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Old 08-09-2009, 11:19 PM   #51
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I replaced the original "lift pump" aka "transfer pump" not to be confused with the injection pump. the lift pump uses a mechanical arm (on my engine) to smash a diaphragm which forces fuel one way- into the filter then Injection pump (IP). thish happens by either me pushing the primer arm with my finger to purge air or normally by the engine pushing on the pump arm.
hope this helps.
you can try finding a more readily available application for your engine and getting the maintenance book for that vehicle. For example my bus has a cummins 5.9 turbo deisel in it. this engine is also in dodge pickup trucks so when i ordered that pump today i walked in and said " i need a fuel pump for an '89 dodge w250 diesel" even though it is for my 1990 thomas school bus.
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:44 AM   #52
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well driveability is restored. i replaced the mechanical pump for the lift pump and now she drives like a champ. i been tooling around town and using it to pickup some stuff for my new motorcycle project. i bought an old 1976 cb550 and i have been working on that and going back to school and just went from unemployed to totally employed.
i built a new bench for it, covered the back of the sweet roll up blinds with white fabric, and hung one of those blinds and i cant think of anything else i have done other tan clean it all up and start ordering parts for the wvo conversion.
see updates again soon i just have been taking a break.
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:12 PM   #53
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Congrats on scoring the job! And the bike. Looking forward to photos and more updates.
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:32 AM   #54
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my GF and i parked the bus at the fort fisher state park right by the ocean in the gravel lot. it was awesome. we used some of the foam blanks cut out from the back seat to cover the bedroom windows as i haven't spent much time in the back we haven't gotten around to getting the coverings up.
but we had the first overnight in it and got a great idea of how to re-prioritize what the next project is.
it is totally usable for road trips now that it runs well and has tunes and is pretty free from piles of construction but it needs windows covered and countertop space to be more awesome. and a bike rack.
i have been working on my birthday present (1976 honda cb550) and not the bus but slowly its all coming along.
grad school and job are not helping much either!!!
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:12 PM   #55
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the motorcycle has dominated my world of wrenching for a while.
i will post pics at the end.
i took the bus to chapel hill with about 12 friends for a Halloween dance!!! it was great, ran pretty good and even hit 65 mph on a down hill. it dd however get terrible mileage, (around 5 mpg) leak oil... i later found out ti was mostly fuel washing the oil from everywhere under the engine, lose compression in one injector ( cumbustion blows out past the injector and knocks your hat off when you try to check it out) and it has to be shut off with the manual lever (5.9 cummins with bosch ve pump) it sure was fun trip though.
so now i am gathering parts and information to rebuild my IP over christmas break. i bought a car 1983 MBZ 240d and am in the end of my first semester of graduate school. that and my teaching assistant job plus travel and i am in a play 5 shows a week next month so i have been busy.
its good to be back and i dig all the projects going down around here. cool

oh yea i forgot i bought a 20 dollar inverter from harbor freight, ran an extension cord from the engine RE all the way to the front and had a TV/DVD combo showing movies on the ride back home.
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:00 PM   #56
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Great bike! Old Hondas rock! I had a CB900 custom and a CB650 Silverwing. I hope to get a small bike that I can load into the bus on my wheelchair lift. That's the only reason I'm keeping the lift.
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:02 PM   #57
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G BUS.. I was wondering about your bench seat. I would like to do the same thing in the front over my wheel well.. But it looks like the seat bottom extends out too far (because of the wheel well) and would not be comfortable.

How is it after the cushions are installed? Can people reach the floor with their legs?
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:49 AM   #58
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thanks for the bike comp. it is meant to live in the bus occasionally i will likely just cut some hole for tie downs in the kitchen area because i have to ride it in the side door. that or pull a small trailer with vegetable oil and motos on it.
yes they touch the floor with their legs.
not sure if the pictures show it but the cushions are (a) on a slight angle outward from the windows (off vertical) and (b) they are realy thick, meaning the back cushion reduces to overall sitting area by a lot like a foot almost.
the big advantage is it gives us a huge storage area right but the front door. ill take another picture if i think about it of the slots in the bottom and overall dimension.
plus i am 6'1" and i dont have to worry about the bench! its the damn airconditioner that gives me a hard time!!!
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:47 PM   #59
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I was hoping the back cushion would help that. Thats good. I would like to make the most room out of my wheel wells.
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:34 PM   #60
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thats the newest addition,
i got it as a late xmas present for my girlfriend, its going super fast and now i am looking for a little one for me to buy and then we can be mobile when we park the bus at our friends houses or on road trips, weeeeehhhh
i need to rebuild and reseal my IP its a bosh ve and it looks wicked scary but i may try tommorow or at least this week i have the complete reseal kit with all the orings and gaskets and flat washers so lets see??????
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