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Old 06-19-2015, 12:29 AM   #21
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Hey All,

I MADE IT BACK!!!! She is geared SO deep that I could only get 50 mph @ 2350 rpm. YUCK!!! 3 days of 16 hours driving each day...... The driver's seat was a piece of JUNK. I pinched my sciatic nerve with my femur and it STILL hurts.... Just my luck....

Many pics tomorrow... Sleep tonight.

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Old 06-19-2015, 12:47 AM   #22
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Hey All,

I MADE IT BACK!!!! She is geared SO deep that I could only get 50 mph @ 2350 rpm. YUCK!!! 3 days of 16 hours driving each day...... The driver's seat was a piece of JUNK. I pinched my sciatic nerve with my femur and it STILL hurts.... Just my luck....

Many pics tomorrow... Sleep tonight.

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Reminds me of my trip coming back from Tennessee. You are back home now. Rest up then tackle your bus. Maybe try a set of 12R22.5 tires before you do anything radical.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:25 AM   #23
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Hey All,

I MADE IT BACK!!!! She is geared SO deep that I could only get 50 mph @ 2350 rpm. YUCK!!! 3 days of 16 hours driving each day...... The driver's seat was a piece of JUNK. I pinched my sciatic nerve with my femur and it STILL hurts.... Just my luck....

Many pics tomorrow... Sleep tonight.

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been wondering how you and Tropical Depression Bill were getting along!
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:14 PM   #24
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I missed Bill by a day, but drove through *116 heat from California to New Mexico. Drank 4 gallons of water but discharged considerably less....

So, here's a few pics as promised:

Before I left I got a complete service, replaced a faulty solenoid, and spent $700 (other small stuff was replaced as well - paid off big time!)
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:16 PM   #25
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My good friend Chuck helped with seat removal before I left as well:
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:17 PM   #26
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Congrats!
The drivers seat in mine sucks too!
800 miles I suffered in that thing on the return trip. Still a very fond memory though.
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:19 PM   #27
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Engine looked AWESOME for only 30K miles (replaced 4 years ago), new alternator - 14.2 volt output, new power steering, new brakes, so on and so on...
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:21 PM   #28
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Topped off the front axle oil, driver's side was a little low, new passenger's side bearings and cover...
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They even had the emergency door bolt secured, one less thing for me to do - Wo HOO!!!
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FINALLY got the seats OUT!!!! Was going to get $50, but they clocked me for the foam, so I got $17 instead... Oh well, I was in a hurry to get home, so I sucked it up. Chuck was so happy he dropped from exhaustion.....
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