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StingrayL82

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PolCat-76-Avion wrote:

Not necessary but just annoying! Are the dash lights plug in bayonet style or the newer all glass style? Can you reach up and find them from behind?
This is the dash in it.
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They are the glass type that fit into a plastic fitting, which is twisted into the circuit board. You'll notice in the pic what I wrote. The reason is because some B-Vans had an idiot light, instead of the oil gauge. Leave it empty.

On edit: Unless you posted a generic picture of a '76 dash, I just noticed in your pic that you have the idiot light. If you do, disregard my earlier statement.

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Well folks, after three years, the Monaco is ready for her first extended outing. I have been working non-stop every day, to finish up the little nitnoy items that have been on the back burner, but some of the to-do things were must-do's.

Every original hardcopy Monaco brochure I have shows that their coaches came with Monroe air shocks in the rear. Well, I ASSumed that mine had been taken off and replaced with generic shocks at some point, so I ordered a new set of Monroe MA746 MaxAir shocks for the MB300.

Yesterday I pulled out the creeper and rolled underneath to begin replacement. One thing I couldn't find was where the original air line had been run....I searched the entire frame but there was no sign of air line clips or anything remotely resembling the remnants of air shock installation, so I figured they just ripped everything out. On to removing the generic shocks....

Removal was easy, as the bolts were in good shape. First one pulled right off, and I took a look at it....Maeco, hmmmm, never heard of that brand.....so I take it in to the garage and grab the brass wire brush and clean the dirt off......and there I see a Pentastar on the shock......holy ****, not only did the Monaco not originally have Monroe air shocks, it still had the original Mopar shocks that came with the chassis cab from the Warren Truck Plant #3!!!!!

So it's no wonder that the coach felt like it had zero rebound or deflection, the shocks were 44 frickin' years old. Installation of the Monroe MA746's was really easy. You get all new upper hardware, which includes the proper spacer to allow clearance from the frame, as well the necessary hardware to hook up the air. The only complaint I have is that they don't provide enough air line, only 9 feet. I made it work, but sometime in the future I want to get more air line and redo it.

The difference in ride is night and day. The MA746 shocks can be inflated to 150 psi, but the installation paperwork says not to keep the pressure above 120 psi for long periods of time, because it will weaken the mounting bolts; I've got them set to 100 psi and am happy with that.

Tomorrow the Monroe heavy duty RV shocks come in. I'm sure that I'll be happy with the final result, because anything is better than 44 year-old shocks. I haven't looked at the front shocks yet, but I won't be surprised if they're also the original Mopars.

I also painted and welded a new bumper on, because the original owner had hit something so hard that it twisted the old bumper and it was completely unusable. Tonight I figured that, since the bumper looks nice and pretty now, that I had to wire wheel the spare tire carrier and repaint it as well. Plus, I had to weld up a crack, where the spare wheel mounts. Everything is good to go now and the parts are hanging in the garage drying. I'll let them cure for the next couple of days and then reassemble.

No pics, because I just didn't have time, but when I'm completely done, I'll take some pics before I leave to go hunting with my father-in-law. He's decided it's his last year to go (he'll be 78 in January), so this is going to be a special trip.

One question, before I sign off....how are you guys and gals torquing the rear wheel lug nuts to 325 lb/ft????? (I'm splitting the difference between 300 and 350) I don't have a torque wrench that goes that high, so I took it to Discount Tire today, figuring they'd be able to do it, but they were only able to torque them to 225 lb/ft.

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The difference in ride is night and day. The MA746 shocks can be inflated to 150 psi, but the installation paperwork says not to keep the pressure above 120 psi for long periods of time, because it will weaken the mounting bolts; I've got them set to 100 psi and am happy with that.

Tomorrow the Monroe heavy duty RV shocks come in. I'm sure that I'll be happy with the final result, because anything is better than 44 year-old shocks. I haven't looked at the front shocks yet, but I won't be surprised if they're also the original Mopars.

Amazing what a difference a set of new shocks will make, and yes, you should definitely do the fronts as well.
Good job on the bumper as well. [emoticon]
Sorry, no help on lug nut torque, but I'm sure you'll figure that out.


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Wow - I bet it rides a bit better now.

My husband torques as much as he can (in steps) with the ½" torque wrench, then pulls out a 1' pipe to add to the wrench (actually, it's about 5 inches longer, and that's what overlaps on the end of the bar - it's marked) to finish it off - he's done the calculation on what the torque wrench will show with a 2' bar instead of 1".


'73 Concord 20' Class A w/Dodge 440 - see profile for photo

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So the front shocks came in today....Monroe 555037 RV shocks. As I suspected, the fronts were also the original Mopars...I'm shaking my head, as I type that. I'm always reminded of the six "P's":

Proper
Planning
Prevents
Pee (substitute the word that rhymes with "Hiss")
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Performance

Shocks are a routine maintenance item. How you can go 44 years, well 41 since I've owned it for three of those years, and the original owner died three years before that....so 38 years without changing the shocks out....Jesus.

I'm still hammering away on getting list items checked off. I got the spare tire carrier mounted, ABS glued the black tank dump valve to the tank, started to install new strapping that goes around the black tank as extra support and front shocks are done.

Tomorrow is fixing the exhaust and installing new wiring for the trailer plug. I bought a little Craftsman gasless MIG welder off of Craigslist last year, and I can definitely say that I've gotten my $75 worth that I paid for it. It does a good job for what I need it to do.

I'll get some pics of those Mopar shocks tomorrow. I'm just too pooped now...it's been a long day. On a good note, that Thermo-Quad makes that 360 run like a raped ape, especially when you floor it and hear that trademark moan of the air rushing down those big ole secondaries. [emoticon]

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Shocks are a routine maintenance item. How you can go 44 years, well 41 since I've owned it for three of those years, and the original owner died three years before that....so 38 years without changing the shocks out....Jesus.

That would be 43 or 44. What counts is how long the shocks have been on the vehicle, regardless of who owned it.
Your motorhome ought to ride better than new now, as I'm sure the new ones are probably better than the old ones when they were new.
It sounds like you've gotten a lot accomplished, CONGRATS!

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StingrayL82 wrote:



Shocks are a routine maintenance item. How you can go 44 years, well 41 since I've owned it for three of those years, and the original owner died three years before that....so 38 years without changing the shocks out....Jesus.

That would be 43 or 44. What counts is how long the shocks have been on the vehicle, regardless of who owned it.
Your motorhome ought to ride better than new now, as I'm sure the new ones are probably better than the old ones when they were new.
It sounds like you've gotten a lot accomplished, CONGRATS!


It’s getting there! There are things I definitely want to change, but that’ll be down the line.

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As promised, a few days late, here are the pics of the original Mopar shocks, front and rear, respectively.

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StingrayL82 wrote:

As promised, a few days late, here are the pics of the original Mopar shocks, front and rear, respectively.

Better late than never. They certainly look used up, but at least they were made in The U.S.A. [emoticon]

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StingrayL82 wrote:

As promised, a few days late, here are the pics of the original Mopar shocks, front and rear, respectively.

Better late than never. They certainly look used up, but at least they were made in The U.S.A. [emoticon]


I didn’t even want to know where the Monroe’s were made.

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