Just purchased this '66 Split California Roadrunner Camper

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Re: Just purchased this '66 Split California Roadrunner Camper

Post by Dual Port » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:34 pm

It is a mystery motor, probably a regular old 1600 dual Port with twin Empi carbs and a ratty exhaust.
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Re: Just purchased this '66 Split California Roadrunner Camper

Post by Six Volt » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:17 pm

What’s the update on this rig?
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Re: Just purchased this '66 Split California Roadrunner Camper

Post by Dual Port » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:05 pm

I was out of town for a while on business but I've gotten a lot done since I returned, it's about 99% done right now. A lot of this is repeat, just like yours and my '65 I did last year.

Splice the main power feed into three feeds to supply the HLS, Iggy and FB independently. This bus also got the 40 amp Maxifuse in the main power feed near the battery.
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Cover it with two layers of shrink tube to protect it.
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Clean all of the switches and stuff so everything makes a good connection.
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This bus had an unusually large dent in the dash and parcel tray. Something very big and heavy was not secured properly and hit the dash with a LOT of force when the driver hit the brakes. I straightened it out using a ball joint press and some stiff scrap.
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The starter stuck "on" even with the trigger wire unhooked so it got a new Napa permanent magnet (small, light) starter which was only $44 with a life warranty. I figured that was a good deal so I bought one for the shelf, too. Pics are in the camera at the shop right now but I did clean the flange well. :mrgreen:
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It's getting some simple stuff- an axle boot, free up the heater cables and put a new heater box lever, etc. The electrical is all done and everything works as it should. It will probably come off the rack tomorrow. (Yea!)
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Re: Just purchased this '66 Split California Roadrunner Camper

Post by Six Volt » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:30 am

Great work! And that’s good info about the NAPA starter.
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Re: Just purchased this '66 Split California Roadrunner Camper

Post by Dual Port » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:30 pm

Here's the Napa starter, PN 244-6542. The Carrollton warehouse showed 3, I bought 2. It's a PM so it doesn't sound like the big old Bosch, but I don't care. Small, light, fast, and cheap is all I want. And life warranty, if you fill out the card it comes with they'll even pay the tow. Dated 7/30/18, it's not even stale from sitting on the shelf! :D Should fit all 12v apps like bugs and busses with upright engines.
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I don't like the starter wiring laying on the heater tube like it usually does and you can't put a sheetmetal screw into the tray above it as the fuel tank sits there. I clean off the tray and epoxy a cable eyelet there to put a Ty-Wrap through. The double-wire eyelet is mine, one wire comes from the Alt (charge wire) and the other feeds the 40A Maxi-Fuse in the engine compartment. The wires are soldered to the copper eyelet and shrink tubed. Better than OE. ;) The return wire from the MaxiFuse is soldered and shrink tubed to the main #30 feed to the dash, you can just see the end of it by the Ty-Wrap. Polyloom keeps things together and looking nice even though nobody will ever see it. I put shrink tube on a lot of the WW female spades like the #50 wire to protect them too.
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You've seen this before- the WW heater tubes come with a spring in them to hold back the insulation. Yea, that works great unless you want heat. :? I remove the spring and use "hardware cloth" (1/4" screen) to hold it back. Much better heat flow.
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New gels in the speedo. :mrgreen:
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Done! Someone in a previous life took a lot of time to make those panels. Plywood covered with cloth, pretty nice workmanship. They even riveted a scuff plate where your clutch toe rubs. White pedal pads, classy. :P
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Re: Just purchased this '66 Split California Roadrunner Camper

Post by Karl Kombi » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:50 pm

Thank you for the updates and associated tips and advice. Very professional! :D

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Re: Just purchased this '66 Split California Roadrunner Camper

Post by Dual Port » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:35 pm

Rob decided to ditch the Empi dual carb setup and go back to a stock 34PICT. Here's an old picture of what it used to look like:
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Maybe someone could work the bugs out of these carbs by messing with the jetting and etc, but it's not gonna be me. Anyone want to buy a dual carb setup? I don't think these things have a thousand miles on them, they look like they just came out of the box.
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Pull the motor, do a compression test which was really good, and strip the top.
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The aftermarket 009 was installed without greasing the cam or oiling the felt pad. :roll: The cam got all rusty.
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I have a gizmo to drive the dist and used 1000 grit to polish the cam. It came out better than the picture shows. Surprisingly the advance curve was pretty acceptable, like 20° crank at 3000RPM which gives me 10° initial. Many aftermarket distributors have bad curves out of the box.
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Intake manifolds with clear heat risers are hard to find, probably less than 10% of what I see at swap meets. I had a clear one and installed it with the correct air cleaner, crankcase breather, pre-heat tube, tune-up parts, plug wires and hardware. We used one of Mick's 34PICT Redlines which works well. It runs great now!
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Dual carbs are for lawnmowers. :mrgreen:
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Re: Just purchased this '66 Split California Roadrunner Camper

Post by WideFive » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:33 am

#singlecarbsareforlawnmowers :evil:

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