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Old 06-07-2011, 07:51 AM   #379
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Thanks, the things that have "crapped" out were items neglected by the prior owner. The unit was in storage for about ten years which didn't help. Since then it has gotten a new crate 454, new transmission, and tires. The engine and transmission both have gauge sets monitoring them and they perform perfectly. We made eight race weekends last year and logged over 7000 miles. It is the various support systems like the ignition, fuel pumps and tanks that have failed. Never has the unit seemed to strain or labor. I doubt if my trailer and racing car tops 3500 lbs. Lots of motor homes similar to mine are towing much more to the races and are doing fine.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:32 PM   #380
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My 1989 Allegro. It's a front engine diesel. Unusual for that year I'm told. We call it Andante as we rarely pass anybody! But it'll go anywhere anytime.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:57 PM   #381
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What a great looking Allegro! Love the shape & color of those motor homes.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:41 PM   #382
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What a great looking Allegro! Love the shape & color of those motor homes.
AGREED! That has to have had been stored indoors most of it's life.
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this is our "new" project. 1972 Skylark purchased for $400.

after some elbow grease by hubby:

had already taken curtains down. I'll be sewing new ones and new cushion covers too in a retro pattern. we aren't going to change much at all and prefer to keep it as original as possible.
I really don't find a lot of info on this model or company. It's not a Jayco Skylark, I've talked with a rep. from Jayco. It's a defunct co. now called Skylark from what I can tell. It will be painted orange and white to match my 72 Monte Carlo when we get to that point. It's a 16ft. and sleeps 6. has a potty closet (not an orig. potty- that is newer I guess).
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:17 AM   #384
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Ditto! What a rare find!
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:30 AM   #385
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For her tendency to sway just a bit to let me know I'm driving over her comfort zone speeds of 55-65 mph...

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When we used to tour a lot on motorcycles, and towed a camper, there was a trip where I'd changed the way I packed. Up about 60 mph, the trailer started swaying severely--turned out my plan to put the soft cooler inside, over the axle and use the tongue cooler for dry storage was a big mistake! Emptied the dry stuff, filled cooler with the heavier groceries and ice and took off again. Problem cured. Single axle trailers are finicky--no matter what size they are!
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My 1989 Allegro. It's a front engine diesel. Unusual for that year I'm told. We call it Andante as we rarely pass anybody! But it'll go anywhere anytime.
Interesting. What engine and transmission is in your Coach if you don't mind my asking?
I converted my FERD Fleetwood to diesel and am curious what the manufacturers used.

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It's a Cummings 5.9 turbo diesel with an Allison tranny. I'm not sure which model it is. I can say that it really needs one more gear to get the most out of the engine. However, the combo has been dead reliable. We take across the country without worry. We just take it slow with a max speed of about 65.
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It's a Cummings 5.9 turbo diesel with an Allison tranny. I'm not sure which model it is. I can say that it really needs one more gear to get the most out of the engine. However, the combo has been dead reliable. We take across the country without worry. We just take it slow with a max speed of about 65.
Is that a Chevy Tahoe as toad or the smaller blazer?
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It's a Tahoe. It's a heavy, but nice when we get there. I have two teenage boys. They don't fit well in the small toads.
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this is our "new" project. 1972 Skylark purchased for $400.

after some elbow grease by hubby:

had already taken curtains down. I'll be sewing new ones and new cushion covers too in a retro pattern. we aren't going to change much at all and prefer to keep it as original as possible.
I really don't find a lot of info on this model or company. It's not a Jayco Skylark, I've talked with a rep. from Jayco. It's a defunct co. now called Skylark from what I can tell. It will be painted orange and white to match my 72 Monte Carlo when we get to that point. It's a 16ft. and sleeps 6. has a potty closet (not an orig. potty- that is newer I guess).
Nice find! Looking forward to some future pics!
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It's a Cummings 5.9 turbo diesel with an Allison tranny. I'm not sure which model it is. I can say that it really needs one more gear to get the most out of the engine. However, the combo has been dead reliable. We take across the country without worry. We just take it slow with a max speed of about 65.
If you think it's needs one more gear then that tranny is probably an AT542. And that's the same 4 speed transmission I have behind the Cummins 5.9 that I put in my Fleetwood. It does not have a lock up torque converter or overdirve. It is a robust transmission that doesn't have any electronics to mess with or go bad. Easier for swapping and a lot cheaper than the Allison 1000 Series. But the 1000's have 5 and 6 gears with a lock up TQ. And all that electronic computers to mess with.

They are the same transmission used in school buses and delivery trucks.

I like to row my own, so I'm thinking of putting in a 6 speed manual because we tow a rock climbing rig and lots of toys when we hit the road.

I wished my Fleetwood had the Cummins to begin with, sure would have saved me some serious money but I've got one in it now. And I've bumped mine up so it goes like a house on fire now. The Allison AT 542 I put in there was a real dissappointment, but I was in a hurry to get it back on the road and found a good deal on it. I even regeared my rearend to try and get that one extra gear for a better top end. Still without the lockup it's just not where I want it.

Thanks for the info. I've always wondered just what engine the Diesel FERDS had in them from the factory.

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Here's my birthday present

So finally got around to taking some pictures. Here is the 1985 Georgie boy my wife brought home for my Birthday.
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