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Old 01-28-2018, 01:55 PM   #1121
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Is the rated cap in your signature the actual vehicle cap or is it how many you can carry now?
Interested if it will work for me but your cap. Is low for me?
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Mine is a shorty wheelchair bus and has 6 seats from the factory (and 2 wheelchair positions). Let's not forget the chair lift. Lest anyone think the ride is rough, it has an air ride rear axle.

As long as you have a similar axle, the "chunk" will swap perfectly. I'm already resigned to spending a fair bit of money swapping mine, so I'd like to recoup some of the cost if someone can use the one I have.
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:14 PM   #1122
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Is the rated cap in your signature the actual vehicle cap or is it how many you can carry now?
Interested if it will work for me but your cap. Is low for me?
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Remember that "rated capacity" only applies to how many seats, or wheelchair stations were fitted.

I have a 40 pusher, but its rated capacity was 46 because it had coach seating rather than bus seats.
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:59 PM   #1123
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on my bus the radiator was about 50 lbs or so.. and the CAC about the same.. the core support id estimate at maybe 150? so id say since he has full rad and full CAC that he would have 500 MAX and thats beiing conservative..

it doesnt have to go up that high.. the bonnet comes off with 2 large pins and the 4 spring cable pins and unplug the wire harnesses.. 2 people can lift that bonnet easily and set it down.. now you just have to clear the bumper..

you can unbolt the fan shroud from the system or leave it on but it gets a bit tricky with the fan in there still doable though.. radiator hoses come off easy.. turbo pipes on mine ccame apart easy.

since you dont have the split radiator you may be able to disassemble each component... that weas the mistake i made wit hthe split radiator which made getting it back together real tough.. getting to the bolts was tough as it was obviously dropped in as a unit when my bus was built.. ive seen some vids of people doing front engione work and they pull the system out as a unit with a regular engine hoist or a bobcat.
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I thought 1200 lbs sounded a bit silly.
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:02 PM   #1124
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Earlier a gear swap was mentioned. I have a 5.29 ratio in my bus which is soon to be swapped (I don't have overdrive). Any takers? Axle is an N175 I believe.
Anyone with an allison 2000 would do well with that rear axle ratio. What I've got in the shorty.
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:47 PM   #1125
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Water based latex is maybe the worst thing to put on a Skoolie short of painting it with battery acid. To begin...it will never bond to the oil based paint that is on there. Next...water and metal = rust if you sand through anywhere. Fine for house interiors...horrible on any vehicle. Even the new gen, environmentally friendly factory applied, water based paint is crap. You can find brand new cars that just came off the carrier from Detroit that have rust popping through. I wouldn't even put it on fiberglass since it can't be sanded.

Someone applied water based latex to some parts of my '46 Chevy. They apparently sanded it down to bare metal to put it on and there is a layer of rust under it everywhere there was latex. Sand through the original, 72 year old, oil based Chevy paint and the metal is bright and clean underneath.
Was out at Sandi's bus this morning and I remembered you saying this. Sure enough there were little pockets of condensation trapped behind the latex.
The rustoleum I put on in the dark and with 80% humidity did fine.
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:54 PM   #1126
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Ouch...sorry to hear that guys. And the stuff is a monster to try and sand. Best thing I have found for removing it is a "Striping disk". It will cut through it where sandpaper just clogs up.

Like this...

https://www.eastwood.com/poly-x-pain...SABEgIZe_D_BwE

...but there are cheaper ones.
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Old 01-28-2018, 09:06 PM   #1127
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Ouch...sorry to hear that guys. And the stuff is a monster to try and sand. Best thing I have found for removing it is a "Striping disk". It will cut through it where sandpaper just clogs up.

Like this...

https://www.eastwood.com/poly-x-pain...SABEgIZe_D_BwE

...but there are cheaper ones.
Hmm...I prefer "black beauty" and a pneumatic sander

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Old 01-28-2018, 09:14 PM   #1128
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Hmm...I prefer "black beauty" and a pneumatic sander

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Black diamond at harbor freight...no EPA issues...

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Old 01-28-2018, 10:23 PM   #1129
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Ouch...sorry to hear that guys. And the stuff is a monster to try and sand. Best thing I have found for removing it is a "Striping disk". It will cut through it where sandpaper just clogs up.

Like this...

https://www.eastwood.com/poly-x-pain...SABEgIZe_D_BwE

...but there are cheaper ones.
She's happy with it, so that's all that matters.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:23 PM   #1130
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Anyone with an allison 2000 would do well with that rear axle ratio. What I've got in the shorty.
That's why I'm offering it. I'm thinking I'll need about a 4.11 gear set to give a top end around 70.

Right now I get 55 with the engine at ~2500
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