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Old 08-21-2004, 10:45 PM   #51
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You should buy a lottery ticket because you are the luckiest guy I know! I'm kidding, but I can't believe you drove on that for a year without a major breakdown. That should have given way and at highway speeds it could have been a bad deal. You have inspired me to do regular inspections of the steering system on my bus!!
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Old 09-09-2004, 09:11 AM   #52
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I got my wheel, tire, and drum off. Took off the link and welded it back together.

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Old 09-09-2004, 10:57 AM   #53
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I hope you or the person who welded the link know what they're doing. I don't think that welding up steering parts is a good idea, if it breaks and is responsible for a mishap, the $#!+ will hit the fan! A new or good used replacement would've been a better alternative. But that's only my 2 cents worth
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Old 09-09-2004, 12:58 PM   #54
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I traveled all around Iowa yesterday and looked at over 50 loadstars, not a single one of them is the same as mine. So far the only replacement arm I have been able to located is in Brazil and will $330 for the part plus shipping.
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Old 09-09-2004, 07:33 PM   #55
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On the other hand, welding it up seems like a great idea! Woah, $330, that's probably over $500 Canadian! Ridiculous. I'd have welded it up too, or found a really good shop to do it. By the way, did you get any more photos of minibus conversions, I don't think the neighbours are to thrilled with me parking a full size school bus next to my house
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Old 09-10-2004, 10:29 AM   #56
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What knid of "chrome" paint did you use on wheels and how's it holding up? It looks great by the way.
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I think it was Rustoleum brand Chrome paint and it holds up VERY good. I don't have those wheels anymore I got new solid 22.5 wheels now but the dust caps, grill, lug nuts, and headlight rings are still painted with it and it looks great especially if you sand the surface very smooth before you start.
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I just got in my Line Setting Sheets from Super Scout Specialists. It tells me the part number and description of every option on my chassis.

Take a look at my gear ratio, my two speed rear end is 6.33-8.81

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Old 10-28-2004, 10:50 AM   #59
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I am starting to get things ready for the first long voyage in the bus. I purchased a CB and antenna today to keep track of things goin on and to make some conversation on a long drive.

I am also tired of smelling burnt oil so I went to Napa and bought some new valve cover gaskets, sandblasted and painted the valve covers and did some cleanup of the area, hopefully that will keep some of the smell down. Quite a transformation though.

The engine is an IHC 345 ci V8 and interestingly on the valve covers it tells the timing cylinder for both V8s and 4cyl, they must have used the same cover on both types of engines.
Yep--the IH 4-bangers (152 & 196ci) were half of the 304 & 392 V8's, respectively (304, 345, & 392's use the same valve covers.

Also, it tells you that the timing is set on the #8 cylinder, right?
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Old 10-28-2004, 05:49 PM   #60
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What kind of steel is that control arm? Looks to be cast steel. If it is cast steel welding should hold fine. If it is cast iron, spend the $400 on a new one. I don't really see anyone using cast iron in that situation as it's too brittle. here is some info on the spark test
http://shopswarf.orcon.net.nz/spark.html
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