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Old 08-11-2011, 05:57 PM   #221
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Old fuel pump is now removed.






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Old 08-11-2011, 06:00 PM   #222
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This is where the new fuel pump will go in. You can see the cam that drives the pump.




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Old 08-11-2011, 06:03 PM   #223
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These are the last two photos of the fuel pump project. The new fuel pump is installed. No more leaks.

I would like to again thank my friends who have helped me with this project through their phone calls.

I hope the photos of this project can provide some insight as to what is entailed.




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I am moving from Tennessee soon.

On a daily basis I get somewhat excited about my impending change of existence. I was under the bus yesterday. I checked out a bunch of stuff. Overall, it looks great. I have some reservations about the lower radiator hose.

Today I looked at my stuff in storage in one of the barns here. It was scary how much there is in there. I had to leave the barn in a state of wondering, " WHAT am I gonna do with this stuff?"

I did NOT want to bring any of these things in the bus. I do realize, though, there are some things that I need to keep. The problem with that, is that I now need to scrutinize what is already in the bus, and get rid of some things in order to make room for the stuff that is in the barn.

Now, if I had a 60 foot bus, I could take everything. Of course, I would be terrified to drive something that big. Even now, when I sit in the driver's seat of my bus, with the motor running, and pretending I am driving, I am intimidated by it's wide front end. Also, sitting in front of the steering wheels is kind of freaky.

My head is spinning.

I will make lists of things to do. Lists are fun when you can cross off tasks that are completed.

I think I must play accordion today.
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Here are two questions.

Why do the brake lights go on and stay on when I switch the parking lever to park when the motor is running? I'd sure like to disconnect this function. It sounds like a tricky task.

On the bottom of the placard, it says Emergency Stop. Does that mean if my brake pedal malfunctions, I can use this lever to stop the bus?




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OH! Notice the dual exhaust pipes that go to my cool stacks.

Every time I look at those things, I am enamored with their uniqueness and ultra cool style.

OH, what the hay! Here's a photo just for fun.


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This next section is primarily about replacing the bottom radiator hose.

We'll get to that, BUT FIRST here are two doggie pics.

Emma snoozing inside the bus with the air conditioner on.






Buddy snoozing too, but caught me taking his picture.


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Now to the hose project.

I have been under the bus many times to see what I could see. A troubling sight was the kink in the bottom radiator hose.

Apparently some ignorant person put in a hose that was too long. That is the reason it was kinked at the 90 degree juncture.

As much as I did NOT want to mess with this hose, I knew I could not let it slide.

Here are a few pics in which you can see the severity of the kink. I surmised that the liquid flow was hampered tremendously.






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Mark had mentioned getting an additive for the radiator, It is called Napakool.

It is made to eradicate electrolysis in the radiator system. I got some. It was not cheap. ($9.00 for a pint.) It was a pretty red color.

As can be seen in this next photo, there is evidence of elotrolysis on the spring of the old hose.


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Here's a photo of the old hose, the new hose, the new clamps, and the bottle of Napakool.

I went to Napa today. The owner said, "what do you need?" I said I need a hose. He said " just come on back there and look around."

I said, " I was hoping you would say that." He lent me a tape measure. I had made a diagram of the hose with it's measurements.

At first, I was unimpressed with the selection of hoses on the rack, but the third choice yielded what I thought would be the perfect hose.

It already had a 90 degree bend in it. Also, it had a spring inside to hold the hose from kinking.

I knew it was too long, but I knew I could cut it to the proper size. Also, I knew that once it was cut to the proper length, the spring would be compressed, thereby providing an even stronger force against kinking.

It took three tries at cutting the length at each end.

It was difficult to mount the hose. I was concerned that I would kink it by trying to install it.

After determining the proper length, it took three attempts to install it.

After the second unsuccessful attempt, I went into the bus and sat down and drank a beer and smoked a cigarette.

It was getting dark soon. The feeling of being despondent was creeping in.

So, I summoned the energy from the good vibes I have been receiving from my friends, and realized that I can not let them down.

I said to myself, " I am going out there, and I WILL get that hose on ."

With determination and surgical strength I got the hose installed.

I was so happy that I went in the bus and cranked a CD of the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble real loud.

Then I filled up the radiator with the fluid I had captured into gallon jugs.

I started the engine and checked for leaks. No leaks. The beautiful thing is that, now the hose has a beautiful smooth bend and no kinks.

I don't know why I am so excited about this project. You would think that the fuel pump project would have made me happier.


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