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Old 08-03-2015, 06:59 AM   #501
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I can only dream of having that setup. Mine does 55-60 at around 2500 - foot to the floor.
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:08 PM   #502
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So I was driving on the highway yesterday...

It's hard to see the tach needle with the sunlight shining on it, but its indicating about 1700-1800 rpm there.

Moving down the road at 67ish, it seems a little faster than expected for a 5.39:1 rear end. Any thoughts?

Maybe the district that owned the bus couldn't get 6th overdrive unlocked either and changes out the r&p?

That doesn't sound right for the gear ratio you have. Did you get 6th unlocked? If so how much overdrive is it? I have 4.78's in mine but with the MT643 I'm turning about 2100 @ 55ish. 1900 is max torque for me so I want 2100 but would sure like to be @ 65mph.
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Old 08-03-2015, 11:00 PM   #503
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The tag in my bus says 5.38 axle ratio; it seems to be set up very similarly to yours. Engine is 8.3L, my transmission is B300R but it should be geared the same as the MD3060 I think you said yours has. Even the dash cluster looks about the same! IIRC my tach reads around 2100 at 65 MPH.

My calculation some time ago was that if I could get the second overdrive unlocked, which I believe offers a 0.65 ratio, then I'd see 1840 RPM for 65 MPH. That seems to be about where you're at. But if the tranny controller says 5 then I think you're right that a previous owner may have changed the axle ratio instead of the transmission program.
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:19 AM   #504
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Some changes

Our house is now officially on the real estate market in the western Washington area.

To keep the kids from trashing the house while its listed, we are living on the bus, sort of. I have a free standing ac unit to keep things cool, and I got our fridge installed and working. The fridge is a 7.something cubic foot DC only fridge. It's 9 to 36 volts, and uses about 90 watts at full power. It's really great! (I'll try and get some pix)

Since I'm done working on the house, I started working on my framework stuff some more. Tonight I got a little incentive by hitting my head on the corner of the steel square tube and bleeding everywhere.

So, those bits came out, I finished welding the support extension, and then grinded the offending corner, clean, prime, paint.

Overhead stowage on right front js ready for paneling installation, if at least to prevent a trip to the emergency room to sew my scalp back on.

So I guess that means I'm working on it again.

Anybody within a 30 mile radius of Bellevue have a house for rent that I can park my family and bus at? Part of our plans are to not dive back into home ownership right away, but we will if we have to.
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:03 AM   #505
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Well, I'm jealous.
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Old 08-14-2015, 09:09 AM   #506
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Well, I'm jealous.
Yea, me too 😁!!
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:03 PM   #507
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Very nice build! Thank you for sharing!
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:04 AM   #508
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Getting the floor prepared for some peel and stick vinyl planks.

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Old 08-17-2015, 02:29 PM   #509
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I like seeing the lack of wood, and all the nice metal.

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Old 08-23-2015, 05:54 PM   #510
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Getting the floor prepared for some peel and stick vinyl planks.
A bit off topic....

I am working on my front end right now.... I took all spring leafs apart, all air lines, air tanks... etc...

Everything looks like tornado vent through my bus....

I want to add air bags to my front suspension to be able to get more clearance when I need it.....

Since we have almost the same I want to make a little favor for me... Can you please measure how much clearance you have between bottom of the frame and U-bolts cap holding the front (steel pyramid or trapezoid looking piece ). Can you take a picture with the ruler if possible...

Do you remember your front weight by any chance? I never had a chance to put my bus on scale.... I am guessing if 2500-2800lb air bags will be big enough to raise the front 3-4 inches

Any info will be appreciated...
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