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Deer Whistles for your Coach! 2 Replies

Hi Gang! It just crossed my mind to post this- I wanted to recommend to everyone to consider buying a pair of Deer Alerts (whistles) to install on the front end of your rigs. We've used em for the…Continue

Started by Chris Ramey. Last reply by Chris Ramey May 4.

Cleaning Dodge C class 5 Replies

Hi everyone,Not that I have any extra time for more work, :)  but since my family wants to vintage camp with me, we just bought a 1976 Dodge Globestar C class motor home.  we started some repairs,…Continue

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Started by Joy Galbraith. Last reply by Chris Ramey May 4.

Roof completely done on my 1977 Rockwood 4 Replies

Hey EveryoneSo with the help of my neighbor I climbed up on my roof and scraped that crud off of it took the antennae off because it was completely covered took the refrigerator vent off because it…Continue

Started by Frances DeHart. Last reply by Frances DeHart Nov 25, 2017.

1972 dodge midas RV 1 Reply

Just got this baby for $500 with the tow. Can't seem to find a manual online or even from dodge, so I'm going in blind. Was told I needed an 800 cold cranking amp battery for the engine and any…Continue

Started by Shelby. Last reply by Lakota Wolf Aug 25, 2017.

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Comment by Jack Wasmuth on August 4, 2018 at 1:10pm

Convert Dodge Ignition to HEI

If anyone is interested, I converted my very poor Chrysler ignition system to a High Energy Ignition. It Was very easy and about $125.00 dollars. It has made a BIG difference: faster starts, more power and better MPG. Also all parts are readily available at any auto parts store as they are all GM except the distributor. Email me if interested and I will give you the details.
Comment by Sweet Gypsy Rose on July 24, 2018 at 11:51am

Hi All!!

I just bought a 72 Dodge Fireball Class C.  I can't wait to get started restoring her to her former glory days!!  Anyone else out there have a Fireball?

Cheers!!

Dena

Comment by postman on May 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

*FULL DISCLOSURE*

Back in the day I never really cared for mopar. Big Blocks ruled! I seldom had extra money that could'nt be better spent. I would swap and deal. I developed a prejudice or preference. Small block mopar never made the list. But I found this youtube with a basket full of info tidbits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rj74X9_RZc

Comment by Jack Wasmuth on May 4, 2018 at 8:33am

David, when I changed to TBI my mileage increase was about 1 1/2 MPG. I too like to travel about 55 mph. I tend to take the secondary roads and avoid freeways.

Comment by David W. Davis on May 4, 2018 at 7:49am

Jack,

The cylinder walls look great, perfectly clean, no scoring. Coated  all bores with MMO while I get the head repaired. Pistion looks good, won't know for sure until compression check.

I agree with higher octane, will put it in the aux tank for heading uphill to NC, it is getting really $$ these days. Downhill to FL is not much load. I live in ATL metro north.b

Great points about the TBI system, closed loop, should solve the issue. Any significant mileage increase? I know anything above 55 , it really drops pushing the RV box through the air.

Thanks for the tips.

While I am old school by defailt (old) I am an engineer and up to date with tech.

Comment by postman on May 3, 2018 at 11:53pm

 Jack Wasmuth 

I use magnets out of microwave in the pans. That gave me the idea, lawn tractor starters have permanent magnets that fit oil filters pretty good, tips & tricks 

Comment by Jack Wasmuth on May 3, 2018 at 10:08pm

David check the cylinder walls for scoring. Also check the piston closely. The heat in that cylinder will affect other parts. Sometimes the top compression ring gets damaged as well. After you reinstall the heads, do a compression test.

Place a couple of rare earth magnets on your new oil filter. This will trap any metal that may be floating around in your oil.

The straighter the intake runners are you will get more fuel to the cylinders. Air goes around corners but the fuel puddles at the turning point. A stock dual plane intake manifold is basically for mom and pops going to the store. Your torker is made for mid range power.

Using a higher grade fuel (octane) slows the burn and produces more power. I only use 90-92 octane. It also burns cooler with respect to the richness. The ECM tries to maintain 14.7 to 1 air fuel ratio throughout the power curve. 

The O2 sensor would pick up the lean condition and increase fuel to all cylinders. Even with port fuel injection the ECM can not richen up one cylinder. With two O2 sensors (one for each bank) the ECM richens up one bank and not the other. The TBI unit works well.

Comment by David W. Davis on May 3, 2018 at 9:53pm

Chris,

Yes, 441 is 4 lanes most of the way, no traffic. Some small towns, takes a while, but few semis, very relaxing. Many campgrounds are close to 441. Picking it up in Athens, GA, going directly to Gainesville, FL, then down to Ocala, over to 95, then US1 on down.

Dave

Comment by David W. Davis on May 3, 2018 at 9:21pm

Jack,

Of course, you're correct, exhaust valve. Seat is recessed. Going to have the head rebuilt with hardened seats.

Has an Endlebrock Torker manifold and Holley 4150 that I inherited from the previous owner. Torker is a really simple large plenum manifold. Maybe I should find another manifold or a factory 4 bbl manifold. Cast iron is ok. It is an RV, reliability is important. With TBI the lean condition would still exist at the 1,2,5,8 cylinders.as the manifold would be the same. Port injection would be better. Not sure this is all worth the expense for an RV. I could just be sure the end cylinders are rich enough. EGT would work, used on  aircraft, or I could fit a wideband O2 sensor near the #8 cylinder.

Comment by postman on May 3, 2018 at 7:00pm

Jack Wasmuth, my bad. I didnt mean a test gauge I meant a dash mounted. I was factory trained on Sun Engine Analyzer and Dynanometer.

The true sweet spot 22 psi (secondaries open). The vacuum decreases from 27 psi on acceleration, causing the timing advance to actuate at approximately 65% of torque output and the carb accelerator pump squirts . Yes atmospheric pressure does impact performance. So what happened with the burnt valve, I agree burned to lean. LOL I was typing when your reply came in.

All the tricks and tips we did, are now done on chips.

 

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Roof completely done on my 1977 Rockwood 4 Replies

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1972 dodge midas RV 1 Reply

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