Yo, It's the Pugmaster here again.
Just removed the carter thermoquad carb from my 440, kicked it, shouted colorful language at it, let it lay there in the rain and mud for a few days as I awaited the arrival of my new Edlebrock carb.
It finally arrived and was I was shocked, surprised ! at how easy it was to install.
LOTS of hoses and other******that was required on the previous carb was sealed off or removed, not needed on the Edlebrock per the instructions.Plus a nice little sticker to apply stating that the carb met all emissions codes. Rosebud is purring now as never before!
VERY expensive carb,($560) but well worth the cost. Easier startups
smoother running, plus they claim a drastic increase in mpg and better response compared to the thermoquad. I'll find the truth of it soon. But, had to trash the original air filter housing. The thicker base plate put the carb height too high. A Edlebrock air filter unit does not sit as high as the orig air filter unit, so I purchased one for $29. Looks great and a perfect fit with a little space left to spare.
Whiteknight001-Thanks I will we are going away this weekend, so I will get some pics up when we get back. It's a nice little rig. My wife and I both have been volunteers for over 15 years on the local ambulance squad, so she has no fear of driving of it. It's actually smaller then the one ambulance.
Next year I'm going to redo the paint since that is the biggest project that needs to get done. Enjoy this site lots of good info and good people.
Well heading off to the auto parts store, want to keep a spare belt handy, just in case.
Its smarter to be lucky then its lucky to be smart!
1986 29' Corsair travel trailer with a 2001 Suburban 1500
Pugmaster, I am well aware that the exhaust manifolds on a 440 (or 413 or 400) are Nearly Impossible to work on, due to Clearance Problems. That's the very Reason to Trash them, and get the Exhaust Headers. However.......... they are only available for 1977-1981 Class C's. I refer to Hedman "Hedders", Part # 79220 from Performance Automotive Warehouse for Aprox. $200 or less. (Also, for the small block 273-318-340-360 's there is the Hedman Part. # 79030, for Aprox. 150 or less.) AND, there are other Models for Class A Dodge MH's.
Greetings! We are getting our 77 Dodge Tioga in shape for some good times. Have not used it in a couple of years. Have decided against upgrading until we have tried it once again. Heck, it was good enough while raising our children, should be good enough now that they are grown and we are retired and retiring soon.
I am brand new to owning a motor home. A good friend gave me a 1979 Dodge Brougham in very good condition. Don't know what chassis it is on, has a 360cuin engine, is 22feet, spent the summer cleaning and making small repairs. Put in a new rug and floor trim. Now I have to learn how all the appliances and gas and electric run features operate. Enjoy reading the posts here and getting what seems to be very reliable information about operating and owning a motor home. tdavis
Great to hear fom you! WestWind, just post and ask us
if you need help with your "new" RV, also check out
some info: "RV Repair and Maintenance Manual" by Bob
Livingston. I picked up a copy at Half.com and it's a
good solid read for anyone interested in RVing and keeping
one up. If yours has the front cab of a B300 Dodge van
it is a "C" which is what most of us have. If it doesn't
have a van or truck front cab, ie all a RV body then you
have the very durable "M" chassis Dodge. Either way, welcome!
You are among friends!
Slim and Retta B. welcome too!! Me and the Redhead wanted an RV
but were shut down by the cost of a new one. When I brought the
"Kobayashi Maru", our '72 Mobile Traveler, home, she had her doubts.
Until one day I found her inside it measuring for curtains and mini blinds... and telling me to buy another range and fridge... then I
knew she was O.K. with it. I figure by the time I'm done with all the mechanical and safety mods, and the interior re-do, we'll be into less than $3500.00 and we'll have a new old RV exactly like we want.
And best of all we can say: "It's paid for!".
I really like that. We both are 12 years away from retiring and don't want to wait 'til then. This is how we'll be able to live a little.
And I still don't knock new... I just prefer what I have. Wish you
both the best and keep us posted!
Mark aka White Knight
1972 Mobile Traveler 20' Dodge B300 Class C
"The Kobayashi Maru" Trans- Prarie Land Craft
"Requiescat in pace et in amore..."
1978 Tioga with 360 2 bbl on a M or B300 Chassis. Picked it up for $1500 knowing it needed an engine. Toyed with the idea of dropping a 440 in it when I got around to rebuilding it at 69000 miles. It had 68000 on it when I got it. Seeing what a tight fit the 360 was when I removed it I stuck with the 360. Didn't even put a 4 bbl on it. They wanted $5000.oo to rebuild it here in Cal so, I did it myself for about $600.oo. That's because I put a new RV cam in it, MSD ignition & coil & headers on it. Otherwise it would have been less. It gets 6 to 8 miles per gallon now & it doesn't seem to matter much if we are towing or not. It sure sounds good, it has a real nice lope to it & turns heads at idle. It's a 21 foot motor home & sometimes we tow a 22 boat. I know I'm letting the tail wag the dog here but it seems to work, so far. However I am wondering if that is legal here in Cal, or anywhere else, to tow a toad larger than your tow vehicle. I'm always working on this thing & probably have $10,000 in it by now, but everything works because it is new. We love it & are happy we started with it. Only 4 years later now, & we already want a newer class A. We heard that their holding tanks are larger. Seems we are always on "full" There are only two of us. I take military showers but I think the little missus still thinks she's at home. And, that's why she goes with me.
Be kind to your neighbor, he knows where you live.
1978 Dodge Sportsman chassis. 21'American Clipper. 440 engine having it rebuilt. Exhaust headers ("dougs" not doug thorley.. guess his wife got the "dough thorley" line when they divorced?) Fell in love with the look and the twin exhaust made me smile, rather throaty. Decided it was worth some $$ to get it interstate and cross country ready! Should be home the end of the month. I do envy you who have the (whatever) to get in and fix it yourself. But hey.. someone has to keep the "living wage" jobs in Oregon. HAH!!!