Go to a Chrysler dealer and have them run the VIN. 318's were leaded regular gas for many years, as they did not have hardened valve seats. That was changed somewhere in the 70's so it may or may not need an additive to the todays unleaded regular fuels. If you run it on to days fuel and it was designed for leaded you can burn the valve seats,(in the heads). The transmission probably is torque flight three speed, that should have the filter and fluids changed first thing, even before you drive it. It has points and you can update it to electronic ignition for better performance. Chiltons has manuals, and they may still be available at your local library.
Hey Gunnar-Congrats on your purchase--much luck and many happy miles in your future. The Dodge 318 is a great engine. How bout some picture posts on your new baby? Google Dodge chassis owners club and you will find all kinds of support. Post any questions you might have here and the answers will be forthcoming. We have owned three motorhomes on the Dodge chassis and while they may not be the most exciting or innovative going, they are strong and dependable. Happy 2010 and best of luck to you.
My '72 27' M400 had a 413" motor, but to second what Mr Wizard said, brake systems can vary. If I remember correctly, mine had two boosters. The thing stopped on a dime and gave me 9 cents change. Rode like a truck on it's bias ply, tube tires and split rims, but tracked straight and had LOTS of clearance for accessing those remote, rough sites I prefer.
Keep in mind that there may be two different VINs, one for the chassis, and one for the finished coach. If you are researching the chassis, you will want the chassis VIN, NOT the coach VIN. The VIN on the title/registration should be the coach builder's number.
I ran into this problem with my old 1977 Pace Arrow Class A on a Dodge chassis.
The 318 is a good engine, to be sure, but if I were to fix one of those old coaches up, I would install a 360 with electronic ignition and throttle body fuel injection. One of the pre-computer ones to make it simple. Of course, a 440 would be nice, but perhaps a little bit much!
Yes, the tranny should be the 727 TorqueFlite three speed. If you ever have any problems with it, there are heavy duty kits available for those things that improve them greatly over the way Chrysler built them. I highly recommend going heavy duty if you ever have to rebuild it!
Good luck, and have fun with your new toy!
CM1, USN (RET)
2002 Fleetwood Southwind 32V, Ford V10
Daily Driver: '06 PT Cruiser Turbo
Toy and Toad: 2001 Dodge QC SWB, 360 Magnum, Auto, 4X4
Other toys: a pair of Kawasaki Brute Force 750 ATVs and a boat.
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Congrats, we had 72 but 26' long. Had 6000 miles on the 413ci when we got it in 1994. We put radials and regular wheels on it and redid a lot of it and put on about 45000 miles on it before selling it in 1999. JCWhityney haed many chassis parts for it, obtained dash air add on kit from a junk yard and also added a roof air, body was prewired. One disadvantage, ours did not have a grey tank, just one for the black, had to keep a 25 gal tote hooked up when in use. We had a lot of fun in it and somebody else still is. One of the nice things about these is you don't have to be an electronic genius to work on them.
Happy Travels Bert
2006 Monaco Dynasty Diamond IV 42' Tag, ISL 400,(new to us), Residential Refrig, 10KW Onan, Bosch Washer/220V Dryer (previously 2003 American Tradition 40W) 2010 Chev Malibu LT