Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Someone Did Half A Tuneup

The other week I decided to tuneup the "The Guppy". When I changed the plugs I discovered that someone previously had done what would amount to half of a tuneup. Of the 8 sparkplugs 3 were original equipment plugs. It's a wonder it wasn't running worse than it was considering there are almost 70k miles on it.

As the picture shows, three of these plugs are not like the others. The plugs that had been changed (Autolite) were the ones that were easy to get at when you removed the engine cover in the cab. The two front ones on the right side of the engine and the one in front on the left were the Motorcraft original equipment plugs. Those plugs are difficult to get at to change. I had to remove the air cleaner box and some of the ducting to get at the front plug on the right. The second plug back I had to go thru the wheelwell with several long extensions  and universal joint on the plug socket, also to change the front plug on the left. While I was at it I changed the distributor cap and rotor. 

The new plugs I put in were ones I had bought for my pickup. It turned out the motorhome engine takes the same plugs as the pickup even tho the motorhome engine is a 460 and the pickup is a 302. The new plugs are platinum tipped ones, so I don't think I'll ever have to do this again.

We got a bunch of maintenance records with the motorhome. So far I haven't found anything about it having had a tuneup. The original owners kept a record of every oil change starting at less than 2000 miles for the first oil change, and repairs that were done, but didn't see anything about a tuneup.

Now I need to take it to my propane dealer to have the regulator on the propane tank replaced and the propane system checked out.


  1. Years ago I did a turn up on a Buick with 100,000 mi. Couldn't get the left rear plug out so called the dealer. Was told you had to loosen the engine mounts and jack the engine up a couple of inches - turned out that plug was original and though the car had had regular tune ups that plug had never been changed. Who designs this stuff - obviously somebody that has never worked on a vehicle.
    the Ol'Buzzard

  2. Motorcraft and Autolite are the same plugs, Ford just called the after market plugs Autolite.

    I don't recall the age of the guppy but the heat under those covers can be hard on plug wires.

  3. They never think about ease of access when in design.


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