This is a spin off to NWGS's old motorhome thread rather than cluttering it up with my build. My wife and I have owned our 1976 26' Executive motor coach since 1996. Before that my father owned it for about 10 years. Before that, my grandfather was the original owner. It is a one family owned rig. It has always been used, cared for, and tastefully updated through the years and we have no intention of getting rid of her any time soon. Paid for is a good thing. She looks good for an old coach and still draws attention at the RV rallies I used to attend with my previous employment. A bit of history on the Executive coach. Executive Industries made coaches from the early 70's until Monaco bought them out in the 80's. The Executive line is now owned by Monaco. I was told by numerous "old timer" RVers at various rallies that the Executive really was something special. It was the king of the class A gas powered rigs in the 70's. One gent told me that the Executive is what they all dreamed of owning when they were getting into RVing, but all they could afford was Winnebagos. That quality of build is still evident today. She drives pretty nice. The quality of the interior is better than many coaches built today. Solid woods, high quality finishes, and many touches that were ahead of the times like large refrigerators and central vacuum systems. Over the years there have been many updates to this coach to keep it current. -Flat screen TV/DVD player -New upholstery, cushions and curtains -New captains chairs -Updated electrical systems -Updated battery capacities -Air bag suspension upgrade -Bilstein shocks -Radial tires -Vorad collision avoidance radar system (yes, I am serious) -GPS system w/Sirius satellite radio -Many power improvements to the Chrysler 440 engine. So many more updates that would take pages to list. Which brings me to now. I have a few main goals to accomplish with this major service. 1. Replace the cam. About 30k miles ago my father had the heads rebuilt and under the advisement of a friend, installed a Crane RV cam. Big mistake. This cam starts to produce torque at 2500 rpm, which is much too high. It cackles and lopes at idle. Sounds like a dragster. It already has Thorley 1 5/8 long tube headers, Edlebrock intake/carb, and a MSD ignition. So the cam is being replaced with a Comp Cams unit that builds torque from 1,000 rpms. Hopefully that will help with low end power. While I am getting to the cam, I am replacing all hoses/belts, water pump, thermostat, gaskets, seals and checking the rod and main bearings. Did a compression test and all holes are hovering between 120-133 psi, so I do not need to re ring it yet. 2. Replace the steering box to get rid of the wander caused from a worn box. 3. Pull the fuel tanks and flush them. Using the opportunity to replace all fuel lines, and do a better job installing the axillary fuel pump. 4. Install a TripTek Tire wireless tire pressure/temperature monitoring system. 5. Replace the front brakes, and all flexible brake lines. Pack the front wheel bearings. Let the wild ruckus begin: Pull the coach into the shop and wash it down. Nice to have a temperature controlled shop to use (thanks Dad!). Start pulling the front end apart. Boy they built things like tanks back then. Nothing light weight here. The radiator probably weighed 50 lbs alone. First major removal project is the steering box. It is kicking my ass. The way it is mounted you can not get a pitman arm puller on the arm to remove it. Not that it would do any good. That sucker is on there and I still dont know how I am going to get it off. I have it rigged up that the nut is off the arm, and the box is unbolted. I am using the hole in the 3/8" plate that the shaft goes through as a kind of bearing separator, and am using a 20 ton jack to press the shaft out of the pitman arm. Nothing is working as of yet. I have applied a lot of heat, force, and cussing with no success. The nut is backed off on the shaft, I just left it on so that when it gives it can only move about 3/16" so the steering box does not go flying off the mount. I will update more later.