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Old 07-29-2013, 11:36 PM   #1
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Restoring my new to me 89 Mallard Sprinter

Hi all I purchased a 1989 Mallard Sprinter on a Chevy G30 chassis for $500.00 last week.(yes I know you get what you pay for)

it Runs and Drives and the Generator works. It was pretty much gutted when I purchased it. it does however still have the heater,hot water heater,water tank and pump,sink stove/oven with hood mostly working electrical system ( I need to do repairs to the 12V side) and Cold Blowing Rooftop a/c. we have already pulled all ceilings and the rear bedroom walls snd started repairing water damage My intent is to try to restore it to useable condition minus tires and rims for around $1100.00 (including the cost of the motorhome) i have posted some pictures of the start of the project at
1989 Chevy Mallard Sprinter - a set on Flickr

so far the costs have been :
$500.00 motorhome
$95.00 new alternator to get it home
$58.00 lumber to get us started (much more to come)
$15.00 screws

I will try to update on my progress as time permits.
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Holly moley, do you have your work cut out for you!!!!
Keep the pics coming I am going to watch this one.
Are you a carpenter by trade?
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:47 AM   #3
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I am currently employed as a Driver / equipment operator previously a 20 year Diesel Mechanic. A close family friend IS a carpenter so between the two of us we should do ok. After 2 days of working on her my buddy is already talking about buying and flipping motor homes in the future. I will be sure to keep this thread updated. The interior cabinets will be the hard part as this is STRICTLY a low budget rebuild , so they will come out of my 74 Shasta TT and get custom fitter in their new home.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:08 AM   #4
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wow you have a bit of work there, when you are done you will have a custom and better built motorhome. That's why I built my own.
keep us posted, good luck
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7 more photos posted

well the bedroom wall framing is complete we were starting the ceiling supports and found more water damage to the drivers side corner so, off came the rear outside cap and upper back wall. i have posted 7 more photos to my flicker album.. more to come later today.... oh and another $98. at home depot.
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SWEET!!!! I always enjoy when folks make a coach their own. I will really enjoy following this.
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Good luck and keep us up dated. I also enjoyed seeing the pics and you my want to start a how to book on this project. In 1979 the wife and I did a Class B project which we later sold for a lot more than we had in it. Again good luck .
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:27 PM   #8
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Ok the rear Framing is done , my carpenter had to leave for the day so... Ill be tarping this tonite as they are calling for rain tomorrow. however now I can work on inside wiring. I seem to be having an issue with my converter I have 13v at the battery connections but only 1.3v at the fuses. anyone ever have this problem? if i need to I can pull the converter out of my 74 shasta TT but i'd rather keep the correct one in the MH.oh and more new pix 1989 Chevy Mallard Sprinter - a set on Flickr
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I am impressed! Keep the photos comming!
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Darn Rain

Unfortunately it decieded to rain today so the project is all tarped up. but maybe we can find something we can do from inside.. may be no Picture updates today
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Unfortunately it decieded to rain today so the project is all tarped up. but maybe we can find something we can do from inside.. may be no Picture updates today

I was wrong plenty to do we shifted to the opposite end of the RV the passenger side front corner WAS sagging about 1-3/4 " so we corrected that problem. how we are starting the front bunk re-framing. I also found my 12V problem (crossed wiring) now my 12 volt circuits are all working correctly. the shore line is plugged in and we are working in air conditioned comfort..
almost forgot a few new photo's in the album too. http://www.flickr.com/photos/74shast...7634850430047/
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Well I'm subscribed to this thread, looking forward to seeing more progress.
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Well I'm subscribed to this thread, looking forward to seeing more progress.

and more progress there is. Bunk over cab is re-framed front window in overhead re-framed and resealed. I just have to put the skin back on under the overhang, and reseal all the trim to hold it together. more pictures have been uploaded.. 1989 Chevy Mallard Sprinter - a set on Flickr
Its coming along better then I expected.
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wow lots going on, wondering are you going to change the floor plan? or are you leaving it the same way?
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