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Old 11-03-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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Its Home!

Well I drove the 1979 Pace Arrow 28.6ft motorhome today. I drove it home. Nothing had been touched in it since 1997. It hadn't even run. I figured new carb or carb kit. Nope didn't need it. I ran a new fuel line directly to the fuel pump and out of a 5 gallon gas can. Drove just over 23 miles back roads at speeds up to 70 MPH and smooth as can be. Steering is tight. Ride was so-so but front shocks are really bad. Tranny shifted smooth and brakes worked great. I'll go through everything before the next trip but its home. Photos to come later.:dance :
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Congrats on the success. Sounds like you're off to a good start. It's a great feeling to get it home. Glad everything worked okay. When I drove mine the 150 miles home, it kept dying every 5 miles for no reason, but would start right back up. When I got it home discovered a loose wire. Runs great now. Waiting for pictures.
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:27 PM   #3
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where is deer park good to hear all went well
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:39 PM   #4
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Did you do the Dr. Frankenstein yell, "It's ALIVE!!!"?
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Congrats on a safe uneventful trip. Waiting on pictures now
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Congrates on getting it home.

Now the real fun begins.

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Photos coming tomorrow folks. I dragged out the trusty old shop vacuum then couldn't stop. It got cool and dark and I finally decided it was time to come in. DW had already gone to bed. Guys and new toys ya know! I've got a few days off. That means lots of work and since I've got most materials I'll be quite busy!
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Looking forward to the pictures, Congratulations.
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Well tear down of the upper front pull down bunk has commenced. Also ceiling that needs to be replaced. I have lots of photos but they will have to wait till the AM since I can't find my blue tooth adapter in the dark and DW is asleep. Computers are in bedroom so no lights on. I'm taking a chance as is. Not as bad as I'd thought but there is corrosion to the metal sides above and adjacent to the drivers door on the outer skin. I'll power sand the insides and treat with primer and fiberglass before adding wood and insulation back. Some will have to be done from the outside due to lack of reaching from the inside. Photos show what I'm talking about. Still having a blast. 3 more days off so alot will be done.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:38 AM   #10
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Its Home Pt 2

Here are some photos of the tear down. First is the ceiling looking forward. The ceiling panel with the light to the right and all others going aft except the bathroom are all in very good shape. I'll only remove the vinyl covering then either paint or recover. All those going forward need to be replaced.

Second photo is above the drivers windshield. Its a curved piece of 2x? Passenger side is in excellent shape with no rot.

Third photo shows above drivers entry door. Some corrosion which I'll repair from the inside before replacing insulation and paneling.

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It looks like you have your work cut out for you, good luck with it.
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I brought my laptop out here so I can save photos easier. I've just finished fiber glassing the corrosion on the panel above the drivers door. Its now sealed with "air shield" and new styro foam insulation.
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Ouch!! Its about the same as the one we had 4 years ago. I cheated, but you may have more and better tools! dan
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Repairs underway.

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