Originally Posted by Nick-B
Oh Yeah! LUV those old Apollos!
I gotta ask, though. You say it has the Dodge chassis (typical for the Apollo) but that it has a Ford 460 and C6 tranny. If that is true, then a previous owner must have swapped out the drivetrain. Not a bad thing if it was done right.
Enjoy your 'new' motohome!
Yes, the 440 was swapped for commercial Ford460/C6 combo.
It looks like it was done pretty well, I have a few "extra" wires under the dash- but they seem to be related to the heater and blower which are gone now.
I have records for it for the last 160+ tankfuls of gas, gas mileage/air temp/city/miles logged etc.and every receipt you
could imagine for it. I am glad a former Fire Chief owned it!!!
From what I can the motor is out of another RV off a John Deere Chassis, and has had nothing but synthetic Mobil 1 run thru it. I have every receipt. and, I also have another receipt and I am trying to decipher it- but the 460 may have been bored .030 over and crank kit added so I don't know what that makes it.- a 471/472 ??? I dunno.
I haven't figured out a date code on the engine, but "smog" accessories seem none existent.
Chassis is tip-top, just had chassis serviced, all bearings lubed, brakes checked, oil changed, brakes electronically checked here and Indy Brake and Spring.
It had a slight pull, but they did there computer alignment magic and it really drives very well.
So- The engine swap looks to have been done very well, the only thing I don't have is dash a/c and heat which doesn't phase me too much. I can put that back in if I feel like it, and I'd be using the roof AC's more anyway.
The most major "upgrade" I did, and I only did it because I can get them really cheap are swapping out the original furnaces. The original Coleman 22000btus (2 of them) were junk, so I replaced one with a Suburban 30k BTU and the other with a Suburban 20K BTU and added an extra duct to the 30k unit. Amazing the markup on these things, but when you know someone who works at an RV manufacturer- it helps.
the other "broke" item is two front electric jacks- the rears work. So they are old Atwood units, I just need to find working units that work with my controller....or ignore it.????
It also had an Olympic Catalytic heater, but it needed replaced as I found out it is 18 years old, and it has a bad t-couple. So I will either put in a new Wave 6 heater or a ProComm Heater. (feel free to add in your 2 cents here, on what is a better choice)
All in all, I think it's going to be a fun little toy. My next "stage" is to upgrade the entertainment system to a better head unit, and add a flat screen that isn't to obtrusive.
I will get interior shots up soon.
There is an "Apollo Motorhome" user group on Facebook with some cool shots.
Hey- I see you have a Coachmen Santara 360 MB- that is alot of rig for the money. I like those rigs.