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Old 04-10-2014, 04:10 PM   #171
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

An added perk of vinyl is that it also dampens sound better than wood which is inclined to resonate...like a speaker.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:34 PM   #172
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Looks like a bowling alley!
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:32 PM   #173
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Looks like a bowling alley!
YOU look like a bowling alley. I did it lengthwise rather than widthwise because I think widthwise it would make it look like a narrower more fragmented space. It is amazing how much finished walls / flooring can make a space look bigger. Visually a room with drywall in it looks much bigger than the same room that is just framed with 2x4's even though there is volumetrically less space.



I finished the flooring up front. 6 cases at 24 square feet per box, not much waste at all. I used off cutoff pieces at the ends where they are less visible. I have a little more to do in the very back and by the emergency door so I need to buy another case and use like 4 pieces out of it which kind of sucks, but oh well. And I permanently mounted the one seat. It got too late in the day to use the impact gun anymore...

Everyone who has sat in these seats loves them. They are wicked comfortable.



I raided a yard sale yesterday. I got 12 awesome looking plates, probably 20 glasses (highball and whiskey size) and 8 wood bowls; 12 knives, forks, spoons; a boatload of carving / cooking knives, grill tongs, spatulas, large metal bowls, probably 8 pots and pans; some cast iron and some non-stick aluminum cancer-pots; a bunch of mismatched mugs; a device that slices potatoes into hash brown size, a sleeping mat, a cool old coat rack, and a bunch of other stuff for $108. Bargain of the century.



My neighbor's relatives drive for FedEx, and had their rig here for a few days. They do "custom critical" delivery, and have a crazy schedule often times. They are very interested in this build and are way too nice to me, and gave me this fuel treatment:



They were worried about algae blooms in my tank because they have issues with this in their rig. Mine has been sitting with mid-2013 fuel in it for months so that concerned them. Very nice people.

Something must be about to go wrong because everything has gone too damn well recently.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:44 AM   #174
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Sweet, I must be doing things right!

I got a lot done this weekend. My cousin painted the roof again, with the white elastomer coating, and my uncle put another coat of green all around so no yellow is showing through. We will be coating the trim black again too, and probably the window frames as well. Should look cool.





I started building this booth, I got those posts on ebay. They pull up and you pull the posts out and I will have a ledge near the seat bottom to rest the table top on, so that booth turns to a bed.





I started on the injector seal repair finally, it actually has gone pretty well so far. I bought $50 worth of specific pry bars, none worked, and I ended up using a 3/16 allen wrench stuck inside a 1/4 drive 3/16 socket with an extension to pry the injectors out. Pretty dumb but it worked. Despite how filthy the outside of the engine is, it is impeccably clean inside, MCPS sure kept up with oil changes and used good stuff. No sludge or carbon buildup whatsoever, and almost none on the injector tips.



Pretty huge injectors. I have large hands too.



After removing the injectors.



Very clean. Interesting 3-valve layout. 2 intake, 1 exhaust.



All injectors pulled. It looks like 2 were replaced at some point, the tops are more yellow. There was a helicoil on one of the valve cover bolts that I pulled out by accident, and it is evident someone has been in here and pulled injectors at least once (divots on head casting from prying out injectors).



This is the failure point. The thin rubber O ring below the metal piston ring looking thing gets pushed into that gap by ~3,000 psi oil and screws up the seal over time. That pushes the oil into the next chamber below, which is fuel inlet. So the engine pumps its own lifeblood into the fuel supply. Really bad seal design if you ask me. All 6 are like this, to varying degrees of deformation.



After putting on stain and one coat of clear.

I'm taking the bus to Memphis (Memphis in May music fest) in 2 weeks. Bringing 6 friends. So I've got my work cut out for me.

While the motor is open like this I am going to take the time to do a "top end" valve adjustment, because it is right there and pretty easy to do.
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:48 PM   #175
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

PorkChop,

PLEASE show the adjustments with pics.... I'm looking to get the Thomas with the 3126 I'm currently driving. It runs sooooo SMOOTH! I'm pondering changing the gear ratio in the rear axle to do better highway speeds....
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:27 PM   #176
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PorkChop,

PLEASE show the adjustments with pics.... I'm looking to get the Thomas with the 3126 I'm currently driving. It runs sooooo SMOOTH! I'm pondering changing the gear ratio in the rear axle to do better highway speeds....
I will. Changing the ratio is not necessary. The trans is actually a 6 speed but 6th (second OD) is disabled. Go to an allison certified dealer and they can reprogram it to have 6th for you. That will raise your top speed.



Its the teenage naivete and 2 week deadline thats making me do it.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:32 PM   #177
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PorkChop, where are you going to park your bus while at the Music Fest in Memphis?
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:12 PM   #178
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While the motor is open like this I am going to take the time to do a "top end" valve adjustment, because it is right there and pretty easy to do.
Did you pick up a manual for the motor? How do you know the torque secs? If you did, how much was it, and where did you get it?

I need to do an injector swap on mine too. Figured while I am in there...........
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:16 PM   #179
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While the motor is open like this I am going to take the time to do a "top end" valve adjustment, because it is right there and pretty easy to do.
Did you pick up a manual for the motor? How do you know the torque secs? If you did, how much was it, and where did you get it?

I need to do an injector swap on mine too. Figured while I am in there...........
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I contacted a dude on Reddit who works on these. He sent me a PDF of the manual.
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