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Old 08-03-2011, 10:51 PM   #41
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Waaaay cool! Congrats! That 1st pic somehow reminds me of when they would haul the space shuttle over the road.
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AWESOME!!!! cant wait to see more!
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:59 PM   #43
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Just spent the last few days gutting the interior and checking things out. Below are a few pix as the rip out continues. The only serious rust I have found was right where I expected it...around the wheel wells. But the big surprise was that this Wayne body is 100% screwed together, inside and out...no rivets! So far I've only had to grind a few, most have yielded to a hand impact driver. And the old galvanized floor is in rock-solid shape. Pretty amazing condition overall. Especially when you consider that at 65...it is old enough to qualify for Medicare!

And if anyone knows what (if any) colors were used on the Wayne body tag, I would appreciate the sharing. I want to try and restore it as well.




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Old 08-07-2011, 05:34 PM   #44
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Hey kerrmudgeon...thanx! I took a quik look and will definitely check it out.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:26 PM   #45
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Glad to hear you finally got your bus Tango! I'll be watching your progress. Hopefully I'll start doing something on mine soon. Too many projects! BTW our serial numbers are only 1841 apart.
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:03 PM   #46
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Hey Lars --- good to hear from you and that you are getting back to you "project". What a shame that Wayne is no longer around. Cripes!...they started out right after the Civil War! Would love to find some docs about these units like drawings, specs, whatever. They obviously did a great job of building them or these units wouldn't still be around.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:18 AM   #47
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Lars --- one more note...the body tag from your unit also appears to have what looks like a red background underneath a few years of "other" paint. I am trying to find out what the original tags looked like and right now it seems they may have had the raised type as polished aluminum on a red field (does not look like red primer). If you clean yours up, please let me know what you find underneath the house paint.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:32 PM   #48
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I'll see what I can do for ya. There is lots of house paint on mine, probably whats kept it from rusting away over the years In the meen time see if this link will give you any help. http://www.oldbus.us/Gallery/SchoolB...8/Default.aspx
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Hey Lars --- thanks a bunch. Just wish they had scanned the brochures at a higher resolution. Would love to be able to read/see some of the details there. And...I just responded to the Webmaster so you should be getting my Email addy shortly. Likewise, I will be more than happy to share any info I come across. I do know that my unit is based on the Chevy 1.5 ton truck chassis and I have most of the sales, parts and maintenance literature available on them. Wayne (and other coach builders) ordered any of several chassis configurations to add their bodies to. Mine appears to have been ordered as a "160 inch Wheelbase Model 4402 Flat Faced Cowl" chassis while others were built up onto different models and wheelbases. There are also some very good information resources on other model-specific forums such as the "Stovebolt Forum" which is strictly for Chevys. So far I have found that there is quite a bit of very specific info available under the Chevy label, but very little about Wayne.
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Made the run out to Diesel Specialists today for the first look at my FleaBay engine assembled and running. It was the old "We got good news...& we got bad news" story.

Bad news first.

The turbo is toast. Ain't no "cheap fix". Then there is the exhaust manifold...rusted to junk and has to go (not much of a surprise since it looked that way) . Next...the idler pulley needs replacing, then there is the fuel pump solenoid that still needs testing and a few other items to go on the shopping list.

So, the good news?

The basic engine (the really expensive stuff) appears very tight and solid. Zero blow-by, no smoke and tight compression. All in all, not too bad a day.

Onward!
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