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1972 Travco rebuild and Cummings swap.

Unread postby Kckalden on Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:35 pm

I have not checked in a while as life goes on and there are always other projects. That being said, after a lot of thought and looking I purchased my donor vehicle to convert my Travco to diesel. I found a 1991 Georgie Boy 34 foot with a 6bt Cummins and Allison transmission. The differential is a Dana 70hd with 3.73 gears. The unit has sat for decades and has 78000 miles on it, not bad for a cummins. I am currently working on getting everything working so that it will make the 350 mile trip home. The exciting part is that I should be able to upgrade a lot of systems. Might even see if I can mount the leveling jacks.

As for the Travco, the last thing we have done was last spring when we took the interior out and started to reupholster the furnature. The hot Texas summers causes us to loose interest in working on it but we are building a carport to help with that. We plan to keep the floor plan the same and use 1970s style material. The Travco runs like a top and part of me wanted to keep the 413 but upgrading to the cummins makes sense since we have a few long trips planned for it.
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Re: 1972 Travco rebuild and Cummings swap.

Unread postby ontheroad on Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:24 pm

Sounds right up my alley! I hope you post lots of pics and detail as it will help me and others. I can't wait to see it come together!
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Re: 1972 Travco rebuild and Cummings swap.

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:57 pm

Get some video /photos of the donor coming back to life for the trip home. I always love seeing that sort of thing after a piece of equipment has been sitting for ages. ;)

And yes, photos of the project underway.
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Re: 1972 Travco rebuild and Cummings swap.

Unread postby Kckalden on Fri May 12, 2017 10:25 pm

I opted for plan B. Having sat on the gulf coast for 2 decades there were too many questionable things to feel good about driving it the 350 miles home. I would fix one leak and another would pop up. Why replace all of the brake lines when I am just going to turn around and do it again in the Travco. A couple of weeks with my Dewalt cordless drill and saws all and it was light enough to put on my 20 foot trailer. I also shortened the frame to get rid of weight way back there.
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Re: 1972 Travco rebuild and Cummings swap.

Unread postby Acesneights on Sat May 20, 2017 7:57 pm

78,000 for a Cummins is not even broken it.If it's a 1st gen 12v don't forget to do the KDP while it's out.
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