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Offline tmackx

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2011, 01:56 PM »
Thinking more of your comment on the amp gauge I might look for a shunt type.  I understand now that if the amp gauge gets an open there is no power from the battery on ignition circuit to engage the starter. 

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #26 on: June 15, 2011, 05:13 PM »
Made some progress last weekend.  Got the right side together like the left.  All I have left to do before the dash goes in is mount the heater unit and recover the dash.  Turned out both blower motors were bad.  No problem as my local NAPA stocked one and will have the second on Friday. 


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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #27 on: June 15, 2011, 09:48 PM »
Stellar, absolutely out standing. By the pictures I have to say you do excellent work. Nice job. Keep the pic's coming.  :)ThmbUp

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2011, 11:12 PM »
i will be doing a very similar repair to my '72.  the rot is in the exact same spots as yours, and i think i am gonna need to yank the dash and go all the way, as you did.  thanks for starting this thread and posting pics.  i will start a thread on mine at some point later in the summer when i begin the project.  first the rig is gonna get a engine and drivetrain refurbishment at my mechanic's shop.  i am also adding 4 wheel drive to her so i can take her on the beach oversand.  then i will gut the interior and go from there. 
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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2011, 11:22 PM »
Got the dash in this weekend.  I am not completely happy with the install but it will have to do.  Durning this rebuild process I have kind of figured out the original assembly process that would have taken place at the factory.  I have been doing it 100% backward because everything is a fight going back.  I had to shoe horn the dash in, wasn't fun.  I think originally the floor was installed, then the brackets that hold the dash, the dash, the front grill area, then the hood sections, then the walls.  If I were to do it again, I would keep everything loose and assemble it all at once.  I have been doing it in sections because I don't have a carport so after the weekend progress I would have to button it back up so it wouldn't get wet if it rained.  I am going to build a carport for it before the roof comes off.


Now for some pics of the dash recover.  This is a before. 




Freshly pulled. 






Hardware stripped. 




Old vinyle stripped.








New vinyle installed.






And installed into the Brave.  The wiring is still in progress. 




Offline tmackx

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #30 on: July 09, 2011, 11:36 PM »
i will be doing a very similar repair to my '72.  the rot is in the exact same spots as yours, and i think i am gonna need to yank the dash and go all the way, as you did.  thanks for starting this thread and posting pics.  i will start a thread on mine at some point later in the summer when i begin the project.  first the rig is gonna get a engine and drivetrain refurbishment at my mechanic's shop.  i am also adding 4 wheel drive to her so i can take her on the beach oversand.  then i will gut the interior and go from there.


I recommend assembling everything back at the same time.  I had everything buttoned up and screwed down before the dash went back in and to make the window trim fit I will have to cut it.  The dash is in that tight. 

I was lucky with mine, the engine and trans runs strong.  If you go 4X4 you need a winch on the front and a cosmetic intake snorkle (just for looks).  That would turn some heads.   Y!

Offline WillingtonPaul

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #31 on: July 12, 2011, 04:01 PM »
Thanks for the reply.  I removed the front bunk and am doing some demo inside around the dash.  Then it goes to the mechanic.  I am not sure how bad it will be, but when i fully tear into it I will start a thread on it with pics.

How hard is it to take the windows out and put them back in?   Is it just all about making sure the wall thickness stays the same after the interior rebuild?   And the dash really holds things together up there, doesn't it?   It is all steel?

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #32 on: July 13, 2011, 11:52 PM »
The windows are not bad.  Once you remove the inner trim the only thing holding them in is the sealant.  Be carefull when pushing them out as the sealant is tough and will pull on the aluminum siding.  The thickness isn't really a problem.  The inner side walls are luan just like what is available today.  Most of the thickness in the walls is the 1 1/2 inch foam core, however there is more wood up front.  There are several combinations in a couple areas.  They used a combination of 3/4 plywood and 3/4 foam or two 3/4 plywoods glued together or the main 1 1/2 inch foam core depending on the strength needed.  Originally they had two 3/4 plywood at the original mirror mounting area below the window.  My current mirrors mount above and below the window so I added wood where I needed.   Look close at the original paneling, I removed back to an existing joint so I had an easy straight edge to butt the new panel up against.  You will find the rotten wood is hard to strip off the foam and the 100% good wood comes off the foam easy and clean.  If it hasn't been physically damaged, count on your foam being in good shape.  I had wood that was completely rotten/falling out and the foam beside it looked and felt good. 

Yes, the dash is all steel.  When I removed the dash I noticed some of the screws that are at the base of the windshield frame did not penetrate the dash and just went between the dash and front hood skin, doing nothing.  I had to have someone push in on the window frame to get it over the dash enough to fasten them together.  If the windows were out it would make it a lot easier as the natural angle of the screw would put the drill tilted forward out of the windshield opening.

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #33 on: July 24, 2011, 09:29 AM »
very helpful tips, thank you.  i don't need to put in new windshields, but i would like to.  one has a chip and the other (the drivers side) has a deep score in it from a time when the windshield wiper must have come off and the aluminum windshield wiper frame scratched it.  i guess i will do everything all at the same time.

like you, i do not have covered storage large enough to house the rig while i do these repairs.  i guess i may need to set up some type of temporary framed tarp system over it while i work on it. 

my roof is very sound. the previous owner has it re-covered in 1987 with a very thick gauge aluminum, and added the AC unit at the same time.  i have the receipt for it; the new roof cost $1400 in 1987 to do.  but man, is it loud in there when it rains !  and i want to add a skylight in the bathroom and vents in the front and rear, so i think i am gonna strip off the metal skin, re-check plywood, cut in some new rough openings, and then re-cover with rubber roof material.  again, this would be easier under garage roof, but i ain't got one !



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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #34 on: July 24, 2011, 09:43 AM »
 D:oH! There's to old sayings I follow when working on my motorhome. " The road to hell is paved with good intentions." and " If it ain't broke don't fix it." If the roof is sound don't mess with it a good roof on one of these old girls is worth it's weight in gold. :)ThmbUp

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #35 on: August 23, 2011, 07:24 AM »
Update-
After several weekends of fighting with the electronic ignition to get it running I gave up and bought the original distributor for it.  I set the point gap, dropped it in, static timed it and it started right up.  I hate that it beat me but I was ready to move on. 

Last night I bought a 5kw Onan out of an early 80's winnie.  It needs some fuel work but it sounded good running on brake clean. 

I'm getting close to starting on the car port for the Brave.  When thats done I'm taking a week of vacation to work on the roof.  I will take lots of pics. 

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2011, 09:41 AM »
WIsh you had said something.  Electronic ignition is fairly simple.

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #37 on: August 23, 2011, 10:58 AM »
I had been conversing with the mopar forum.  I was getting very frustrated because it ran fine when I pulled the dash out and I couldn't get it to work after going back.   I know it's something I did and I can't figure how it was running.  I kept all the parts in case I want to revisit the electronic ignition in the future.

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #38 on: August 23, 2011, 07:27 PM »
Most anything you need to know about the Mopar ignition is on this thread:
http://www.classicwinnebagos.com/forum/index.php?topic=3424.0

I also made a pdf  of the thread located here: http://www.mediafire.com/?qmwzwjgdeim

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #39 on: August 24, 2011, 09:06 PM »
That thread was done very well.  I see everything was mounted to the back of the engine.  I guess that would make sense so Dodge could deliver a running chassis for the OEMs to build on.  It probably was a case of situational blindness that got me but I was fed up after buying a new ignition switch because I thought I had a massive voltage drop across it.  Turns out that is how the switch is suppost to work and I was reading the voltage coming back across the resistor from Ign2.  I don't know how the module is suppost to get voltage if Ign1 is shut off while cranking.  Mine was somehow because it ran when I bought the darn thing.  It's running now so I'm happy. 

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #40 on: August 24, 2011, 09:56 PM »
I dropped one of these in mine a few years back.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-Pro-Electronic-Distributor-MOPAR-SB-273-318-340-360-/390293828615?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item5adf533407

And a HEI version...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Chrysler-Mopar-HEI-Distributor-318-340-360-50-000-Volt-/120765698702?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c1e32528e

Was stupid simple too, just pulled all the old crap out, drop the new one in and time it.   I used the old coil, although they recommended not too.
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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #41 on: August 24, 2011, 10:26 PM »
The Dodge Ignition control module gets the voltage to pin 1 via the .5 ohm ballast resistor connection (from I2 voltage) when the switch is in the start position.  That is plenty of voltage for the module.

Both of the distributors Ibdilbert proposed are based on a GM ignition control module (the hump on the outside of the distributor body).

They do not use a ballast resistor.
The only thing I do not like about the Pro-comp units is they use plastic mechanical advance mechanisms.  I bought a used one off EBAY and one of the plastic mechanical advance pieces were broken.

  Pro-comp does not provide replacement parts and is not real supportive of their products after purchase.  Given these are basically sold as hot-rod distributors, I find it very odd that they do not provide any recurve kits for the mechanical advance.  Additionally, the vacuum advance is not adjustable.   If you just want a stock replacement with who knows what advance curve then it is a good alternative  I suppose.

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #42 on: August 24, 2011, 11:06 PM »
Yeah, I wouldn't buy one used on ebay, they are only 70 bucks new, and for the most part are considered throw aways.   Cheap enough its not big deal to keep a new one in the trunk.

For me, it was a GREAT alternative.  When I bought it I was worried about the advance not being right, as you figure these are intended for cars, not heavy RVs.
That being said, I figured for 70 bucks it was worth the gamble. 5000 miles later shes still running like a champ, runs much better than before and gas mileage is better than most.   There are a few things I look back and say I would do exactly the same given the chance, and this is one of them.

Thats the beauty of these old rigs, there are many options, for many people.   I'm cheap, so I pick cheap options.   W% :laugh:

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #43 on: March 05, 2013, 01:15 PM »
Nice thread, im redoing my brave as well, but your going above and beyond me..well done. You'll know that rv like the back of your hand by the time you get done! keep the pictures coming!!

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #44 on: January 05, 2022, 03:19 PM »
Do you have any updated pics of your Reno? We bought a 70 brave this past fall and have been slowly dismantling most of it. Would love some tips!

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Re: Full disclosure weekend for the Brave
« Reply #45 on: January 06, 2022, 06:37 AM »
Last post was 2013.  Not likely to get anything more on this, but there's tons of other reno blogs here with all kinds of photos and info!