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Old 05-31-2015, 11:18 PM   #981
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I picked up some rubber mat from Tractor Supply to do my stairs. This stuff would be awsome for sound deadener if you have the room. Cheap too.

RB Rubber Multi-Mat Rolled Rubber, 1/4 in. Thick, Sold by the Foot - Tractor Supply Co.

Note: its in select stores.Check yours before you go shopping.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:02 AM   #982
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Looks like what Jack was talking about as "horse mat". Tough stuff no doubt. My concern with the doghose and firewall areas remains resistance to high heat but I will check it out. Thanks.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:03 PM   #983
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In between floods --- I got a couple of small items moved ahead this weekend. Putting shocks on a vehicle where it never had any was fun. Grinding and welding upside down under the bus is one of my favorite pastimes. The smells of burning flesh and fabric are signs of progress.


For comparison...the original dash & firewall...which I loved, but would not accommodate the new engine's placement.


The new firewall/dash. They are now one in the same. Actually, a dash panel will be mounted onto this surface. A doghouse for the engine/tranny are in the works.


Another view of the firewall.


The aforementioned shock mount. This is the driver side. The passenger side should be completed today or tomorrow.

Onward!
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Old 06-01-2015, 03:46 PM   #984
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Looking good Tango. Jack
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:27 PM   #985
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Thanks Jack --- Still plenty more to do but at least I'm making some headway. Spent most of today wrangling and picking up more parts. The TCM & wiring harness came back to Stewart & Stevenson with what should be the final programming to let it talk to the Cummins. Then drove most of the way out of town in the opposite direction to pick up all the parts to put together a driveline parking brake that will fit on the rear of the six-speed Allison. It was made for an '09 Chevy Kodiak 4500.

BTW...I now have a multi-page "Master Parts List" that will hopefully remind me which parts came from where on this Frankenbus. Which reminds me...I really need to copy it to a disk or some such. If my computer crashed...I'd be in deep doo-doo.

Think I'll do that right now before I forget.
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Definitely keep a record of your build sheet where it can't be lost or destroyed.

Our church is in the process of trying to determine what to do with a bus that has a tag axle and non-standard parts.

It would be easy if the OEM vendor who supplied the tag axle or the OEM of the bus had build sheets. But it would seem that since it is a church bus it must have been immaculately conceived because neither company has records for our bus.

And without a build sheet no shop wants to take on the task or replacing or the rebuilding of the tag axle brake booster/actuator/vacuum pump.

Product liability becomes a real issue when it comes to transporting people.

I am sure there are at least a dozen people who visit this site regularly who could make the brakes work. I know I am one of those people. But I am not prepared to take on the liability if anything should go wrong with 30 passengers on board.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:34 AM   #987
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More baby steps --- Got the second rear shock installed. The mounting bracket was a bear. Also started wrangling with the new park brake. It is a mechanical driveline brake that fits onto the rear of the Allison. As usual, gathering parts without a magic "VIN Number" was a beotch. Still need to get several very special bolts before I can hook it up, but that is the least of the "issues". The main frame crossmember has to go away before it can fit. Gonna' be a chore to remove and even trickier to replace. Have one designed out but I think I'll let my friendly neighborhood metal shop fab this one. It involves bending a couple of sections of 2" x 1/4" wall pipe. Don't want to weld it up so I'll go with bolting it to the upper & lower frame sections.

Mas fun.


As Jack sez..."without pix, it didn't happen...so...now I have two rear shocks. Monroe Gas Magnums.


The main components of the driveline brake. This fits an '08-09 Chevy 4500 which comes with an Allison. Just an old fashioned drum brake that locks up the driveline.


But here is the tricky part. The main frame crossmember is in the way and has to go. Just barely enough room even then, but it should work. The new crossmember will be fabbed with a pair of 2" pipes and plates that will bolt up to the frame just a few inches to the rear of the original but will be a couple of inches higher.

Yet more fun to come.

Onward!
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Hey Jack --- this got me to wondering what the park/emergency brake system is like on your Isuzu chassis?
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As always, great pics and tech Tango.

Tuck tape is far superior to duct tape.

Real men use tuck tape.

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Thanks Nat --- Truth be known, I've been using "Gorilla Tape" here lately. Pretty tough stuff. "Duct" tape being strictly a term for the category. And ditto the "Tuck" tape being a much better product than the generic stuff.

Got a couple of more PITA framing pieces done for the doghouse/firewall today. Can't believe how much time gets sucked up by quirky little stuff like that. Also relocated a couple of body mounts that were in the way of the new frame crossmember I'm working on to replace the one that has to go. Will drop the drawing for it off at my friendly neighborhood sheetmetal shop in the morning. Precision bending 1/4" wall 2" pipe is a bit beyond my humble expertise.
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