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Old 04-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #15
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The po told me she got 10mpg on the highway.
The PO was quite the comedian. MAYBE downhill with a tailwind, coasing in neutral - otherwise that setup (no fuel injection or OD trans) will get about 5-6 mpg.

As for your marine enamel painting suggestion, just search the Internet for "roll & tip" paintjob. Lots of info and some surprisingly good results.

Looks like you got some "good bones" to build on.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:33 PM   #16
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Just my opinion but OE decals and a zep treatment would bring that beauty right back to new! Save a ton of labour too! Can't say I'm too crazy about those front wheels though. I'm racking my brain to figure out what they are from.
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Can understand on gas mileage, I found a 97 454 vortec and I have a 4l80e trans that I am rebuilding to put back in it. This will bring down the rpm and help a little with gas. With the old motor and trans screaming down the hwy at 3000 rpm is too much. When I took the old motor apart it had 4 spun rod bearings on last 4 pistons. After looking further into the motor, they must have had the oil pan off and used a lot of gasket sealer when they put it back. I found the oil pump full of the gasket sealer. I almost have that motor rebuilt and will Craigslist it and should get most of money back to finish the vortec motor.
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Just my opinion but OE decals and a zep treatment would bring that beauty right back to new! Save a ton of labour too! Can't say I'm too crazy about those front wheels though. I'm racking my brain to figure out what they are from.
What is this "Zep Treatment" you speak of? And I agree with you on the front wheels, They make the poor MH look terrible. The front tires are a brand new set of BFG All Terrains So I will be looking for a set of wheels that are suppose to go on it for sure.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:26 AM   #19
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The PO was quite the comedian. MAYBE downhill with a tailwind, coasing in neutral - otherwise that setup (no fuel injection or OD trans) will get about 5-6 mpg.

As for your marine enamel painting suggestion, just search the Internet for "roll & tip" paintjob. Lots of info and some surprisingly good results.

Looks like you got some "good bones" to build on.
Now that you say that, you are quite right. I didn't realize how hard the poor motor will have to turn being a 3 speed Trans. I was thinking maybe the rear diff was an awefully high ratio to compensate, but seem from comment maybe not.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:54 AM   #20
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Search zep or red max pro you will see and abundance of threads made my ol gal shine like new takes about a day and keeps that original look most like
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