1986 Itasca Phasar

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1986 Itasca Phasar

Unread postby larissa.winston » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:50 pm

I have read quite a bit about these motorhomes the past couple of days and it seems like they can have a lot of problems. I am looking at a diesel with 4 speed transmission which has set a few years (3). I have read they are underpowered, we have owned 2 vw "westys" and a vw vanagon which are not very powerful. Do these compare power-wise with the vw? A lot is written about v-6 conversions. Is this what's needed or are these reliable enough to operate as they were made for? All advice is greatly appreciated.


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Re: 1986 Itasca Phasar

Unread postby lsrschoppe » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:01 pm

Hi again Larissa
Find the H-body groups below. They can explain everything you need to
know about these vehicles, all of them, diesels, 2.2 Bendix, 2.2 Bosch ,
Chrysler drive train conversions, Gm and Ford conversions.Lots of good reading.
For dependability and being able to quickly obtain parts, I highly
recommend converting to a big 3, V6 engine of your choice.
Larry S.

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/LeS ... Moterhomes

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Re: 1986 Itasca Phasar

Unread postby Larissa Winston » Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:59 pm


I certainly appreciate the info. I did find that a Chrysler DIY Conversion kit goes for around $1300. There are wiring harness issues and donor car issues, any ideas on the cost of incidental items needed? So, apparently these are no different than the VW Vanagons needing an upgrade in horsepower.

Thanks again for your input,


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Re: 1986 Itasca Phasar

Unread postby lsrschoppe » Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:32 pm

Hi Larissa,
The kit that Greg puts out is pretty complete but will not install
itself. There is still a lot of work to be done. Selecting a WHOLE running
donor is the first step. I had bought one donor for $500.00, drove it fromOhio
to Texas and helped a friend who had done one install it. Then drove it
back to Ohio without a hitch. I put probably 3,000 miles on it before it
needed attention, (my fault for not noting an internal coolant leak putting
steam out the exhaust pipe.) It drove perfect, a great driving vehicle
with the additional power of the Intrepid 3.3 V6.
Next trip to Texas,I picked up a later 3.3 Intrepid complete for $300.00
and that is now waiting to be swapped. Eye problems prevent that for the
foreseeable future.
In addition to the kit,the donor and a person knowledgeable with
conversions, you will need a hard, level, covered space to work in, garagejacks,
sturdy jack stands and of course you will need a pretty complete tool
set, plus a torch for heating and bending and cutting. if you don't have 'em
you will have to buy ,rent ,or borrow or find a friend to help that has
tools. You might want to talk to Greg about the kit, he does professional
turn-key instillation's and knows the most about his kits,
If you want to call me and discuss the conversions, my phone number is 937
Larry S.

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Re: 1986 Itasca Phasar

Unread postby 'Bruce Hartley Sr.' » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:17 pm

I like that idea

On Mon, Feb 19, 2018, 3:06 PM Leo lcwigen@smunet.net [Lesharo-owners] <

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RE: 1986 Itasca Phasar

Unread postby Leo » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:38 pm

Come to the rally, he should be there

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