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Old 07-12-2018, 12:15 PM   #1
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Oldntired gotta bus today

paid for, titled and now parked at home. will register later.
Pictures to follow, soon.... gotta charge the camera
Govdeals auction from Clarksville school system, lucky me! My home town!
Watched bus 99-77 drive off as I got to storage yard.
Me??? I got 99-68. Bluebird body, Cummins 5.9 and Allison545.
now to get info on this body and learn me somethings about diesel.
air brakes suck!!!! ( haven't been this worried about driving anything since driving a stick, in 1994 Wales; trying to find my way back to Crickhowell from Cardiff.)
may just need new pads.... plenty of pressure. has 8D battery.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:57 PM   #2
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:42 PM   #3
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I got an oldntired bus at the same time.
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:04 PM   #4
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Congrats!!! How exciting. Looking forward to the build posts.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:15 PM   #5
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never had air brakes before. Found where to bleed/drain air tanks. Opened drain valves ~ 1min, no fluids, so guess mechanics at school did a drain.
After sitting for a day, started engine, fired right-up!! pressure lights indicate about 80-90 psi still in tanks.
Hey, I am expecting copy of maint. records for last year from the school! Waiting to see if a cost my be incurred.
Wth luck, will have part numbers for filters and stuff... did I mention this is also my first diesel?
2 negatives for this adventure.... brakes are soft and wife thinks full-sized bus will be hard to get in and out of property...
so, gotta trouble-shoot brakes, then blind-fold the BOSS!
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:49 AM   #6
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Online search for a shop manual or beg the school for theirs. There will be several. Engine, Tranny,Body And chassis should have the air brakes. Don't forget brake line antifreeze this fall.
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:30 AM   #7
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Define soft and what air pressures are you at when soft
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Old 07-25-2018, 07:16 AM   #8
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Air brakes don't have the same feel as hydraulic brakes. Sounds like you hold pressure a lot better than mine does!
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Old 07-25-2018, 07:35 AM   #9
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Air-brakes have a lot LESS pedal travel than hydraulic brakes.. you will also notice a bit of "delay" when you get on them.. the pedal seems "spongey" because you are simply pressing against a spring and opening an air valve to apply the brakes.. as opposed to stabbing your foot into a piston that goers to a column of liquid..



air brakes feel like.. well like there's air in the lines.. because there is..



I will say, if you mash air brakes to the floor and you arent locking up the rear tires or triggering the ABS on a front engine bus, then something isnt right...



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Old 07-25-2018, 08:08 AM   #10
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Wow! Lots of kind people trying to help. Is the reason I joined!
Note to self: gotta post pics soon! (also need to check POST count)
01marc - glad you got another bus. also from same auction?
versatile - I have leeched BB Vantage for (?)1997-2003 wiring schematics and manuals. FYI- just put in your chassis number. Still digging through it learning stuff, I hope...
Seriousracer/brokedown/cadillackid - air pressure indicator has 2 LED bar graphs, red when under 60PSI, goes up to 150. I get full pressure, even holds >60PSI after couple days sitting idle. (see note on pics)
Define soft: @45 mph, stepping on brakes, takes a looong time for reduction in speed, like pads not extending in drums...
Maybe my imagination; as if rear brakes not working well and front brakes are slowing bus. At low speed, applying brakes is jerking, almost like ABS is working.
So I suspect @ 216K miles, need new rear pads and drums turned.
IF, I were much younger, I'd tackle taking them big tires off. But time and experience tells me: Don't Do It, You Old F*rt!!
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