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Andy,

I enjoy going to your website and can see that you have put a lot of effort into it. It is a great resource for people that are interested in vintage motor homes, weather they own one or are thinking of restoring one or just love the history.

I don't know if are aware but I am the owner of two places of business, Soapstone Valley Equipment is a truck and equipment repair shop, with myself and three mechanics since 1994, and next door Classic Motorcars of Ellington, where we have a show room with 20 - 25 antique cars for sale, we also offer repair service and parts for old cars and trucks.
www.oldantiquecars.com

The reason I tell you all this is because after being in the truck and antique car repair bussniess for 35 years, I have a few thoughts I would like to share with people who are thinking of restoring a vintage motor home.

I'm sure you have seen other web sites or blogs about Travcos. Some have done wonderful jobs and inspire the rest of us. Others seem to jump into a total restoration project without sitting down first and counting the cost. I have seen this many times when it comes to old cars.

I tell people the most expensive car (or in this case motor home) is the one you can get for free.

The real cost of a restoration is staggering.

People start with good intensions, tow home an old Travco and rip out the interior, try to get it running, after a while reality sinks in, the list starts getting longer and longer, rust issues, fluid leaks, wood rot, glass, electrical, paint, brakes, tires, exhaust, interior, etc. and all they wanted to do is take a trip in a cool old motor home. Sadly some get frustrated and give up.

I really admire those who stick with it and end up with beautiful rigs even if at a great cost.

I would encourage wannabees to consider buying a vintage coach that has had most of the work done, this has proved over and over to be the most cost effective way to enjoy the hobby.

Good running, driving Travco can be bought for $5,000 - $7500 and is far less than the cost of a restoration.

We that have old vehicles know that there is always things that need attention or find that even a good unit is a continuous work in progress. Or better said, we get to use out rigs and are always tinkering with them too.

It is my hope that someone reading this might give it some thought and that more people would be able to enjoy this great hobby.

Thanks Arlo Hoffman


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Dwayne Jone's 1973 Superior Rebuild


1973 Superior 2200 on a Dodge RM350 chassis, 440 engine with a Carter Quadrajet 750 4 barrel carburetor, 727 Torqueflite transmission automatic 3 speed transmission, rear axle 4.56 gear ratio. Rebuild of entire chassis completed beginning of 2015. Tried to keep as much of original parts and pieces as we could.

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The Following is Dwayne performing the restoration process on his 1973 Superior named, "Jone's Hooch"


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We finely were able to take the frontend apart to get to the motor.

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We are ready to pull the the 727 Torqueflite transmission.

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75% of chassis electrical had to be rewired and rerouted. All cables were fraid and binding.

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Modifying the fuel tank selector and filter design to be out of the way and easy to change.

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James,

 I know this is not Travco, but it is still a Dodge chassis. I have found some great information on this Travco site and I have been able to find some very hard to locate brake parts with the information posted on here. I want to thank you and everyone who has posted this information to help others find parts, and to those who rescue and drive these oldies. I hope my pictures and story of The Hooch is helpful to some out there.


We bought this 1973 Superior 2200 in 2014 to travel from Florida to Maine from a couple (2nd owners) who have had it in their family since 1985. They kept it parked in an airplane hanger when not in use, so the body and body components are in good shape and does not require to much work other than touch up. One windshield needs to be replaced and luckily a spare was included in the purchase. We did replace the toilet, sewage valve and bathroom vent fan. We have to rebuild and replace so much of the chassis parts just because allot of the parts were original or just plain USED.


We have rewired, modified, rebuilt and or replaced most of the drive train and chassis parts. This Hooch will be on the road very soon, God willing! Thank you all very much for the much needed help and keeping these beautiful rides on the road!


1973 Superior 2200 on a Dodge RM350 chassis, 440 engine with a Carter Quadrajet 750 carburetor, 727 Torqueflite transmission automatic 3 speed, rear axle 4.56 gear ratio. Rebuild of entire chassis started in December 2014. I tried to keep as much of original parts and pieces as we could.

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We finally were able to take the front end apart to get to the motor.

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We are ready to pull the the 727 Torqueflite transmission.

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75% of chassis electrical had to be rewired and rerouted. All cables were fraid and binding.

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Modifying the fuel tank selector and filter design to be out of the way and easy to change.

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I’m in my prairie dog hole.

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Crank shaft being turned and 440 motor bored 30 over and cleaned by Kevin and his crew at Deland Auto Parts. They turned the rotors for me. Now we have good brakes to stop this hooch. They put the crankshaft in the 440 block.

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Here they honed the block and they are putting the pieces back on the motor. 

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Here are the gauges I felt were missing, so I added them to the motorhome.

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This is a (Low coolant alarm and light) I added under the dash and then ran an external light that you can see.

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I rewired and repaired most of the ignition and added the gauges.

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The entire brake system needed to be replaced. Master cylinder, calipers, lines, hydrovacs, shoes and pads, springs and anything else related to stopping.

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More brake related pictures

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The universal joints, pinon seal and pumpkin gasket were replaced. If you haven’t noticed the bottom of the coach has been repainted a light color so you can see eaiser and the chassis was cleaned and painted the best I could anyways.

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Before paint

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 Dwayne


 

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