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Old 07-29-2015, 04:47 PM   #15
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Wow. That's beautiful. I love the retro console on the inside.
It has a barometer! Very cool!

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Old 07-29-2015, 04:51 PM   #16
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Pics show it in really nice shape! Gotta love the dark cabinets and butcher block style countertop. I bet you could lighten it up a lot with some less dark colors. Drivetrain-wise that 440/727 combo should be good for many more miles.

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Old 07-29-2015, 05:01 PM   #17
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Where's the lava lamp?
Looks great.
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:25 PM   #18
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I always loved the look of the coach. You may want to check with a club about this model. I think this is the one that the glue they used on the fiberglass ate holes through the fiberglass. They had to reside the coaches. This may already have the new sides.
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:49 PM   #19
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That's a good looking coach!
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Old 07-29-2015, 11:08 PM   #20

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Thanks for all the replies everyone! Yeah I am absolutely in love with this rig! The body lines and body work are so cool looing! She is very complete and the majority of everything in her seems original.

I actually found the original fire extinguisher that looks like an aerosol spray can, I'll get a pic of that later. Next to the fire extinguisher was the original factory owners manual!!!! That was a major find as I had no luck locating one online! It goes through all of the systems and has a ton of good information in it.

I love the Power Plant console is so freaking cool! Everything in it but the clock works too! I am going to try my hand at repairing or replacing the clock to get it up and running.

The more I look at her the more I just want to update the flooring, furniture and maybe add some nice comfort electronics, otherwise I think I may keep the rest of the interior just how it is.

Today I was able to play with some of the systems a little more, I was able to confirm that both AC's blow super cold and that the fridge works great on shore power (had only tested the gas side of it before). I confirmed that one of the 2 house batteries is dead and will need to be replaced. I only had about an hour or two to play with everything today. I also got rid of the pesky wasps nest in the furnace exhaust! Thankfully I have not found any other signs of rodent or pest infestations.

So the plan at this time is to go through and systematically test each system to see where any issues may be. I plan to finish testing out all shore power systems, all 12V systems, gas systems, generator, and all water systems.

I know I need to finish the install of the tankless water heater and fix a very scary hackjob on the fuel lines from the gas tank. Once I'm done there it will be time for a full engine tune up, all new fluids (engine oil, radiator, tranny, rear dif, etc...), lube the chassis and do a complete check on the brakes. I am also planning to repaint the exterior, I'm leaning towards a bright light silver for the main body with a darker silver for the accent stripes. I have a friend that cuts vinyl so he can remake me all of the Sportscoach decals.
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:30 AM   #21

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1976 Dodge M500 Chassis Manual

Just wanted to see if anyone had a PDF of the 1976 Dodge M500 Chassis Manual or if anyone can point me in the direction of the cheapest place to pick one up.


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Just wanted to see if anyone had a PDF of the 1976 Dodge M500 Chassis Manual or if anyone can point me in the direction of the cheapest place to pick one up.


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Love the nose too, airplane nose!!
Build her a couple of slide-outs and you will turn a few heads...
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Old 07-31-2015, 06:23 PM   #24

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I'm pretty handy with home remodeling and automotive restoration but adding functional slide-outs might be a little out of my realm!

Minor update for today, I started testing the LP systems:

No leaks!!!
Fridge/freezer fully functional on 110 and Gas
Stove/Oven both fully functional, stove top pilot light needs to be cleaned up
Both furnaces were tested and would light up, it was too hot in RV though to fire them up. Will continue to play with them in the morning when it's cooler.

So far it seems like all of the electrical is functioning including both AC's that blow nice and cold.

I hope to finish the tankless water heater install this weekend and test the water/plumbing I am also going to repair the fuel tank issue. More pictures to follow.

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Old 08-03-2015, 12:18 PM   #25

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Fuel Tank issues and interesting findings

Ok so I took a closer look at my fuel system which consists of two 50 gallon tanks both mounted on the passenger side of my rig. I knew that the front tank was the only one connected and the PO stated it was because there was originally an electric fuel pump connected that pulled from both tanks and had two fuel lines going into it and one coming out that led to the carb. He said that pumped burnt out and he just installed a single electric pump utilizing the front tank. Here is what I found:

Yes, it does appear that he used a clear water or vacuum line for a fuel line and i'm pretty sure those clear fuel filters are only rated for engine compartment use not under the chassis.

So for the time being I did this:

This makes me feel a lot safer that I wont have a massive fuel leak and burn up extra crispy but it does not get me the use of my second tank.

So I have never messed with dual tank setups before, can I get a replacement 2 into one fuel pump and connect both tanks into one pump leading to the carb? How are dual tanks normally plumbed from where the two tank feed lines to the carb? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Matt
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:11 PM   #26
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There are a couple ways that you can do this. One is purchase a dual inlet single outlet manifold, they used to make these as a single inlet dual outlet for the dual inlet holley carbs and also the dual carb manifolds. Or you can put in an electric valve that swiched from one tank to the other between the tanks and the pump, if there is a fuel level sending unit, this will switch the fuel gauge also. Summit racing can fix you up if you want the manifold, I think LMC truck might have the electric valve, the 70's chevy/GMC trucks that had dual tanks had a valve like I am talking about. Hope that this helps you.
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:54 PM   #27

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Thanks for the tip!! I think I am going to go with the Chevy route, I found this at my local Oreily's.

And after looking at the wiring by the tank I think I found a wire that went to the old switch, I'm going to have to check Cab switches and check to see if this wire is tied into one of the many unlabeled switches....LOL If it is this may be a very simple fix.

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Old 08-04-2015, 09:26 PM   #28
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Hey Matt, awesome rig! When I was in my early 20's, my parents had a '81 33' Sportscoach with the 454 and it had a tag axle which was very cool. It was top of the line in its day and very heavy. I loved that motorhome and used it often. I'll have to find a picture of it and post it. I'm enjoying watching your progress and it brings back great memories. Thanks for sharing!

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