Thought I'd start a wee blog, not done anything like this before so here goes nothing.
I'd been toying with the idea of buying a Motorhome for a year or so and after two family holiday washouts in the tent enough was enough.
Being a life long fan of classic american vehicles, V8 motors and drag racing when it came to what to buy there was only one country of manufacture. Over a six month period we looked at a few, some were fairly local, some not so but none were suitable for one reason or another, mainly rust and lots of it.;
I happened across this 94 Southwind 12 miles down the road so went for a look see. It was currently off the road and had been sat for 7 years so mechanically I knew I had a few challenges ahead but the interior sold us on it. It's pretty much like new.....pretty much, well for a 22 year old coach at least. I was by far the nicest and best layout we'd seen, twin beds are a bonus and perfect for us as we take the Grand kids away when we go.
Sooo, we got it at what was a reasonable price, pay to get it recovered home and in for an M.O.T or annual inspection as you guys (i think) would call it. It failed on 13 items. one of which I knew about, a leaky exhaust manifold, insufficient brakes, stabiliser bushes, a arm bushes and 8 wiring or bulb faults. One mystery though was zero nox on the emissions side Mmmmmm ? I should mention she was running rough at this point....when I say rough I mean real rough !!
We got the work done for the test easy enough over the next few weeks, she passed with flying colours but still the mystery remained on the emissions and time to tackle the engine. Some parts for the Chevy 454 are easy to come by over here, some not so and with that in mind I bought a whole bunch of sensors, ignition parts and belts/hoses etc and changed a whole bunch out for not much improvement. Codes getting thrown left right and center, black smoke, misfires you name it and only two gears !
Time to call for help and I hope he won't mind me mentioning him but enter stage left our very own Rick Faunce to the rescue. With his help and guidance we've got a sweet running engine, all gears and the first albeit short trip away under our belts. We've got one more issue with the engine, a high idle to sort out but after what was a challenging Winter we're fingers crossed looking forward to a more relaxing Summer.
Cheers for now folks.