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Old 10-12-2014, 01:03 AM   #51
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Should have just welded up a flat frame then trimmed it it with sheetmetal, allowing the sheet to act as a transtition from the curve/radius to the flat frame!
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:12 AM   #52
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Very close to what I did. The leading edge of the door (hinged side) is square and flat while the other has the slight curve of the body. I made the frame flat, then had to kerf the curved side in several places, bend and tack weld it. It took several tries to get it to fit properly. From there, I had a sheet metal shop fab the skin. They had to clamp & brace it in order to weld the outer skin to fit without distorting the frame off from the funky angles necessary for proper closure all around. Like I said...a Royal PITA but it came out pretty OK.


The "blank" as it came from the sheetmetal shop.


The big window was custom made to fit and the lower opening is what I call a "curb viewer". Handy for lining up with things on the passenger side.
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Old 10-12-2014, 12:22 PM   #53
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Nice! Any pics completed and installed?
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Old 10-12-2014, 01:00 PM   #54
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Thanks PR --- Still a ways off on installing. It is filled almost solid with insulation and I have fitted the latch & both windows. Just lots of other stuff on the "to-do" list ahead of it. Like an engine...and transmission...and rear end. Ya know, all the little stuff. I did find the hinges I want to use though. Massive chrome on brass "cooler door" swings rated at 500 pounds each. Good thing...because that's what it feels like it weighs when I have to move it around the shop!

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Old 10-12-2014, 02:09 PM   #55
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COOLER DOOR HINGES!! Oh, those are a perfect look (and scale) for an old skoolie.
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:39 AM   #56
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COOLER DOOR HINGES!! Oh, those are a perfect look (and scale) for an old skoolie.

X2 those are soooo cool!
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:14 PM   #57
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Hey guys, for some reason I had to create a new account. I made it back from my deployment, painted the bus white, (2.5 gallons rustoleum oilbased btw), threw in the stuff needed to get it legal and got RV plates on it. Put on a class 5 hitch, wired it for brakes, added a brake controller, autometer pyro, boost, op/water gauges. I turned up the "smoke screw" (not enough I guess, no change) also cut the fuel plate to 100 and slid it all the way forward. I replaced the stock can filter with a hi flo one, and straight piped the exhaust. It def has more power then when I started but still won't get out of its own way. Very little power down low, chuffs and misses when cold until you put your foot in it then it smooths out. Will run 3200-3400 rpm at 55 on flat ground. 60 downhill, 45 uphill. From the research I've done, most cummins are governed to 2800. Why will this one spin so high? Tach goes to 4K.

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Hmmm...ya, it should only be winding about 2800 off the line in lower gears but settle out closer to 2K at road speeds. As you already know, the 545 is part of the problem. A six speed could give you closer ratios throughout plus some extra on top. And having full lockup makes a huge difference.

Meanwhile...pushing a 5.9 to those kinds of rpm's is going to make for a short life. You can play around with gearing, tire size and rpm numbers on the calculator below but I would hesitate to keep running it above 3k.

http://www.csgnetwork.com/multirpmcalc.html


The P pumps are trickier than the inlines to play with as far as tweaking goes so you might try having a qualified Cummins tech take a look. Something does not sound right to me.

Good luck with it and let us know what you find out.
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The next time I have it fired up I'll run it to the governor in 3rd but currently it runs to 3200+ on the tach in 4th, might run further, that's just where I stop it. Seems to be running well, 22-23lbs of boost at full throttle. Wonder if the tranny could be toast? Bus only has 48K miles, came from a northern AK town, supposedly lived in a heated garage attached to the school. I sprayed out prob 100 lbs of mud from under it, apparently they don't have asphalt up there lol.

Maybe my tach is nuts. Using the calculator it shows 2550 rpms at 55 which sounds more like it.
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Ya...the tach is a likely suspect. Most 5.9's would be screaming at anything over 3K.
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