I Think I Might Build Me An RV...

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by Nailhead, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    no, I usually re do the stock distributors, make sure the bushings are ok, advance weights working and springs returning, check the curve on the distributor machine, plug a set of pertronix into them with a new coil to match.

    the LSX kit is all coil on plug. The 351 in the ranchero is running pertronix and a gone thru distributor


    I like to keep shit simple
  2. Nailhead

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    The IH already has electronic ignition, so maybe not all that important to swap it out.

    If simplicity is a priority, I'm not sure FI is what you seek; I've got a Holley 1920 single-barrel I'd let go cheap...:deal
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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    If simple is desired, I wouldn’t be building an international.

    I just don’t necessarily like after market distributors
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  4. Nailhead

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    It was an attempt at humorously referring to an argument against electronic FI, ignition, and engine management that I’ve heard repeatedly in the past, and experienced a time or two: you can’t very well fix them on the side of the road (without replacement components available).

    Points ignition, a carb— they can likely be made to work with simple hand tools & knowledge roadside when they fail; electronics fail catastrophically, in my experience, and you’re dead in the water. The ignition module failed on my ‘77 Dodge M886 (W200), and it flat would not run, dead by the side of the road until I could get a replacement. A points ignition I would have stood a better chance of repairing. On and on...

    Like I say, it was an attempt at humor— I apologize if it came across wrong, VI.
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  5. Nailhead

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    A little progress on the finish front (or the front finish)...

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    Success-

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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    no no, I get it.

    I spend all day on 50’s and 60s mercedes. Points, condenser, coil, carbs or mechanical injection.

    I would prefer a points distributor with mechanical/vacuum advance/retard with a pertronix conversion kit in it (magnetic pickup) over any new electronic ignition distributor. In 20 years I’ve had ONE pertronix failure and I think it was due to an owner reversing polarity on a coil change.

    EFI, I love it. It’s so much simpler than it used to be, truly. And the parts are well sorted at this point.
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  7. Nailhead

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    I've got a Pertronix in the Jeep-- it's always worked well. I think the IH has pretty much the equivalent in it.
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  8. Nailhead

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    Did some prep & painting today, starting with stripping the burgundy finish from the dash panel I bought at Coonrod’s a few weeks ago:

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    Pretty huh?

    I was actually really glad to find it with the stock A/C vents in perfect condition.

    Stripper applied:

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    The first application & some wire brush work removed most of the old finish, and another application & wire brushing, and that ‘70’s finish is history:

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    I love this old-school embossing:

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    A solvent rinse after dying, a little primer, and we’re ready for paint:

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    I solvent rinsed the front panel, and spot primed it:

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    Some rattlecan,

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    and both are good to go.
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  9. Nailhead

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    A little more paint fun before the weather goes to hell tomorrow:

    These turn signal housings needed a refresh -

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    A little (damn little) sanding & wire brushing, some fancy paint,

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    ...and we’re presentable again.
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    Since I was in the mood, I had an idea for that kill switch hole I neglected to fill after patching it:

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    Why not?

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    About 30 seconds after I posted the above -

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    the wind came up.

    Front coming, paint time over.
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    Worked in a drive in the 715 before the roads get brined -

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    Had to check out Sis’s new ride.

    It’ll out-accelerate the ol’ Tornado...
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    ...especially when said OHC-six shits the bed halfway through an intersection on the way home tonight. Since it was getting fuel in the manner to which it has become accustomed, I have to conclude the failure was (electronic) ignition related, Pertronix in particular. Came home on a hook.

    Simplicity rules.

    It'll sit on the lawn where the tow truck dropped it until repair becomes a priority, probably just after the salt rinses off the roads and just before the lawn breaks dormancy-- too much else going on.
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    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    If you DO want to quit smoking and if you spend some time driving you might want to get an audiobook of Allen Carr’s Easy way to quit smoking.
    I enjoyed smoking, driving, and listening till I finished it 5 months ago.
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    Thanks, man, I think I actually might have that licked. Almost three weeks now, and no cravings at all. Lots of energy from all this oxygen, too.
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    This coming January it will have been 40 years since I stubbed out that last Camel straight. Unthinkable that I once had that habit.
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    Unthinkable anyone could smoke straights on a repetitive basis-- I smoked the lightest Spirits you can buy. No wonder you quit, Bob.
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    Sooo, survived the big move with nothing left behind & no collateral damage.

    A little at sea about the reasoning, if I'm honest; this thread is as much about camping as a food truck buildup thread would be about the finer points of braising.

    So be it, nothing wrong with a new neighborhood.

    Headed to WY in a bit to resume head-scratching and assembly. Hope the roads have thawed off.
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    WYO George I have no idea

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    Careful the wind doesn’t blow you away. It’s brutal at the moment. We’re in Wheatland having lunch at Arby’s after spending a few days in Denver for my daughter to have another surgery.

    Is it too soon to be complaining about winter?
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    Ahh, Arby's of Wheaterville-- the Boeuf et Fromage is to die for...

    Thanks for the warning, man-- if I-25 is thawed off, I'm not going to worry too much about the wind. I won't be bringing any of the IH fenders with me, though.

    Not too soon-- I'm lamenting the passing of summer already. This summer was just too good to let go of.

    Hope your daughter is doing well.
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