Turning a Blown out RV into a Global Expedition Vehicle(GXV)

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by bmwktmbill, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    :lol3 No exhausts leaks or oil burning on the manifolds from valve cover leaks???? Live or die.....:roflOr gag....even hot coolant smells are nauseating.:rofl

    Hand tuning easier on GMs, the distributor is in the right place.:wink:

    Did just that many years ago on an old Ford pickup and trusted buddy to close the hood. Went for the test drive and the hood flipped right back into the winshield in heavy mountain traffic.:eek1 We lived....:lol3
  2. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    on LA block Chryslers the distributor is at the back of the engine...which makes hand timing a van fairly easy.

    I used to use the following procedure on my old 318 for timing. With nothing behind the car and a warm engine, place buddy in drivers seat, gun engine in reverse (a sensible safety precaution in case the brakes fail etc) with brakes fully applied. Advance timing to detonation, back off time a couple of degrees. Turn off motor and tighten distributor.

    That poor, poor 318 lived through low oil, no coolant detonation etc.
  3. biere1

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    I don't recall what was under the carb on that engine but I have run into many a carb gasket with metal in it and many of them did seem oversized for the carb.

    I mostly worked on general motors stuff back then but did learn about the various oldmobile and pontiac blocks along with the nice common 350 chevy engine.

    These days all my stuff is fuel infected if it is running and street legal. Not really by choice, just how it is working out right now.
  4. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    Guys,
    Been hanging out in the Southwest all winter around Zion national park, Kanab and the north rim of the Grand canyon on the Kaibob plateau mountain biking the Raninbow trail, the Arizona trail and hiking under the rim. Hung on the chains in Zion.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CIN-N5cNwk

    All in all incredible country.

    Been burning wood and propane and gasoline moving around and staying warm.

    Been in snow storms, dust storms, wind storms and shit storms.

    Recenty the 'old girl' started bucking like a $500 hooker on the upgrades and almost refused to run over 7500 ft.... and me on I-80 or I-15 or somesuch.

    Limped into Beaver, AZ and was greeted by the 'I Love Beaver' sign on the local convenience store. Found a diesel garage behind McDonalds that was open on a Sunday and asked to use the concrete and change the fuel pump replacing it with a 'good spare' that came with the rig.

    Tried to prime the good spare MF repeatedly but the engine would only run on the prime and finially I caught the carb on fire. Lots of flames.

    Motherfucker!!!

    Grabbed a mexican saddle blanket and smoothered the flames praying to the 'old RV gods' the whole time. As the carb is inside the vehicle under the doghouse it was real exciting.

    Took that pump off and put the old one back on and drove to NAPA store in the morning.
    New fuel pump for a '77 Dodge 360...$18.95 including the gasket!!
    I damn near kissed the parts man.

    Changed the pump again in Ely, NV using the sidewalk for solid ground as it started to rain. Got everything tight again, fueled up and headed west on Hwy 50, 'the lonliest highway in America' directly into a snowstorm that had me down to 25 mph up on the mountain.

    Made it to the Spenser Hot Springs outside of Austin, NV and NO PROBLEMS.
    No problems.

    She pulls like a mule and man, a bath in the springs never felt better and a nice warm wood fire for the night. No more gas smell on me after I cooked some pork chops and green beans and dried out.

    I'm in Reno, NV now, California tomorrow.
    Headed to The Lost Coast to...get lost.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Coast

    Then north up the coast to Washington.

    All systems GO.

    And BTW all the ants are finially dead. A combination of RAID ant traps and Terro ant kller drops has eliminated them completely(you gotta get the queen).

    What a blessed relief.

    Bill
  5. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    I bet the fire scared them away :lol3

    Glad you have the beast running better now.
  6. MookieBlaylock

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    nice, watch out for ticks they are in season now, i picked off 3 after riding the mtb in the woods
  7. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    Yep, not much to be done for them, had Lyme disease 7-8 years ago and damn near died(couldn't walk), so I know all about it.

    Antibiotics saved my life.

    I was in the Yukon but got it from Wisconsin ticks around my house.

    I try to eat two deer a year for revenge.

    b
  8. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Gee Bill...

    next time you're in my town, stick around for a bit...there's alot to see here!! :D


    nice meetin' ya!! Safe travels :norton
  9. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    Patrik,
    I'd have stayed but I had picked up two hitchikers down in Cali in Humbolt County.

    Those two smoked weed like it was homegrown but they stank of Indica.

    http://www.theweedblog.com/the-difference-between-indica-and-sativa-marijuana-plants/

    I was pretty darn'd nervous cause one guy was carrying a huge duffle he could barely lift. I figured he had 50 Kilos in it and I woud be arrested and put in a cell under the jail, well anyway we made it to Albany, OR so I am about 75 miles from Portlandia for tonight.

    It was jam bands all the way from the Cali border to here.

    When you pulled up the boys had just burned one so we were looking for ice cream.

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    As for me, I hung out in Humbolt county at the mouth of the Mattole for 4-5 days prior to all this hiking the Lost Coast

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Coast

    And saw Ephant seals and whales, lots of Redwoods and then the local beauties showed up to weave a Maypole. Yes a Maypole.

    I got invited to join in which was a trip highlight so far, even makes up for the leaking gastank which is really starting to bug me,
    BTW the Oregon coast south of Neuport defies imagination and I refuse to photograph it, everyone needs to see it with their own eyes.

    Escaping Nevada with a good fuel pump.

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    Lost on the Lost Coast

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    No country for old men...or a leaking gas tank...or a blown out Winnie.

    Next Portlandia or how I patched the gas tank in the street.

    bill

    PS.

    One kayak lighter but that's another story.

    b
  10. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    How was the Ice Cream?:wink:

    I had a very similar experience with a hitchiker. Helped him load his rather heavy pack into the van. Asked him what he had been up to?.....all summer up in the hills he said. I guessed from the location babysttting Indica.....:evil

    Then the week prior to me picking him up he was in Xxxxxxxx, I guessed trimming and pressing into bricks.The pack was somewhat square shaped but I didn't detect any aroma and I earn a living with my nose.:lol3Must have been well sealed and washed with Ammonia.:rofl
  11. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Envy, I has it.

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    I'd trade places with you right now leaky gas tank and all.
  12. LC Garage

    LC Garage On Any Sunday

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    Bill,

    I'm near Portland in a town called Scappoose. If you need help with the tank, I'll be home and in the shop tomorrow night, then leave for the South to help my Aunt and Uncle with some chores. If I can be of help tomorrow evening, just say the word.

    Rick

    PS; no smoke but I do have some home made beer! :freaky
  13. bmwktmbill

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    Yikes, darn, Rick, well it's late and I am just getting to this message at a rest stop south of Seattle on I-5 so thanks for the offer but I'll pass.

    I am on my way to the Blaine-Bellingham area where I have biker friends...anybody know Tommy Ryser in Blaine? Heck of a BMW and VW mechanic and well known in BMW circles. I'll work on the tank there.

    Stopped in Portlandia to see Doctor Brown's motorcycles...

    http://www.citysearch.com/profile/8487761/portland_or/dr_brown_s_motorcycles.html

    Got in trouble with the kayak tangled up in some used car lot lights and wires near his shop.

    Had to leave town abruptly under a dark cloud and I felt really bad about that.

    Well another day and the big blue beast will get some TLC, time for oil, grease and the tank repair including new rubber lines and a filter.

    And then some more hand timing, the engine is chugging a ittle on take off but cruises nicely.
    I am using about a quart of oil in 1200 miles and about a quart of water, the water is a seeping hose.

    Thanks to all.
    (And for the record guys, I quite using drugs 25 years ago, I am a RN and have finally in this life, given as many as I have taken. I am honestly stone cold sober.)

    bill
  14. Dirigo

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    And wow, great job!
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  15. bmwktmbill

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    Oh boy Dirigo, nothing special here, just some old Americn iron touring in the Land of the Free with a monkey at the wheel and a social security check that gets converted to gasoline and Walmart groceries every month.

    Made it to Blaine, Washington and my friends house.

    I can just about pee into Canada from his front yard.

    bill
  16. bmwktmbill

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    Guys,
    Nerves getting frayed.

    So I ripped out 10 feet of metal gas line between the tank and the fuel filter and replace it with new steel line.

    Cleaned up the tank after peeling off the patch scab, pressurized the tand to pin point the leak and then, with the tank 1/3 full my buddy did a plastic weld on it while I stood back.

    we repressurized the tank and checked for leaks with soapy water...no leaks.

    So off I went to the gas station and filled up, headed to another camp spot outside Bellingham WA in the rain shadow of Mount Baker and here I sit with a leaking tank.

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

    Guess I need a road trip to lower the gas level below the leak.

    Next up the Napa plastic tank repair kit.

    Not holding my breath on this one.

    http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/C...erglass-Metal-Tanks/_/R-BK_7651544_0006383772

    bill
  17. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Any way to replace that tank with a fuel cell?
    Is a stock replacement tank available, or are they just a ton of money?
  18. bmwktmbill

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    Found a replacement tank for around $150 meanwhile repatched the patch with the Napa plastic tank repair kit.

    It's a two part epoxy with a chunk of cloth, a small brush and sand paper.

    Honestly I didn't have much hope but I was feeling desperate do I mixed it up.

    BE AWARE!!!

    The stuff sets up fast, work fast. Wear disposable gloves.

    You might want to find a larger brush to spread the first coat, stick the cloth and recoat. The little brush is slow.

    I used a heat gun to warm the surfaces and heat the patch afterwards and so far success.

    The epoxy sets up slightly flexible and it is sticky going on.

    Meanwhile the rough running engine continued, it was really getting on my nerves, easy to hear the miss.

    Went to NAPA and bought plugs and wires, pulled the plugs and they all looked pretty good except for this one.

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    Looking further up the wire for that cylinder...

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    What the hell...
    Enemies, aliens or terrorists?

    Stuck a spare wire in it's place and all is very well.

    Now to return $50 worth of new parts to NAPA.

    Probably will start heading east on Sunday, Jump the Cascades South of here into Applelandia.

    Homesickness finally struck.

    Home is about 2000 miles away.

    bill
  19. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    Bill,

    Been catching up on this thread over the past few days. Nice work!

    One thing that caught my eye- your battery box. I saw that you had a couple auto batteries in a blue plastic tote.

    I may have missed it but do you have a lid on it and vent it to the outside?

    When charging, they do give off hydrogen gas which you know is explosive.

    Just a FYI.

    Hey- keep up the good work. The RV looks interesting.
  20. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    Heard about that problem.
    Never had a battery blow up on me but....
    There is a hole in the floor and the battery box is water cooled when the cooler drain gets left open.

    This is more to the point.
    A good read.

    http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/194106-what-really-causes-battery-explode.html

    Cutting some holes in the lid now.

    Been lazy on that one.
    No outside vent but it will happen when I get home.

    Thanks,


    b