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Old 09-18-2011, 09:44 PM   #151
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Detroit Diesel? I'm not familiar with that engine.
If the offer to repower a motor home for a grand is real - take it! What I'm working would cost TONS more than $1k (or it should).

Here are a few photos of where I am now:













I still have a long ways to go but at least she runs.
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:33 AM   #152
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Detroit Diesel? I'm not familiar with that engine.

Just a random pic I found on the web. If I did it, I'd use a Cummins, like you did.



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If the offer to repower a motor home for a grand is real - take it! What I'm working would cost TONS more than $1k (or it should).
No, shit. The guy is a gold mine. He completely redid the air brakes on my Rockwood in 2002 for $400.

But I think my brother has successfully talked me out of it. I shopped around for motors yesterday and most were around $4-5K. As he pointed out, unless I'm doing 50K miles a year, or pulling a significant load (neither of which are true) the payoff over the 413 is never going to happen. It's a good motor, and by all accounts it moves the Travco down the road just fine. And you can buy an awful lot of gasoline for $7-8K.

Great thread. I'm impressed by your work!
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:18 AM   #153
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I am probably stating the obvious to you, but do not underestimate the heat that going to radiate from that turbo and exhaust elbow. You will need extra shielding to protect your dog house, and dash areas inside the cab. Heat soak will deform all the plastic and make riding in the passenger seat uncomfortable.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:34 AM   #154
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That's why this is on my list:



Turbo heat shield.

But, the exhaust manifolds were right in the same area. Yes, the front seats would get a bit warm in the summer but not unbearable.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:02 AM   #155
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Just a random pic I found on the web. If I did it, I'd use a Cummins, like you did.




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That is exackly how my Motorhome sounds when I crank it up. And it takes off about that fast too!

The parts I did my repower with costt me $10K. I did all the work myself and there is no way I would do it again for someone else for a measley $1000.

Glad to hear your van is actually running.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:38 AM   #156
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Detroit Diesel? I'm not familiar with that engine.
If the offer to repower a motor home for a grand is real - take it! What I'm working would cost TONS more than $1k (or it should).
You work for $1/hour, right?

Nice work Joz. Are you going to have her ready in time for the trials at Pawnee (2nd weekend in November)?
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:20 PM   #157
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More like a dollar a day!

Hmmm...... First weekend in November? Hopefully!
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:30 PM   #158
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All is good in the world. I just picked up my new/modified drive shaft tonight. Pretty much right after getting home I got it all bolted up and ...... she moved under her own power for the first time in a little over 2 months! AWESOME!

I still have quite a bit to do. The big thing is the brake booster. I planned on replacing the vacuum brake booster but hoped to kick that rock down the road a little. A few nights ago I finally hooked up my new vacuum pump only to find that it just couldn't recover adequate vacuum fast enough. So I'll be ordering a new hydraulic brake booster and getting that installed when I get paid. There's always something!
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:08 AM   #159
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A few nights ago I finally hooked up my new vacuum pump only to find that it just couldn't recover adequate vacuum fast enough. So I'll be ordering a new hydraulic brake booster and getting that installed when I get paid. There's always something!
Once you get it rolling, take it out to an empty parking lot and see how much effort it takes to stop that beast with no hydraulic assist. If something happens, such as a line leak, pump failure, or engine shutdown (out of fuel, even), you won't have any reserve for the assist and will be muscling the brake pedal to stop.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:45 PM   #160
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Once you get it rolling, take it out to an empty parking lot and see how much effort it takes to stop that beast with no hydraulic assist. If something happens, such as a line leak, pump failure, or engine shutdown (out of fuel, even), you won't have any reserve for the assist and will be muscling the brake pedal to stop.
The hydraulic boost system has an accumulator on it to hold boost pressure for a few stops just like a vacuum system. It actually has more power for braking normally and is used on alot of GM gas and diesel trucks (hydro-boost) and on the Cummins diesel in Dodge truck from about '97 or '98 on. It is a compact system and should work pretty well on this conversion.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:16 AM   #161
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The hydraulic boost system has an accumulator on it to hold boost pressure for a few stops just like a vacuum system. It actually has more power for braking normally and is used on alot of GM gas and diesel trucks (hydro-boost) and on the Cummins diesel in Dodge truck from about '97 or '98 on. It is a compact system and should work pretty well on this conversion.
I have it in my '97 Dodge, it does just fine.
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:39 AM   #162
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On several of my diesels my vacuum pumps are bolted to the back the alternator and driven off the Alt shaft.
No need for an electric vacuum pump. But if you want go that way, I hear the ones used on Cadillacs are the best.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:59 PM   #163
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Thanks guys but the hydraulic brake booster has been shipped. I doubt I'll get it until Monday but that's okay. It was in my plan anyway - just not this early on.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:54 PM   #164
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Well, just shy of 3 months to the day and I finally christened my RV for her inaugural run. Hydraulic brake booster is installed - although the pedal sits too high. What a tremendous difference in pedal feel!
My friends insisted that I christen her like is done for ships. They brought a Miller since it is the "Champagne of Beers"!



My first stop at the pump


and that's not even full!

I spent the rest of the afternoon driving around like a teenager who just got his license! It was awesome! I can actually keep up with traffic. I found my foot a bit into it a few too many times. Man, that thing can move now. SWEET!
It was a lot of work and I'm no where close to done but at least I can now enjoy using it again. The "butt dyno" clearly says this was the right combination of engine, transmission, differential and tire size. I still need to do some serious noise dampening but I expected that. Now onto the next phase of fun!

Here's about the only hint that I actually put her under load tonight:




The next major test will be to run up "Floyd Hill". Where I-70 leaves Denver heading west and UP into the mountains. Starts at better than 5000 feet and probably climbs 3000 or more in about 20 miles or so. We'll see how she does.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:00 AM   #165
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