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Old 04-02-2015, 07:53 PM   #15
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By the way John, several of us have discussed trying to put a "Rally" of sorts together so we can all break bread and lay eyeballs on each other. No idea when and where but I know I for one would enjoy meeting all of you guys. Great group of people.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:09 PM   #16
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I'm in!

My Motto:
"Bend it, Fix it, Make it better! Because, if I can't fix it, I can take it so far apart no one else can fix it either. You see "NOTHING MECHANICAL IS SACRED in my World!""

For Example.
I got tired of having to crawl up the mountain passes in the slow lane while flat towing my 4X4 behind my 98 Fleetwood Limited Motorhome.

So, I repowered it!
Yep, the one in my Avitar!


EFI Ford 460 160 HP to 5.9L Turbo Cummins Diesel hotrodded to 350 HP

Then the rearend was geared wrong.
So, I regeared it.

And the 3 speed C6 tranny had to go as well. But as things go, I had to install an Allison 4 speed because there wasn't any affordable Allison OD 5 speed auto's I could afford. 10 years later the Allison 1000 5 speed come down in price. So I bought one. Building a custom wiring harness for it now.

Once I get this part of the tranny swap done I will gut the interior and rebuild it more to my liking.

Can't Leave it it alone! Nope, That's me!

Tim Taylors got nothing on me!!!

You should see MY Man Cave!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:35 PM   #17
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Curtis,
That's more than I want to tackle nowadays, did change my old Freightliner from a 318 Detroit to an 8V92 445 horse though. Put complete air ride on my pickup and the aluminum running boards you can jump up and down on without any movement. It is starting to hurt too bad to lay underneath these things for more than an hour or two.
No mancave anymore, but do have as many tools as I could fit in the 5er and truck tool box.
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Are you one of those folks that just can't leave things alone? Always seeing a better way to make things work or look? Always tinkering and upgrading your rigs, cars, trucks and just about everything else in your world?
Some folks ask 'why not just buy what's already available?'
I get satisfaction from making things the way I envision.
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By the way John, several of us have discussed trying to put a "Rally" of sorts together so we can all break bread and lay eyeballs on each other. No idea when and where but I know I for one would enjoy meeting all of you guys. Great group of people.
I've been noted to travel some as well.
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My FIL use to say to me,
"Curtis, You know there are people you can pay to fix that for you? And they enjoy getting all greasy and stuff."

To which I always replied, "You know Joe, I'm one of those people, and I work a lot cheaper than they do!"

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My FIL use to say to me,
"Curtis, You know there are people you can pay to fix that for you? And they enjoy getting all greasy and stuff."

To which I always replied, "You know Joe, I'm one of those people, and I work a lot cheaper than they do!"

YBNRML?
I'm gonna steal that. I'll give you credit for it though.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:41 AM   #22
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I think I'll join the club, Jay great idea for a thread , I didn't mind the little hijacking thro. I dragged so many projects home thru the years, the one DW won't let me live down was this nice (I thought) little CJ with a 4 banger and a plow, told DW to come on out and look and dang thing caught on fire when I tried to start it , she just turned and went back in the house, it was only a little fire, ended up a complete restore with a buick V6 and an auto, became DW's favorite winter vehicle.
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I kind of figure the difference between me and a craftsman is they can fix their mistakes faster!
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OK guys. How about we drag this thing down to Curtis' place in Texas and tag team a major upgrade project?

Here is my list:
Upgrade the genset to a diesel.
Add Aquahot
Add 2 slides
Upgrade the interior, especially the bathroom.
Maybe some engine tweaks for a little more power.

Anything else?
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Curtis...... arr arr arr arr arrrTim Taylor is a puppy compared to the "ol dogs on these threads.

This club also seems to be a great place for Terry to tell us about his "secret" projects that he's doing before the knee is healed up.And he get's back to the "official" rebuild !
Sooooo , nobody tell the girls about it !!!!

My mechanical skills are "old school" pre 1970 pickups and the like. Wish I had big truck experience like some of you guys though. I have a very good friend that runs a truck repair shop with his two boys when I do need help.
I did have an extensive wood shop back in the 70s (kitchen cabinets and speaker enclosures )but had to sell it all off when I went and moved myself into a 1976 Sportscoach class A fulltime .
I had just finished completely restoring it when that burned up on the road .
I ended up with a beat up 1981 classC. More downsizing.
Still carry way more tools than I should be .
But I can wire ANYTHING with my eyes closed. 20+ years on the road as a concert sound system engineer... And those tools are small and light ,,, compared to all the cast iron stuff anyway.

Can't leave it alone????? hell, if left it alone it'd just fall apart !!!!
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Fix it till it doesn't work, then get the manual.
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Can't leave it alone????? hell, if left it alone it'd just fall apart !!!!
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Fix it till it doesn't work, then get the manual.
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Aren't we supposed to throw the manual away with the original packing material?????
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