Tilt the ladder as much as possible, tie ropes around the box, and pull it up the ladder (one person at the bottom pushing). Worked great! And that's how we got Trish's unit back down, too.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 10, 2009, 07:54:20 AM
Two more...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 10, 2009, 07:56:36 AM
After we gave Trish her AC and generator (damn, were those things heavy on the trailer hitch...we should've loaded them further back somehow), she gave us cushions already made from a popup camper. The 70s fabric fits in perfectly  :D

And, since some of them have OSB backs on them, they are perfect for making our bed from the dinette without having to carry extra plywood as a base. In these pics, we have the table on the low post so you can see more of the cushions; that's the post to make the bed, of course.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 14, 2009, 04:13:56 PM
Now for the tranny...

We drove up to Franklin, PA over Memorial Day weekend last year. It ran fine, but seemed to have little to no power on the hills. We chalked it up to Sam advancing the timing too far, not having the fuel pressure set correctly and having slightly clogged fuel filters. We were wrong.

We were getting ready for another trip to PA, but a bit closer this time, so we took her up the road to the gas station that also does propane fills...about a mile away. Filled her up with over $300 in gas and over 30 lbs of propane, then started home. Halfway is an overpass; when we started going up, the tranny made some ugly noises and suddenly was in first gear going 35 mph. We limped home and got her into her parking spot, out of the way.

I had a big block 727 here that had been factory rebuilt at some point, but then sat outside at a dealership. I bought it for $50 (and spent at least that much in gas getting it) and it sat inside Ugly for a while. We thought hey, we can pillage that and get any internal parts we might need for the rebuild. I got a new rear seal and a pan/filter kit and Sam got a Transgo TF-2 shift kit. And then we set about rebuilding it...we did end up using one or two things from the donor 727, but only because we had it apart as well.

And found no problems whatsoever. None. No source of the metal, no real wear, nothing. Until we took down the torque converter (which had already been replaced, by the way) and heard all the noises of the internal components sliding all over. And what was left of them, too. I remembered a shop that people said specialized in Dodge trannies; we went there and the guy at the counter said what year, what block is it behind, how many splines and what size flexplate? He said I don't have those here, I have to call the rebuilder on Monday (this was Saturday), but I should have it here either Tues or Wed and it'll be about $130 with a core return required.

We got it Tuesday and it was $120.

Once we had it all back together and installed, we took her up to Lock Haven, PA for Labor Day weekend. And what a difference on the (same) hills - plenty of power. Where before we were in 2nd gear and struggling to go 30-35, this time we were in 3rd gear going 55-60, passing all the trucks that had previously passed us.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 14, 2009, 04:14:49 PM
The new torque converter.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 14, 2009, 04:16:40 PM
Sam had to clean up the crossmember and we had to crank the frame apart to get it back in place.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 14, 2009, 04:18:07 PM
We did put new U-Joints on the driveshaft since we had it off...they look MUCH prettier than the originals (and feel better, too).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 14, 2009, 04:20:43 PM
We had 2 little blips while we were putting the tranny back in place. One, there was a really nasty fusible link that went to the starter relay (Sam just cut it out and put good wire in place) and the driver's side exhaust (collector?) gasket was missing. Completely. Nothing left. We replaced that with a new one. I bought the other side at the same time, which turns out to have been a good idea because that's the exhaust leak we can hear now.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 14, 2009, 04:28:19 PM
And now for my favorite part...the new mufflers.

The PO had a cheap muffler shop convert the single exhaust to dual, with no x- or h-pipe added (see the crossover pipe post earlier in the thread). However, he had them put on the cheapest, smallest mufflers they had, apparently. The poor kid had to sit in the back either with her fingers in her ears or with commercial hearing protection over them. Yes, it really was that loud.

So Sam had a thought: do you ever hear a Caddy going down the road? Hmmm...the Northstar engine is about 300-330 hp....about right. And they have dual exhaust, to boot. So we went to the pick-n-pull and found a Sedan DeVille with newish-looking mufflers and made the single necessary cut to get both mufflers and walked out with them. Sam had to do some engineering to make them fit around the driveshaft since they're both longer and thicker, but it worked. He mounted them up on one end and drilled new pee-holes (okay, okay: condensate holes).

The pics below show the comparison between the ones we removed (left) and the ones with which we replaced them (right). I thought I had pics of them installed, but I can't find them. Whenever it decides to stop raining, I'll take a couple.

They work great, by the way. We drove it up and down the road and the kid can sit in the back without hearing protection. And she can hear us, too.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 18, 2009, 08:05:31 AM
And now, finally, for a pic of the mufflers installed. And the infamous front compartment, with fluids stored - and you can see the tranny cooler on the left side of the grill, as well.

Next is the 440 as it stands now, with the air cleaner top popped back right so the correct size air filter fits and the linkage stuff below adjusted so it fits correctly, as well.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 18, 2009, 08:06:45 AM
Then a pic of the new fan blade - it claims to have an improved tip design to make it quieter and it really does work - and a pic of the deep tranny pan (with drain plug) installed. Plenty of clearance on our rig.

My friends have been bugging me to add something to the dash, so I finally have....


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 18, 2009, 08:10:35 AM
And now for the improved power connection stuff. Before, we had 30' of damaged shore power cord that everything had to go through to get to the converter: the generator, shore power, everything.

Now, we have a short, twist-lock cord that goes directly to the converter (2' tops), Sam replaced the generator outlet to be twist-lock so the generator power only travels through 2' of cord, we have a twist-lock dog bone adapter that lets us connect to 15 amp service at home, plus the 50' twist-lock shore power cord that has the RV end.

In the picture below, you'll see a bulging connection area with a whole lot of electrical tape. Under that, the wires are connected with wire lugs that can handle more power than we'll ever use, then covered with splicing tape and electrical tape. If I can find a picture of a lug by itself, I'll post it later.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 18, 2009, 08:11:08 AM
More power pics.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on April 19, 2009, 05:40:51 AM
The hula girls screams "class."


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 19, 2009, 01:50:06 PM
No it doesn't....but that's okay. It's not permanent  :P


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 21, 2009, 07:10:04 PM
We had installed a Dometic 3-way fridge right after we bought it (5 cu. ft, I think - RM66), replacing the electric dorm fridge that had been 'installed' in place of the original 2-way fridge. Got it pretty cheap from a guy through Craigslist who'd bought it but never got around to installing it before he sold his Dolphin. He'd only tested the 110v and it worked.

Well, 110v and propane worked fine. Sam wired up the connection for 12v, but we couldn't get it to work (probably why the guy'd gotten a good deal on it and passed it along to us). Couple weekends ago, he got grumpy about it and took the access panel off again and started to look at everything...and discovered the 12v board had been replaced and the dummy had wired it backwards, blowing the fuse every time - which was missing, by the way. Sam fixed the wires (cussing at himself for not checking that when he added the 12v connection in the first place) and yesterday added a 15 amp circuit breaker in place of the inline fuse (it was a funny size).

We just tested it and it works great - no more propane running down the road and, more importantly, no more forgetting to turn OFF the propane while going through a tunnel or while gassing up.

We're going to a race this weekend in Millville, NJ - a 2½ hour drive for us. It's a nice first outing of the year, even if we don't end up racing. So the plug's back in the water heater, the propane checked (and is full), the fridge is operational, the gas tanks are full, the generator is tuned up and properly grounded (and running better than ever, I might add)...the only thing left is to put water in the tank and do an oil change.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 22, 2009, 11:59:19 PM
And now....the floor.

In case you've forgotten and don't want to find it, we started with nasty linoleum (thin stuff, too) over sawdust pressboard, part of which got soaked and we had to replace with plywood. I didn't get pics of that, of course...but I got pics of the flooring replacement!

First pic is what the good part of the floor looked like.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 23, 2009, 12:00:30 AM
We did put down the thick plastic moisture barrier underlayment before installing the floating floor, as you can see.

Pic 3 ('After 05') is of the last piece going into place.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 23, 2009, 12:03:15 AM
As it happens, I don't seem to have a pic of the finished stepwell. It is done and it looks a whole bunch better than the mockup pic; I'll have to take one and post it later.

We did install the quarter-round trim but it was laminate with unprotected bottom and back...and a 2-gal. water bottle leaked, causing the stuff to swell and twist like crazy. So we're going to install real wood quarter round, sealed first this time. The flooring wasn't damaged at all, fortunately.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 23, 2009, 07:04:51 PM
Dangitall...we just got a call: the weekend race has been canceled. New Jersey has suddenly decided that all boat racers need to have boat safety course certificates (exempt in every other state as none of it applies) and they'd arrest anyone who showed up without one.

New Jersey sucks....


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on April 24, 2009, 06:33:27 AM
No...   From what I saw last year, most of the racers could teach a safety course.
This is your birthday weekend to boot.

Believe it or not, my stepwell actually looks better than yours. ;0)
And my module finally came, going after it this morning, then the generator to Bob's.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 24, 2009, 06:58:16 AM
Yup, many of them actually can (we have guys with unlimited tonnage Coast Guard rating, radar rating, etc.).

Got a pic yesterday of the finished stepwell. We decided to leave the carpet loose so we can easily clean it when it gets yucky and replace it when it gets nasty.

Good about the damn module - it's about time. Shouldn't take Bob long to get it fixed up ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 26, 2009, 08:33:57 PM
The good news: the new fan and the Caddy mufflers made the RV amazingly quieter on the highway. As in, now we have to stop some annoying rattles behind us we've never heard, like the oven door rattling. And on a day that hit 94°, the coolant temp was 194° steady (the tranny was 207°). That's 12° higher than with the old fan, but it's an improvement (we were running a bit cool).

The bad news? We had to drive it on the highway...and over the Bay Bridge...to retrieve our 'new' boat and trailer (1972 Glastron V166 with a Merc 135 that Sam grew up waterskiing behind - on the Tee-Nee trailer that it's always been on) that the Bravada abandoned just before the bridge. The fuel pump went up on the Bravada and our favorite local tow company could haul the Bravada back but not the trailer.

So we got it into the driveway, warmed up the RV and away we went. Towed it just fine. Quietly. Perfect ;)

I'll get a pic of the boat and trailer tomorrow when it's light, but I'm gonna warn you: it's dirty. It's been in the yard, under the trees, unused for 20 years. It has had a tarp on it, but stuff gets under tarps. We have to fix one soft spot on the transom, clean the heck out of it and reinstall the trim cylinders (his dad just rebuilt them) and pump, then run new lines.

So I guess I get to drop the fuel tank on the Bravada and see what I can see. Of course, I have a ½ tank of gas and there's an anti-siphon valve in the tank... I guess it's better than having a full tank, but we're talking about 10 gallons.

The boat is the one in the top pic, but the colors of the one in the bottom pic.
(http://www.classicglastron.com/72gl-v166-214.JPG)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on April 27, 2009, 05:01:05 AM
Cool! 

....the boat, not the fuel pump.  You can siphon it by breaking the the thingy in the filler neck, best way.
While you've got the tank out, re-seal the seam on it.  My Blazer was the same, so is the S-10, they all do it and I know Bob would testify to that.


Happy Birthday!


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 27, 2009, 07:38:21 AM
So as it turns out, it's a '71 Glastron V-166, not a '72. Sam 'membered wrong   :D

(http://www.classicglastron.com/71gl-v166-v156.jpg)

Still in Glacier Blue, though...




Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 28, 2009, 07:22:14 AM
My wash slaves worked in the horrible heat last night...what do you think?


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: AlnCory on April 28, 2009, 01:35:59 PM
NICE!!  very nice,,,  maybe I need to get me a boat


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on April 29, 2009, 06:24:58 AM
Very nice.
Do you lease your wash slaves --I could use them.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: eyeteeth on April 29, 2009, 07:06:13 AM
That looks remarkably like the Glastron 'I' grew up with as well.  My Dad still uses it at the lake.

(http://images44.fotki.com/v1486/photos/4/43266/388358/1222280_IMG-vi.jpg)

(http://images44.fotki.com/v1486/photos/4/43266/388358/1222286_IMG-vi.jpg)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 29, 2009, 08:55:30 AM
^ Sweet!


Yep, I lease out my wash slaves - regardless of their wishes ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on May 09, 2009, 11:42:24 AM
Finally found the left-over split bolt connector Sam used on the power cord switch stuff - picture below.

He did work on the front radiator scoop today - when the idiot replaced the rad, they didn't alter the scoop to make it work with the new rad. So it's been essentially useless...he had a piece of stainless sheet steel here, so he cut and fit it to the scoop to go back to the bottom of the rad. I'll get a pic tomorrow, when it's not so dark or threatening rain on us.

The moron PO also cut the bottom of the fan shroud for some unknown reason and messed it up a bit. That's next on Sam's list - figuring out how to improve that.

We did discover the radiator cap has failed. At 220° (after sitting and idling for 40 minutes), the 16 lb cap isn't holding pressure and the rad boils over and overflows the (mini) overflow tank. We want to get a bigger overflow tank, too, because when the engine is cool, there is nothing in the tank. But when it's hot, it's full or overflowing - there's no extra.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on May 13, 2009, 03:38:46 PM
Got a pic of the stainless air scoop extender...as you can see, it goes all the way to the radiator. The scoop itself stops about 4" short.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on May 27, 2009, 12:21:52 AM
We got all the lights hooked up on the race trailer and plugged it into the MH to test everything. Too many lights...the flasher wasn't too happy.

So I went surfing around and found a replacement flasher (pic below) that doesn't care if it's just the MHs lights (mostly LED) or the MH + Trailer (mix of LED & incandescent); it flashes exactly the same.

The old flashers are thermal, the new flasher is electro-mechanical. Sam looked at it and said it's got a relay inside - now I don't have to add one inline. Works great!


He's also working on the $&%^*$(%#*& wipers. The biggest problem, now that we have the ground issue sorted, is that they are screwed through the aluminum skin into a wood block. That's now 36 years old. And is, of course, rotting badly, thanks to the POs idea of how to seal stuff (it really isn't a good design anyway). Sam's fix was to drill the correct size holes into 2 pieces of 6" long thick aluminum plate, putting one on the outside of the skin and the other on the back side of the wood block. This makes the driver's side arm pretty stable, actually. We did have to swap wiper arms: the one on the driver's side is missing the little metal tab thingy that attaches the spring to the base, keeping the arm on the windshield. No wonder it would get blown off the windshield by every passing truck...we both have seen the damn thing somewhere, but where is the question of the week...

The next problem is stabilizing the wiper motor and attaching it so that the linkage can't possibly go over center and wipe the front of the MH instead of the windshield. Then, once that's sorted, stabilizing the passenger side motor and reattaching the linkage. And somehow reattaching the spring so the arm stays on the glass, too.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on May 27, 2009, 12:27:51 AM
I have had flashers that had a little motor in them. They were pretty expensive though. Haven't seen one of them for a long time.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on May 27, 2009, 09:31:22 PM
Don't know that I ever saw one of those.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on May 27, 2009, 09:40:36 PM
They were available in some of the bigger truck stops and dealers. Haven't looked for one like that in years. I just use a heavy duty one in every thing.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 01, 2009, 01:17:01 PM
So we spent yesterday fixing the wipers. From the manufacturer, the wipers were installed backwards, ie so that the driver's side wiper parked in the up postion, right in the driver's field of view. And the wood the wiper motor was mounted to (actually the wood that block was mounted to) was rotting, so the wiper motor would rock and the arms would get jammed...and the wood the arms were mounted to was rotting and there was no support and...on and on.

So Sam did all kinds of stuff and got them fixed. Finally.

He took 4 pieces of aluminum plate and drilled the center holes for the wiper arm mount, along with the 2 side holes for the bolts (that were just screws before). Mounted one on the outside of the front skin and one inside behind the mounting block, then put everything together and through-bolted it. Much more stable now.

Oh, and while we were doing that we found the stupid little piece that connects the spring to the wiper arm base thing. So the passenger side arm now stays on the glass (we'd switched the arms because the missing piece was on the driver's side to begin with...not good).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 01, 2009, 01:19:09 PM
Then took the wiper motor, mounted on a block, and through-bolted it to the inside of the RV, under the dash cover. It's now stable as well (you can see the lower side of the bolts in the wiper motor pic above - on the left).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 01, 2009, 01:21:28 PM
Since we had the dash cover off anyway, I snapped a pic of the accessories junction block we installed. Not the best pic, but there's a lot of vent hose under there. I got a pic of the CB as well, along with our spare parts compartment (under the fridge). Couple oil filters, a water pump, couple belts, a piece or two of hose and a spare fuel filter. There's a spare voltage regulator and ballast resistor in there somewhere, too.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 06, 2009, 11:20:16 AM
We did a little more work on the windshield area this morning...cleaning up the butt-ugly silicone the idiot PO put all over the windshield gasket. What a moron...

If you look at the wiper pic above, then the pic below, you can see the difference (the stuff on the glass is just a reflection of the sky this morning...total cloud cover).

Oh, and we cut a small sample of gasket so I can buy a replacement roll.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on June 06, 2009, 05:48:00 PM
Wish my windshield looked that clean.
You do need mirrors....


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 07, 2009, 06:01:18 PM
Nothing major today...cleaned the rest of the windows, inside and out, cleaned the dash, cleaned the oven range hood, oiled the hood fan and cleaned the filter on it, tested the oven with a frozen pizza (yum!), tested the water heater...all just checking stuff for the upcoming trip to North Carolina.

Sam fixed the Sirius antenna that he broke last year at Franklin, PA on a tree branch. We made it a bit shorter and glued it into a sleeve to hold it in place above the mount. Then he pulled the old CB mount bolt and stud out of the mount and ran the radio antenna through it (its mount broke sometime before we bought it).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 13, 2009, 02:42:49 PM
Replaced the spark plugs today (have I mentioned how much of a PITA the driver's side is to do?). Some of them were pretty ugly (oil, gas, etc). The gap on some was about .045, on one was .01 and the others were spread between them.

It's supposed to be .035, of course.

We put in a slightly hotter plug than had been in there and we'll see how it runs. The old plugs have been in there a little over 2 years.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 13, 2009, 03:30:24 PM
That sure ain't very long plug life!


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 13, 2009, 08:33:20 PM
That's what I thought, too.

When I replaced them the first time, they also were ugly, but the driver's side was really ugly. That's 'cause they were entirely different plugs. Apparently the PO didn't like to deal with that side and they were old, old Autolites. The passenger side were NGK and much newer. Just doing the passenger side is cheating...just sit in the wheel well, your back against the tire, and change all 4 spark plugs. They're right there in front of you with no obstacles and the frame rail is a nice tool shelf. Easy-peasy. The driver's side is a different story altogether. #5 and #7 have to be accessed blindly from above, reaching down around the exhaust manifold. Other than the fact that you have to do them blind, they're not bad. #3 is in a not-so-wide slot, where you can get a ratchet on it from below, but it needs to be fine-toothed because of the limited swing. Oh, and the handle needs to be long so you have room to grip it (I just rednecked it with a long wrench added onto the bottom). #1 is bad enough, thanks to the oil dipstick tube (can't get the socket on it), that I had to do it with a ratcheting wrench. Again from below. Oh, it started just as easily as before and idled even smoother.

Bought the oil today and will change it tomorrow. I have 3 spare filters, so I'm good on that  :D

Today we also replaced the radiator cap as the old one (I'd put on) didn't seem to be holding the advertised pressure. The new one still let the coolant boil, but at 15° higher than the temp the old one allowed (235°). Sam is pretty sure a 16 lb cap should allow it to be 250° before it boils, but I dunno. We've decided the replacement radiator simply is unsuitable for this application....

I will, at some point soon, drain and refill the radiator again. It was one of the first things I did when we got it home, but I'm sure it needs to be done again.

Lessee...oh, and we need to do the motor mounts. They're really bad (what a surprise). If I can find 'em, I need to do the sway bar stuff, too, I think.

Sam also worked a little on the generator. Under heavy load, the frequency was 62. Which he knows will kill most air conditioners - the compressor overheats and stops. So he turned the adjuster one turn, checked again. Oops...wrong way. Turn it back, then 1 turn the other way. 61.5. Another turn. 61. Another turn, 60.5. He left it there. When the generator warmed up even more and the AC smoothed out completely, it put out 109.5 volts at 60.1 cycles...beautiful.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 13, 2009, 09:39:00 PM
Each pound pressure raises the boiling point three degrees. A mixture of anti freeze/water raises it more yet. Don't remember how much per mixture ratio.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 14, 2009, 05:48:08 PM
A 50-50 mixture raises the boiling point 11 degrees and a 70-30 mix raises it 23 degrees. That is with out pressure.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 14, 2009, 07:48:50 PM
Okey-dokey. Ours is 50-50.

Changed the oil today. Kinda black, but it's never been anything but that when I've changed it, no matter how few miles. At least only the first change was chunky  :o

I changed it in April and we haven't gone more than 100 miles since.

Finally found the reason for the oil smell when hot...2 valve cover bolts were loose (bad Sam) and the gasket on the oil fill cap on the valve cover had failed. Sam had a small piece of thin rubber we cut to fit and it works great (yeah, for the time being).

The rest of the day was spent working on the boats.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 15, 2009, 02:42:27 PM
Got the motor mounts, brake booster air filter (it's a canister filter...very strange), PCV valve, oil pump mounting gasket (it's leaking) and second oil pan gasket set ('cause we have a windage tray) ordered today. Will have it all tomorrow.

'Cause I needed something to do this weekend  :D


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 15, 2009, 03:03:37 PM
My 68 road runner had that. A simple way of designing a windage tray. Best I remember it took a little more oil for the initial fill than it did for an oil change after the installation.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 15, 2009, 03:19:55 PM
^ good to know - thanks ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 15, 2009, 04:15:17 PM
It was than a quart, around half I think.  ???


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 01, 2009, 06:59:15 PM
Took her to NC for the weekend. She performed beautifully, except for the charging voltage.

We saw anywhere from 14.95-15.15, with occasional spikes to 16 volts. We have replaced the voltage regulator; no change. I've ordered a new plug end and Sam will make up a new wire with that when it gets here to see of that makes any difference.

Anyone have any ideas? The alternator is new, replaced last fall.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on July 01, 2009, 07:24:06 PM
There was a guy on dodge talk.com that had a problem with over charging. It was in the alternator.
Look in the 1972-1987 Ram Trucks, post dated 5-30-09, alternator not charging I think was the thread. On the third page he gave the fix as an insulator in the alternator.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 01, 2009, 07:39:07 PM
Thanks, Charlie. Sam will look into the alternator this weekend. It's intermittent, but that doesn't mean it isn't an intermittent short.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Griff in Fairbanks on July 01, 2009, 11:25:36 PM
How close is the regulator to the battery?  A long wire means more resistance, which decreases sensed voltage.  Likewise, corroded or weak connections will increase resistance, causing the regulator to sense a low voltage condition and overexcite the alternator.  Check both sides (positive and ground) because a weak ground is the same as high resistance on the positive side.  (Motorhomes are notorious for having weak grounds to the voltage regulator, especially if they were 'fixed' by a POS.)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 02, 2009, 05:51:21 AM
To be honest, I can't remember how long the wire is. We're going to replace it and the ends to try to remove the corroded/weak connection issue. I'm pretty sure we checked the ground before, but who knows (since we had so many weak/missing grounds on the thing). We'll check it again.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on July 02, 2009, 07:59:14 AM
One thing to to keep the grounds from corroding is smearing them with dielectric grease.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 12, 2009, 07:18:00 PM
Got sidetracked. Will get to the charging issue, but we finally have started on the ceiling!

Took some pics...here's the ceiling after removal of the yucky contact-paper covered masonite.

The 'high-tech' spray insulation barely covers the roof. It's about 1" thick. Not so much insulation...We're going to fill the gap with the blue stuff, mostly because we have it in the basement (Sam picked it up, still in bags, on the side of the road).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 12, 2009, 07:18:58 PM
And here are some junk pieces of the soffit/porch material, just shoved in place, for proof of concept.

I like it. A lot.


Notice we need to replace the paneling, too, but one step at a time...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on July 12, 2009, 08:22:01 PM
That looks a whole like the underpinning I got for my trailer.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on July 13, 2009, 12:59:23 PM
And here are some junk pieces of the soffit/porch material, just shoved in place, for proof of concept.

I like it. A lot.

Ditto.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 15, 2009, 07:44:39 PM
Sam got a portion of the ceiling done last night. Nothing more tonight, but maybe more tomorrow.

Look damn good, too.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 18, 2009, 08:58:55 PM
Got a ton more done today.

We finished the back part (behind the AC) and used up all the blue stuff back there, so we started in on the remaining part of the roll of foil-backed radiant barrier insulation stuff and finished up the bathroom and first section in front of the AC unit. Just have the small section in front of that to do...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on July 18, 2009, 10:19:25 PM
Your ceiling looks great, Leeann.
But I envy your fridge.  Not size, but color. 

No, it wouldn't fit and I can't have it anyhow.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Griff in Fairbanks on July 19, 2009, 01:39:00 AM
Very nice ceiling ... another good idea to steal from Leeann.

Your ceiling looks great, Leeann.
But I envy your fridge.  Not size, but color. 

No, it wouldn't fit and I can't have it anyhow.
Many (most?) RV refrigerators have a removable front panel that you can replace with whatever you like.  (Thickness of the new panel being the only constraint.)

I've seen one where the owner replaced the OEM panel with thin rosewood and another that was replaced with whiteboard (for dry eraser markers).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 19, 2009, 07:40:04 AM
Yep, it's a thin panel. A whiteboard panel is a good idea...

There were 2 more pics that just didn't wanna upload last night...there are 2 layers of the bubble wrap stuff in each square.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on July 19, 2009, 08:32:20 AM
Like the white ceiling. Makes for better light to see what you're eating.  Reading too. ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 19, 2009, 10:31:28 AM
It's amazing how much it brightens and cleans it up in there. The old stuff had 'white' contact paper on it, but it was dingy and nasty...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 19, 2009, 02:17:51 PM
Finished!

Note the AC cover is just on for the pic - we have to adjust how the unit itself tightens to the roof unit, etc.

I'm really, really happy...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on July 19, 2009, 02:41:54 PM
Lookin' good! 


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on July 22, 2009, 07:26:36 PM
Wow....


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: AlnCory on July 24, 2009, 09:42:59 AM
Great job Leeann,  it turned out very nice!


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 24, 2009, 07:23:47 PM
Thanks, guys  ;D


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 27, 2009, 04:35:17 PM
Sam took the accelerator pump from the 'new' TQ and filed out the nozzles with welding tip files - just about doubled the size - in hopes of solving our just off-idle stumble. The Carter carb book with a big section on TQs says this usually will solve that issue. Fingers are crossed...if it doesn't help, we still have the old accelerator pump to put back in.

We also secured the kitchen cabinet to the upper steel frame as it had started falling down (somehow, they missed the mark with screws at the factory - 3 screws, just to the side of 3 frame members).

Next project is the disintegrating wall in the bathroom - the side wall. We have some white plastic here Sam hopes to be able to put up in place of the wallpaper-covered paneling stuff.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Trish on July 28, 2009, 11:18:40 AM
That's the same white whatzit that Sam got from work?  It is, it'll look great.
I do not understand why the small bathrooms in the shorter rigs are always an off-color-something.
We would appreciate the light.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 28, 2009, 11:56:58 AM
Yeah, a roll of 1/8" or 3/16" hard white plastic - smooth.
I don't, either. Little bathrooms should always be white....you need the light AND you need to make it look bigger.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: AlnCory on July 28, 2009, 12:53:50 PM
Come on now ladies,,, you know we all love that orange, yellow, green, brown stipped wallpaper stuff!

Yes Leeann, I couldn't believe how much brighter my little shower was by putting the white plastic liner stuff in....  good luck on yours.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on July 28, 2009, 03:49:53 PM
Wounder if they make dark  red toilet paper?   ??? ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on August 04, 2009, 08:31:51 AM
Got the side wall of the bathroom done, except for trim. I think it looks pretty dang good, personally...much brighter, whiter and cleaner.

Oh, and we put up a new shower curtain, mildew-resistant, too. But you can't see it ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on August 21, 2009, 08:58:19 PM
I need to go out and take a few pics, but Sam installed a vacuum gauge on top of the dash, sealed up the above bathroom wall project, decided that the filing out of the accelerator pump jets helped but didn't solve the problem so he'll probably go a little further, used the plastic welder on the black tank (the ABS epoxy didn't quite do it) and blasted and painted the rims with silver/chrome paint. They look good, but he didn't mask the tires  ::)

Before we go to Lock Haven, PA for Labor Day weekend, I need to check the oil, coolant and rear diff oil, plus air up the tires. We also need to figure out where we're going to put the bikes for the trip (the campground is about a mile away from the pits).

As of Monday, I'm back in the regular working world, so this'll have to happen nights and on the next two weekends.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: AlnCory on August 24, 2009, 02:23:19 PM
LeeAnn,
Did the epoxy work for a while and then fail or just not hold from the start?

Bath is looking nice, sorry you have to go back to work.. I mean getting paid is nice but working sure cuts into your fishing and drinking time.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on August 24, 2009, 03:13:26 PM
I think the crack was just too much for the epoxy, especially once some *ahem* liquid went in the tank - weight stressed it too much.

Thanks - I think so, too! Y'know, Oscar Wilde said "work is the curse of the drinking class" and that's the truth  :P

I like being paid regularly and having insurance coverage, though....


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: AlnCory on August 24, 2009, 04:02:08 PM
Yes payday does make it easier to buy beer, and snacks....  gotta have snacks  ;D


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on August 24, 2009, 05:25:13 PM
Gotta have the beer first  :D


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on September 13, 2009, 06:02:34 PM
Sam resealed both back slider windows today - the passenger-side window was leaking and the driver's-side looked like it wouldn't be far behind. He also got a water-level indicator thing set up on the water tank - now we know when we have 5 gallons and 12 gallons in the tank (the first to warn us we're getting low, the second to let us know when we've reached the minimum water for a weekend so we don't overfill).

Finally, he got the air horns Trish scored for us installed on the RV. Now to finish up the tubing and reservoir installation...we tested them with a tank of Nitrogen and man, are they loud (it's a good thing we don't have neighbors on that side....)!


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on September 13, 2009, 06:03:04 PM
And two gratuitous shots of the rig ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: rev_les on September 15, 2009, 09:15:41 AM
Looking good!


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on March 15, 2010, 08:09:14 PM
Sam finally got the reservoir hooked up to the air horns (the first one - plastic - leaked, so he found a steel tank in the basement) and they are damned loud!

Irie was standing just outside the door, about 50 yds away, and dropped her toaster strudel when Sam hit 'em  ;D

He has also replaced the propane tank valve, since ours leaks while you open or close it.


We need to chip out the foam around the black tank so we can get it out. We've got a (grey) tank here to put in its place. The crack was just too much for everything we tried....so it's time to give up and replace it. Of course, they spray foamed like crazy all around it.

I need to do an oil change and replace the filter adapter/oil pump housing gasket while I'm at it. If I'm really feeling adventuresome, I might even replace the oil pan gaskets. Then I need to do a coolant flush and fill. I have the motor mounts for us to do sometime, too. Ours really are toast.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on March 26, 2010, 04:29:18 PM
Sam got the foam chipped out and the black tank removed. It was really thin-walled, the reason we couldn't get a repair to stick. It just bows too much with any weight.

The tank we already had here is a little bit smaller, but the most we go for is 4 days and we'll be okay. It's much thicker material and Sam thinks it's paraffin with plastic chips (it melts like paraffin, anyway). It has much thicker walls and bottom and is designed better - it's angled down towards the drain valve. The old one was not and, despite having the drain open for 4 days, not all the, um, yuck came out. The new one will not have that problem.

When we removed the old tank, we found that the pressboard floor had disintegrated under the shower pan (ie the bathroom floor), explaining why it felt kinda soft. The new tank doesn't have a lip on both ends left to right so we can't use the old mounting bars for that, so we're going to use them as floor supports as they're pretty dang stout.

Sam has the holes cut for the toilet, sinks and vent and has it up in place for a dry fit. He has to adjust one or two minor details, install the front floor support then put glue on the fittings and put the tank in place for real. I'll get more pics once it's permanently installed.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on March 26, 2010, 04:30:00 PM
And then Sam using the plastic welder to close up the existing hole in the tank that was in the wrong place.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: AlnCory on March 30, 2010, 10:33:26 AM
Looking at the pics of your new tank took me back to the old days of building TT's. I started out on floors and we installed the tanks before sending them down the line...  They looked just like that. 

Its great that you are getting the new tanks in... 


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 25, 2010, 09:09:05 AM
Sam's got the floor supports bolted up and the new tank in place and sealed to the toilet and sink/vent fittings. Now I just need a dry day to take a picture or two ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 08, 2010, 06:28:38 PM
We got a new o-ring (finally) for the dump valve fitting, so we'll get that installed this weekend. Sam has to get a new hose clamp for it as backup as the one that was on there was junk.

We also worked on the boat a little last night, vacuuming out leaves and old, crumbled wood (from the back trim pump/gas can/etc area. Then we took a look at the motor...the control box wiring harness is now crap and needs to be replaced (all the wire insulation crumbled away), but it had compression and wasn't seized. Hooked it to a battery and it turned over nicely - this is a '71 Mercury 135 hp inline six that hasn't been run in 23 years.

We have a still-good wiring harness so we'll swap it out.

Oh, and the trimp pump ran properly when hooked to the battery, too. The steering bar moved smoothly when asked and the seats wiped up nicely.

I can't wait to take a boat ride  :)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on August 20, 2010, 06:56:14 PM
Sam bought a spare Thermoquad on eBay a while back hoping that the adjustment screws weren't seized in the base like on our TQ. We got lucky...but he kept fooling with ours for some reason.

His brother bought a ultrasonic carb cleaning machine, so we sent the 'spare' TQ to him to play with his new machine.

First pic is before, second pic is after a 15 minute dunk at 140° with 'shellac buster' turned on. I think it turned out pretty well...now we just need to get it back  :D


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 20, 2010, 08:11:31 PM
Looks like new!


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on August 20, 2010, 08:17:31 PM
I've already got a rebuild kit here for when we get it back - I really can't wait to see how the ol' 440 runs with this installed and adjusted properly.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 20, 2010, 08:21:15 PM
Best I remember there is a lot of adjustments to make on linkage, but it just takes a little time and patience. It helps to have a hand operated vacuum pump also.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 20, 2010, 08:25:52 PM
I asked the shop foreman when I had one on an old ex-cop car and he said it took about four hours to rebuild one. I didn't feel so bad then since it had taken me about five hours.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on August 20, 2010, 08:46:45 PM
Yup, Sam rebuilt the one on the rv not long after we'd gotten her home. It recently had been cleaned, then assembled & adjusted as incorrectly as possible.

We do have a hand-operated vacuum pump.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on September 09, 2010, 05:02:51 PM
Pics (finally) of the new black tank installed. It has a definite angle from back to front, where the dump valve is. Ought to help dumping - the old tank was completely level back to front and there was, um, stuff still in it when we dropped it, despite having the dump valve open for 2 weeks.

The old braces/clamps wouldn't hold the new tank thanks to a different configuration, so Sam had to build his own strap system. The wooden blocks are to hold against the ledge of the tank for added security along with keeping the metal strap from rubbing on the tank.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on September 09, 2010, 05:04:03 PM
A pic of the ancient steering stabilizer on our rig. At least, I think it's a steering stabilizer. The new spring and eye bolt you see were added after Sam noticed a distinct difference in the handling and we found that the old eye bolt had sheared and the spring was gone. It was improved by adding a new bolt and spring. Any of you guys have this?


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on September 11, 2010, 03:40:43 PM
I think that is a Steer Safe system. Haven't seen one in years. They have a web site.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on September 11, 2010, 10:40:21 PM
I'll look it up - thanks, Charlie ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Griff in Fairbanks on September 19, 2010, 08:18:25 PM
Sam bought a spare Thermoquad on eBay a while back hoping that the adjustment screws weren't seized in the base like on our TQ. We got lucky...but he kept fooling with ours for some reason.

His brother bought a ultrasonic carb cleaning machine, so we sent the 'spare' TQ to him to play with his new machine.

First pic is before, second pic is after a 15 minute dunk at 140° with 'shellac buster' turned on. I think it turned out pretty well...now we just need to get it back  :D
How much does Sam's brother charge for cleaning??


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Griff in Fairbanks on September 19, 2010, 08:20:17 PM
I think that is a Steer Safe system. Haven't seen one in years. They have a web site.
I kinda remember seeing one of those ... Pat (Grandma Griff) sez it looks like something scavenged off an old bedsprings.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on September 20, 2010, 05:52:57 AM
How much does Sam's brother charge for cleaning??


I dunno but I've emailed him to find out.

I agree with Pat - it looks like old bedsprings, but dang if it doesn't work (at least some).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Madlurch on September 20, 2010, 02:33:17 PM
I did a little work on Tractor Trailer trucks... their brake system; the components inside the wheel (from what I remember) had shoe return springs that looked a bit like bed springs... but very very strong!

  Matt


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on October 12, 2010, 08:30:26 PM
I still can't get a straight answer on what he charges on the carb cleaning - let me know what carb, whether he disassembles/assembles & puts in the carb kit, etc. and I'll get a price from him.

Sam had to replace the sections of fuel line under the RV that had bends. The rest of the fuel line looks good, but it looks like the pump for the rear tank is leaking through the body (or under the hose clamps, but it's hard to tell right now).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on February 26, 2011, 06:35:15 PM
Changed the oil and filter today and filled up the tires. Sam took it down and filled up the fuel tanks and put Sta-bil in the fuel.

I'd put seafoam in the crankcase a few months ago so it'd get run through and clean up some sludge. Two months of running in the driveway, then driving back and forth to the gas station, then change it while still warm. Came out pretty black, but not chunky. Haven't had the lifter tick on the driver's side since I added the seafoam.

Next is motor mounts, oil pan gaskets and oil filter mount gasket. We'll do that the next time we change the oil. I need to change the oil in the generator, as well.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on February 27, 2011, 09:00:21 AM
Spring is coming, Lee Ann!  Time to coerce Sam into a garage for the tool box and place to work on smaller jobs.
 ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on February 27, 2011, 10:55:27 AM
Spring is coming, Lee Ann!  Time to coerce Sam into a garage for the tool box and place to work on smaller jobs.
 ;)

I'm working on it ;)

Actually, we're talking about getting one of the bigger carport things, putting down pavers as the floor and, eventually, little by little, adding sheet metal to be sides and back.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on February 27, 2011, 06:52:54 PM
That'll work!


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 23, 2011, 06:47:06 PM
Did some work on her tonight 'cause we wanted to take her for a (close) trip this weekend to a boat race - we wouldn't be racing, just spectating - plugs, pcv, air filter. I have wires, cap and rotor, donut gasket and valve cover gaskets as well.

Started her up. She idles real smooth now. Until you touch the brakes, that is....brake booster's bad. It is original (still has undercoating on it, sorta), but still. Also glad we didn't replace the passenger side donut gasket 'cause it's not leaking - the driver's side is (for the first time).

We're not going anywhere with a bad booster, which sucks. Now I've gotta find one...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: CelticWulfHeart on June 23, 2011, 06:54:36 PM
maybe jcwhitney.com (more expensive) or cheaperthandirt.com (name says it all)?


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 23, 2011, 07:11:56 PM
Boosters for these are slightly harder than that to find ;)

I'll try my local parts house first, as my boss' brother works there and I can get his discount (ie for cost), plus they actually have parts books and know how to use them  ;D

If they don't have or can't find it, www.alrettatruckparts.com is next. They have brake stuff for our ancient rigs and Geoff, the owner, is quite knowledgeable on these systems (he posts on MH forums a lot).


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Griff in Fairbanks on June 23, 2011, 11:03:38 PM
1973 M300 w/Disc Brakes w/ Vacuum Booster -- CarQuest #50-9261

Might not be right ... I don't see a listing for Bendix Master-Vac and all the listing for booster that include slave cylinders have a footnote.

Get the (casting?) number off the booster and I'll try a cross reference.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 24, 2011, 05:49:55 AM
It's an RM300, not M300.

We'll have to pull it for that - it is original, with undercoating and a ton of rust....


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Griff in Fairbanks on June 24, 2011, 10:37:38 AM
It's an RM300, not M300.

We'll have to pull it for that - it is original, with undercoating and a ton of rust....
Catalog also lists the R series chassis ... same P/N for the R300.  (My RM350 is listed as a R400 and I back checked the caliper numbers to partially verify catalog's accuracy.)

Catalog's numerical listing shows that P/N fitting Dodge "M,R300" from 1972 through 1977.

Casting number will be necessary to make reasonably sure that's the right P/N ... I cross referenced my caliper casting number to make sure for my chassis ... and looked up a picture on the company's intranet.  (Catalog showed a single piston caliper for mine but I actually have dual piston calipers that catalog shows for later years ... maybe someone retrofitted the front brakes??)

Booster catalog heading is "M,R300/350/375/400/450/500/550/600/650" and covers model years 1970 through 1978.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 24, 2011, 11:31:54 AM
Cool -thanks ;)

I have the Dodge p/n with me. We'll look up both to be sure.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 24, 2011, 02:08:19 PM
The Carquest # is obsolete - that's the one that comes with the master cylinder, which apparently they don't do any more.

However, both it and the Dodge p/n both crossed to the same booster sans master cylinder. I'll have it Monday for $110....and I'll get the p/n then.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on September 22, 2011, 08:28:19 PM
Got the booster off (took LOTS of patience and PB Blaster) only to discover the master cylinder is also bad. The seals were leaking fluid everywhere and it got sucked into the booster and killed it.

Just picked up the master cylinder (Bendix) yesterday and we'll install when the weather allows this weekend. It looks really nice and everything matches up, except the new one has 2 bails while the old one has 1.

Sam says he thinks it'd already been replaced once; there's a brake line repair kit spliced in a foot or so back from the master cylinder.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on September 22, 2011, 08:40:43 PM
I'd say there is a good chance it's been replaced at least once, possibly more since 1973.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on September 22, 2011, 08:45:19 PM
Yup, that's what we were thinking. I mean, half way from then to now is 19 years....that's really good for an MC. So I'm guessing probably twice at least.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on September 22, 2011, 08:51:01 PM
Both of my 87's still have the originals though.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on October 02, 2011, 05:04:12 PM
Got 'em installed. Only thing left is the brake pedal return spring, and that's because the morons who worked on this last (a shop) lost the stupid bracket (red arrow points to it) so they attached the spring to keep it with the vehicle, but wasn't actually doing anything.

Sam's making a new bracket.

I had already turned in the old booster for a core, so I couldn't take a picture, but it looked much like the master cylinder: nasty.



Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on October 02, 2011, 05:06:05 PM
From the FSM...


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 13, 2012, 08:31:54 PM
Finally got the voltage regulated to 13.5 volts at idle.

The solution? Get the Mopar part, part #P4529794 from Summit Racing. Well worth it, believe me. We've never seen voltages at or near what it should be until today. Color me very happy....

As an aside, the old 440 ran like we'd just driven it yesterday. Sweet. Oh, and the vacuum gauge said 19...I'm happy.

Sam had to replace the bathroom vent since he put his foot through it putting a new tarp on top of her and cleaning up an ant colony. I found vents with 12v fans in them on eBay reasonably priced, so I got 2 with white covers and one smoke cover. We'll put the smoke one up front and the clear in the bathroom and over the dinette.

Sam got the bathroom vent and rear vent replaced Sunday and the fans pull a lot of air through the RV. With all 3 fans running, it should keep the interior a lot nicer when the AC isn't running.

I forgot: we got the brakes all bled about a month ago and she stops on a dime again. The new master cylinder and booster are great.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 15, 2012, 01:29:03 PM
Now you got fresh air and brakes both!
Very good!
 ;D


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 15, 2012, 05:15:42 PM
And I'm not boiling the batteries ;)

Sam's making a new bathroom door - the hinges came off the old pressboard one and pulled chunks of crap with them, so he had to.

I'll post pics when it's done and mounted 'cause it's looking really good.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 15, 2012, 06:33:33 PM
You mean to tell me that one is supposed to close the bathroom door?
 ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 15, 2012, 06:52:12 PM
Jeez...just like a man...



 :P


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on June 17, 2012, 05:21:17 PM
Sam got it done and installed. What an improvement over the factory pressboard door....about 1/3 the weight, nice lighter color, window for light both ways but you can't see through it (there are 2 layers of the pebbly stuff with the pebbles turned inward for easier cleaning). Oh, and a little shorter for airflow under the door, especially for when the fan is running. The shower curtain covers that area so no water will ever come out.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/81e00397.jpg)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 17, 2012, 08:25:11 PM
Neat!
 ;D


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 02, 2012, 09:43:22 PM
We will put polyurethane on the exposed wood soon.

Have a few other things to do first, like clean up from Friday night's incredible storm. One tree looks like god slammed his fist down on it...and more branches are down all over the yard. We got the boats freed and they weren't damaged, fortunately. One branch just barely missed the back of the RV.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on July 03, 2012, 03:40:57 AM
I didn't know that storm was so wide spread. I was driving thru it in West Virginia & into Ky. It was shaking the truck like a dog shaking a rag. Lots of damage in that area I think.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 03, 2012, 06:11:01 AM
Came down from Ohio, this one did. Just brutal...some houses were cut in half by fallen trees..

We were lucky with the only damage being to the trees, but a good deal of our afternoon shade is gone.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on July 04, 2012, 08:19:02 AM
Good that you had no serious damage.
How is the foot coming along?


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on July 04, 2012, 09:21:52 PM
It's getting there, slowly. The 8th will be 9 months...I'm walking almost normally in good shoes. It does get tired reasonably quickly, but it's getting there.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on March 24, 2013, 12:00:34 PM
Haven't done anything - and won't until the Jeep is done - but I do have a set of Chevy Astro front seats with bases if needed to put in. They're a TON more comfortable than the seats currently in it. I want to use the swivel bases on the current seats, but the bolt pattern's different. Might have to have the bf make adapter plates.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on April 09, 2013, 04:09:10 PM
The seats, shoved in the back of the Astro, before the bases were put on.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on August 29, 2014, 02:36:18 PM
Sam made a custom air baffle thing for the generator so the cooling air doesn't exit straight down any more. It's a buttload quieter now. Guess I'll have to get a pic of it...hmmm.

Oh, and Sam & I were married in April, so i can't call him the bf any more ;)


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 30, 2014, 08:33:44 AM
Marriage ruins the best of friendships.
Lots of luck to a couple of swell people.


Title: Re: '73 Concord 20' Class A w/440...
Post by: Leeann on August 30, 2014, 04:00:19 PM
Marriage ruins the best of friendships.
Lots of luck to a couple of swell people.


So far, so good :)

As I expected, nothing has changed between us. My parents are pretty danged happy about it, though.