Hey Griff -
Reading you talk about heater control panels makes me wonder if I couldn't track down a new control panel, and cables for mine.
Need another new speedo cable too... unfortunately, that's a specialty part due to cruise control. Had to have one custom made last time.
Haven't touched base for a bit, not since returning from Florida with the Camper. Thought I'd pass the latest along.
Tried starting up the old beast recently, wouldn't go... I dug out the original 30+ year old rusted, corroded, melted ignition control (again) and she fired right up. These new units are absolute junk. This will be the fourth time I've replaced the new control, at least they're under warranty. You'd think it would be more cost effective to make ONE that worked instead of constantly replacing them under warranty.
Apart from that... can't wait to get camping!
One week, and probably close to 2800 miles. Ran as wel as could be expected most of the time. Probably could have set fire to a small oil field and still saved consumption though. lol. I did have to re-wire the electrical control box Christmas day after it cooked itself again... 7:30 at night, after a bottle of wine, in the dark with a flashlight, with out any real 'wire' tools. I did notice a 'new' engine noise in Georgia on the way down. I was fearing the A/C Clutch bearing was going again, but hoping it would last through the trip. Had a great time a Fort DeSoto, would have liked ten more degrees, it rained on us in Tarpon Springs, Disney, and Unniveral Studios were packed. On the trip home it was noticiably warmer and more humid. Started sputtering and missing while still in Florida. Found a parts shop with an ignition module (swapping out the original unit... again) and she ran much better. The original unit had heated up enough to start dripping it's contents onto the engine. (again) All was fine until BFE Tennessee, 11:30pm when it became obvious the new engine noise wasn't the A/C Bearing, but the water pump... It took until about 1pm the following day for the most expensive waterpump repair ever to be completed so we could get back on the road. I had brought some tools, probably could have suffered through the repair, but getting the parts would have been a real challenge, not to mention being out in the cold... etc. Eventually got back home, had one heck of an adventure, and with a few more tools... and a few more upgrades... would do it again. Far too much of of an activity filled week to try and cover in a post, but thought I would share how she ran. We asked a whole heck of a lot of her... 23 1/2 hours straight through from Michigan to Florida... Kids woke up on the beach for the sunrise. Pretty cool.
P.S. I have a few pics of the cables for anyone who visits the yards...
Sounds like us... leaving Sunday for a week. I had to replace the shower faucet and shower head... the bathroom door latch (? yea, I know) added some trim, and a wall mount knife holder over th past week. Also had an oil change, and installed a new set of Gas shocks...
I'll see what I can do.
And more fun... also broke the temperature control cable. Snapped in half behind the dash. Wow... just... wow... not even sure how to deal with that one.
Drove my Band to Detroit and back over the weekend for a show. Pulling our trailer with gear, and 8 people in the RV we got just over 6mpg! Wooo Hoo! lol. (Ouch)
To put some closure to this... I wasn't in a big hurry on this until the wife decided we were taking a trip for Christmas in it and my band decided they needed it for some shows.
Took the whole things apart, sprayed the******out of it with compressed air and all is happier now. Thanks for the suggestions, sorry for delaying so long to apply them.
Well, looks like we're going to put our old girl to the an ultimate test. We're going to Disney World. From Michigan all the way down. Wow... I'm a little nervous, but it will be a vacation to never forget regardless.
Need a little help from our parts specialists. On the passenger side there is a vent down under the dash and a push/pull hand to open and close it. Basically it's a stiff cable that runs through the firewall. Years and years have gone by and this one rusteed out. I need a replacement. Thus far, I have been unable to find one. Anyone wanna take up the search?
Ok, Round Headlights is the older Cab Version. I have found in '79 the Cabs could have either round headlights or square headlights, the square headlights are the newer cab version. So... my rig with the square headlights and the 'non clunking' front end would not be a good basis for comparison.
I like the screwdriver idea, I don't think I have one small enough to get in there. But I will definitely check it out. also makes me wonder if a coat hanger might work. Not knowing how the mechanism works though makes it a shot in the dark. We'll see... thanks for the obvious. (That I DIDN'T think of.)
My apologies all... I just realized I was called upon a little while back and completely absent. I have not kept up on the thread as I should and beg forgiveness. Work, racing, and my two bands have sucked up pretty much all of my time lately.
Trish, I would say get a dolly, and don't ever back up with the car attached.
gbm97... don't turn to full lock. :) Mine does not do this, but the power steering likes squealing at me, but again, only at full lock. I avoid it. That extra little turn of the wheels doesn't do much for the actual radius. However, since mine does not do this, it might be worth looking at. Question, does your rig have round headlights, or square headlights?
While I'm catching up, I have a fun one perhaps someone can shed light on. On the passenger side there is a vent under the dash, with a pull lever to open/close. Well... the rod rusted out. My 12 year old opened it, but now can't pull it back closed and I really have no idea what to take apart to get to it... Not sure if I have to repair it so much as just get it closed, but having it working would be nice too.
Apart from that... camping every weekend, just getting ready to put it away again for the winter months. (If only I had a heated basement)
I tried cleaning the 'outlet' but its way up in there and difficult to get to. I was also starting to question if the valve was sticking or if it's a possibility. Any suggestions for getting up in there to try cleaning it better?
I have an older Surburban ducted furnace. Friday night, worked swell, Saturday, it won't work. I can go outside and 'choke' it, I.E. place my hand mostly over the exhaust, and hear it ignite. "fwoom" It will run until I can't hold my hand over the exhaust, then goes out. I'll recover the exhaust and fwoom... I can smell gas when it's not running, I can see/hear the igniter, and it works briefly when I'm chocking it...
Not sure where to look next, the burner looks great, it's getting gas, it's getting spark, and obviously enough air for the sail switch other wise the other items would be happening. Just don't get why it's not lighting.
Looking for additional suggestions. I think it's an NT-35 or something like that. Thanks.