1989 Chevy Bounder motorhome

Doug Owner/Technician California Posted   Latest  
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1989 Chevrolet G20 Chevy Van 6.2L (C) 4-spd (SM465/M20)
Crank / No Start

I know that the descriptions don’t match what this situation is but had to put something to post this but Get this, got a call from a customer who has a 1988 Chevy bounder motorhome that the engine was rebuilt back in 2003 and I drove from Montana to California and it’s been sitting in their backyard ever since. Hasn’t been started or moved in 17 years! Does anybody have any suggestions on what I need to look at and/or might be toast on it? I’m sure the gas isn’t much good but After checking a few things I’m going to see if it will start and run. I’m wondering if the in the differentials there’s gonna be a lot of rust problem with condensation?

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Dan Technician
Ontario
Dan
 

The differentials are probably gonna be ok but a fluid change is a good Idea . The coolant should be changed and I’m sure steel and rubber lines will be old and might leak

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Frank Manager
Tennessee
Frank
 

This is a restoration project. Not to mention what the rodents have damaged. Has it been covered? If you like trouble, than step into it. Cannot see any reward here to you or to the customer.

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Albin Diagnostician
Washington
Albin
 

Brake wheel cylinders come to mind, its going to need a set of tires, most of the rubber, if not all will need to be replaced, and the list will go on and one.

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Elon Owner/Technician
North Carolina
Elon
 

My suggestion is to go back home...you really don't want to dive off into this...I have a 1988 Itasca 32ft. that sat at State surplus for 6 yr. It was a complete nightmare. And it only had 30,000 miles on it.

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Doug Owner/Technician
California
Doug
 

Got it understood I will tell her that I’m too busy to deal with it she just have it towed away. It’s too bad she put $8000 in the motor back then. She will definitely be spending more now! Sell it for as much as she can get for it and have it towed away. Thank you all!

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Lewis Technician
California
Lewis
 

hi doug , hope all is well up your way . just want to see some rain !!! i completely agree with everyone on this . there are soooo many things that will PROBABLY pop up as you continue down the rabbit hole . my first thought was "how much rust is in the cylinders" ? ......yikes ! the list , i'm certain , will continue to grow .

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Doug Owner/Technician
California
Doug
 

It’s good to hear from you. I knew you would be around here somewhere! Gearing up for the rain-one thing I have to do that needs to be done. Yeah I covered that rabbit hole before I even ventured into it. Hope you and your family are doing well!

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