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Old 09-16-2015, 07:54 PM   #41
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Galvanized is great stuff. Just make sure to etch it thoroughly before putting any paint on.
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:15 PM   #42
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Put some more panels up, these were put up by my wife and myself. We now have the almost full sized sheets left almost 10 ft long. We called some friends and really got a lot done. Only the front panels are left, we are waiting for some insulted RV windows, but the front will be large; so we have to do some work fitting them before we can continue.

Only had one set back, once the rivets were removed the roof rain guard bowed out a bit, we used a # 10 screw to bring bow back in. we forgot to remove the screw and it left a gap, which the rivets did not like. about 15 rivets needed to be drilled, removed, and reinstalled. Lesson learned
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:20 PM   #43
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Galvanized is great stuff. Just make sure to etch it thoroughly before putting any paint on.
Thanks Tango, going to use Orpho (spelling) on it before primering it. Will also use a self etch primer to help on that. Then comes some paint, then hopefully we can registrar as an RV and work on it at our house.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:31 PM   #44
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Looking great.

I would never buy non galvanized sheet steel again after using galvanized.

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Old 11-01-2015, 01:02 PM   #45
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Ok finally got all the sheet metal up and started sealing the roof joints.
The alternator bearing decided it did not want to run anymore. So picked up a new alternator off ebay and changed most of the belts on the motor. What a pain in the butt, something i am guessing should have took 1 hour at most turned into a all day project. The water pump belt was a pain, who they heck designs these things. The lower front motor mount was too close to the harmonic balancer and the belt had to be just right to slide past. Anyhow, i need to replace the fan belt and the tensioner. Anyone know a good place to get the tensioner for the fan, i can not seem to find it anywhere. Seems the air operated fan is disconnected also, but i will save that for a later date, it works when there is no air supplied to it. Maybe a rebuild kit for the fan when i get a chance to tackle it.

Here is the question, it seems the bus will not start now, no crank. The transmission key pad does not light up when the key is on, is this due to moving the bus with no alternator ( a couple of hundred feet)? the batteries are fully charged now. Is there a way to reset it that anyone knows?
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:17 PM   #46
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Wiggle the transmission shifter while trying to crank the engine. The lockout may be stuck.

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Old 11-01-2015, 07:12 PM   #47
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Nat,

thank you for the advise , but it is a push button type. Read somewhere to jump the starter solenoid it may reset the the computers. darn i should have went all mechanical. Oh well it will give me the motivation to remove all the safety interlocks.
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Old 11-01-2015, 08:07 PM   #48
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Sorry, I looked, but didn't see you had the 3000 series trans.

Could it just be a start solenoid? Most buses have a few between the key and the starter.

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Old 11-03-2015, 07:37 AM   #49
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Nat,

Hopefully it is and not the transmission keypad or TCU for the Allison. I will jump past all the safety switches and power up the starter to find out. I read somewhere that may fix the issues.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:37 PM   #50
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Ok got the bus to start. Looked up how to find the trouble codes and reset them. Pretty simple, press the up and down arrows first and then press and hold in the mode button. It went right into N and shifted as it should


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