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Old 02-09-2017, 04:00 PM   #21
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There are also some "emergency" belt options out there...

Like this...
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:17 PM   #22
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Not necessarily, but as cowlitz said when one breaks you're dead in the water without another...
Or something like a bearing in an alternator seizes up and the engine keeps on turning. Then the belt gets burnt/worn thru and breaks.
Or gets so hot before you realize what is happening belt also starts to burn.
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:19 AM   #23
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:23 AM   #24
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Is the Serpentine belt the one I see under the air filter? How would I go about replacing that belt in the event of breakage?

Also...after another week(end) of work, the bus is 'half-primed' (was a rush job for insurance), the entire wood floor is out, and other accessories removed (lots of decals, mirrors, call dispatch antennae?, ). More painting was supposed to be done today but we have snow and freezing rain. I burnt my hand with the heat-gun because I am stupid and grabbed the tip whilst distracted in a conversation. Right now I am focusing on trying to get the bus to start again so I can bring it to it's parking lot for the week.

Gus won't start.mp4
Gus won't start 2.mp4
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Old 02-12-2017, 03:33 PM   #25
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I have never carried extra regular V-belts and I have never had a problem that kept me from getting home.

I always carry an extra serpentine belt because when they go everything stops.
Whenever I change out a serpentine belt, I put the old one behind the seat or somewhere in the vehicle out of the way. Its nice having a backup. Only ever had one issue with one from a faulty tensioner on a 4.3 Vortech. Been carrying a spare since.
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Old 02-12-2017, 04:19 PM   #26
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thats a good idea to keep the old belt and run the new.. I think I'll do that... I ordered a new belt for RedByrd.. and to change it I have to take the A/C belt off so I got a new one of those too...

they claim those of us with T-444Es or DT-466E's should carry an IPR and an ICP sensor... those will stop you dead.. I shoul;d probably do that but I havent done that yet..

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Old 02-12-2017, 09:13 PM   #27
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Old 02-13-2017, 02:59 PM   #28
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Thanks! I'll post this weekend's updates when I am home. The bus is currently stuck though, I think I might have an open ended wire causing a short somewhere? I got a red light + buzzer warning and then later that day it went away when my battery died. Charged up the battery a bit and the light + buzzer is back. The bus is stuck at my in-laws (to their chagrin)...and it needs to be moved asap. I need to figure this issue out

I've been attempting to remove some of the ceiling rivets but they seem too tight to get at with my dulled air chisel. The side panels under the windows came off easy. One question though, what are people doing about the lower portion of the wall that the seats bolted into? It's thicker steel and is even attached behind the wheel well. I'm going to look at some other journals next chance I get...I never noticed this. I think to remove it I would have to remove the wheel well...but to get insulation behind it as-is seems like it would be a pita. I will have a picture coming soon (waiting to get home for time + resize photos) that better explains this.

Also the mat at the front of the bus is bolted underneath the rails that hold the 'door opener' box (the thing with buttons and the handle to open/close the door). Do people unbolt this and put it back, or just cut around it? I imagine I need to leave it in...and insulate around it too. Otherwise, the mount point would be higher and it would no longer line up with the door. Another thing I didn't notice when browsing other builds...now that I am building it myself all these little details are coming up

Does anyone know what the second battery is used for? Is it just a backup for the same purpose or does it run other electronics of the bus?
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:00 PM   #29
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Does anyone have some good reading resources to learn about my bus a bit more? I want to understand how the engine works, the electrical components, and these silly safety features.
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:11 PM   #30
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POWERSTROKEHELP.COM - The Information Source for Ford Power Stroke Diesel Owners & Mechanics is a HUGE resource on your engine / drivetrain
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