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Old 02-20-2012, 07:28 AM   #31
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My son Sam pulled all of the seat cushions so we could access the chair rail bolts.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:30 AM   #32
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We also got our first bummer news. Looks like the battery is shot. Had no charge, and when I opened the battery door to attempt to charge it, the battery is swollen and looks to have boiled. Need to check the voltage at running to see if it is over voltage or something.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:15 PM   #33
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good thing it happened now and not on the trip! first off get a new battery then check the system. when not in use pull a post off for obvious reasons lol. also i guess look up to see if your voltage controls are in the alt or separate.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:06 AM   #34
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:39 AM   #35
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Thanks for that... it was a gift from a friend LOL
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:20 AM   #36
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Got some options for ya.
Lock up 545, 2300 rpm 57mph
Lock up 545, 2800 rpm 69mph
Can also use the gasser manual 3052, 1:1 5th, same speed as above. And I have one, it shifts very nice.
3053a, 2300 rpm 72mph
3053a 2800 rpm 88mph.... that might be a little fast....

Here is a link to the gear calculator, very handy for figuring gear ratios.
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Easiest thing to do would be swap a lock up tranny in, and bump the rpms some. But tranny would cost ya. We may be able to get a good deal on one.
Otherwise, sell the one you have, and stick in a manual. Lot more work this way, but selling the auto should cover the cost of swapping. I have to look up the threads on parts needed to install spicer tranny behind the cummins.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:48 AM   #37
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Thanks for the research Stretch... I'm liking the idea of setting it up as a manual, so we may wind up going that way. I think that may be a while off though. Need to figure out my priorities LOL.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #38
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Got the last of the seats pulled today. Was thwarted by the last bolt in the last crash pad, but otherwise a very successful bus stripping night. Will post pics when I have light enough to take them.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:44 PM   #39
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Ok.... required "seats out" pictures below! Bolts holding seats in generally came out pretty easy with ratchet (with someone holding wrench on the other side), only snapped 5 or 6 off.

Also stripped the lettering from one side, it came off really easy with a heat gun and plastic scraper.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:49 PM   #40
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Update on the overcharge situation...
Replaced battery with 2 truck batteries wired parallel and was able to start her up. Checked the voltage with a meter. At idle it was 16.8

Alternator is a Leece Neville with a 102200 regulator. From google searches it looks like, while it is sort of adjustable (13.8 - 14.4), it is going need a replacement regulator.

If anyone has any experience with this alternator and has a better guess as to the reason for my over-voltage situation, I would appreciate advice.
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