That is a great tip! Yes, I found that the most frustration was not having a solid base for the tires to roll onto. Those plastic strips were okay but no match for the mud.
Glad you got her out!
I watched your youtube video when you first got it. It's in great shape. I also learned something that has been bugging me about mine since I got it. There's a silver button on my dash that I have no idea what it's for. You have the same one, but yours still has a label on it. "EMERGENCY START". Holy moly that would have been really good to know many, many times.
HA! You know how many times I have to stop the kids from pushing that thing when they sit in the driver's chair?? That little silver button is soo tempting!
It doesn't do anything on mine as far as I can tell. I assume it connects the coach batteries while it's depressed? If so, it wouldn't be obvious it was doing anything until I turned the key with a dead chassis battery. It doesn't actually turn the starter, right?
This will be another "fix it" video. You are correct. The switch is supposed to use the coach batteries to get the starter going and override a dead chassis battery. My issue now is that my alternator is not charging. This system depends on that 4 post solenoid over the alternator in the engine bay and everything wired up right. Getting a correct wiring diagram is a challenge for this and once I have this up and working correctly, I'll have the video and blog posts up for all to use.
Ah that makes sense. When I had the engine out of mine I took pics of all of the wiring and put that solenoid back in. I had wondered what it was for now I know! I don't know if it works but I know now what it's supposed to do. It's a pretty big one - I would think I'd hear it click (I do not). I have to investigate now! I have the same type of big solenoid operating the air pump for the air suspension so I can swap it out if need be. That feature would be really handy since I crank mine dead pretty regularly. Cheap Walmart battery combined with no choke on the carb.
Bought my 4 pole solenoid on Amazon. Tried other auto places and couldn't get the specific post configuration.
Here is the link: RV Solenoid
Well that button does actually work! I just checked it out. It cranked dead like it always does in the cold. I held the button down and it cranked and fired! I love learning new things!
Thanks! Those are stainless steel wheel covers. They were pretty cheap if I recall correctly. Got them on eBay.
And yes that's a '64 Impala wagon. A project that I've fallen behind on. I hope to get back to restoring it in the Spring.
Yes - I got mine on Amazon, too. I got one for the air pump and another for my stepson's Jeep. It has a light bar that has a 15 amp draw. It keeps baking the auto parts store relays so I got one of those continuous duty relays from Amazon.