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Old 05-18-2017, 04:37 PM   #311
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So far my 545 seems GREAT, for the most part. For what it is, anyhow.
It downshifts fine, and the fluid looked brand new last I checked.
I just wana get my bus running REALLY cool. I'd love to upgrade to a 2000 series trans. But I may as well buy a rusty runner and rob it for parts. That'll have to wait. Painting this beast is gonna set me back a grand.
the mechanical one in my DEV is great, yeah it has that whine (EC doesnt like the whine.. i love it).. that one kicks up and down.. it uses a cable.. some people converted their 545 modulators back to cable.. ironically it was a company in columbus that did the electric to cable conversion on a few 545s...

im glad to hear yours kicks down... which is different than downshifting.. it drops a gear when ytou floor it right after it upshifts is what it should do... it seems like the time we rode it to starbucks it was doing that as you kicked it..
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:05 PM   #312
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EC, behind the battery door there is a "Caution HOT" sign for what?
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:07 PM   #313
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EC, behind the battery door there is a "Caution HOT" sign for what?
I think its an exhaust for the webasto???
I have no idea how to use it, as its some sort of yankee grade heating device I've not encountered before.
Eventually I'd planned to ask you folks whats up with it and how to use it.
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:32 PM   #314
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we've got rain coming this weekend, so we're gonna spend more time prepping and removing stuff and we're gonna plan on spraying it next week or weekend.
We've may decide to ditch the lift AND lift door. Will panel over it and put in either a small rv door, or compartment door, and/or a big window or two.
The reason being the lift sucks and I'm tired of it, and its easier to panel over and seal it up right, than to try and make the hokey setup it currently has work. The door itself is badly rusted inside and at the bottom, the seal is shot, and the whole thing is leaky and rattly.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:14 PM   #315
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I think its an exhaust for the webasto???
I have no idea how to use it, as its some sort of yankee grade heating device I've not encountered before.
Eventually I'd planned to ask you folks whats up with it and how to use it.
I believe that the right thing to do with that Webasto would be to remove it and give it to some poor shivering Yankee.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:30 PM   #316
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I don't know what I'm using to get the gluey residue off.



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I started using Goof Off on blue shop towels and Scotchbrite pads to take my adhesive off after using the heat gun to take off the striping. I have added an intermediate step of scraping the softened adhesive with a putty knife after soaking it in Goof Off and roughing it up with Scotchbrite then going over it again and wiping the remaining residue off. It takes time, but it is working.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:32 PM   #317
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I've been softening the adhesive, then scraping.
Best way I've found after a couple afternoons of adhesive removal.
Almost was ready to take out the paint remover wheel and just go HAM on it.
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Old 05-20-2017, 04:29 AM   #318
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This is worse than taking the actual reflective tape off!
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Old 05-20-2017, 04:51 AM   #319
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It always seemed on amtran and ic like the lift door was an after thought .. even on my carpenter there's extra bolts that look out of place almost like they build a bus then cut it up to put the lift door in.. inviting rust to form..
I never used a lift, I've watched real school busses use them and seems the drivers go through a lot of prep and stow for just one chair...

The heater.. if you plan to camp in cooler chilly weather like say 30s or 40s at night your webasto would be perfect.. we need to troubleshoot it as I tried to turn it on when we were working your wipers and it did nothing .
It would heat your coolant and you'd turn one heater fan on like say the driver floor heat on low speed and you'd stay warm on a cool night. And could still ditch the rear heater if you want the space. Just make your sleep area near the front.. perfect since the seats are already out of that part of the bus
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Old 05-20-2017, 03:44 PM   #320
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Cool, thanks Chris. I agree about the WC doors.
we've committed to at least getting rid of the lift, so far.

Here's one side with the prep work started. Gonna have heavy rains for the next few days/week so I'm not masking or going too far yet.
Got out most of the lights. The front corner mirrors are gone, the emblems, decals, reflective tape, rubber wheel arches, headlight bezels, etc...


I've got more pics coming, but here's one after Shaun and I took off the WC lift. Feels GREAT to have that thing gone. I tried to talk myself into keeping it, but bye bye it went, and no regrets. Some scrapper's day will be made.


Hard to tell from the pics all the hard work that's gone into it in the last week. But its coming along. Should have it painted in the next ten days +/-.
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