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PostPosted: January 31st, 2017, 6:36 pm 
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Had 68K on our 97 model and its in the shop getting a remanufactured one installed this week. Started using oil intermittently and then hydraulically locked up about two weeks ago. The Chinook had sat for about 9 years , in an airplane hanger, before we purchased it. We put about 3k on it since purchasing it. Lucky us. lol


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PostPosted: January 31st, 2017, 8:19 pm 
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Geez, that's a bummer. I don't totally understand that (hydraulically locked), but then I'm not a mechanic so no reason I would. Now I'm curious though.

There is another member (bfischer I think), who had to replace his engine (V10) on the way home from picking up his Chinook (!). However, it had a lot of miles on it (maybe 150k or so? IIRC), and the prior owners helped him out with the cost. But, that said, he's clearly enjoyed his Chinook for many years and many, many miles and trips since then. Just to let you know that there are likely better times ahead.

Is yours a V10? (Asking because there is the possibility it would be on a 1996 chassis and thus have a 460 or other previous gen engine. 1997 was Ford's first year for the V10 in the E-Series)

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PostPosted: February 1st, 2017, 4:18 am 
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When it locked up the intake gasket had broke allowing coolant to leak into the engine cylinders and filled some up so it couldn't rotate. Happened out of the blue.

Yes its the V-10

Not an expert on why but I think by allowing the Chinook to set for so long a lot of the gaskets probably dried out or became stiff.

We had already put on 6 new tires and 3 batteries.

It was using a fair amount of oil so I am probably better off and now we have a warranty.

I am so glad it happened at the house and not on the road.


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PostPosted: February 1st, 2017, 9:45 am 
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Okay, I remember you now: You have (had?) the Auto Drains and an awning to install.

On the engine: Well that's a bummer :( And I'm sure not an expense you were super eager to have. On the other hand, you have a nice, shiny, stored-indoors Chinook with new batteries and new tires. And you'll have a new engine wherein you know every mile. I hope you have lots of trip tales (and fun type fixups) in future with your "new" Chinook :)

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PostPosted: February 1st, 2017, 10:25 am 
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Yes you've got me pegged and we are looking forward to using it a lot in the future. Thanks


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PostPosted: February 7th, 2017, 1:31 pm 
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Well I'm happy to report we're on the road again with 25 miles on the motor.

I feel like the fellow who jumped off the top of a 10 story building. Every time he passed a floor he said so far so good. ;)


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PostPosted: February 7th, 2017, 3:55 pm 
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That's a good visual :lol:

I had my transmission beefed up (I think I've told the tale elsewhere here). Basically, I had an issue that could have resulted in a bunch of damage, but I caught it before that happened. BUT, since I was at a fabulous shop, and I have read of many rebuilds, I had them not just fix the problem, but take it apart and strengthen a whole bunch of things. Even though it was then much better than new, you can bet I drove a bit "mentally gingerly" for the first thousand miles or so.

Now the time I was REALLY nervous, was when the rear end went out in a previous vehicle. I got a used one from a junkyard, and then proceeded to (seemingly) remove half of the back of the car :o Not only did I put in a "well I HOPE it's fine" used part, but I replaced a bunch of suspension bushings and other things while I was in there. First time job, no direct experience. I did have a Haines type manual.

Left the friend's shop (where I had a place to work indoors) at dusk and drove four hours home. Whew was I nervous! But when I stopped driving that car -- around two years and 40,000 miles later -- everything was still just peachy. So it can work out :)

Here's to many good miles and trips Chinooking!

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PostPosted: February 11th, 2017, 9:37 am 
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We have a 2000 Concourse with V10. We have 86,000 miles and "Seymour" runs like a top.


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