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Old January 5th, 2016, 02:46 PM
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Breakdown...raton, nm

Hi Guys,

Oldest son, Noah, is near Raton and has AAA inbound.

His '94 LWB RRC (4.2) spit coolant all over the place.

So...here's the question...

Who's closest to / in Raton that we can have AAA take him to?

Thanks

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Old January 5th, 2016, 02:49 PM
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probably doesn't help but roadsiderob robert dassler is in albuquerque, NM
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Old January 5th, 2016, 02:55 PM
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Yeah, Rob is the closest I can think of too but that's still probably a couple hours away
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Old January 5th, 2016, 02:58 PM
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Probably want to ask on GNR since there's a lot of SW folks out there.

Trinidad / Raton is literally in the middle of nowhere. I just drove through there a few months ago. You'll need a local to know where to take it that isn't ABQ.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 03:00 PM
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Rob is probably your best bet. There are shops in Pueblo, but few with any Rover experience. If it has to go there, let me know and I can probably point you to someone.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 03:06 PM
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Yup, I posted on GNR & Pirate.

Rob's great!! That's where he's coming from

AAA will take him to Trinidad.

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Old January 5th, 2016, 03:12 PM
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Only other guy I can think of is Bryan who goes by MEUSOC here. He hasn't been on here in a while but he has more than a few rovers and gets a few of them worked on. I'll PM you his info.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 03:34 PM
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I'm pretty close; I am about 2 hours west of Raton. I will be glad to help if I can.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 03:43 PM
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Thanks Todd...get back to those 1099's now


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Old January 5th, 2016, 03:55 PM
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My classic spewed antifreeze everywhere a couple mos ago. It came from where there is a bronze bung vulcanized into the rubber in the upper hose for a thermostatic switch. I was on an island in Downeast NC and likewise had no hopes of a fix locally so I cut the hose and put a piece of 1 1/2 tube in the hose and clamps on either side of the splice. In my case the antifreeze shot right down onto the distributor cap and shorted the plugs out. Hope your son's fix is something simple like that.

That was 5k miles ago, still running with that splice.....nothing so perm as a temp fix.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 04:00 PM
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My classic spewed antifreeze everywhere a couple mos ago...

That was 5k miles ago, still running with that splice.....nothing so perm as a temp fix.
Thanks Doug.

AAA will get him to town where there should be some bits and green coolant...you tell these kids to change hoses and coolant every once in a while....

...ahh, well, builds character, eh?


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Old January 5th, 2016, 04:08 PM
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Thanks Doug.

AAA will get him to town where there should be some bits and green coolant...you tell these kids to change hoses and coolant every once in a while....

...ahh, well, builds character, eh?


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Old January 5th, 2016, 04:37 PM
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My classic spewed antifreeze everywhere a couple mos ago. It came from where there is a bronze bung vulcanized into the rubber in the upper hose for a thermostatic switch. I was on an island in Downeast NC and likewise had no hopes of a fix locally so I cut the hose and put a piece of 1 1/2 tube in the hose and clamps on either side of the splice. In my case the antifreeze shot right down onto the distributor cap and shorted the plugs out. Hope your son's fix is something simple like that.

That was 5k miles ago, still running with that splice.....nothing so perm as a temp fix.
Man than reminds me of the plumbers tape and pipe plug in installed to the heater stand pipe six years ago when that plug blew
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Old January 5th, 2016, 08:43 PM
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Tthanks guys. He's safe in Trinidad...verdict is a failed heater core. He'll head north tomorrow and see how it goes.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 08:47 PM
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Tthanks guys. He's safe in Trinidad...verdict is a failed heater core. He'll head north tomorrow and see how it goes.
Ah, the dreaded heater core replacement. Had to do that this summer for my '94 SWB.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 08:48 AM
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I'm guessing they bypassed it to get back on the road.
I would love to rehab my heater box to eliminate all the air leaks but it's a big & tedious job.

If you need it, Okierover has a nice write-up.... OkieRover.com
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Old January 6th, 2016, 08:49 AM
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Yup, by-passed for now

Perfect weather for it!
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Old January 6th, 2016, 08:59 AM
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Time for an inverter & space heater.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 09:05 AM
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Did the heater core 2 years ago in my 1988 swb. Absolute pita.
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I recommend Pikes Peak Rovers in Colorado Springs if he needs help as he heads north.
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