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Old 08-08-2009, 05:28 AM   #21
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I am taking fresh oil and antifreeze with me. I will definitely be faced with the tires once I inspect it. I guess worst case scenario I leave it in storage until I can get everything that needs to be replaced changed. I plan on driving it for 30 minutes prior to leaving the area and try to check everything. At least it will give some time to warm up the fluids and make sure the trans is shifting correctly.

Thanks to all for the help and suggestions. I will keep everyone posted.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:45 AM   #22
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The trip to see the Newell was an eventful one. On Friday afternoon we traveled from Texas to Oklahoma City to attend an Arabian horse auction. On Saturday night we traveled from OK to Fayetteville, AR to prepare to see the Newell on Sunday. Our young teenagers didn't really want to travel with us but we felt it safer to bring them along. All they wanted was a motel with a swimming pool.

Sunday rolled around and we went to the storage lot to see the coach. The outside appeared fairly clean and with few dings and broken items. Nothing that couldn't be fixed in a weekend. We started to check things out. I just sat back and let the previous owner go through the cycle of things.

We looked at the generator first. He had already started it and it appreared fine. One of the wires was broken and he showed me where to patch it so that it could be started remotely. Immediately I asked about the A/C units. Turns out one wasn't working but the other was. That seemd ok. I could get it working. We went around the body and strted checking breake lights and marker lights. Anything that might get me stopped on the highway on the way home. This is when I noticed that the wasn't any plates with it. Turns out it hasn't been inspected in Texas since 2000. Obviously I wasn't driving it this weekend. We moved on. The brake lights worked but the blinkers didn't. We messed with that for a little bit and when we couldn't find the problem so I asked to see the other things that might get me either stopped or possible broken down on the trip. We cranked the engine but it wouldn't stay running. It was obvioous at this point that it needed the carbuerator cleaned or replaced. So we went through the inside and examined everything. Most everything functioned as it should with no problems. After about an hour of going over everything and looking at all of the work that would need to be done to get it home I asked the previous owner if he would try to keep it running long enough to pull it around the lot. I just had to see if the trans worked. He fought with keeping it cranked and moving forward and back a few times. We sat and talked for a while and we discussed how the description that he stated on Ebay was based on the vehicle running over two years ago and that by it sitting things had obviously quit working. We both reviewed the items that were working and not and adjusted the price. I gladly bought the coach knowing now what really was ahead of me.

We are now in the process of finding a carrier to have it shipped back to Texas. I can fix all that is wroing with it but I would have to do it at a storage facility in another state and deal with the diffuculties of not bering able to take my time and correct all issues before I would need to drive it.

Am I glad that I bought it? Yes. Definitely.
I do wished that it was roadworthy as the original owner had thought it was. I would have loved to brought it home and would have gladly paid the full origianal price had it been.

I have posted some additional images here on my site. I will be happy to answer any and all questions. Please feel free to comment.

http://www.stevereevesphoto.com/gall.../mynewell.html
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:02 AM   #23
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Looks you have a great project there that should be extremely rewarding. I know you were disappointed not to be able to drive it back but it looks like a sound coach. If the coach has been sitting for several years with stale gasoline in it, I am not surprised it would have trouble running. Varnish in the carb and fuel lines are likely.
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:09 AM   #24
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Thanks for the pictures......looks good overall, but it looks like you've got a few projects before it's road worthy. We will look forward to your updates as you bring this beauty back to life!
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:17 PM   #25
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I have brought many projects back to life and I love the feeling of seeing something work that hasn't worked for years. On the surface this isn't any different. I think that I am just a little dissapointed that I couldn't just have put it on a trailer and brought it home. I will get her here within a week or two and then the fun will begin.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:14 AM   #26
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I travelled back to Arkansas to get her going and found that the carb had been sitting so long that the seals on the bowls were rotted. This caused fuel to leak out on the manifold and pour down into the engine. I have ordered a new/rebuilt carb that was listed as working with that particular engine. Hopefully all of the vacuum connections and such will hook up ok. Looks like I am waiting yet another week to bring her home. From my second trip to the coach and running the engine a little this appears to be the last thing that needs to be fixed. I'm definitely crossing my fingers.
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:08 AM   #27
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I finally got the Newell home. I had to replace the carburator before we left Arkansas. About 3 hours into the drive the fuel pump went out. We found one at Autozone. Replaced it and the remaining part of the trip went with no problems. I am now going over the entire coah to make sure that it adhears to Texas laws and will pass inspection.

I spent about two days removing everything that wasn't original when it was built. This includes quite a few add-ons inside the coach. So far it has really cleaned up good. I will post some additional photos in the next few days.
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:37 PM   #28
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To only have to replace the carb, and fuel pump is great....so far. Looking forward to the pictures of your progress!
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:43 PM   #29
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Glad you got the coach home. It sounds like you are going to have a great coach in fairly short order based on the progress you have made so far.
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Old 08-30-2009, 12:39 AM   #30
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Great looking Coach, I love a Classic!
Make sure that you post your progress. I am looking forward to the information that you will share.
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