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Posted: 04/30/22 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never in my life bought a motor home new that I NEVER had to work on. You are just starting early. Good luck. Where are you in WV?

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Good luck going forward!
If it turns over like it has good compression, even better!
I'd first check for spark, assuming it isn't getting fuel or at least fuel that will burn. If good spark, then run it off of a gas can with fresh gas. 1983 Ford I'm pretty sure it has a mechanical fuel pump? So easy to bottle feed it fresh gas.
Another good thing, if it "quit running" then likely the trans was/is ok. And a C6 is pretty stout.


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Buckmeister420 wrote:

So, I’ve always wanted an RV. One that drives not some stupid camper to lug around. I finally have found one that I can afford to have towed to me, and is absolutely free! The only thing is they claim the motor is”gummed up” from sitting so long. Otherwise besides the engine it is in decent condition. No major damage to the inside.

I know a lot about working on vehicles, and I have nothing but time on my hands. Go for it or just a mess waiting to happen?
Go for it. Nothing to fear but fear itself.


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ferndaleflyer wrote:

I never in my life bought a motor home new that I NEVER had to work on. You are just starting early. Good luck. Where are you in WV?



Jefferson county WV area.

I just got done talking with the guy who taught me all I know about cars. I know what exact engine I have now. I am going to get it started and then go from there. Cranks but doesn’t start. Never had a spark plug changed. I’m excited.

I plan to completely gut the inside and re do it as well.

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If you are going to get after the inside, gut it, perhaps my website may offer some insight. It's a TT rebuild, but aside from the chassis, the house part of it has many similarities.
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Good luck on your project. The Ford 460 is a pretty solid engine and the C6 is a decent transmission. You probably won't have to worry too much about the chassis.

After it's all fixed up and you're camping in it, you'll have a sense of satisfaction you could never get from just buying one ready to go.

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After viewing Bob's complete TT rebuild project , I'd say Buckmeister has a lot to look forward to.

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Buckmeister420,

Welcome to the Forums and good luck with the project.

Do you have covered storage for this RV? If so, the roof condition probably isn't too important at this point. But if not, I would seriously consider making sure the roof was solid and water tight to prevent any water damage (or any further water damage) if there are leaks. I'm guessing that if the rig just sat, and no one has tended to roof in quite some time, there could be issues.

I know you're focused on the engine, but in my opinion, the roof condition and any water leaks would be the FIRST thing I'd be concerned about.

Again, Welcome and Good Luck!

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Rick Jay wrote:

Buckmeister420,

Welcome to the Forums and good luck with the project.

Do you have covered storage for this RV? If so, the roof condition probably isn't too important at this point. But if not, I would seriously consider making sure the roof was solid and water tight to prevent any water damage (or any further water damage) if there are leaks. I'm guessing that if the rig just sat, and no one has tended to roof in quite some time, there could be issues.

I know you're focused on the engine, but in my opinion, the roof condition and any water leaks would be the FIRST thing I'd be concerned about.

Again, Welcome and Good Luck!

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I do not have covered storage and it’s funny you say that because that is exactly what someone else said. Go around and seal every little thing I can seal and fasten all I can fasten. Make sure it isn’t leaking.

Good news: I got it to fire up today with some starting fluid. Died after a moment. Found out it has 0 gas in the tank, topped it off with 2.5 gallons. Nothing but it did fire a second time with starting fluid.

I removed the supply line for the fuel. Nada. No fuel so now next is just figuring out which fuel pump is bad, or if it’s all of them, or if it’s a relay. Could be anything.

Going to go to the store and get some testing equipment and some more tools, and I’m going to go to town on this fuel system. I realize it could be something as simple as a clogged filter - but I don’t hear anything as far as a buzz or hum when I turn the key.

I’m thinking to document everything I do with pictures and then put it all together when I’m done. I was impressed with the website someone else put together. Thanks for all the advice.

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