Doug that's great and i learned a lot from you. Hmmm, now if i can just find one. I think I like the 360 option with the medium gearing; there's lots of aftermarket parts on can throw on that engine even with my skinny wallet. lol
Sometimes the gas evaporates out of the carb enough to lift the float needle allowing the gas to drain back into the gas tank. My understanding is this is a good indication the valves in the fuel pump are getting weak and seeping a bit. My rig has been doing this, but I haven't had a chance to replace the fuel pump to see if it fixes the situation.
If the well seals were out (X Seals) causing the bowl to empty, it should still start once the bowl gets enough gas in it, I would imagine rather quickly. It sounds like to me you have to wait for the gas to pump through the entire fuel line again before it starts.
Also gas in the oil also indicate a torn diaphragm in the fuel pump, something to be cautious of on mechanical fuel pumps.
I have a 1977 RV with a 440 and thermoquad carb. I have had considerable trouble with the seals (originally called X seals). If these are worn or misaligned they will drain the carb on shutdown. Depending on how badly they leak, you can experience flooding on hot starts, drained fuel reservoir on cold starts, and gas getting mixed in with and thinning your engine oil. An electric fuel pump may speed up filling the carb, but you will still be getting gas in the oil. Pull your dipstick and smell it, I'll bet that you can smell gas.
Thanks Doug-its a sweet ole gal. I have one question-it has the 440-727 package, runs great-but after about 2 days sitting-it doesn't want to start without gas put in the carb, I have debated about this-and think that maybe an electric fuel pump might be the answer-but I can't decide whether to run it thru the existing pump, or run it entirely on the electric pump-any ideas? Thanks-Al
Thanks for your interest, tips and advice. I plan to live in this RV for a while till I get a bigger one. Everything works and I am happy with it, the only downfall is I found out it has a roof leak. Any advice on how to stop a roof leak till I get it repaired would be helpful.
Doug, Thanks for the greeting... I am planning on doing some serious Tailgating at the Virginia Tech. I need to replace that back storage locker door... seems that the hinge broke and the previous guy lost the door. oops. Right now there is a painted plywood panel.
I am also abit worried about the seam between the top and the body. Any knowledge?
Thanks, Doug. You probably know this, but Dodge was by far the largest supplier of motor home chassis and cab and chassis in the late 60's through mid 70's and there seem to be many more of them still surviving. The bad side is that Chrysler Corp didn't put out much effort in the way of rust prevention in those days (but neither did anyone else) and that, coupled with the lousy material they used as floor insulation under the front floor mat can result in pretty iffy conditions. I was lucky in that the people who built my GTC did a good job of keeping water out to begin with so the floor's nice and solid. The bedding compound that was used around the windows is another story. I went through a complete window removal and restoration project last Fall that fixed the problems, but it was a real job. I'm really happy with the double fiberglass shell with foam core, which has held up beautifully.
Thanks! wow you had a lot of useful information. It has only been sitting for 2 months. It leaks but only around the Rooftop AC. I've been thinking the same thing about the class C but honestly I think its just barely out of our current price range. I will talk to the Mrs though she makes all of the decisions I just try to convince her of my crazy ideas haha.
hey doug nice to meet you! did yours have seatbelts? I don't get mine till friday the guy has to clean out his stuff he has been using it as storage. Im planning on laminate floor and new upholstrey. Also new carpet in the back. Do you have any pics of your interior i havent really got a good look yet. thanks btw check out our blog www.alterfamily.weebly.com
Doug- we have had our '78 for about 8 years. The exterior was apparently painted from the trim down ( the bottom 18") before we got it and other than that it is all original. The roof was coated with a marvelous product called Safe-T-Plex and that solved all the leaking problems with it. The interior has been cleaned up and painted front to back with some areas of the walls and ceiling replaced. Barney has had his share of problems with blowing a tranny two years ago and an engine fire this past winter in Florida. Thankfully I am able to keep the old guy going and we have a lot of fun with him.
Thanks Doug... I'm going to assume that comment about C-Classes that you left on Helen Waddell's blog was an answer for me (considering she doesn't HAVE a partner & is probably going for a bumper pull). Good information & i'll put it in my notes! Thanks! :-)
We are not the original owners of the Apollo. However, we have been restoring her to her former glory for about 4 years. Along the way we have made many modifications to make her more user-friendly. We installed a disc brake front end, installed much more steel bracing in the walls and front end, and replaced all appliances. Someone had done a re-ring kit on the engine and so far it seems to be holding up fine. We really do use our motorhome. Our last trip out we drove 10 hours straight to Las Vegas. It ran like a champ. Happy Motoring in your new motorhome.
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