More today than thar but I will now have to say, I can see a way to have fuel injection on the open road. Buy 2 of these…… @ $1800 investment and you can fix it on the road
After replumbing the fuel delivery system mounting the highest failure part (the electric fuel pump) on the outside of the frame…. easy to get to along with the FI filter there are no other fuel delivery components under the coach! programming basic parameters of the motor Jared turned the key and it immediately started. Gentlemen, this is a great set up! Let it run for 10 minutes, the read out tells you stuff like vacuum (was at 18.4″), water temp (138 deg.), air/fuel ratio (14.6 I think) among other stuff. We’re using still vacuum advance and the complete original distributer…. no interfaces. You can still say…. fuel, fire and it will run…… just like the original diagnostic tree! Only 2 sensors… water that goes where the original ported vacuum tree is mounted and an O2 sensor which has to be welded to an exhaust pipe but seriously… that’s it! We decided to space up the throttle body as to not modify any linkages which may require some floor lift but lets see… as in the 6.5 GM diesel only 3/4″ lift was needed…. this one too in an effort to make the project “off shelf fit” may not be too bad……. stay tuned.
Next we install the FiTech system in my coach “JayGee” for the rally trip to the Keys… I leave Wednesday so we’d better get cracking! It too @ 1/2 days install after the fuel delivery system was modified to install the system to this point. Fitting an air intake system to the engine cover will take a little to design and build but lets see. Monday we will start the second install to really get set our process and document everything needed. We hope to have a complete install kit with everything you will need to install the system as we do. Let me know if you are interested.
Cost on this project
FiTech 400 system from Summit—— $900
125 psi electric fuel pump ————- $140
Misc hoses, filter, etc. ————— $250
Install labor (less fuel system mods
. (@10 hours x $85hr) ————- $850
Totals (+/- 10%) —————— $2140.00
OK, for more… have you ever seen an Airstream motorhome like this? This is a 2005 Airstream “SkyDeck”. There were 18 of them produced… it has a fluing bridge with a bbq grill the entire length of this 40′ monster Of course a pusher diesel it may be the last one in original condition most of them were purchased by companies and trashed as hospitality suites, this one is completely original and can be yours for a mere $75,000. No really, that is CHEAP for a machine like this! Wish I could buy it but it will not fit in my building!
OK and talking to JayGee, that beast clashes…. Larry is there in the background flaming….. it’s too damn big! OK then, don’t get your lug nuts in a twist… I can look at it, don’t worry you guys… I still love ya even without a flying bridge…..
Cedric headed home to the UK yesterday…. his coach “Ruby” planned out… we’re shooting for an October delivery……. my crystal ball HAS been acting up….
I was covering the insulation going in on the Explorer II diesel…… first thing was to get the seating out, the old carpet and re-bond pad up Now they DID put in a new floor but why oh why did they unload a box of staples thru the re-bond into the entire floor? That seat is for the poor slub that will pull out all those staples with a pair of wire cutters! Yuk… bad work! but here it is… floor stripped and de-stapled and ready for some scientific method problem solving We’re first painting the front floor with “Lizard Skin” Look it up, it’s a paintable sound deadening system. This is some of the stuff we used when we stuffed a Duramax/Allison drive train in a couple of GMC’s in the past. Then a thin layer of the stuff we all know about “Dynamat” just cause we can but the Dig Daddy sound insulation is this stuff We have 2 4×8′ blankets of “2 pound sheet good” meaning 1 square foot of this material has a hi mass weight of 2 pounds! This will be the inside insulation and carpet pad to muffle that big bad turbo-diesel! Hey, I throwen the galley sink at the problem!. Stay tuned…..
This afternoon I’m siding with the MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) for a small show of military stuff over at a retirement village near Orlando. I’ll be sporting the 1966 Chinese sidecar bike Should be fun… see ya later….. .
Keith T says
Those Airstream Skydecks were very popular with the NASCAR crowd to the point that most have race-inspired paint schemes as is the case with the one you’ve shown. They’re very cool, the top opens up with practically the entire roof filled with side benches, two umbrellas or a canopy, refrigerator, bbq grill, very nice setup for an excellent view. Airstream put out some fantastic motorhomes while they did. The downside to these Skydecks would be leaks, as you can imagine. I’ve seen this listing, out in Missouri if I’m not mistaken, it doesn’t appear to have any visible water damage but it’s a concern.
I say de-NASCAR the paint scheme, address any wear and tear as well as the potential leaks, update the interior, maybe some NuTeak or Nautikflor, LED throughout, maybe change out that early American looking stair rail for something visually lighter and more modern. Then let it roll. Nothing else quite like it to this day.