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Old 04-11-2017, 07:00 AM   #1
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Here she sits in my driveway... The journey home was an adventure!
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:11 AM   #2
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It always is! Congrats~~
The adventure has only begun.
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:18 AM   #3
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The journey home:
I took an Amtrak out to Indiana and caught an Uber to the dealership. That part went as smooth as silk...
I got to the dealership, but I didn't​ bring a cashier's check. I opted for a wire transfer. Who knew my bank would screw it up lol. Took all morning. And they finally let me take the bus before the funds had actually cleared (incredibly nice of them).
It's a Cummins 5.9 paired with an md3060
So let's start with the good.
Good tires all around.
Good brakes all around.
It has air ride at all 4 corners and an air ride seat that isn't in bad shape (mechanically) it needs to be recovered.
100 gallon fuel tank
Power heated mirrors
Pass through storage
HIGHWAY GEARS!! (have to find out the ratio but it is governed at 70 and goes right to it. 65 at 2200 rpm)
It has a door lock on the service door.
It ran like a raped ape and the trans shifts perfect.
The not good:
It developed an oil leak on the way home. Can't tell if it's the oil pan gasket, front main, or front cover. It ran for at least an hour plus a test drive before I took it and no sign of a leak till about 100 miles out on the road.
Cleavland ate my muffler. Was doing 10 under posted speed and a huge dip in the road tore it off. Luckily it hung by a scrap of metal and didn't hit anyone else.




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Old 04-11-2017, 07:22 AM   #4
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Oh and at some point I broke the ignition key off in the door lock. I was on my cell saying goodnight to the family and didn't realize I had put the wrong key in the lock. Luckily a pair of needle nosed plyers did the trick to extract it... I was then able to put it in the ignition and use the point of my knife to start it.




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Old 04-11-2017, 07:25 AM   #5
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Sounds like an adventure for sure. Glad you made it home safe. Let the new adventure begin and welcome to the Skoolie madness .
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Old 04-11-2017, 04:08 PM   #6
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Took the family out for a quick ride. Smiles on everyone's face!

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Talked to a buddy who is good with Cummins... The front main seal is notoriously leaky, and easy to fix, especially when you only have to move the balancer and a couple of pulleys and not the whole front end of a pickup truck. Parts:70
Labor: 6pack and a steak.
Not too bad.

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Talked to a buddy who is good with Cummins... The front main seal is notoriously leaky, and easy to fix, especially when you only have to move the balancer and a couple of pulleys and not the whole front end of a pickup truck. Parts:70
Labor: 6pack and a steak.
Not too bad.

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Did your fam enjoy the "169" ride?
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Old 04-11-2017, 04:59 PM   #9
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I have to degrease the engine and see where it is leaking from. Not that it matters... If it's the timing cover you may as well change the seal while in there.
There is a chance it's to oil pan seal. That's why I have to degrease it.

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Old 04-11-2017, 05:14 PM   #10
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Glad to hear your trip went relatively well!

I'd be interested to know how you achieve the degreasing on the engine. I have several engines I'd love to get "paint-ready" clean, but no idea how to get there economically (in terms of hours and dollars). For what it can reach a pressure washer strips away thick deposits of dust and oil quickly, but often all it reaches is the valve cover. The block sides, timing cover, and oil pan seem impossible to reach with a pressure washer wand. The spray can degreasers don't penetrate deeply enough to make heavy deposits slough away, and it's difficult and extremely time-consuming to get in there with a brush to move things along mechanically. What's the "right" way to do it?
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