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Old 05-10-2019, 10:44 AM   #11
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transmission cooler fittings....


grainger is a good source for those trans line fittings.. most of them are made by Eaton Parker. and you can look up the manfuacturer part numbers of them...



the allison transmissions usr an ORB or O ring boss type fitting.. the lines themselves use a JIC.. (hydraulic 37 degree fitting)... the 545 I think uses a #8 ORB... the allison 1000/2000/3000 all use a #12 ORB fitting..



there are 90s, 60s, 45s... swivels, non swivels.. and grainger seems to stock a lot of them.. you can buy adapters to adapt various line sizes up and down as well..



I make my transmission lines out of braided steel line and fit them with AN style hydraulic flare fittings..



auto parts stores... - some of the advance stores in esp industrial areas of towns are carrying Medium duty parts.. my local advance is the source where I buy filters, belts.. and the like for my busses..



there are special NAPA stores in industrial or warehouse park areas that carry many truc parts... air lines, governors, brake chambers, steering parts, air springs, etc...



they are sometimes easy to spot on the store finder as they often have more business-day type hours than the consumer stores..



dont rule out Jegs and summit racing for universal fit type parts... both have pretty good help on the telephone... these guys are not necessarily used to people calling up with school bus needs, however they arew very used to people calling up doing out-of-the-norm work... and they usually wont ask if it has A/C and power steering as the first questions...



as for tubing.. I try and keep my radius as big as I can... for one, as mentioned with a home hand bender im at the mercy of the quality of the tube for how much I stretch the wall... and another. a substance flowing wants to take the straighter approach than it does the tighter approach... esp when dealing with exhaust..

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Old 05-10-2019, 11:08 AM   #12
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transmission cooler fittings....

auto parts stores... - some of the advance stores in esp industrial areas of towns are carrying Medium duty parts.. my local advance is the source where I buy filters, belts.. and the like for my busses..



there are special NAPA stores in industrial or warehouse park areas that carry many truc parts... air lines, governors, brake chambers, steering parts, air springs, etc...



they are sometimes easy to spot on the store finder as they often have more business-day type hours than the consumer stores..



dont rule out Jegs and summit racing for universal fit type parts... both have pretty good help on the telephone... these guys are not necessarily used to people calling up with school bus needs, however they arew very used to people calling up doing out-of-the-norm work... and they usually wont ask if it has A/C and power steering as the first questions...



as for tubing.. I try and keep my radius as big as I can... for one, as mentioned with a home hand bender im at the mercy of the quality of the tube for how much I stretch the wall... and another. a substance flowing wants to take the straighter approach than it does the tighter approach... esp when dealing with exhaust..

-Christopher
Advance near me used to be the cheapo-creapo place with the clueless floor-help. Then they were they ones with the better parts, and hard to find parts. Now I like them all around. Good people at that store.


NAPA in Ashland and Eugene OR were staffed with knowledgeable folks.
Used to be 20 years ago the NAPA distribution center was where you went to at least identify what you needed, even if not in stock or not in the product line. A part number to move on from there. All old-school guys and gals who have been in the business for many years, most previously as techs who actually fix vehicles. They had a machine shop that could handle most anything, and do a good job. All gone. Not enough pay. Not enough qualified job applicants. More complex vehicles that the average Joe doesn't work on himself. The NAPA closest to me has some good guys there, who know their stuff. In another 20 years at this rate, how many auto parts stores will be left? Who will run the counter in them?
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:11 AM   #13
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Oh yea, got a cooler from Summit.


Like my tubing bent as wide as possible, but have some tight turns.


see this thread:
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f33/fe...r-26820-2.html
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:17 AM   #14
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I had a tube bending accessory at one time - no idea where it is now - it was a spring coiled to the size of the tube you were bending - mine was sized for 1/2" copper - it held the side walls in place so there was little deforming - the limitation of how tight you could make the bend was how far could you bend the tube and still get the spring off the tube - lol - it was a handy tool though
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:55 AM   #15
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Good to know the tube bending technique, but no sand in my tranny, thanks! I'll never get the tube's inner walls fully clean.


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Use salt or sugar and after bending dissolve with water.
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:07 PM   #16
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Use salt or sugar and after bending dissolve with water.
So long's the tube is packed tightly enough, pulverizing the particles oughtn't matter much.
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.Fairly high praise: Vonnegut was a brilliant, twisted author with some massively outta the box thinking.
From the title of Heller's seminal novel on WW2, the term, "Catch-22," became part of the common lexicon.
Took me a minute to figure out how to respond to this.


Twisted as in the thin 4-foot fibers with a tensile strength of 1-2lbs that make up a 100-foot rope spanning a 200-foot deep abyss with an impassable river at the bottom, making a foot bridge that holds several people at once?
Thanks.
Twisted as in the tubular "arteries" in a pine-tree that express themselves visually to us in the bark patterns, the growth of the limbs, and is extended in a fractal pattern out the limbs to the branches to the twigs, which gives the tree its strength while remaining flexible?
Thanks.
Twisted as in this vine that is choking off this tree?
Hmmm. I'm on the fence about that, but I admit I now want to incorporate the tree trunk into my bus somewheres inside...
Twisted as in the sick folks who shoot up schools, places of worship, and recreational venues? Or the ones who start wars based on lies?
I'm insulted.


Brilliant I try to be, but it is hard in the darkness now-a-days when it sucks up all your light.


"I was born ready" - and out of the box.


"catch-22" seems to dominate my life. And what's that rule #1? If it can go wrong, it will go wrong in the worst way....
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Took me a minute to figure out how to respond to this.


Twisted as in the thin 4-foot fibers with a tensile strength of 1-2lbs that make up a 100-foot rope spanning a 200-foot deep abyss with an impassable river at the bottom, making a foot bridge that holds several people at once?
Thanks.
Twisted as in the tubular "arteries" in a pine-tree that express themselves visually to us in the bark patterns, the growth of the limbs, and is extended in a fractal pattern out the limbs to the branches to the twigs, which gives the tree its strength while remaining flexible?
Thanks.
Twisted as in this vine that is choking off this tree?
Hmmm. I'm on the fence about that, but I admit I now want to incorporate the tree trunk into my bus somewheres inside...
Twisted as in the sick folks who shoot up schools, places of worship, and recreational venues? Or the ones who start wars based on lies?
I'm insulted.


Brilliant I try to be, but it is hard in the darkness now-a-days when it sucks up all your light.


"I was born ready" - and out of the box.


"catch-22" seems to dominate my life. And what's that rule #1? If it can go wrong, it will go wrong in the worst way....



Oooo, and the pic is sideways, too.
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That's either because it's a vine,
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Oooo, and the pic is sideways, too.
Or, if not seen in the horizontal format, he was worried that vertical might trunkate it...
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You may have read more into it than was intended. You surely wrote more into it, however cogently.
In the estimable Mr. V's case, I referred to a quirky, atypical sense of humor, with a fine command of painting images with his words. The boy wasn't right.
And that is so not wrong!
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