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Old 06-25-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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1988 Starfire

Hi all,
I just found this site and am exited to find others with our passion; RVs.
My hobby is fixing up old RVs, restoring would be too strong a word really.
Here's a couple that are on the property now.
A 1988 EMC Starfire, built on a 1986 Ford E350 with a carb'd 460 engine

I drove from just north of LA to Salt Lake City to pick this one up. It's a Casita of unknown vintage. Totally stripped on the inside and the fiberglass fixtures are off the wall until they get recovered;

And this 80 something Terry (I think) that was totally rotten on the inside. I stripped the inside added new studs where needed, new floor, ceiling and cabinets;

This is what I do to keep me busy when construction work is slow.
Good being here, and I'm enjoying the pics of these vintage RVs
Ron
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:28 AM   #2
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Cool, do you have pictures of any that you have completed? I love to see what people have done with their vintage RV's.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:41 AM   #3
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I don't. I know I should, people always tell me so, but I never seem to get pictures. I'm a carpenter/contractor of 40 years and in that time have done a ton of home building and remodeling and never thought to take them. I'll have to start.
Quite a story on the Starfire. It sat in a field for over 10 years in the desert. I got it home by disconnecting the fuel lines and using a gas tank from a portable generator, a filter and 12V fuel pump. First thing I did was drop the gas tank (3/4 full in a 47 gallon tank of bad gas) and clean out the lines. Cleaned out the carb and put on a new accelorator pump and it fired right up.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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I love that Starfire...especially the Lincoln Mark VII nose. Any interior pics?
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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Here's a view from between the couch and two chairs. It needs some wood refinishing but I really like the art deco thing it's go going on. I get a lot of people stopping by when I'm working on it to ask what it is.

I'll have to get more pics of the inside.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:50 PM   #6
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My 1988 Starfire has that same color scheme; Dove Gary outside, and the "Rose" interior, though mine has the rear bath. They do drive very well.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:12 PM   #7
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Hey this is great! Another Starfire owner. I hope you've had yours long enough to know all about it. I will have questions as I go through mine I'm sure. Are you saying your bath is where our bedroom is located? Our bath is just before the bedroom on the right. I've got the AC wiring all figured out. I spent two days tracing circuits with every outlet and junction box open to find why the passenger side had no 110V. I traced it to the GFI circuit but couldn't find a push button reset. Finally found it under the medicine cabinet after I pulled the wall carpet off and saw the line going up to the outlet and then down. It's well hidden there for sure.
Sad thing is my 21 Y.O. son suggested it probably would be in the bathroom.
I'm anxious to get it running again for a shakedown.
NIce hearing from you StarfireGuy
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:36 PM   #8
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Hi Ron,

Congrats on your purchase. I have had mine for over 15 years, it was an impulse purchase. I had always wanted one since I saw them new, but didn't have an extra $100K since I was still in college. One day I came across the one I have, and bought it. Unfortunately, I have only taken a few trips in it and it only has 24,000 miles on it.

Yes, my bath is in the rear. there are two lounge like couches just before that, sorta like you seen in the "limo-party" coaches, as they foldout into beds you have to remove the large bolster cushions to use as beds.

The rest of the floor plan is as yours is.

This plan was promoted as entertaining/tailgating and personal luxury "couple couch".
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:15 PM   #9
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Here is what my floor plan looks like
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Mine is the same back to the kitchen. Where your two couches are mine has the bath on the left and closet on the right. The bedroom is in the rear. I'm making progress on repairs. The 12V electrical needed a lot of work. I took out and cleaned the holders in the fuse panels, got the electric windows, turn signals, emer. flashers, interior and exterior lights working. Once I've reinstalled the fuel tank I'll find out if the air suspension components are OK. Got my fingers crossed.
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Good Luck! My 12V has been non-problematic for the most part (knock wood) but I am going to replace all the relays that are lined up with wires EVERYWHERE along the firewall in the engine compartment. Mine spent its first few years in Santa Barbara CA with the fine salty ocean air doing a number on all the connections etc. Also plan on routing the wiring a bit better and make it look like it was professionally done rather than how it was actually done by the manufacturer.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:01 PM   #12
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hi i have a 86 eldorado starfire it looks to have every option even front doors would
like to talk to other owners of starfire motorhomes thanks john
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:59 PM   #13
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Hi John

How long have you had your 86? Which length is it? I'm still working on getting mine back on the road. So far I've cleaned out 10 years of wasp and mouse mess, fixed all the 12V electrical which was mainly corroded fuse panels, and have the bathroom working again. After general cleaning and shampooing the carpet it's not perfect, but it'll do for now. I just have to get another fuel pump to put in it and reinstall the gas tank and it'll be ready to use.
Not many of us around, it's good to have another Starfire owner to chat with.
Have you posted any pictures of your rig?
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got ours last year only needed tires 31ft rear bedroom ours is fully looded
with options even front doors
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