1984 Lesharo 3.8L V6 Conversion

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1984 Lesharo 3.8L V6 Conversion

Unread postby Terry » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:15 pm

A tour of the 1984 Lesharo with a 3.8L, a nice remodel and other neat stuff.

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Re: 1984 Lesharo 3.8L V6 Conversion

Unread postby Commkruge » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:13 am

Nice video, Looks like a lot of care was given to make this one personal! I am working on small
changes in my 87 but like the original layout inside..
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Re: 1984 Lesharo 3.8L V6 Conversion

Unread postby Terry » Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:02 pm

The other rig in the driveway is an 86 3.0L and I need to get off my keister and finish it up. I no longer plan on keeping that one, just need to get it road worthy for a sale. Warmer weather will prevail!
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Re: 1984 Lesharo 3.8L V6 Conversion

Unread postby flyingkilt » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:45 am

I'll bet that 3.8 Liter Chrysler engine really makes that LeSharo scoot along really well. I have an AWD Dodge Grand Caravan with that same engine, and it can really go when ya' need it to!

Thanks for doing such a nice video, Terry.

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Re: 1984 Lesharo 3.8L V6 Conversion

Unread postby Terry » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:31 am

On the scale the 84 empty weight came to 5780 Lbs. The title now reads 5900. Loaded with water and normal roadtrip outfit, the thing must be over 6500 Lbs. So even the 3.8 has its limitations in a rig like this. Sure beats the heck out of the 2.2 though. I got between 15 and 18mpg on my recent roadtrip to NM. It oddly seems to do better at altitude and up and down curvy mountain roads. Of course when I'm on the highway it's hard to NOT do 70 to 75 because it does it so easily... I should clock a long trip at 65 and do an honest comparison.

A paint job on the 84 would be nice but I am a firm believe of the sleeper principle of ownership. If you can hide nice things in plain site disguised as un-nice things, the likelyhood of theft or being messed with is much lower. So I sort of prefer ugly over hot brand new.

I would like to get familiar with the 3.0 engine power in the 86 but I have so many things to get done before that time. Right now I'm hoping to sell off the project as is so I dont have to invest more into it. I've got it listed on CL right now.
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Re: 1984 Lesharo 3.8L V6 Conversion

Unread postby flyingkilt » Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:44 pm

Yeah, Terry, you ESPECIALLY wanna' take y'er UGLIEST vehicle to dentist appointments (and wear y'er old clothes) so they'll maybe conclude you're broke and slide the sliding-scale payment range down to the bottom o' the scale . . .

And yet, since we're selling Kimberly RV and Marine Wood Stoves, with the LeSharo as our traveling display booth, we need to try and make the RV look as good as the product we're peddling, of course. This weekend, we're headed to the Des Moines, Washington Marina for a yacht club swap meet (and maybe swap a few Kimberly stoves with the yachters there, lol). I've been told that a majority of boat owners are also RV owners, and that boat owners are much more familiar with bio-mass/solid fuel stoves on board their floating/traveling living quarters than RVers are right now . . . and we hope to change that conventional paradigm . . .
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