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Old 02-17-2015, 08:56 PM   #361
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If I have any made, I'll save you some. A couple dozen or so.
The steel doesn't cost me anything. They throw away anything shorter than three or four feet.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:02 PM   #362
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If I have any made, I'll save you some. A couple dozen or so.
The steel doesn't cost me anything. They throw away anything shorter than three or four feet.
I'll check how many I'll need. Planning on raising mine 20". I'm thinking they're 16 gauge galvanized.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:05 PM   #363
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I'll likely order em up in 14ga plain. If this goes down, I'll keep yours whatever length you want, no problem.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:10 PM   #364
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I'll likely order em up in 14ga plain. If this goes down, I'll keep yours whatever length you want, no problem.
Even better. Any length over 20" is fine with me (make it easy on the ones using up some scrap). I can cut to fit here.
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:39 PM   #365
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I had my new rib extensions made out of 12 ga, made to match the thickness of the original support ribs.

I would imagine this will vary with bus manufacture.

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Old 02-18-2015, 06:17 AM   #366
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I had my new rib extensions made out of 12 ga, made to match the thickness of the original support ribs.

I would imagine this will vary with bus manufacture.

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I haven't checked the ribs yet but rest assured IF i have any made they will be the right thickness.
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Old 03-09-2015, 07:34 PM   #367
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little bit of progress

Over the last month or two not a lot got done, well lots of little stuff I guess. Also the last three weeks our entire family has been sick with flu/cold/lung crud sinus infections.

Wipers put together
Heated mirrors re-wired
installed bumper
seat belt stuff, dash things, some engine bits

The biggest project has been trying to get to a point of completion on the luggage bay.

It was a bit ugly, I had to pull out a lot of rotted plywood, and the sheet metal down there was just starting to get to a point that all the galvanizing was no longer going to protect anything.

I gave the floor of the basement the same treatment as the floor in the bus: needle scaler, some flap disc grinding, then phosphoric rust converter. I also hit the entire surface (even where there was good paint still) with some 80 grit sandpaper.

I sprayed raptor truck bed liner all over the floor of the bays, and it's pretty nice now. I'll sikaflex all the seams so they're water tight, and I'm thinking of installing some water drains as well.

The same weekend of the bays I took the bus for a drive, we had all the family riding in the coach seats I installed. It's pretty fun to drive, all my windows and mirrors are super dirty, it was a sunny weekend.

I have a bunch of steel tube so I can start fabricating my walls, cabinets, and overhead racks.

I had a friend come over with his shuttle bus he's converting, we were comparing vehicles. It's pretty amazing how much longer the bluebird is, and his coach isn't exactly short either.

I have a question about driving: when rolling around in my neighborhood, should I leave the shift console on the highest? (gear 5) or should I set it lower like 3? I'm finding the computer likes to try and lug the engine around a bit and it seems to wait until the engine lugs a little more than I'd like on some of the short steep hills in my neighborhood.

On one particular hill, I was able to idle down the steep hill, reach the bottom, then inertia carried me up about half way. The entire time the trans was in 5th gear, and by the time the transmission computer realized what was up, it hadn't downshifted enough, fast enough, and it bucked a little bit before figuring out it needed to be in 2nd gear.

I think it's just an edge case but made me worry a little bit if it was behaving properly. Oh yeah it's an Allison MD3060 without a retarder and 6th is locked out.









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I don't remember seeing a picture of your shift console. I would imagine its a little 3x6 black box with R-N-D on one side, and a shift arrow up, mode in the middle, and shift arrow down on the right side. We've got 3 of those on line trucks at work with the md3060. Two with cat 3126's and one dt466 with them. All three shift the way you are talking. They have since new. Like you said, they like to lug, if you put your foot to the floor when they are doing it, they will finally down shift. I've always felt they shift odd. You also cannot "rock" the truck if stuck. It will not shift direction until wheels are stopped. We don't use the mode button. The street department has their mode set up for plowing streets. When you are plowing snow you hit the mode button. It keeps you in 2nd gear and higher rpm's. Pretty sure they had it set up that way, because ours do not do that.

Also, you are doing an amazing job on the bus. I keep watching for updates.
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Personally I would lock it down into lower gears so it doesn't shift so high.

You don't need to be in a gear that is good for 60+ MPH when you are putting around surface streets at 35 MPH.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:59 PM   #370
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I love that roof line. When I raise, that's what I'll be doing.
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