Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-30-2013, 01:06 AM   #481
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 5,074
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

Like I said...30 is my "target" and I actually hope to get to it or real close. I have heard from a number of 4BT transplanters who swear to have documented 30+ in larger vehicles that outweigh mine by 4-5000 pounds. The trick is to tune for mpg, gear it right and stay in the engines "sweet spot". In my case that is 1800 rpm which will yield 63mph in 6th gear. Of course the proof is in the pudding so I'll just have to wait and see how all the theories come together. The RPM/speed and estimated mpg are all consistent with the read out I got from Allison on this engine/tranny/gear & tire combo so I remain hopeful. It would be easier to pull off using a newer, computer controlled engine but they are really twitchy to keep up and many times more expensive to maintain so I went with the older "two-wire" motor. It will never be a hot rod but that's not what I was aiming for.

Been scouring Craig's List, Ebay and the local sources but haven't seen a single rolling gantry anywhere nearby for under a few grand. Looks like I may be welding up a home-built A-Frame rig next week. I just don't trust my cheapo harbor Freight/Chinese hydraulic engine hoist with this package for some reason. Not very maneuverable anyway.

Onward!
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 07:06 AM   #482
Site Team
 
bansil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: MNT CITY TN
Posts: 4,945
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

in reality 30 shouldn't be a problem as soon as you find that combo's "sweet" spot

hell I got 35 mpg in a "chipped" 6spd 99 camaro at 63/65 mph that didnt happen often tho

When you have enough torque to cruise at a fast idle at 60/65mph anything is possible

I bought a 69 firebird from a guy that had it overseas on the autobon,it was a 400 4bbl with 2.90(?) rear gear it wasnt the fastest off the line but it "idled" at 65 and would run 145 mph all day long; anything quicker made the frontend float scary shiat
__________________
Our build La Tortuga
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
bansil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 10:18 PM   #483
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 5,074
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

Happy Easter All! --- spent mine putzing around with a variety of things on the bus. Most notable was altering the rear wheel cutouts. Just was not happy with either the factory (way small and funky looking) or my first try (just not Art Deco enough). I scaled it down and gave it more sweep and I much happier with it. It will also mean a lot less work when it comes time to seal things up and keep the outside out.

After being away from it for so long, I'm having a hard time remembering where the heck I was on so many things. Hopefully it will all start coming back.

Below are a few pix comparing the original, the first try and the final on the wheel opening. Next challenge will be to convert the "concept" to metal.


The original cutouts...


...the first (big) cutout pattern...


..the Easter solution. Bigger than original but smaller & more swoop than the first try.


Only a tiny amount of the actual wheel well well needed trimming.

Still plenty to keep me busy if I can just remember where I left off on so many things so many months ago.

Onward!
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 11:11 PM   #484
Bus Crazy
 
ol trunt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: So Cal
Posts: 1,839
Year: 1935
Coachwork: Superior
Chassis: Chevy
Engine: 317 ci/tid / Isuzu
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

Hey Tango. Most definately the Easter solution--more of a tear drop look, way nicer. Sure glad you are finally able to spend some time on your bus. I can't wait to see daily pics of your doings as you install that engine/tranny!
ol trunt is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 11:11 PM   #485
Bus Crazy
 
sdwarf36's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Moodus, Ct.
Posts: 1,027
Year: 1996
Coachwork: Champion
Chassis: Ford e-450
Engine: 7.3 Powerstroke
Rated Cap: 14
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

Spats!
__________________
Don't make a fuss-just get on the bus!

my bus build http://www.skoolie.net/gallery/Skoolies/Sped
sdwarf36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 06:29 AM   #486
Site Team
 
bansil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: MNT CITY TN
Posts: 4,945
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

X3
__________________
Our build La Tortuga
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
bansil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 06:06 PM   #487
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 5,074
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

Right now I'm onto building a rolling gantry before I can get anything done on installing the engine. Even the Chinese junk versions were so overpriced I decided just to make one. I already had a set of four 1500# casters and about half the steel, so instead of a couple of grand plus the trolley & hoist, it looks like I can bring the whole thing in for about $400 bucks total. And if I get really lucky, there may be a chunk of 6" I-Beam in the cutoff/scrap area that is about the right size. That would save me another $100 bucks. And... when I'm done I could probably sell it for $800 in a heartbeat and still be doing someone a big favor.

I just love my Miller mig!

Onward!
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 06:52 PM   #488
Site Team
 
bansil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: MNT CITY TN
Posts: 4,945
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty


.
.
.
.
You go!!

.
__________________
Our build La Tortuga
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
bansil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 06:58 PM   #489
Bus Nut
 
GreyEagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 801
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

------------------------> Onward ---------------------------->

Best of luck on your build.
We'll all be watching...
__________________
GreyEagle
Roll - On...
GreyEagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 08:47 PM   #490
Bus Crazy
 
ol trunt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: So Cal
Posts: 1,839
Year: 1935
Coachwork: Superior
Chassis: Chevy
Engine: 317 ci/tid / Isuzu
Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

Yup, if it sounds like baccon fry'n and it isn't in the kitchen---its the Miller weld'n!
ol trunt 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
All Or Bussed! 1990 Chevy Shorty Bus mellowdaizy Short-Bus Conversion Projects 6 02-07-2014 07:35 AM
Wayne Bodied '54 Chevy Shorty on Ebay Tango Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 0 09-30-2011 09:52 AM
1955 Chevy shorty in CO: check this out! Stuff Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 2 08-05-2011 08:55 AM
1983 chevy shorty A/C question trentwyrick98 Short-Bus Conversion Projects 0 05-24-2011 02:11 AM
New Member, 1959 Chevy Shorty 59Shorty Skoolie Conversion Projects 2 07-24-2007 11:58 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:47 PM.


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