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Old 11-09-2015, 05:59 PM   #111
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There are a bunch of bus pictures there. There are some good clear shots of the brownie box out, close ups of the mounting hardware etc. and the flanges and as you will see, I used ratchet straps hangin from the frame to lift the transmission off the ground and into place and hang it there while I made marks for mounting holes etc.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:44 PM   #112
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If the bus didn't already have a huge windshield a flying bridge would be really cool.

Or you could take a dog nose bus raise the roof just past the drivers seat and do an old style open cockpit chauffeur driving position. Have a small little our door seating space and have the entry door parallel with the sides of the bus inset by about a foot or two. I also wouldn't want that personally but it would be cool. It would be next to impossible to insure, well get it insured then make all the modifications to it.

And he is only negative if you aren't doing it his way. He does have some good nuggets of knowledge, just make sure you have your grains of salt handy.
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:32 PM   #113
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@crazycal I would be very curious as to what you actually think about the AT1545p you picked up, I have found one for 620 dollars and am seriously considering it. It seems it is identical to the at545 I have except that it locks up in 3rd and 4th.
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:16 PM   #114
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@crazycal I would be very curious as to what you actually think about the AT1545p you picked up, I have found one for 620 dollars and am seriously considering it. It seems it is identical to the at545 I have except that it locks up in 3rd and 4th.
I don't think anything yet. It hasn't been in my possession for a week yet. I need to find a place to swap it out. I wasn't aware that it locked up in 3rd also. It seems to be the same dimensions so I hope it is an easy swap. $620 seems like a good price. Is that rebuilt? If it is a take out, be careful. I have read about a few that have gone bad after their owners have tried flushing out the motor oil with trans fluid. Look it up on Steel Soldiers.
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:31 PM   #115
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I believe they do, after I read your post I began to do some heavy internet reading and it seems that they were designed that way for the extremely heavy loads the deuce and a halfs they made them for experienced. Unfortunately It is a takeout and it's in Michigan but I am about to drive across country so I figured, I could take the northern route...hahaha. Nice thing about manuals is they can be inspected and tested on a bench to an extent fairly easily but to the best of my knowledge you sort of have to cross your fingers and just install an auto to find out. What a bummer that would be. Although my brownie box was a takeout and no troubles there, knock on wood. 200-300rpm reduction. Would be really nice and lockup in third would be amazing in the mountains. I can pull pretty good grades right now in fourth/under. But with lock up I could pull them in third over and hat would be nice. Let me know about your swap and how easy or hard it was ill if you do get to it soon. Very cool stuff. I swear I'm gonna keep living in a trapper cabin style bus and making it this strange mechanical monster forever haha, my girlfriend says she won't live here without a proper bathroom and I'm like, we got the outhouse... And for on the road we got the little plastic thetford... What the problem is? Haha
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:32 PM   #116
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I guess as long as its the same bell housing and the input shaft is the same there shouldn't be any problems, good luck!
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:54 PM   #117
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Wow, this is getting really interesting!
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:06 AM   #118
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I think they can be put on a dyno but I think it costs $3-400.
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:09 AM   #119
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Blow in insulation is is the best idea ever.

Not sure why we aren't all using it.

Go for it.

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Old 11-10-2015, 12:45 AM   #120
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Blow in insulation is is the best idea ever.

Not sure why we aren't all using it.

Go for it.

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One concern in have is that I may all settle to the outside over time. So then there is the question of filling the gaps with a spray foam through the light holes without removing the ceiling panels. They're just beautiful and I don't want to destroy them or change the appearance. I wonder if anyone has experience with this endeavor?
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