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Old 08-18-2015, 01:19 PM   #141
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Waste gate is controlled by pressure from the turbo boost, not vacuum.

Your diesel engine has no vacuum.

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Old 08-25-2015, 09:53 PM   #142
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Got the parts in today, and the gasket kit actually came with o-rings anyway so we have double o-rings. Anybody need a set? Ha.

Today we started prep on reassembly. Tomorrow everything will get a deep clean with warm water and detergent as recommended in the manual, and then reinstallation begins!
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:34 AM   #143
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Great news.

Looking forward to pics.

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Old 08-26-2015, 06:37 AM   #144
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You'll be very confident going down the road now... Yahoo!!!!!!
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:44 AM   #145
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Remember to stagger the end gaps on the piston rings. I
generally use a mixture of 50% STP and 50% motor oil for
an assembly lube on the bearings and motor oil on the
pistons. This prevents damage from a dry start. The rings
I assemble on the pistons with the top gap as far away
from the exhaust valve where most of the heat from
combustion occurs and 45 degrees from the wrist pin and
the next gap 180 degrees from that then the oil ring on
the opposite side of the piston skirt from the top ring.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:28 PM   #146
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Last Sunday we put everything back together. Went to torque down the connecting rod bolts as per manual specs. Manual says 130 ft. lbs. That sounded wrong, but we tried it anyway. On the first rod the bolts started to stretch, so we checked online and found out it's supposed to be 80 ft. lbs! So Monday we called ten thousand diesel parts places trying to locate bolts. Turns out they've been discontinued. Ended up paying $75 and waiting three days on shipping. For two bolts. Ugh.

So we got the bolts in Friday at lunch. It was a PITA putting them in, took about two hours. But after we got the oil pan on, it ran!! How exciting!

My dad built an angle aluminum frame for the window AC, which we'll be adding additional sheet metal to this week to replace the original wood frame on the inside. Pics later.

We also bolted down D-ring anchors under the tub. Now we can strap it down for safety while driving. It absolutely does not move anymore!

Just got back today for our first trip. Saturday morning we drove up to Asheville with the cats and dogs to meet a friend and hope for an open camp site. Lake Powhatan was full, but we went on up the parkway to Mount Pisgah Campground that had three sites left and filled up as soon as we got settled in. Last year we also opened the first night of our big trip at the same campground!

The tanks aren't in yet and the water pump isn't plumbed so we weren't self-contained, but the sink is plumbed to the outside of the bus at the moment so we just stuck a bucket under it outside. It was nice to be able to do dishes inside. I asked Dan to pack "anything we'd need to cook meals" to which he replied "like what?" and I said "pots and pans and such." So he grabbed one pan and one spoon. No food, no plates, no utensils, no napkins, no dish soap. So we had to use the "Country Store" down the road from the campground and buy $4/dozen regular (not fancy organic free range) eggs. With the closest grocery store all the way back down the parkway there was no way we were driving there. Luckily my friend thought ahead and packed some pasta and sauce and canned chicken. So we had that but with no salt or seasonings, and the expensive eggs, hotdogs, and vienna sausages from the country store.

Surprisingly the booze wasn't too expensive. $8-$12 for a six pack or a bottle of wine. I don't usually drink. A bottle of wine was a lot for me.

The animals were really well behaved. Rosie didn't come this time partly because we haven't built her bedroom yet and partly because the Blue Ridge Parkway is full of poisonous rhododendron and ferns. Last year we had a puking dying goat. Not trying to repeat that disgusting and stressful situation.

This week we have a list of things to do and try to get out of here and on our way to ND to work the Sugar Beet Harvest for the month of October. Install passenger seat, build small back deck and generator box, add sheet metal to AC mount, plumb water system and add holding tanks, add better latches to cabinet doors for secure storage while driving, and figure out what's up the the dash lights and funky gauges. We only have one battery at the moment and discovered quickly that we need to increase that number. Watching a movie we all fell asleep and woke up to no more power. Ruh-Roh! The bus' steering is very wishy-washy, so we'll try to tighten up the steering box. It wasn't hard to get used to driving it, and I had fun driving on the parkway. Forgot to gear down on the way up the hill on the interstate and got a lil too hot, but after I remembered that everything was peachy. The break-in for the rebuild (100-150 miles on full load at rated RPM) is past now.

Oh, and I'm not sure how much I'll be able to post on here of on my travel blog because my laptop screen is kaput. So unless it's an easy/cheap fix I'll be without computer once I leave my parents' house.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:46 PM   #147
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On the steering you might look into a Safe-T-Plus steering unit
to add to your steering linkage. If you can order from a business
name they give a discount and the cheapest unit comes from the
manufacturer. They have some interesting videos that show how
the unit safely handles a front blowout and even a broken tie rod
at high speed.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:05 PM   #148
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Hah, we ain't made of money. I think I'll save the $300 I don't have and just deal with the wiggly.

Oh, I forgot to mention. Our top speed after changing the rear gears is 60 mph at 2600 rpm. Generally 59. According to GPS.

When the bus starts to go down a hill, the gas pedal kicks my foot back and refuses to allow me to press it. This happens at 2600 rpm, but only downhill. It will not allow me to depress the pedal again until the rpms go down to 2000, which takes at least thirty seconds or so. I guess it's the governor spring? It seems dangerous because if for whatever reason I needed to accelerate or raise the rpms, I wouldn't be able to.

The speed gauge isn't right anymore, of course, because of the gear change, but sometimes it just flat out won't do anything and sits at zero. The alternator gauge turns on and off the same way, and the dash backlights don't work. The tachometer and temp gauge work just fine.

The fuel gauge was working fine until we filled up the tank for the first time. The bus came with a full tank when we got it, and had been sitting since last Spetember at the bus garage. It should be a 60 gallon tank and we refueled when the gauge was close to empty. The fill neck is kinda far in there, so I wasn't surprised when the nozzle cut off after 30 gallons. I clicked it on again, and it cut off again. Turned on the bus and the fuel gauge said half full. Rearranged the nozzle, but it still kept happening. Hung up the nozzle, swiped the card again, tried again. Put in eight more gallons then wouldn't do anymore. Did it again, six more gallons and then refused to do any more. Turned on the bus and the needle began wavering between 3/4 and full. We gave up trying to fill it (I wanted to because I want to get a mpg calculation next fill up) and started driving. It continued to waver the whole way home. Based on how far we drove and how much the gauge went down as we drove, I'd estimate we're getting about 10mpg which is what I expected.
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:55 PM   #149
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For everyone waiting on the screens... We finally painted them even though they didn't really turn out to be a lighter color. Then we cut pieces of screen (plastic, not metal, but I suppose either would work) and used generous amounts of outdoor Liquid Nails to glue them to the back sides of the frames. This worked way better than expected. They haven't been permanently installed yet. We're going to out two screws on each vertical side. For the weekend trip we just brought along the pile of screens and put them up when we got there. They fit pretty snugly, but we still cordoned off the cats so that they wouldn't try to push them out. The dogs don't mess with things so they were trusted in the room with the screens. While we were driving the cats kept sitting on the pile of screens, but the Liquid Nails held up so well it wasn't a problem.

I don't think any bugs would be able to get through, but this wasn't a really good test since we didn't see any bugs the whole weekend!

I still haven't made the window cage thing. Everything else has become priority since we have to be able to leave here for good in the next weekish. We have to be in North Dakota by Sept. 25th for the beet harvest!
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