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Old 03-26-2016, 08:56 AM   #51
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So I have my ecm reprogrammed at Thompson CAT to the tune of $250 bucks. Got back and installed it and had a grand time doing so..... I thought working on import cars was tough! Who knew even on these big monsters there would be little room for my hands!!!

Started the hog up, and she ran great! No lights on, no chugging, no issues!!! Turned out, the ecm that was shipped with my new motor was a 190 hp rated one and my motor is a 250. So after the tech called caterpillar directly, he was able to unlock the replacement ecm and reprogram it.

On a side note I got to go to harbor freight in the next town over and buy a hot knife Aaron was talking about for the foam. It's was on sale for 14.99 and I bought the last 2. I tested it on an egg carton and the thing is slow, but great. No messy cut foam everywhere.

Today I am going to take the bus out for a test run and see how she does up and down some hills.
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:56 PM   #52
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I've had really good luck using a serrated bread knife to cut styrofoam. Not much mess and no shrinkage.
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Old 03-26-2016, 02:13 PM   #53
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What we used was a 3 or 4" putty knife that we sharpened down the
curved side. The curvature of the blade lets it slice through the foam
without to much tearing and shredding of the foam.
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So I have my ecm reprogrammed at Thompson CAT to the tune of $250 bucks. Got back and installed it and had a grand time doing so..... I thought working on import cars was tough! Who knew even on these big monsters there would be little room for my hands!!!

Started the hog up, and she ran great! No lights on, no chugging, no issues!!! Turned out, the ecm that was shipped with my new motor was a 190 hp rated one and my motor is a 250. So after the tech called caterpillar directly, he was able to unlock the replacement ecm and reprogram it.

On a side note I got to go to harbor freight in the next town over and buy a hot knife Aaron was talking about for the foam. It's was on sale for 14.99 and I bought the last 2. I tested it on an egg carton and the thing is slow, but great. No messy cut foam everywhere.

Today I am going to take the bus out for a test run and see how she does up and down some hills.
Where the proper respirator mask when cutting the foam and have plenty of ventilation. The fumes are toxic!
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:09 PM   #55
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Where the proper respirator mask when cutting the foam and have plenty of ventilation. The fumes are toxic!
I plan on doing as much of it as I can on saw horses outside. I have a chem filtered respirator too for extra protection.

After driving the hog around, the trans light, intake heater, and abs lights are still on. The CAT tech didn't find any issues on the ecm. Also found a nice leak on the power steering pump as well, it is at the connection, so i think an O ring is jacked. Called the mechanic, so Friday it goes back........ in the meantime I got to work on some of the rust removal.....















The severely degraded square tubing replacement is on order. Seems there is one in front and behind both wheel wells. I ordered 4 for the rear and 2 for the front. I am going to open the side of the paneling and finish cutting the old out and hammer the new in from the side, the rear will have 2 in front and 2 in back and then I will weld a complete deck down on top of them to keep the rear from sagging.

I used a grinder with 4.5" cut off discs instead of the torch. Glad I did, there was an airline under for the rear stop sign. One would have never thought it, but, the harbor freight wheels out preformed the dewalt ones in cutting....... guess which ones I won't be buying anymore??
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Old 04-20-2016, 02:08 PM   #56
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2 new starter batteries. 8D 12 Volt 1300 CCA's each, $280 bucks for both delivered!



Now the starter spins that flywheel like a flipped quarter!!!
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Where did you order the batteries from?
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Yeah, I'm not finding batteries at that price. Where?
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Yeah, I'm not finding batteries at that price. Where?
They're $119 each at the local Rural King here.
Plus a six pack to have someone help ya get em in your battery tray.
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Where did you order the batteries from?
A place in Glencoe Alabama. The guy was really awesome. I had him take them to my bus at the garage I was having my bus worked on. His business is Liberty Battery, but he buys the batteries from Crown I think.

He has ordered the Crown 6V 305 Ah deep cycle batteries for me too. I got 6 of them without a core for $199.00 each!

Don't know how much shipping would be, but I can put his number up if you are close.
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