1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

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1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

Unread post by dirtydeno » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:59 am

Im going to compile all ive done so far on the 270 in this thread. I got the "Mean Bean" from a friend for free if i got it out of where it was being stored at. I had to have it towed about 20 miles to my friends place who has a lot of land and who didn't mind me working on it there for awhile. It came with axles and wheels from a 78 georgie boy motorhome to swap it to discs and 8 lug wheels. Before I could tow it i had to swap the rear axle so i could put tires on that would make the 20 mile tow. I swapped the axle in the storage parking lot. i then swapped the front axle to discs. That thread is here. http://www.travcoforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=1203

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Re: 1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

Unread post by dirtydeno » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:19 am

I got rid of the hydrovac system and replaced it with a hydroboost. that thread is here http://www.travcoforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1219

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Re: 1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

Unread post by dirtydeno » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:21 am

I repaired the original mach 2 airconditioner with a new fan motor and had it charged. that thread is here.http://www.travcoforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=1303

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Re: 1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

Unread post by dirtydeno » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:38 am

This weekend I gave the engine a much needed cleaning. The transmission had a 1/2" of oil sand mix that i had to scrape off with a putty knife before i could degrease everything. It must have a leak somewhere. Here is a before pic.
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I created a shield out of my portable trash cans for pressure washing and also covered the carb and altenator.
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I used Gunk brand heavy duty gel degreaser. I worked better than expected.
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I also replaced the spark plug wires. I used a universal MSD set part number 5551. I chose to use straight spark plug ends, they keep the wires away from the exhaust manifold alot better than the 90s it came with.
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Re: 1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

Unread post by dirtydeno » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:41 am

This weekend I installed new spark plugs (champion CCH120). I installed a new drag link (moog DS881) the new drag link is a lot thicker than the old one.
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I had to relocate my front shock mounts because the shocks were hitting the mount. The lower shock mount on the later disc axle is in a differnt position so i swapped the upper mounts left to right. The passenger side bolted right up but i had to mount the driver side farther back to clear the master cylinder.
Driver side
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Passenger side
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I installed new shocks (monroe 34853) and new energy suspension sway bar bushings. I also installed a safe T plus steering stabilizer that came with the axle i swapped in. The front is pretty much done now.
I then replaced the rear brake shoes, Springs, wheel cylinders, hub seals and differential fluid. I got lots checked off my list this weekend.
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Re: 1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

Unread post by dirtydeno » Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:15 pm

This weekend i installed a new B&M tranny pan and took the Mean Bean for a drive.
Here is the new pan. It holds 4 extra quarts.
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Here is a pic at the gas station
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It ran pretty good. Its still a little wandery on the road. im not sure if this is normal for these. Does anyone else have this issue?
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Re: 1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

Unread post by ontheroad » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:58 pm

Thanks for posting part numbers on the suspension parts you found.

As far as the wondering, on mine, once I got things tightened up, it did really well.
Did you check the toe?

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Re: 1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

Unread post by dirtydeno » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:27 am

I checked the toe about 6 months ago and it was 1/4" toe in. I need to recheck it though. Im not sure what the actual spec is but that seems like a good toe #.

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Re: 1972 270 Restoration "The Mean Bean"

Unread post by ontheroad » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:19 am

I would have to agree, that I would think that should work...

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