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Old 10-30-2008, 07:58 PM
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Big block out of motorhome

I found A mid 80's winnebago with a 454 in it that runs really well. The rv only has about 115,000 on it and the hour meter averages out to about 40mph so I don't think they let it sit and idle for long periods of time. I can pick up the whole thing for 500 and was considering pulling the motor for my project truck and giving the rest away. What I was wondering is if anyone has ever taken a motor out of an rv and could you do it without cutting the whole front end off. I would say the front of the engine has got to be at least 3 feet from the grill it sits in between the driver and passenger seats. Could you drop these out the bottom or perhaps pull it up and out the front window as the hole in the floor is big enough?
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Big block motors in motorhomes are usually beat, dragging all of that weight around gets things very hot. 115K miles is alot of miles for a MH, especially if it has never been rebuilt. I never saw a carb motor go that long in a MH, but you never know. Once you yank the motor, I think it be hard to get rid of the rest, they are expensive to tow, and cutting it up to scrap is like starting a career Taking steel to the recycling yards is not profitable anymore either, price around here down from 160. /ton to 5.00/ton. Most of those class A motorhomes are built from fiberglass and wood, so dump fees are going to add up.

I say that, because around here, running motorhomes are sitting on craigslist and in the paper, for cheap, with no takers.

Just my opinion, but I'd look for a core motor with no car attached.

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If it had a drivers door I have pulled them out through the door as a shortblock but if you were going to scrap it I would pull it out through the door and cut as needed. I would also pull the AC units and generator then houl the rest to the scrap metal yard to get most of your money back.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:21 PM
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Thanks Mike That's kind of what I figured but just wanted to see if anyone had more knowledge on the subject.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:23 PM
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Yeah I recently picked up a running driving 79 1 ton camper special with a 454 for 400 bucks (for the whole truck) turns out the thing had recently been rebuilt and they had installed some nice rebuilt high perf heads. But even if I knew that I wouldn't have paid 500 bucks for it.
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The simplest way is to lift the body off the chassis.
I did not say easiest. Did I say "easiest"??
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