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Old 06-22-2017, 07:58 AM   #1
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Welcome to the project thread for the Islanders RV. This thread will document info for the unit, and any reconditioning we do to it over time.
We'll be going to "RestoMod" route, that is, "Restored with Modern" parts.
First we'll have to go through and fully document the RV before we make any changes.

Here's where we started, with the RV sitting for sale, the day we bought it showing 37K miles on the clock:



....and the VIN tag for it showing the Sunline number -> S24679


This is the cockpit, still in quite good shape for a vehicle almost 40 years old:


...and the upper berthing area (some of the first items we'll be replacing):



Cleaning out the camper and pulling the previous owners accouterments was the first order of the day, next will be checking through all power features to see what does/doesn't work. Then we'll be documenting how everything looks in the "stock" configuration before we make any changes. I'll post more pics as we move along and hopefully we'll have it on the road for a trip quickly.
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Wow don't see many of these anymore! Can't wait to see the progress!
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Fun fact...Sunline themselves actually kept one of these around for many years, perhaps into the early 2000s, for an employee loaner. I've never seen a picture of that one or heard many details on it, but people could sign it out for a weekend vacation. Apparently it was pretty beat up by the time they got rid of it. It was a self contained option that any (non-Amish/Penn Dutch) employee could drive somewhere without needing a tow vehicle.
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More initial pics

Here are some additional pics of the RV in the original state, inside and engine compartment.

In the camper, looking back


Right side storage:


Left side storage:


The brand new fridge, hoping it works well:


The engine compartment, not too bad, a few jury-rigged items, no oil leaks though:


The RVIA tag from outside the side door:
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Brakes

The RV was a bit short on brakes, and here's the culprit, a leaky wheel cylinder on the drivers side. I went ahead and bought two new units, figuring to replace both over the weekend.

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Skylight

Pulled the makeshift cover from the skylight, found it to be in pretty good shape, although it is leaking around the frame.



Here's the water damage from around it, only on the side though, the other side is dry.




We also found a bit of water damage near the front of the berthing area, both sides unfortunately




Looks like we have some work to do on the RV....
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Rear Brakes Update

Rear Brakes - Replaced both wheel cylinders and shoes , bled rear brakes - 6/25/17
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WOW..... Thanks Islanders for these really cool pics. This is a treat for us to see one of these in such detail.


And here is another WOW, a distributor with points in it and a carburetor... These are so simple compared to anything, new....


H'mm what is the spare coil on the driver fender wall?? A spare? I do not see the distributor wire in it.

Looking forward to your progress.

Thanks for sharing

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H'mm what is the spare coil on the driver fender wall?? A spare? I do not see the distributor wire in it.
Hi John,

Thanks for the reply and compliment!

Actually, that is the coil. I have the coil wire pulled as a theft deterrent. Since this vehicle is older, I'm figuring to pop the door locks and hot wiring is something that could be found with a quick google search. Just trying to keep it safe and parked in our driveway.
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Actually, that is the coil. I have the coil wire pulled as a theft deterrent. Since this vehicle is older, I'm figuring to pop the door locks and hot wiring is something that could be found with a quick google search. Just trying to keep it safe and parked in our driveway.
Ah, yup. It is not going to run without that coil wire.... Never even thought about the theft issue....

True, these older vehicles are so simple, someone with a little know how can get them running real quick. Odds are high that age vehicle may not even have a steering wheel lock. Get it running and your gone...

Maybe need a fuel line shutoff hidden somewhere only you know? Ideally close to the carb so it will only run a few seconds. It probably has a mechanical fuel pump so you can't just break the fuel pump motor wire as there isn't any...

Darn crooks...
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It should have a steering lock. No one carries a distributer rotor with them better than a key. It's easy to make the engine run on 3 cylinders with a plug wire.
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I thought of the distributor rotor too. That is a classic kill switch.... No getting past that one...

However it creates issues as the main course of anti theft if you use the camper often. Think about popping the distributor cap on and off 3 times a week or 3 times a day while camping??? It for sure will work as anti theft but with my luck I would goof up something after a few times and need to deal with it... The cap holding clip breaks and now I'm out of luck...

Ya have to kill the ignition or the fuel somehow simple and reliable. Maybe a hidden key switch somewhere in the ignition coil power supply lead that you can't tell is there or some kind of easy access fuel shut off? If someone really knows what they are doing, these can be overridden for sure. The hope is the crook is not a very good mechanic.

There are these kinds of deterrents. Never used one but recall the old advertisements. they still seem to make them.

The Club. Remember that? The Club – A Winner International Company—Maker of The Club Seems to be a few of them Automotive / Vehicle Anti-Theft / Steering Wheel Locks – Winner International Online Store Amazon sells them too

Or a wheel lock https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...l_54sqruokc8_b

It slows them down and they know its there. Move on to easier pick'ins.
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It should have a steering lock.
Do you remember what year steering wheel locks started? I lost track of that.
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Do you remember what year steering wheel locks started? I lost track of that.
Unfortunately, this model does not have a steering wheel lock. I was moving the RV around earlier and verified after parking, no lock.
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