So, after Ron's carjacking and severe injuries left him laid up and without a vehicle over 2 weeks ago- He decided to buy this '89 Class C 28 foot motorhome. It was located here in Reno NV, and Ron is out of state, so I acted as the go-between. It has a Ford engine/drivetrain, with a fuel injected 460 and auto trans.
The seller said it gets about 8 MPG. Ron sid "Let's Groove it!" Ron isn't really in condition to clamber around this thing, so I volunteered to do the deed.
Being an '89 model year, it has th big 2 barrel cable drive TB. This TB is very straightforward- but getting to it and re-installing it was a job! Ford used this twin rubber hose duct to feed air from the filter box to the TB. 6 pieces in all with a plastic middle junction. All tightly fit under the van body hood. The engine "doghouse" cover was pulled back to get to the throttle cables, and all else was done thru the narrow gap in front above the engine. It's a Van...!
Enuf sniveling! In the pics, you see how I built up a lot of JB quick over the likely break-thru area, and it DID break thru. Be advised with these old style Ford TB's a large bit WILL break thru, just rough up the casting and build up a lot of JB. Then all will be OK.
I blocked off the PCV valve and put it back with no visible clues... Both batteries were disconnected while I worked. The Grooves came out nice. IT took over 2 hours to get the TB back in place back in the "cave" and get that crazy air duct setup all back on.
While the JB epoxy was setting up, I added 100% Pure Snake Oil to power steering, Auto trans.,and cooling system. I started the engine and brought it up to temp, shut down, thn added Snake Oil to the engine oil fill. Re-started and let it run 20 more minutes. I could hear it run smoother after about 5 minutes.
Since it has no plates on it right now, no re-learn drive sequence yet. I figure it will get that as Ron is driving it back home. And, of course all the snake Oil products go to work instantly, and continue to improve over time. I've started it, but not driven this beast. ( I think I'll need two tugboats and Coast guard clearance to put thos Motorhome to sea again...!)
It sure sounds better running now than when it arrived!
When more is known about it's performance and MPG's, etc, I'll add more info.
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