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Posted 2019-03-06 10:56 AM (#6305)
Subject: Coach # 128

Hi all
i am neck deep into its restoration. (took a while to finish some other projects to get it indoors) Its listed in the registry as in excellent condition. Dear god , if this is the benchmark for excellence i am upping my Xanax dosage
none the less i have the braking system nearly complete (the discontinuation of the spring kit was a gut punch)
Thank you to the knowledgeable gentleman Lou for his info last year
I have refurbished the existing Generator, and are working thru the 440 issues ( I'm a mopar guy so that is the extent of my comfort zone with this coach) Deciding on a replacement for the 1990s holly throttle body kit that was installed and i will seek out advice for the motors a/c system

What a need
live part numbers for the steering linkage components and front suspension,wheel bearings,shocks i have 9 to 3 play was hoping for one smoking gun but not the case i haven't see any info on the gearbox adjustment , assuming there is one,

Waiting to get the full drive train and and suspension complete before i dive into the coach amenities/appliances

The kitchen hood /oven was removed a microwave was installed in its place has anyone come up with a modern work around other than a simple replacement fan only
Gas furnace and both 120 a/c units are shot suggestions for good replacement units
second water tank was removed i found a decent replacement
Replacement sensors for the waste tanks?

When i look at the roof it cracks
i will be installing 4g satellite wifi and tv so will deal with the roof then
searched previous threads and the yahoo group for the suspension part numbers
if they are out there just direct me to the link
my questions will evolve as i progress
thank you all in advance for your help
Michael Payesko


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Posted 2019-03-06 11:20 AM (#6306 - in reply to #6305)
Subject: Re: Coach # 128

Location: Oceanside, CA
Steering gear is (at least on the later coaches) a pretty standard Saginaw 800 series. It does have an adjustment(to tighten the box up) and you can find that on many youtube videos. As you suggested, it's probably not just one thing, lots of steering issues get blamed on the steering gear when it's usually only a small contributor.
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Posted 2019-03-06 2:04 PM (#6307 - in reply to #6305)
Subject: RE: Coach # 128

Location: Scottsdale, Aridzona
Please see:
Message #2883, 8/19/15, for Ball Joints.
Message #3394, 3/23/16, for Rod Ends. Mark location and COUNT number of threads engaged when removing, and install new with same number of threads. It will get you close to alignment.
Message #4006, 10/12/16, for Bushings in steering arms, and Message #4037, 10/23/16, and
Message #4446, 3/10/17, for wheel seals, and
The Search Feature really WORKS !
For Bearings and Seals go to the FMC Parts book, get the "other" Part No for each item, and enter that Part No and single noun name in Google and you will get many sources and prices and alternate Part Numbers.
If there is something you CAN'T FIND via Google, please give us the Figure Number, and Item Number, in the FMC Parts BOOK.
Press On ! Lou #120
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Posted 2019-03-07 5:02 PM (#6308 - in reply to #6307)
Subject: RE: Coach # 128

Hi Lou Have a question i finally came across a set of brake spring sets and to my surprise all 4 per wheel are the same On mine 2 were as shown the other two pass thru the brake shoe and grab the plate i attached a photo of the spring . assume i can just grab the shoe alone


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Posted 2019-03-07 6:07 PM (#6309 - in reply to #6308)
Subject: RE: Coach # 128

Location: Scottsdale, Aridzona
Hey Michael,
The original Brake Shoe Return Springs were two of one and two of another. Some one somewhere decided that all four could be the same, and started selling them that way. I have never found one of the springs (by Part Number). Only ones I found were the "kits" with 8 springs all the same for P500 Ford with dual rear wheels and the 15K rear axle. That special combination is the vehicle that the FMC brakes (all four) were "pirated" from.
They probably made fewer of that particular chassis set-up than all the other variations of the P500 Parcel Delivery, which is why the those Brake Parts have been relatively sparse the last 10 years and have finally dried up.
Others have used the "four of the same spring" without issue.
Got Brake Spring "pliers" ? -

If you found Brake Shoe Return Springs . . . do they have more ?
If so, please share link with other FMCers.

FYI - I can't open your attachment . . . may be TOO BIG for THIS Website.
These may suffice - and
Brake ON ! Lou #120

Edited by hemi354az 2019-03-07 6:23 PM
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Posted 2019-03-07 6:54 PM (#6310 - in reply to #6309)
Subject: RE: Coach # 128

Thanks lou i kind of like the original setup additional hold down to the plate without limiting movement pretty ingenious. an old school brake and wheel shop that is doing my machine work let me rifle thru their vast storage area found two sets i was going to have to get them made lucked out
just uploaded a photo not sure why it wont open will reduce its size next time
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