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95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX #752987
October 03rd 2019 8:47 pm
October 03rd 2019 8:47 pm
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Hey everyone! Just picked up a 95 Damon Ultrasport C class RV about 6 weeks ago. It's a Chevy G30 5.7TBI/4L80E front end, came with 34k miles, one of shortest C classes made as a 20 foot model.

I had an 84 Chevy G30 6.2 21 foot RV for about 7 years prior to this, sold it summer 2018. Wasn't planning on getting another G chassis, but spent a few months this summer searching for another small C class to take to Burning Man, and this beauty came along with super low miles and a great asking price, I couldn't say no.

So far it's mostly been maintenance. Had some electrical issues that I resolved by cleaning the rust off the battery to block ground, and adding a battery to chassis ground. Changed all the fluids, air filter, and tie rods. Just did an LED retrofit on the headlights that came out great.

Planning on doing some beefier shocks, and once I sell my Subaru, putting a nice solar system in there... maybe a set of headers/exhaust for a few more ponies and a little more MPG.

While I have some experience with my old 84, I've mostly been an import guy, had 5 Nissans and currently have an 07 Subaru WRX STI with about 500hp and about 100 mods. Decided to give up it though as I'm not independently wealthy, and I'd rather spend my hard earned cash on traveling VS buying spendy parts and track days at this point in my life.

Really cool to see an active forum like this! Spent a lot of time in the last decade on Subaru forums, and the previous decade on Nissan forums. Sad to see them all dry up and get replaced by annoying FB groups where no one learns anything. Great to meet y'all!

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Re: 95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX [Re: OrionRaphael] #752997
October 04th 2019 7:30 am
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Welcome to the forum, nice rig you got there, like the STI too.

Re: 95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX [Re: OrionRaphael] #753016
October 04th 2019 12:47 pm
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Not a van ...... it's an RV.

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Re: 95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX [Re: CatFish] #753023
October 04th 2019 2:59 pm
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Originally Posted by CatFish
Not a van ...... it's an RV.


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Re: 95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX [Re: OrionRaphael] #753026
October 04th 2019 3:55 pm
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It's a van! Just one with a big box on the back ;-)

Re: 95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX [Re: OrionRaphael] #753027
October 04th 2019 4:11 pm
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Its not a van or it would have been sold as a van .... yours was sold as a RV.


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ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
Re: 95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX [Re: OrionRaphael] #753030
October 04th 2019 4:24 pm
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Tough crowd!

I did read the about page... and one of my intentions with the purchase of this vehicle is living a mobile life for a while. Isn't that what this is about?

"...in the hope of bringing vanners everywhere closer together and to promote the sport Customizing a vehicle is one of the aspects that make vanning fun."

Was hoping to head down through the SW US this fall and into Mexico for the winter... now it looks like that might not happen until January but still my trajectory.

Re: 95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX [Re: Juntao_DW] #753032
October 04th 2019 4:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Juntao_DW
Welcome to the forum, nice rig you got there, like the STI too.


Thanks!

Re: 95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX [Re: OrionRaphael] #753033
October 04th 2019 4:59 pm
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welcome OrionRaphael,

Apples and Oranges aside, You got a last year production incomplete G Van!

I think you scored one very clean, extremely low mile G30 Incomplete Unit that was ordered and delivered to Damon, who then manufactured your G Van Cab and Chassis, into a nice Class C Cabover MH. The G Cab/Chassis Unit is covered in the G Factory Service Manual,
Clean little Shorty MH Raphael. Nice find! IMO would be hard to duplicate again in the wild.

Happy Vanning

P.S. Not a big fan of Tubular headers in a Motorhome. Pull any doghouse, in any van, drive around the block a few times, gets pretty warm eh?

I think the cherry red glow on headers I've seen after pulling a load is alarming to say the least. Never saw that underhood on my 327 C 10. IDK. It;s just me, but I'd run stock manifolds full plug heat shields into a dual crossover 2.5, or a single 3 inch exhaust., Lose the stock Cats. The dual exhaust from a diesel would bolt right up. More Pics and keep us posted Bro!

Re: 95 Damon Ultrasport C class in PDX [Re: Wedgy] #753034
October 04th 2019 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Wedgy
welcome OrionRaphael,

Apples and Oranges aside, You got a last year production incomplete G Van!

I think you scored one very clean, extremely low mile G30 Incomplete Unit that was ordered and delivered to Damon, who then manufactured your G Van Cab and Chassis, into a nice Class C Cabover MH. The G Cab/Chassis Unit is covered in the G Factory Service Manual,
Clean little Shorty MH Raphael. Nice find! IMO would be hard to duplicate again in the wild.

Happy Vanning

P.S. Not a big fan of Tubular headers in a Motorhome. Pull any doghouse, in any van, drive around the block a few times, gets pretty warm eh?

I think the cherry red glow on headers I've seen after pulling a load is alarming to say the least. Never saw that underhood on my 327 C 10. IDK. It;s just me, but I'd run stock manifolds full plug heat shields into a dual crossover 2.5, or a single 3 inch exhaust., Lose the stock Cats. The dual exhaust from a diesel would bolt right up. More Pics and keep us posted Bro!


Thanks Wedgy!

Yeah I've done a little research, seen that folks have to run short plugs with kelvar heat shield socks on there. The shorty plugs idea worries me as coming from a world of performance turbo charged vehicles and swapping in colder plugs AKA ones with MORE material vs less, I know those shorter plugs are going to have less heat absorption capacity, combine that with more heat from the headers.... recipe for failure.

The Y pipe in there is definitely a big restriction, may go after that. The previous owner replaced everything after the cat with a big 3.5 or 4 inch pipe and nice GIANT resonator, so maybe complete that with a less restrictive Y pipe and high flow cat.

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