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Old 04-13-2010, 11:04 PM   #1
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Peacenic - 1973 project

Greetings all. Sage advice suggested vintage forum, so hopefully am where I should be. Thanks for making me feel welcome.

Just took delivery of... (!) a project. '73 Model D27CI is in remarkable shape for facing many yrs MN weather virtually abandoned. Guarded excitment grew with discovery of every feature including original literature! She's straight and solid... eh, except roof/ceiling. Believe age took its toll on aluminum skin and load(s) help set in motion what I have now. Plywood delaminated and ceiling hanging under roof rack. With any luck will fit through door to live in pole bldg as long as it takes, but where and/or how to start?

I see AC/pwr steering belt is off and AC compressor case is cracked. Said compressor relate to Thermo-King unit on roof over driver seat? The adventure begins.
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your at the right site there it lots of great people here keep us informed on progress good to see your here
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:50 AM   #3
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Here is my roof replacement project. On my '73 Indian there was not even a good place to keep, so it all came off. Let me know if I can help. Les
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Hi Peacenic,

Is that a class c rv?

Regarding the roof a/c, I would say it's highly unlikely that the compressor under the hood has anything to do with the roof a/c, unless you happen to see high and low pressure lines running to/from it. Most likely it's the chassis a/c that is shot. I have no direct experience with a '73 vintage rv but that's my best guess. I do know there's still a Thermo King web site so if you can find a model number on the roof unit you might locate more info at:

T H E R M O . K I N G | bvp detection - one moment please...

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Thanks folks! Pictures... (duh!)... glad I thought of it.
Having trouble deciding which motor... label on rocker cover lists all, book lists 318 (not) and 440. Other people have said 360 and 413. Winnebago helpful, but only went back to '75. Definately Mopar, but which one?
Has newer battery and actually took charge (!) which allowed confirmation motor not stuck from sitting. Coool!
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Try this site to i.d. your engine.
Mopar Casting Numbers
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:48 PM   #7
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Love the older RVs. Let's get some photos up.

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You may be able to identify the model you have by using the Winnebago brochures at Previous Model Year Product Information
Enter the year of your rig.

VIN number on a title may or may not be based on the chassis VIN. Winnebago builds the house on a mfg chassis (Dodge, GM, John Deere, etc.) Dodge (Fargo) VIN is the one you need for chassis parts. Dodge ID plate is usually under driver window
or in the radiator service area (open radiator access grill in front of rig) on drivers side.
Most Winnebagos were built on the previous year chassis so, a 73 would most likely be on a 72 chassis. 27Ft model is most likely on a M375 chassis (M400 [RM350]) and would typically have a 413. 318 would be too small for that chassis. 413 has the spark plugs on top of the exhaust manifold. 440-3 (first installed in 73 chassis) has the spark plugs under the exhaust manifold.

For a class A rig, you are going to need both the Dodge MH service (69-73) and parts (69-77) manual. You do not get these through Winnebago.

There is lots of information out there. Search the web for Classic Winnebagos.

The "Eyebrow" Winnebago Coach Service Manual covers 73 and earlier rigs but most of the information applies up through 78. Available through Classic Winnebagos & Vintage RVs!

Most house parts (depends on item) are mostly a junkyard find or self built.

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Progress, however small is still progress. I cling to that notion. Appears to be 413 cid engine in '72 Mopar chassis as suggested. Thanks. Now let's see if I can manage an image or two.
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Guess 'digitally challenged' applies to camera too. Last image shows rear ceiling/roof vent falling down. Others self evident.
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The Winnebago brochure is at http://www.winnebagoind.com/products...eftain-bro.pdf

On page 9 you will see it says you have M-375 chassis with a 413.

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Thanks Les. Your album is most encouraging. Now if I can just make space in my pole bldg....

On unrelated note, what's my best bet to acquire correct transmission for '71 Brave with 318 motor? At least its roof is sound.
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Thanks Les. Your album is most encouraging. Now if I can just make space in my pole bldg....

On unrelated note, what's my best bet to acquire correct transmission for '71 Brave with 318 motor? At least its roof is sound.
I have both a 318 engine and attached transmision in running condition...I live in desert of AZ. thadleybaxter@msn.com if interested.
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