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Old 10-31-2014, 03:34 PM   #791
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Dang! Glad the board is back...I was having withdrawal! Meanwhile...a few more baby steps --- In the process of installing the new Dana axle in the rear, I decided to go ahead and replace the rear springs as well. They arrived today from Eaton Detroit. I had them keep the ride height the same but cut the load by half. The originals were so stiff the bus bounced along any bumps, and when finished, it won't be anywhere near the rated load they were built for. Finally found some shocks for the front which should be here in a few days. Having lots of fun building proper mounts for the front shocks as well as re-locating the rear spring perches.


Rear axle set for a fitting and the old springs out...after lots of oxy acetylene heat and four hours of beating with a ten pound sledge.


Oddly enough, the original rear springs were a little further apart than the new "Wide Track" Dana axle so the "new" perches are being moved out to accommodate the difference. In the process, some metal had to be moved to make way for the U-bolts. The arched piece will weld to the axle tube and a new 3/8 plate will go on top of it all.


Kinda like this.


The old front shock towers were so jury-rigged and wonky they were scary, so I made some new ones. Will have to wait for the shocks to get here to make certain everything clears everything else.

Onward!
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:39 PM   #792
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Boy, I sure wish you lived closer. I'd really like to help with this project. Everyone needs someone to sit, drink coffee, offer advice and point.
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Old 10-31-2014, 04:07 PM   #793
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You are more than welcome any time Opus. Very often I could use some company...just to keep me awake.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:39 PM   #794
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Looking good Tango. I ended up taking 3 leaves out of the original 18,000 GVW rated Isuzu set up and the weight of the empty bus body still wasn't enough to settle the springs. Now with all the build out done, the rear springs have dropped the body height one inch so still a bit stiff .

I met with the HD guy about your windows and we are now waiting for a fax from the manufacturer regarding pricing. Not that it would change the price, but I figured you were going to put two windows on each side. If you were to want something different we'd have to order more left (or right) slides--you know, XO or OX and all that stuff. Jack
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:41 AM   #795
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Hey Jack --- many thanks! Are yours horizontal sliders? If so I failed to notice. Are those windows available as drop downs or raise ups? That's what I was originally looking for.
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Old 11-01-2014, 03:00 PM   #796
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Hey Tango. Looks like only bad news. The state of Kalifornia is in the process of banning aluminum framed windows due to their high heat conduction for use in new construction. The mfg is to be allowed to sell any existing stock but no new special orders are allowed. Looks like you don't even have to live in Kalifornia for the state to screw you. Sorry about that. Jack
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Old 11-01-2014, 04:12 PM   #797
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:17 AM   #798
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Thanks anyhow Jack, I very much appreciate your efforts --- and roger the wacky-ass liberal, uber-government, entitlement agenda spreading faster then zombies all over the country. I just have to keep reminding myself...They know what's best for us. Really they do.

Next...check points on all roads going in and out of Kalifornia. Wouldn't want anyone sneaking in that might go questioning what's real.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch house...

The actual pads that the springs rest on appear to be cast iron that was welded to the steel Dana axle. I have to move the mounting points outboard by 7/8" on each side by adding some 3/8" steel plate on top of them. I've been told (and read) that the best welding means for attaching steel to cast iron is to use 308L stainless wire to connect the two. I can get the right wire & gas for my mig, but...the cast iron MUST be properly annealed or it winds up as brittle as glass. Keeping the heat in for at least 8 to 12 hours appears to be ideal. Smaller work is typically tossed into a bucket or tub of sand overnight. That ain't gonna' happen with this axle. Blankets and such would do little and keeping even a small torch going that long may not be possible and I doubt a sun-lamp would do that much. And (naturally), we just got our first chill of the season. Down into the upper 30's at night.

Any suggestions, experience or ideas will be greatly appreciated.
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Yup, don't weld that s$#@! It will crack. Just make up new brackets and never think about it again. Jack
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Hey Jack --- I've seen cast iron front axles successfully cut & welded but they were smaller and light enough to bury in sand for a day. It can be done and given that this load is all in compression, should be doable if I can figger out how to anneal the bugger properly. I have almost as many concerns about torching off the existing mounts as I do fabbing steel onto cast, so I'm still going back & forth. The original cast iron pads were welded onto the steel axle tube at the factory, but they probably sat in an oven for a day or so.
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