Again, I want to thank all of you great folks for your written responses and phone calls!
With your help, I kept from going crazy (or is that crazier
As noted, we will have to miss some commitments as both an attendee (Eagle Bus Rally in Ennis MT and Converted Coach Rally in OH) and Vendor (FMCA in Bowling Greeen, OH). That is troublesome, but not the end of the world.
After this rally (First Fleetwood Factory rally) here in Gillette, we will head home. As a side note, they were not sure this rally would take place because of the Fleetwood Chapter 11 filing). There are over 400 coaches here and the vendors area opens today.
The first order of action I will take when I get home is to have two oil samples (one from my last change that I never got to the lab and one I will pull when I get home) and antifreeze analyzed. I will then start pulling the engine. That is not a huge task, since I am the one that put it in there .
I will start studying the service manual while I am here (have an electronic version on my computer), to see if I want to tackle the head gasket replacement myself. Hopefully, it does not take too many special tools.
I plan to update this thread as I progress. I will probably turn it into an article for BCM
As a side note, I have been pouring my sole into an engine conversion article for BCM. I am about 80% done. It is long enough that Chad and I think it well be published in installments. I will have to see how this "adventure" fits into that article
This group of "crazy" folks is beyond description. Your thoughts and support mean more than than you can possible imagine.