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Got a $250 motorhome with a 402

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mountainexplorer, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    Just picked up a '72 Open Road 25ft. class A motorhome for $250. When I saw it was a big block, I immediately assumed 454, but it's actually a '71 402.

    Anyone know if they put 402's in Motorhomes? I thought they were only 454's. This motor is painted black, too, instead of Orange or GM blue.
     
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    Well since the motorhome is a 72 and the engine is a 71 it's pretty safe to say it's not stock /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif Someone probably thought it was a 454 or just slapped in any BB they got their hands on to sell it.
     
  3. mountainexplorer

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    The years are close. I have a '79 Cruise Air 25ft motorhome that has a factory 440 in it. The motor is actually a '78. It's like motorhomes got or used alot of stuff a year later almost.

    But in this case, I'm thinking the 402 isn't factory in the motorhome. Seems to have all the factory stuff on it, so whoever did the swap did it right. It also has a TH400 tranny in it rather than a TH475. (Doesn't have the big brake drum on the tail end of it).

    And for the rear end, it has a big 'ole Dually Eaton front dropout rear axle. Probably with 4.56 gears or something. My '79 has a Dana 70 Dually with 4.56's.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Just picked up a '72 Open Road 25ft. class A motorhome for $250. When I saw it was a big block, I immediately assumed 454, but it's actually a '71 402.

    Anyone know if they put 402's in Motorhomes? I thought they were only 454's. This motor is painted black, too, instead of Orange or GM blue.

    [/ QUOTE ] Wish I could come accrost a deal like that. Any running Chevy big block is worth more then that to me. I'm toying with the idea of a big block for my 78 El Camino. I'll probley go with a 327, but a 396, 402, 427, or even a 454 would be wild in the El Camino.
     
  5. mountainexplorer

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    Yeah, once I peaked under and saw it was a big block, I said i was getting it regardless of what cubic inch (I really doubted it would be a 366).

    It has a near brand new set of tires and rims on it, which I could probably sell alone as a set for $200-$300. I'll get it running enough to drive it up north, block it up level, and start robbing parts off it. Pulling the motor should prove to be a fun project. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    Since my 396 is dead in the Truck Blazer, I could throw the cam out of it into this motor have a quick temporary fix to have it running again next year.
     
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    if you can get the casting number off the block check it on Mortec.com
     
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    What year did Chevy come out with the 454? I'm thinkin it was 72, but I'm not sure-old age memory loss
     
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    Years ago, my brother and I pulled a 402/TH400 out of an old motorhome. I think it might be original. I have seen where the motorhome chassis and drivetrain can be as much as a couple of model years older than the coach.
     
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    What year did Chevy come out with the 454? I'm thinkin it was 72, but I'm not sure-old age memory loss

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    I believe it was 1970
     
  10. mountainexplorer

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    That's how I found out it was a '70-'72 402 on Mortec. Actually found out that before the guy even told me it was a 402.
     
  11. mountainexplorer

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    There be the motor.
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    Beautiful Green dash.
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    How could anyone "not" want this thing. /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
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    wow kinda wish that was here, it looks too nice on the inside to rob apart unless the duct tape thread related to this one.
     
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    I can't believe you got that for $250 /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    The other side is the duct taped side. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    Well, it's my free motorhome now. I just got $300 for the new rims and tires that were on it. I basically got $50 profit and the rest for free. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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