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    91 Dolphin 400
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  1. Vanman

    91 Dolphin needs new home

    hc(ppm) max 120 gp270 meas 213 @ 996 rpm CO2% meas 10.20 O2 meas 2.80 CO%max 1.00 gp 2.50 meas 5.30 GROSS POLLUTER hc(ppm) max180 gp 330 meas194 CO2% 10.70 O2% 2.20 @ 2500rpm CO% MAX1.00 GP2.50 MEAS 4.89 GROSS POLLUTER
  2. Several thousand dollars, would have to dig up paperwork, they checked everything including a compression check and look at plugs, very important, if you cannot read spark plugs find someone who can... BUT first you should read all the top posts in this board, takes a long time I know, but you will learn much about your new toy before spending any money. Plan ahead always!! This stupid new imac black on black keyboard is driving me nuts more typos than text!!!
  3. Well if you are willing to pay dealer prices Toyota of San Francisco on Geary St did all of the rear brake, flush everything, all hoses, mount tires replace valve stems for me. They replaced the thermostat cover and thermostat said it was leaking. I called the man on that cause I never saw any leaks and he showed me the crack in the thermostat cover, which I did keep as a spare. Glad he got that. It isn't because of the weight of the vehicle, so much as the height, yes the Les Schawb around here won't take the RV, I went to the one in Fairfield.
  4. Vanman

    91 Dolphin needs new home

    So I've decided to dig into it some. There's no check engine lite on and it runs great so how bad can it be? I checked the engine codes and get 12, which isn't a real problem with the engine if it runs. It's caused by the starter not starting the motor when it's hot. I get someone to hold the starter switch on and wack the starter with a wrench, starts rite up. So the ecu is seeing the signals up to start but after several seconds and it doesn't see the ign/destributer signals active. I cleared that code and run it around for a while started it up several times, recheck and code doesn't come back. So I'm thinking if not the O2 maybe the cat is gone. On all my older cars back in the day replacing the cat fixed the smog every time , my 74 Datsun B-210 had several cats replaced. After looking at these forums if I cannot handel the gas hose thing myself getting that done will not be a problem. Smog tester was the one who told me to replace the O2 sensors not the cat, I want a second opinion on that. What do you all think.??
  5. Vanman

    91 Dolphin needs new home

    Well, seems you cannot sell or even give away to a private party without a smog cert here in calif. That limits the options. To file a no op permit you need a place to park it off street, which I do not have.
  6. I have fixed up a 91 Dolphin model 400, minus the captains chair. But it needs a new ft bumper ,rt headlamp, ws washers just plugged up , have a new Denso starter( from toy dealer) to install, hoses from filler to tank need replacing, O2 sensors bad, just flunked smog, front doors starting to rust out at bottom, Onan gen is great for noise and will run both microwave and roof AC, but needs fuel pump. On the plus side good tires,with ss wheel simulators, RV part in good shape, no leaks, all fixed up, LED's everywhere, computer controlled Maxx fan, new outer LEDs, new powerstation 35A. Toy dealer did thermostat, fan clutch, drain and refill everything, replace all hoses inc brake, all rear brake components replaced,even the springs and mount and bal tires. Repair shop in vallejo replaced all the exhaust shims, starter , small, coolant hose missed by dealer, gas filter. Les Schawb in vallejo did the front brake rotoers, bearings, pads, calipers, shocks, steering dampner, shackle bushings. RV part was stripped, painted misc repairwork sealing roof & mouldings and all new roof fixtures and Maxx fan done by Salvador Auto body in Lancaster ,Ca. Highly reccomended by some of the folks at my first Toy-in at Felton , Ca. Expensive , but it really looks great . Probably missing some parts replaced and she runs great. I'm too old to do stuff myself and have 30,000$ into it so far. Now Mary wo'nt go out in it anymore, so there's nothing but some great memories. I have no regrets but now just want to get it gone. Would prefer to find her a good home but with the rust and other problems what are the chances anyone would want it??? Calif registration runs till 09/18/2018 so I have to do something quick. I'v gotten some great advice from this fourm before, so any suggestions?? vanman just fixed ws washers
  7. Vanman

    What to look for - RV Inspection

    It seems odd to me that with all those pictures there's none of the drivers outside side ????
  8. Vanman

    A Parts-Price "holy Cow!!"

    Is there no alternative to that pump, what makes it so special ??? I just missed getting a huge deal on a Vibe, got sold 5 min before I got there...
  9. Vanman

    Which Spark Plug

    Great question. When we took our TOY to the dealer I told them to check everything in cluding compression. They took out the great looking Autolite Platinum AP3924 spark pluge and put in TOYOTA K16R-U, a non platinum plug. I was told "the older ones run better with standard plugs" Probable the old timers on this board will have suggestions and an explaination why
  10. Vanman

    Front Window Shattered

    If you are not going to install plastic you might consider using laminated glass, like the front windschield.
  11. Vanman

    What's your rig and where's it at?

    Saw 3 Dolpins in the park today, not including ours, and a Phoenix , which I've never seen or heard of before. Couldn't stop and take a picture, park full of HSBG festival. So http://www.motorhomeclassifieds.com/150806.html , is one.
  12. Vanman

    Sunrader Shocks Needed,..

    I remember that post, great pics. Btw what is the drain plug in pict #3, gas tank? I also remember thinking thank goodness for the air bags as my rig has only 4 or 5 leafs in the spring pack I went out and counted 'em after seeing that post but do not now remember how many I have.
  13. Vanman

    Why Do Hobos Drive Rvs?

    Around here they steal RV's too. I was worried about leaving my OB boat( 78 Tahiti Tiger Shark) & trailer alone while we were out at store or eating. There are a varity of ways to secure a towable trailer can make it real hard to steal, I did several and never had a problem, it's mostly showing potential thieves how hard and time consuming it's gonna be so they steal somthing easier. Just like securing a house, except with a house neighborhood makes some of the deterrent.
  14. Vanman

    Extra Fuel Tank

    My Onan gen is thirsty and drains from the Toy tank, 17 Gal in my case. I carry 5 gal in a jerrycan, but have yet to use it.
  15. Vanman

    Mouse War!

    When my Mom was living out in the woods the kind of small mice with a fanned tail were eating the rubber insulation on the wiring under the hood of her Dodge Caravan. Had to put plastic spiralwrap over everything, which worked. You could see the marks in the dust made by their tails, but no chewing on the spiralwrap.