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29642Re: [classicrv] Re: REPLACING MY DIESEL

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  • Ron Mitchell
    Mar 5, 2008
      Being able to pull a grade like that at 55 is a good thing, whatever
      gear you're in.

      Ron
      76 Coachmen

      At 01:32 AM 03/05/2008, you wrote:

      >Ron, thanks for the compliment. Edelbrock system was close to
      >$3,000, but changed the character of the 440. Once, just for grins, I
      >pulled the Grapevine north of LA (7 mile 6-7% grade) in high gear.
      >It lugged the engine down to around 23-2500 rpm which is not good for
      >it but had to do it just once! Normally, on a grade like that, when
      >the rpm's drop I shift down to 3rd and then just hold the rpm at 37-
      >3800 which is about 55mph in my coach. For others here is a link to a
      >picture of my coach in my driveway.
      ><http://www.datastormusers.com/cgi->http://www.datastormusers.com/cgi-
      >bin/album.pl?photo=00002569/P9300007.JPG;photo_height=600 . If not
      >clickable, cut and paste.
      >
      >Stephen
      >
      >--- In
      ><mailto:classicrv%40yahoogroups.com>classicrv@yahoogroups.com, Ron
      >Mitchell <rmitchel@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Stephen,
      > > Nice coach, I saw a picture on another site. What's an Edelbrock
      > > MPI system like that cost for a 440? That looks the a nice setup.
      > >
      > > Ron
      > > 76 Coachemn
      > >
      > > At 10:43 AM 03/04/2008, you wrote:
      > >
      > > >Scott, all of your posts have been right on! Yes, a filter - all
      > > >diesel folks especially should carry an extra one (or two!). I
      >have a
      > > >1976 FMC which is a rear engined, Chrysler 440-I. I have converted
      > > >the engine from a Thermoquad carb to Edelbrock MPI fuel injection,
      > > >transmission from the 3 spd Chrysler to an Allison AT545 4 spd.
      > > >Starts nice and has added power and a little better mileage.
      > > >
      > > >I will at some point be converting it to a Duramax LBZ tubo diesel
      >(I
      > > >have the engine in the garage). To do that I also need to switch to
      > > >either a 5 or 6 speed Allison. The 6 speed will give me 1900 rpm at
      > > >65 mph with the stock rear end. This is a multiyear project
      >acquiring
      > > >all of the needed parts (transmission, computers, wiring, etc.) and
      > > >will probably end up costing in the $15-20,000 range. Why do it?
      >This
      > > >will give me the torgue (600 ftlbs) to pull 6% grades in high gear
      > > >with my 15,000 lb coach. Is it cost effective? NO. But some things
      > > >jsut need to be done and done correctly well. I never had a hot car
      > > >in my youth, so I guess this is my outlet!
      > > >
      > > >Stephen H.
      > > >
      >
      >


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