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Old 08-09-2011, 10:43 PM   #171
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Dirtygoat, Thanks for the info on the draglink. I have so many more pics to post. I hope the mechanical ones will be of use to some members here. I am presuming that you have knowledge about those things, therefore, may I ask you a question?

On my drive to Missouri, I drove "pedal to the metal". On flat land, the bus went 67 MPH. That was the reading on my GPS unit. The speedometer jumps back and forth. I think the speedo cable might be bent.

My question is: How many RPMs do you think I was turning? I have a CAT 1160 motor (V8 diesel), an automatic 4 speed transmission ( I think it is an Allison ) although I don't know how to tell. The rear end gearing is 6.8. While I was driving, the water temp. never got over 190. It usually ran at 170 to 180 on flat land.

I sure would like to have a tachometer, but I have no clue how to hook it up.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:54 PM   #172
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Lornashinske, I know that Lebanon, Tn is not really way out in the boonies. It was only 10 miles to town. It's just that I had been living in an industrial part of town, and where I had moved to was a place that had no streetlights, and was very quiet.

Now, I am even more in the boonies on a dirt road with the closest town 12 miles away. I have to plan my trips to town and get enough supplies for a couple weeks as I can only get there by borrowing a friend's car. My cell phone doesn't work here, but my neighbor has a dish for internet, and I can wifi off of that.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:00 PM   #173
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Roach, I'm glad you like my thread. I was busy with a project the past two days. I have a little time to post tonight. As you will see, I am a bus fanatic. This is actually my second bus. I lived in a 1964 International for five years a long time ago. I wish I had pics of it. That was before digital cameras, cell phones, and modern computers.
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OK, this is me, in the present, posting more from my thread from almost two years ago. More of that mechanical stuff. If I misname items under the bus, please correct me or I will continue to sound like a dummy. Thanks


Leaving the front.

You can see the steering cross bar (which I now know as the tierod). Is that the speedometer gearbox on the side of the transmission? I bet it is. Wow, look at the size of those springs. I will get under the bus again and inspect all of the springs for cracks. I would think that if there were cracks, they would be able to be seen.


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Here's a view of that third air tank.






On the right side of that tank, as you're looking at it is, what I think might be another pressure relief valve. There must be a way to drain that tank, but I forgot to look.


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Passenger side rear wheel. It looks pretty clean. I bet those shocks are original.


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The rear end. I did tighten up those bolts after taking this photo.





A close up of the rear end with numbers on the top. I wonder if those numbers are just a part number or if they have some other significance.






A view of the back of the rear end. WHAT, no drain plug? There is a small plug on top. I guess I have to suck out the rear end fluid and then pump some new rear end fluid back in. How do I know how much to put in? What kind (weight) should I use ?
After looking closely, I discovered a fill hole on the front of the rear end. Yes that is a mud dauber nest on the back. I cleaned it off.


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Rear passenger side brake cannisters. The rubber hoses to all the brake cannisters look like they have been replaced not too long ago.

It doesn't look like there is anything I can adjust on those things. I am certainly NOT going to take them apart. I later learned how to adjust the brakes.






These are connected to the rear brake cannisters. Are they pressure relief valves, or are the pressure relief valves connected to the air tanks?


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Driver's side rear brake cannisters.


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One side of the holding tank. It is 75 gallons. I only have one holding tank. It is under the rear of the bus. In the winter, I put heat tape around the tank and insulate it so that I don't end up with turdsicles. It was held up by that plumbing strap. A friend fabricated some straps out of thick aluminum, and bolted them to the frame.






Here's the other side of the holding tank. It is cool how my friend bent this strap to fit.


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