Just joined the site so thought I should introduce myself.
I am the owner of a 1978 Pace arrow. I bought her on Ebay in England and as you can see she had been badly treated for a long time.
The last owner had put in an oldsmobile V8 diesel which he assured me was good! It made 16 miles and blew up!! not a bad thing realy as it couldnt pull the skin off a rice pudding.
After being towed to my friends house we set about finding a power plant.Petrol being so expensive over here the only option was a diesel motor.
We settled on a Cummins 150 six cylinder with a 5 speed manual gearbox.
It actualy wasnt very hard to fit as it went straight on the original front mounts and the Cummins ones at the rear. The chassis width being the same from the Daf truck the motor came from. The clutch was air so we had to fit an air tank and piping but this now gives me my own compressed air supply.
An extra pedal was fitted for the clutch and a hole cut in the doghouse for the gearstick or shifter as you say.
The major problem was the parking brake as the old one was on the transmision so we had to adapt one from a Landrover discovery. Aside from this and the fact the motor was 24 volt electrics all went smoothly.we used a split charge system and 2 sets of batteries, one for starting and the other for the lighting etc.
For a road test we drove accross France to Spain where I live. Must admit we must have been crazy but she never let us down and returned 18 mpg over mountains and through snow and rain.
Once back in Spain we set about interior restoration. All the electric inside had been messed with and nothing worked. had to completely rebuild the living area as there was nothing there. It has been hard as we cannot get parts here very easily.
She has served us well over the last couple of years for holidays and we are now living in her full time in our garden waiting for new brake cylinders from the US. when we have them its time to hit the road again.
Thats basicly it for the moment. will let you know more when it happens.
All the best
Michael and Julie