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Old 08-20-2015, 02:04 PM   #171
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Well, my Cat engine is a 225 hp beauty! Rear end is an Eaton Spicer with a 5.29 gear ratio. Called Spicer, they had to go back to their paper catalogs to find the axle! Nothing like paper to either confirm or deny a rumor....... 4.11s are no longer available due to age from Eaton , however, General Truck Parts in Chicago said they'd look.... Waiting for them to call back.......
Hey M1031A1, how can I find out what HP is my BB 3208T? BTW thanks for the info on using prolong, lucas fuel and Marvel Mystery oil I follow your recipe and it does make a difference, is not like when you wash your car and it seems to run better(in our minds,Lol) this really makes a big difference on engine temp.

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Old 08-20-2015, 02:10 PM   #172
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Hey M1031A1, how can I find out what HP is my BB 3208T? BTW thanks for the info on using prolong, lucas fuel and Marvel Mystery oil I follow your recipe and it does make a difference, is not like when you wash your car and it seems to run better(in our minds,Lol) this really makes a big difference on engine temp.

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J, look at the data plate. Mine from Thomas gives the engine and serial number of that engine. The guys at the shop said they replaced the engine with an exact hp replacement engine from Cat. So the data plate reads: 3208T225. The "T225" indicates it's the turbo 225 hp engine. No wonder it pulls so well and acts like it's begging for another gear!
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:00 PM   #173
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I was just going by what I have seen installed stock in our buses for gearing.

My rear engine bus will do 70 just fine with the 5.34 gears.

4.10 rear gears would be sweet after I turn up the power 100 hp, but having 6th gear unlocked would do the same for me.

If I didn't have the 3060, the gears would be my only option.

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Old 08-20-2015, 06:31 PM   #174
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Depending upon what I find out I may go to a semi scrap yard and size up an axle from a big rig and take it from there. Seen it done many times before and on this site a couple of times.

Right now I'm waiting for results from Chicago.......
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:07 PM   #175
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Well, we have pushed forward and now have some cabinets for the kitchen and pantry. We're in the process of getting a stainless steel countertop and other goodies for Heavy.

Here are some pics.

This weekend the family will be working on the roof. Wifie and son will be helping me with the endeavors.

Plenty of pics this weekend to feed the masses!

We're also looking at a hydroponic system inside the bus for several reasons to be explained a bit later. Headed to bed now.

See y'all soon!

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Old 09-16-2015, 10:29 PM   #176
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I like the metal.

I will end up building my own, but have been on the look out for some nice garage type that I feel are strong enough.

Nice change over the wood everyone uses.

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Old 09-17-2015, 01:21 AM   #177
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If you have any questions shoot me a PM I run some hydroponic green houses at a high school and have been dabbling in the hobby for over a decade. Word of advice hydroponic potatoes make bad house plants.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:12 AM   #178
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If you have any questions shoot me a PM I run some hydroponic green houses at a high school and have been dabbling in the hobby for over a decade. Word of advice hydroponic potatoes make bad house plants.
Captain,

I'm a ranch foreman for a nearby ranch in addition to everything else I do. They are working on a hydroponic system. I'm learning from them, but I'd LOVE to pick your brain in the not-to-distant future if that's ok with you.....

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Nat,

I'll be showing the way in which I'm using the goodies we got this weekend sometime. Always curious to see what other people come up with for ideas as well. Thanks.

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Just won two more small cabinets this afternoon. Pics are coming this weekend! I have a circular saw for cutting up the old beat-up plywood floor and begin to rustproof the steel floor and prep it for spray foam. Lots going on this weekend! WoHOO!!!!!
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Just won two more small cabinets this afternoon. Pics are coming this weekend! I have a circular saw for cutting up the old beat-up plywood floor and begin to rustproof the steel floor and prep it for spray foam. Lots going on this weekend! WoHOO!!!!!
Hey, are you doing the spray foam yourself?
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