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« Reply #15 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.
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« Reply #16 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.)

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« Reply #17 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.
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« Reply #18 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.)



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« Reply #19 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...
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« Reply #20 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...


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« Reply #21 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.


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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2009, 05:33:05 PM »

More from the above...


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« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2009, 05:34:38 PM »

Then we worked on some more fun stuff...


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« Reply #24 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.


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« Reply #25 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...


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« Reply #26 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 Wink


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« Reply #27 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.


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« Reply #28 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).


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« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2009, 06:17:42 PM »

Oh, a closer pic of the 2 spares mounted together, too.


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