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Old 11-09-2014, 11:07 AM   #681
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

Now.... As I plan for becoming self-sufficient in this respect.... If a front tire goes flat, the axle will be very close to the ground, and I will not get the bottle jack under it. So I need to develop some tool or method for this. Anybody?

Jack it up from somwheres else (shackle?) and put a block of wood under that axle. Lower it and repositon the jack.
As far as a 1" air gun-I dont think you can buy much for only $200. And you need LOTS of air to run one--and big hoses. When I was younger, I used to work for Truck Tire Service-doing road calls changing truck tires. In the back of the service van, there was a 4 cylinder Wisconsin engine-2 cylinders running-2 cylinders pumping air and a 1" air line. And there were times that I thought it wouldn't break a lug free. Next service make sure you glob a bunch of never-sieze on the lug thread-and the underside of the nut.
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:23 AM   #682
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

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Jack it up from somwheres else (shackle?) and put a block of wood under that axle. Lower it and repositon the jack.

As far as a 1" air gun-I dont think you can buy much for only $200. And you need LOTS of air to run one--and big hoses. When I was younger, I used to work for Truck Tire Service-doing road calls changing truck tires. In the back of the service van, there was a 4 cylinder Wisconsin engine-2 cylinders running-2 cylinders pumping air and a 1" air line. And there were times that I thought it wouldn't break a lug free. Next service make sure you glob a bunch of never-sieze on the lug thread-and the underside of the nut.
Yes, that would be the method for raising a front flat. What I will do is assemble a kit with suitable blocks in a milk crate or such. Of course, being me... my original idea was to fabricate a roughly S-shaped adapter out of 3/8" steel plate that would hook under the axle and over the bottle-jack.

And yes, I'm leaning toward the manual 1:78 reduction tool now.
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:29 AM   #683
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

On the front tire change, since the tire is probably a throw away when flat just drive up on a wooden block and then use
your bottle jack. As to seized lug nuts I found on the Winnabago site a fellow that did a test on penetrating oils and the
very best one that he tested was one that he made himself which consisted of 50% automatic transmission fluid and 50%
Acetone. I now keep the mix handy any time I work on anything that is rusted or corroded. Took me 50 years of mechanics
to find this one but it is great stuff. I use it in one of those metal spray cans that you pressurize with air, you need to
shake it when you use it but it's wonderful stuff.
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:09 PM   #684
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

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On the front tire change, since the tire is probably a throw away when flat just drive up on a wooden block and then use
your bottle jack. ...
Likely true that.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:10 PM   #685
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

You are dead on regarding the best "Rust Buster" ...even according to the D.O.D.

They tested every commercial product available for military use as well as several "home brews". The 50/50 acetone/tranny fluid concoction beat everything on the market by a huge factor! I too keep a bottle of it handy around my shop and can testify it does indeed work better than anything I have ever bought. And dirt cheap too!
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You are dead on regarding the best "Rust Buster" ...even according to the D.O.D.

They tested every commercial product available for military use as well as several "home brews". The 50/50 acetone/tranny fluid concoction beat everything on the market by a huge factor! I too keep a bottle of it handy around my shop and can testify it does indeed work better than anything I have ever bought. And dirt cheap too!
It looks like I've stumbled upon something magical!! Thanks guys!!
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A word of caution --- anti-seize on lug nuts turns out to be a really bad idea. In fact, it is illegal in most states on over the road equipment. They need to bind very securely lest they vibrate loose which leads to very bad things happening. I only learned this recently from a big rig tech who was helping me with my rear axle. I decided to put a little anti-seize on the center hub to prevent them from rusting in place (my wheels are hub-centric) and he said to make sure I didn't get any on the lugs for the above reason.
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This penetrating oil formula sounds related to a bore cleaner we use around here:
http://handloads.com/articles/default.asp?id=9
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Springtime!

Being me, I have procrastinated all winter, and now I have all of one week to do the hoses and belt and accelerator linkage before the first outing of the season. Hoses and belt before they fail, and the linkage has already come apart once and has been running the last couple years with a tiny hose clamp holding it together.

Last year I hurriedly fabricated a wood stick to serve as accelerator if need be. I am very glad I did not have to drive a thousand miles with the doghouse open, pushing on the injection pump lever with that stick.

Rumours... (note spelling, I'm a Fleetwood Mac fan)... rumours of horrible difficulty in removing the radiator on this type bus are so far proving non-applicable. Perhaps I will be of a different opinion after I tangle with the four big bolts that hold the radiator-and-fan-shroud to the rest of the bus, but it looks like that assembly will lift right out once the bolts are gone.

Interesting design. The fan shroud is actually the radiator support -- a big wrap-around bracket that the radiator bolts into. Its function as a fan shroud is sort'a a bonus feature.

The photo shows how far I got today. The two white rags are stuffed in the intercooler hoses to keep bird and leaves out.

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