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DKzar

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Posted: 01/19/20 08:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello fellow classic motorhome enthusiasts. I am reaching out to your community to see if anyone can point me in the right direction.

I have a 1989 AeroCruiser made for four years by a company named Gardner/Pacific in Benicia California. Not a GMC for sure, but a old classic with a lot going for her all the same.

This motorhome is 23’ small class A built on a Chrysler 1 ton D-350 Chassis. It is powered by a non-computer 360 cid V8. The engine is tired. I would like to exchange it with a 360 cid crate engine, also non-computerized that I have found, but don’t have the facilities to perform the swap.

From what I understand the typical way to replace the engine is by dropping the front suspension and crossmember and putting it in from the bottom.

I would also like to go through the suspension and refresh and upgrade as much as possible.

Does anyone out there know of a competent shop that really knows suspensions and could handle the engine swap also? I live in the Oakland area of California but am willing to travel to find the right expertise.

I would like to see another 30 years with this rig.

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Posted: 01/20/20 05:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you contact the Aero Cruiser Motor Home Club?

Maybe they can help. Keep us updated on your progress, I like vintage motor homes.

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I have been in contact with the club and I’ve been a member for over 25 years. Unfortunately there’s only a couple of us that are actively working on our coaches right now.

Having trouble finding a mechanic with the expertise in facilities to work on my motorhome. Most of the garages around here cringe when they see me coming. I don’t think most of them are up for the challenge of working on a coach that presents a challenge as to parts compatibility and old analog systems.

I need to find the right shop/mechanic who doesn’t mind working on some of this old gear. Pretty easy job installing an engine and going through the suspension when you get down to it. I am widening my search all the time in search of the right place.

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Not sure where you are located in California or if these guys would be interested in taking on the job but I would definitely give them a call and check.

Redlands Truck & RV
510 Amigos Drive
Redlands, California 92373
888-249-0124

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