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I am ready for insurance on my Classic rv.  Does anyone know a good source for this product? ThanksContinue

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Part Time RVer, No RV But Want One
City and State where you are located. Do not use zip code, you know what it means but it means nothing to the rest of us.
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Constant tinkerer! Retired about 10 years ago and always have to have some project going either on our house or in the garage. Started out as an aircraft mechanic after serving 4 years in usaf during Vietnam. worked for Boeing, McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis then worked 30 years with Monsanto in the electronics div. Making ultra pure silicon wafers for the semi-conductor industry. Married 47 years to my High School sweetheart.

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Midland 490-G rebuild



Posted on April 30, 2014 at 6:40pm — 1 Comment

Rebuilding the Midland 490-G Brake Boosters.

We took the Glastron out for a spring ride on Easter Sunday and I found out I was having problems getting it to slow and stop! I got home ok and did some head scratching and finally realized there was no brake assist going on from the boosters. Got out my computer and my manuals and did the necessary research to find out what could be wrong. I found a place online who could provide parts for the two boosters on my…


Posted on April 24, 2014 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments

Completion of the resto of my Glastron, nickname: Wiley Coyote!

DSC03073.JPGWell all the painting and touch up has been completed and she got thru a safety inspection in grand style; I am posting some pics of her in the post body work and primer stage. I intend to post some painting tips that may be of help to others as soon as I can get the time. Most of the interior pics have been posted on the Glastron forum. 

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

More work on the Glastron

I finally got the floors under the driver and copilot seats removed and repaired. The Glastron has a sandwich type floor all the way through out. It starts as a 1/4" Marine plywood, then there is a 3/4" styrofoam layer then another 3/8" regular plywood. My floors were rotten on the inside layer. The marine material was like new! So I made a short blade for my old Black and Decker saber saw and cut out all the top layer plywood and removed the old Styrofoam insulation. then I put… Continue

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 3:53pm

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At 11:13am on January 26, 2014, Todd Wells said…
Thank you. It's been a fun project.
At 3:17pm on July 16, 2013, Charles Fitzgerald said…

Jimmy, it would be interesting to know the engine make-CID, transmission and rear-end info. Amazing job that you all are doing. Farmer

At 12:18pm on November 17, 2010, Maryann Larson said…
Thank you for your help going to Fl after x-mas need some warm weather.....(: Have a Turkey Day (:
At 11:46am on September 25, 2010, Jana Furzer said…
Thank you Jimmy- I've been thinking about joining a Aussie or UK group just to get extra info. I did find a guy in Northern Ca that has a 67 and 66 for parts- am getting my dome light and other things that way because of course they fit in a weird raised specific area! The motor will be interesting- that will probably come out around Christmas and into the garage- just happy to get walls up right now so it won't look so "abandoned" in our yard! I'm such a clean freak and I love my garden so I hate seeing the camper all dismembered!
At 12:47pm on August 28, 2010, Craig Stafford said…
I love JB weld! When I was on a race team the dyno guys would use JB weld to reshape the intake and exhaust ports, then run the motor at 10,000 rpm on the dyno for hours! Amazing stuff, it gets a bad rap from people misusing it.I'm still chasing water leaks on my rig. It rains every day here so I seal where I think the leak is and wait til the rain. I'm about out of things to seal, I hope it's not the ac unit..
At 11:17am on August 22, 2010, Craig Stafford said…
I reseal old motorcycle tanks and have had good luck with a tank sealer called Caswells, after hearing bad things about por 15. To bad that out of two rigs you don't have one good pair of tanks. Mine just has one tank on the right side, seems ok.
My brakes were/are bad as well, I bled them and got enough pedal to drive it home. I did notice that on mine there are no self adjusters. I did not get any pedal until I adjusted mine first. A dodge m 300 book is on the way.
I just got lucky on the generator, it looks really clean. I just made sure it had oil, sprayed a little ether down it and it started right up. At first no 110v but I found a circuit breaker on the side of the switch panel that cured it. The onan looks easy to repair, like two flat head briggs and stratton motors.
At 11:33am on August 21, 2010, Craig Stafford said…
A tire guy told me to put the best tires you can afford on the front and cheap out on the rears, makes sense. Our rigs are fairly light for a motorhome so probably aren't as hard on tires. I think I might do some hacking and put a full size vent in the bath room, and maybe another one up by the dinette. There is just never enough ventilation for me.
I have been wondering about serial numbers, the last part of mine is 0187 could that be the total number since 68? The first part is 21b71, 21ft rear bed 1971?
Anyways, thanks for checking on those parts. I got my generator running yesterday, now on to the furnace..
At 11:56am on August 20, 2010, Craig Stafford said…
Hey Jimmy,
Sounds like you have your work cut out for you. The no leaks part is huge! Mine leaked every where when I got it and has some damage to prove it. At least the motor runs! The 318 is a great motor and the 727 a great tranny. That said, the FI 360 w/4spOD sure sounds nice. Are you going to keep the split rims?
I'm hoping to get mine road worthy in the next few weeks. I do computer drafting and my job here in ruidoso is winding down. I have some money saved and am thinking of full timing in the glastron for awhile (just me and the dog). I here Quartzite is nice in the winter.
Anyways, since you offered, I could maybe use a few parts.... I'm missing my pass side sun visor, you know, the tinted one. Does yours have window screens? Got any spares? I am missing all of mine. Luckily no mosquitoes here. One of my windows is missing the glue on latch part, so I can't lock it. Just so you know, I would be willing to pay through the nose for any of these parts and be glad to have them. Let me know what you have.
Let's see, what do I have? I have a box of busted door locks! I guess the bargman door lock was weak. looks like my PO replaced his 3 times and saved all the broken ones. I am replacing my original bathroom vent, the original metal one is still good but I need light in there.
I'm excited about my glastron. I really like the size. My last (first) two were 30ft and were a pain to park. On my trip driving the 'tron home, I pulled into a taco bell and parked, nose in, in a normal spot no problem. Perfect!
At 10:23am on August 19, 2010, Craig Stafford said…
The rear bath layout is ok but the bathroom is a cramped closet. The big bed and extra windows are nice. The dinette is behind the drivers seat, then the wet bath, a closet, then the bed sideways at the rear. On the pass side, stove w/ vent hood, sink, door, fridge. There is an onan under the bed! If you look at the rear pic you can see the tail pipe. It's mounted to a cradle that I suppose you lower with a floor jack for major service. It runs but makes no power, I'm hoping Gary can sort me out on the wiring. How's yours coming? Is it a long term project? I'm hoping mine won't be, I'm going to leave the outside alone and call it patina, just concentrate on the big stuff.
At 10:18am on August 18, 2010, Craig Stafford said…
I am living in ruidoso nm right now. I'm not sure if I have a parts problem yet, still evaluating things. I added some pics http://www.goodoldrvs.com/photo/albums/71-glastron. The good ole rv guy offered to set us up a Glastron page, what do you think? If you and gary and I start exchanging good info it would be nice to keep it all in one place.



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