New air governor took care of the air leak (good strong 80#'s now at front and rear brakes), then a complete fluids change. Found out I may have to replace some steering components, tie rod ends, bushings (quoted up to $1k) , ouch! Not sure if this is something I should attempt myself, steering and all?? Still working on the overheating problem, I will try fan switches first? then look at t-stats . (Any opinions welcome in this arena).It will run up to overheat (looks to be about 220-240 w/o my glasses ) then come down 20 degrees, then up and down again. Damn overheat buzzer drives ya crazy, but makes a point. Engine warms to about 150 degrees then smoke (exhaust) pretty much is not existent. I Still want to put the exhaust up the top down the road.
cat engine should run at 180 or so. Have you checked you gauge/ sending unit against a known temp gauge or point and read temp reader from harbo freight?
you also should determine if your water pump and radiator are in good condition, and that the fan drive assembly which is normally on the driver's side and the clutch fan thing is working properly.
And is your turbo working properly?
As far as front end components, the easier things to change by yourself are the tie rod, drag link, etc ends. If I were going to pay for something, i would just pay for the bushings to be done if its a straight axle and they have to be reamed out. I have changed bushing myself of this type, but i had to buy the proper reamers, and it took me quite a bit of time to do them on a truck.
Jesus Christ... Conversion in progress.
...you also should determine if your water pump and radiator are in good condition, and that the fan drive assembly which is normally on the driver's side and the clutch fan thing is working properly.
And is your turbo working properly?
Little help here, in the meantime I will ck service manuals to see if I can find some info on doing these things... I have no idea how to ck water pump and turbo for proper operation.
Thanks chevy, you have been a big help and have saved me alot of grief (you know, head scratchin' )
Back to it ...
Yesterday took her out for a real test run...
Bushings still need to be reworked, temp runs average at 180-190 at full throttle, not sure if that will change in summer ( I like the idea chev 49 gave me about the mister on the radiator during summer) ? It was about mid 50's when I took her out....
There is quite a big rpm decrease from third to fourth gear, almost 1k rpms, and I guess that is good. Ran at 65 mph for about ten miles straight and flat, no heat issues, ran about 2150 rpms+-, air was steady. The air ride seat seems to flatten out at the bottom (yeah I know, less donuts ) so I will read the manual on that, Otherwise pretty happy with mechanical operation. Going to layout tank and plumbing fixtures to see where placement will be, then start windows. Still changing floor plan...
Been awhile, life on life's terms you know!
Well.. finally got to put Rufus on a real road trip. Also got to feel the real joy of camping in a skoolie.
Lots of work ahead of me, but now I am extra motivated to bring her to life again with interior and exterior work, yeah... everything! Running like a top except for some front end work I will have to do, bushings? I think. Lots of catching up to do on older posts... really appreciate you all! Let summer begin!!
I heartily second Lorna's motion...a Campground Review section would be invaluable to everyone here. Even better if arranged by state or region, free & paid. I think we could build it over time into something really worthwhile.