Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-14-2015, 06:55 PM   #201
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Salt Lake City Utah
Posts: 990
Year: 2000
Chassis: Blue Bird
Engine: ISC 8.3
Sounds like a great time was had by all. And the generator and A/C setup is verified 100% adequate by freezing out the family!

I have to admit I'm a little envious reading about others' trips this summer. I don't exactly have a place planned to go... but I'm having a lot more trouble than I expected putting in the hours to get my roof raised and outer skin replaced, so the bus sits in the shop entirely unusable. Some day..
family wagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2015, 07:40 PM   #202
Bus Crazy
 
milkmania's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Oklahoma aka "God's blind spot"
Posts: 1,919
Year: 1989
Coachwork: 1853FC International/Navistar
Chassis: 35' Retired Air Force Ambulance
Engine: DT466, MT643
Rated Cap: 6 souls and a driver
love the black bus!!!

just seems it'd get awfully hot
__________________
I once complained I had no shoes....
Until I met a man with no feet
milkmania is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2015, 03:17 AM   #203
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Stony Plain Alberta Canada
Posts: 2,939
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC2000 FE
Engine: 190hp 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 72
Same here, all work and no play yet.

But someday.

Nat
__________________
"Don't argue with stupid people. They will just drag you down to their level, and beat you up with experience."

Patently waiting for the apocalypses to level the playing field in this physiological game of life commonly known as Civilization
nat_ster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2015, 08:20 AM   #204
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 286
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International
Engine: 466DT
Rated Cap: 65
At this point I know there is something wrong. I've never had this much problems with the bus overheating. I'm pretty sure the fan clutch is not engaging, and I also think the radiator has issues. I don't remember if I have mentioned it, before I left I drained and flushed the entire coolant system. I used the CAT radiator flush. Then flushed with distilled water. Lastly, refilled with new Northland diesel coolant. It's another thing that I hadn't done since buying the bus. I did that because of the thought of that cavitation problem has always been in the back of my head.
We decide to leave Monday morning for home. The plan was to leave in the morning and travel to Sydney, Nebraska to Cabela's. Stay there during the heat of the day then leave late afternoon for home. We didn't make it 20 minutes north of Fort Collins before the bus is running hot. All I want to do now is make it home so I can do the right repairs there. I don't want to take it to a shop to spend some money on repairing whats already there. I've already decided in my head what needs done.
My temporary fix.
IMG_5403 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr
I'm sure glad I brought my angle grinder. Those inner fenders are riveted on. The whole time I'm thinking about my son's favorite show on Youtube, "Roadkill" On our episode of roadkill, I'm along the side of I25 making sparks and cutting out the inner fenders to get more air movement. I figured it would either work or make it worse. Well... It worked!! I dropped almost 15 degrees on coolant temps. That was enough to make it work.

No more inner fenders!!
20150714_134341 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

Even now I have no plans to put them back in.
20150714_134353 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

I stuck with my plans to make it to Cabela's. We then left about 6pm for home. At this point we are all ready to be back home. So I decide to try to drive straight home from here. The cooler night air and no inner fenders kept the bus running cool. I made it just and hour away from home at 3am. I probably could have made it, but was starting to feel tired. So pulled into a rest stop for a couple hour nap.
20150714_065925 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr
Hvbuzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2015, 09:21 AM   #205
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Florida
Posts: 584
Year: 1988
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: I.H.
Engine: DT360
Sounds like a great adventure and you survived to talk about it. Great memories were made! Your kids will talk about it for years.
You might want to keep the inner fenders just in case. Thoughts of dirt, rocks, mud, snow, sludge, dead animals - all being thrown up into the engine area from the wheels.
We don't need to post pictures of that.
HolyBus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2015, 09:27 AM   #206
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Florida
Posts: 584
Year: 1988
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: I.H.
Engine: DT360
Something along this line might be a solution:

or this:
HolyBus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2015, 09:28 AM   #207
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 4,776
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
I'm with HolyBus. Hang on to them. The inner fenders can't be the problem cause they have always been there. If cutting them away helps, that is compensation for some other issue.

Sorry to hear whatever it is ate into your trip and good luck chasing down the real culprit.
Tango is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2015, 04:14 PM   #208
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 286
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International
Engine: 466DT
Rated Cap: 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by family wagon View Post

I have to admit I'm a little envious reading about others' trips this summer. I don't exactly have a place planned to go... but I'm having a lot more trouble than I expected putting in the hours to get my roof raised and outer skin replaced, so the bus sits in the shop entirely unusable. Some day..
I understand this alot. While I was building my bus, it was killing me just reading other peoples outings, but that also made me push harder to get it done. The build takes forever. Then you still aren't done. I understand why so many people buy RV's. It's easier to buy one then build. The time it takes to build one, is more then most people realize. But, I would do it again. I do enjoy the questions I get from people asking me about the bus. My wife doesn't have the same enthusiasm about the questions, she just sends them my way. Even my daughter said this trip she can't believe how many people take pictures of the bus, with their cell phones as we drive by.
Hvbuzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2015, 04:36 PM   #209
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 286
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International
Engine: 466DT
Rated Cap: 65
Holybus and Tango,

Eventually, when I get things worked out, the inner fenders will probably go back in. Maybe...

Here is my ideas I came up with while I was driving home.

Radiator and intercooler from an 8100 International should be an easy swap. I put in a call today to a friend in the parts business. When I get the details I will post them up.

Cooling Fans
- I have friend that is one of those smart guys at SPAL electric fans. I need to make a call and put him on the cooling trail. I like the idea of electric fans so I can control what temps I want the fans to come on. I was told that the fan clutches that are on the bus don't come on until 212* I think that is to late.

Holybus,
You are heading where I was thinking too. I do believe this will be in the near future. I will make it functional too!!


Hood Scoop Mustang Boss 429 Style Bolt on 34''L25''W5''H | eBay
Hvbuzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2015, 05:51 PM   #210
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 4,776
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
I am replacing the clutch fan on my Cummins with an electric. Less drag on the engine too. They take a surprising amount of energy to turn.
Tango is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cant wait for the public option... Ob1 Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 6 10-15-2009 01:56 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.