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Old 06-04-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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How to? Decomm vacuum operated stairs

Hi, I'm a new member.

I just bought an '84 Pace Arrow '31 P30 454, etc.
The POD (problem of the day) is that, while replacing the vacuum operated entry/egress stair unit with a manual unit, I am trying to clean up and/or block off the vacuum lines, electrical connections, etc. so that they are not just left there hanging.
Is anybody out there with the knowledge and experience of this process who'd be willing to tell me where to make the proper disconnections and/or plugs so that I wind up with zero open or short circuits or vacuum leaks.

Thanks in advance.


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Old 06-04-2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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If you pull the fuse to the electric part, there will be no possiblity of shorts. Cut the ground wire off or remove as far as you can trace it. On the vacuum line, try to go the a 'T' connection or the manifold it comes from and cap it close to that.


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Old 06-05-2013, 11:47 AM   #3
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Thanks, Bob. It turns out that my optimism was unwarranted and premature in that my replacement steps have a different mounting bolt pattern and will need to be modified if I'm going to use them.
I also need to track down the old (B&L) steps' fuse, but I suspect that it is already either blown or removed. I may try to eventually reclaim these units, as they are bent pretty badly, but all the works are still in place and appear to be untouched.
Tough finding ANY info on the B&L vacuum steps at all. The trigger button seems to be riveted into my door frame, but I can drill the heads off when I've settled a bit and have a place to work.
In the meantime, a sturdy and stable stool will have to do the job, I guess.
Again, many thanks.
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