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Old 08-06-2016, 05:08 PM   #21
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I am interested even though I am in NC.
I was born and raised in. Kilgore,tx and have family all around the DFW area and a brother that does commercial refrigeration All over TEXAS
I have been looking for an AC unit to add to my build and even though I have to/need to work on it and my family is coming up to N.C. next year to see my oldest graduate .
My build was to get us back to Texas but haven't made it yet?
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Old 08-10-2016, 01:31 PM   #22
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Update:

Got all the A/C evaporators out. It was fairly straight forward since they were bolted to the roof.



Next I got the compressor out. It was a bit more difficult to get out since some of the bolts where overtightened. It was also a bad day not to have my gloves with me.




I still need to take out the condensers under the bus and deal with the wiring rats nest.



At least I have the diagram!



It has been so hot here in Texas I get more done in the "cool" of the evenings






I also want to add a kill switch to the starter batteries, but its connected with 4/0 AWG wire which is harder to find. I am also trying to figure out the best way to put lugs on 4/0 wire since I can not find an affordable crimper for that gauge. I am supposing I will have to solder them?
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Old 08-10-2016, 02:21 PM   #23
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What are you using for the tire covers. For the heavy lugs I found the hydraulic
crimpers from e-bay do a great job you can get them all the way up to 16 ton
Just look up electrical terminal crimper. Presently they have a 10 ton battery
lug crimper for 29.99.
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Old 08-10-2016, 02:34 PM   #24
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What are you using for the tire covers. For the heavy lugs I found the hydraulic
crimpers from e-bay do a great job you can get them all the way up to 16 ton
Just look up electrical terminal crimper. Presently they have a 10 ton battery
lug crimper for 29.99.
I got these off of Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Thanks for the tip on the crimpers. I was thrown off by the MCM ratting, but found a chart that converts that to AWG# which helps.
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Old 08-10-2016, 02:43 PM   #25
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Making good progress there Justin. Yeah, it seems like everyone has a rat's nest of wires when we first get our buses. At least there is a basic wiring diagram to help sort through the mess. Hang in there and take it one day at a time.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:38 PM   #26
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Nice bus! I am looking for a RE bus and I like the idea of a bigger engine such as the 3126 Cat, DT466, or the 8.3 Cummins. Does your bus feel under powered at all. I know what your engine feels like in a Dodge truck and you can turn up the wick on those 5.9's but how does it feel in the bus? Keep us updated.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:28 PM   #27
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Nice bus! I am looking for a RE bus and I like the idea of a bigger engine such as the 3126 Cat, DT466, or the 8.3 Cummins. Does your bus feel under powered at all. I know what your engine feels like in a Dodge truck and you can turn up the wick on those 5.9's but how does it feel in the bus? Keep us updated.
Thanks! I certainly would have preferred something like an 8.3. And given how everyone rants and raves about the 466, would have gone in that direction. But this is the bus that opportunity presented itself with.
I have not driven other full size busses, so I can't compare the performance. It drives great. But I am in Texas, there are no big hills and the bus is empty. So time will tell on wether or not it's too underpowered. I have no illusions of passing any cars on my way up a hill, but as long as it makes it up the hill I will be happy.
The nice thing about the 5.9 is that its cheap and easy to work on. And like you said, you can crank it up. I have not done anything yet in that department, plenty of other things on the bus to keep me busy at the moment.
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:12 PM   #28
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Thanks! I certainly would have preferred something like an 8.3. And given how everyone rants and raves about the 466, would have gone in that direction. But this is the bus that opportunity presented itself with.
I have not driven other full size busses, so I can't compare the performance. It drives great. But I am in Texas, there are no big hills and the bus is empty. So time will tell on wether or not it's too underpowered. I have no illusions of passing any cars on my way up a hill, but as long as it makes it up the hill I will be happy.
The nice thing about the 5.9 is that its cheap and easy to work on. And like you said, you can crank it up. I have not done anything yet in that department, plenty of other things on the bus to keep me busy at the moment.
I hear you on the bus. I am window shopping for one now. I have a want list and will likely be compromised during the search and price. Can't always get 'everything' you want in a bus. Yours is definitely a good start though!
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:16 PM   #29
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I hear you on the bus. I am window shopping for one now. I have a want list and will likely be compromised during the search and price. Can't always get 'everything' you want in a bus. Yours is definitely a good start though!
I've been bidding on a few buses lately.
There's one out west I'm watching rt now that has EVERYTHING I'd want in a bus.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:09 PM   #30
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I've been bidding on a few buses lately.
There's one out west I'm watching rt now that has EVERYTHING I'd want in a bus.
Have your eye on the Gillig? It's currently at $2325 with 3 days left... It's really a nice bus.
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