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We have started work on our new to us coach and I know the rule; "No photos.....it didn't happen." So, here's a first attempt. Started with battery box work and chargers. The original chargers were still installed and look as if they haven't worked for quite some time. Replaced them and went with the original four six volt battery set up and made new cables. Replaced the bathroom vent fan and repaired the tack drive (the rubber cap on the end of the drive is not an option). Cleaning up ground and terminal block connections as I find them.
Looking great and please say hi to Steve and Kathy.....
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Looking great and please say hi to Steve and Kathy.....
John, Steve said to ask if you're still "running" Emory? I have no idea what that means.
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We have started work on our new to us coach and I know the rule; "No photos.....it didn't happen." So, here's a first attempt. Started with battery box work and chargers. The original chargers were still installed and look as if they haven't worked for quite some time. Replaced them and went with the original four six volt battery set up and made new cables. Replaced the bathroom vent fan and repaired the tack drive (the rubber cap on the end of the drive is not an option). Cleaning up ground and terminal block connections as I find them.
Chap, about that end cap. If you know anybody that does Air Conditioning work, talk to them..Soft copper tubing and many of the parts they use on a daily basis come with plastic caps on them, I'll bet there is something that will fit.
Your project is looking good, keep sending the pics.
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John, Steve said to ask if you're still "running" Emory? I have no idea what that means.


Good memory Steve! I still work at Emory University (29 years)....
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Chap, about that end cap. If you know anybody that does Air Conditioning work, talk to them..Soft copper tubing and many of the parts they use on a daily basis come with plastic caps on them, I'll bet there is something that will fit.
Your project is looking good, keep sending the pics.
Thanks Dave. You are right, I have a rubber cap on it now that came off of an a/c line. I should have been more specific and said the cap is not optional. I'm sure that end is where the moisture got in that corroded everything. There is nothing between that end and the coil and magnet to stop grime and water.
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A few more photos of the progress (slow, but progress none the less). PO had removed the fan so a salvaged one from Randy was in order. New bearings in the fan, Facet clutch and all the pulleys on the front of the engine. One old broken fan mount bolt to remove from the block. Reinstalled the tach drive (with a protective cap like Dave recommended) and put everything back together with new belts. Of course, Miss Evvie has already staked out her traveling position.
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In your 4th pic I see a couple flat steel bars on the fan mounting bolts. Are these something you added? I am getting ready to start putting mine back together today with a new water pump and those look like a good idea. Much more secure than just a washer behind the bolt head on those long adjustment slots.
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In your 4th pic I see a couple flat steel bars on the fan mounting bolts. Are these something you added? I am getting ready to start putting mine back together today with a new water pump and those look like a good idea. Much more secure than just a washer behind the bolt head on those long adjustment slots.
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They came with the fan. I think you definitely need them to spread the load on the cast. Should be fairly easy to manufacture a set.
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No pictures...it didn't happen. Well I definitely want credit for this job, so here goes. The dump valve on the black tank was broken and there was no valve on the grey tank. One valve had been installed at the hose connection, so the two tanks were tied together. Yuk! Started by pulling the paddle from the broken valve on the black tank and cleaning the housing. It was in good shape inside so housing stayed and the paddle from a new valve from Stephen went in. Disconnected the grey tank and installed a new valve and fittings. Now there are Dupree valves on both tanks and I left the Valterra by the hose connection. It works and could be a backup. Next up was removing the Jensen vent fan and installing a Fantastic fan. Wow is it quiet, and it moves lots of air! Our CB needed to be replaced and we got lucky and found one that fit the hole. Lots of other small things done as well. All in all a good weekend working on our Bird.
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You need to do yourself a favor and get a Horton air clutch. Had to open the front twice in the dark in the middle of no where when the magnet decided to quit. I spent a good bit of time on making my Facet like new operationally, surfaced the friction surfaces and made sure there was no tension on the wires, new taper bearings and fresh oil, but the winding wires came out on the road and that was the end of that. Another member had the magnet short out and smoke the engine room big time. It's up to you, but those old Facets are a very bad bet.
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