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Old 11-10-2014, 07:08 PM   #811
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Following along with great interest. You and Jack impress the heck out of me with your ability to make it up as you go.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:38 PM   #812
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Thanks Roach --- while I can't speak for Jack...I'm just trying to make the best of a stupid call. I could have been done long ago except for the fact that I have to rebuild virtually every component of this relic. Believe me...there are many times when I ask myself what I was thinking. It would have been so much simpler to have bought something that already had the basics in place. You know...stuff like an engine, transmission, steering, brakes, axles and little stuff like that.
But, you know how "love" is. I fell for a pretty face and she turned out (as usual) to be a High Maintenance mistress.

Too late to turn back now.

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Old 11-11-2014, 08:31 AM   #813
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Amen and ditto to that!
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:24 AM   #814
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A few more steps ahead --- Nothing to shout about, but some small progress...


New rear springs in place along with new pins & bushings.


500 pounds worth of Dana 80HD axle finally in place. Then discovered the u-bolts sent are not right and must be replaced. Will likely also have to adjust the angle for better alignment with the rest of the driveline.

Meanwhile, up front...


Added the aluminum accessory plate to the little Cummins diesel so I can have A/C & alternater tucked in.


While in the neighborhood, I replaced the oil filter with this plate so it can be remotely located. Where? I've no idea yet, but it had to move.

My advice to anyone contemplating basically building a bus from scratch...
Start at a much younger age!

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Old 11-17-2014, 10:32 PM   #815
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Or, speking for myself----a much fatter check book The remote oil filter is a good idea. Could it go inline with an oil cooler somewhere? I can hardly wait for you to finish your bus so we can plan a meet somewhere half way between Texas and Kalifornia . Jack
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:04 AM   #816
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Howdy Jack --- Definitely should hold our own Vintage Skoolie Bus In somewhere. And deeper pockets would certainly speed up the process.

The remote filter plate bolts right over the stock oil cooler that sits in the water jacket. As you probably know, Cummins has several different oil filter configurations and given the squeeze I'm working with, this should help a bit. I will very likely set up a dual filter arrangement somewhere. There are a bunch of aftermarket options available. Below is a pic of the horizontal mount I removed. It was in conflict with the alternator, a/c, frame and just about everything.



And speaking of pix...where are all those shots from the Mead trip?

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Been a while, but work continues --- Or should I say "continues to expand". The latest rounds involve getting the ginormous Dana 80HD axle hung properly and reconfiguring the front hubs. Both have been...challenging. Turns out, the new U-Bolts are made with more curve than the originals which had been forged flat to fit snugly on top of the springs. No one makes that type anymore so "adjustments" are being made. Looked into having said new units flattened out but that was nixed by people with far more metallurgical savvy than I as a really bad idea. Next try involves fabricating upper base plates that will accommodate the existing modern bolts curve. Then there is the matter of getting the driveshaft angle right. As it bolts up, it is a few degrees off from proper alignment. I am hoping the 2 degree angle blocks I just ordered will correct that little problem. Should know in a few more days.

Then there is front end to rebuild. I am replacing the shoe brakes with disks via a kit being built by another chump...er, conservationist who also took on making a 70 year old Chevy road worthy. He also happens to own a large machine shop, so hopefully, he knows what he's doing. But like most "little projects" of this nature, he has been working on this kit for almost three years now. I'm getting a little nervous, as I have committed to this change in a big way and there is no going back. Let's hope he gets it wrapped up soon as I am ready to start bolting it on...now. Well, actually, in about a week, because I decided to also replace all my front lug bolts to match what is on the rear and properly fits the 1998 Chevy rims that will go all around. Taking care of that little task required pulling the hubs & brake drums then dropping them off at a local machine shop. The hub itself is a pressed fit beyond the limits of my pry bar...plus the holes for all the new wheel studs have to be very carefully reamed out to accept the new & ever so slightly larger lug bolts.

Ain't it funny how these thing morph from a quick fix up to get it rolling into basically building a %#$@!# bus from scratch?

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Hey Tango, what are your plans for the master cyl and booster? Not that you'd want to necessarily, but are the brakes at the axle set up for ABS? If so it wouldn't be all that much more work just to add it on. Also, you probably could install early (1980's) rear axle gizmo that limited fluid to the rear brakes when the axle began spring wrap. My Chevizuzu has both devices though the gizmo isn't used for anti lock but rather as a way to get the front brakes into the game sooner when the cargo bed is loaded down. Instead of spring wrap actuating the valve, body drop under load does. It sure is fun to make suggestions to everyone else and not have to suffer the same treatment since I've already made all my preliminary mistakes . Jack
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Hey Jack --- never heard of the gizmos you just referenced. But I do plan on installing an adjustable proportioning valve. Is that anything like what you are talking about?

Still shopping master cylinder set ups. Given I have no vacuum (that diesel thing), I am looking for a hydroboost system. A couple of guys on the Stovebolt forum have installed late model units under the floor of their antiques that appear to work quite well and that's where mine will no doubt end up. Just have to remember to make accommodations in the floor for checking/filling the master or use a remote reservoir. The latter sounds a lot easier to deal with.
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Hey Tango. When you get a chance in some parking lot somewhere--like Home Depot , shinney under an old Chevy one ton flat bed and look on top of the rear axle for a brake line attached to a device with a lever arm which in turn is attached to the chassis. It does function as a proportioning valve in a sense in that it limits fluid to the rear brakes when the axle tries to wrap up the leaf springs. The proportioning valve you are talking about is used to set the system pressures at 60/40 ratio or whatever but its function is static and not modified by load or load shift during braking. Clear as mud I suspect. Jack
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