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Old 01-05-2018, 11:06 AM   #891
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Scheduled the tow guy to meet me at the dealer tonight. was gonna do it last night but ended up doing some other things and couldn't get out there to get it.
Called the sevice dept at the dealer to let them know I'd be coming for it tonight to haul it home and fix it myself.
If the inner cover is bad I'll have it towed the 2 miles to the local truck shop and just wait for them to have the time and let them do just the inner cover.
Then another two mile tow and i can put the front cover and other crap back on.
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:12 AM   #892
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Scheduled the tow guy to meet me at the dealer tonight. was gonna do it last night but ended up doing some other things and couldn't get out there to get it.
Called the sevice dept at the dealer to let them know I'd be coming for it tonight to haul it home and fix it myself.
If the inner cover is bad I'll have it towed the 2 miles to the local truck shop and just wait for them to have the time and let them do just the inner cover.
Then another two mile tow and i can put the front cover and other crap back on.
Sounds like a plan that will cost a good deal less than $8700.
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:34 AM   #893
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Sounds like a plan that will cost a good deal less than $8700.
Sounds like a terrible idea to me.

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How far is the Inter'l dealer to Shawn's? Go buy a bucket of THE cheapest distilled water you can find. I was going to say anti-freeze but who cares? Drive the bus home. If the coolant level light comes on every quarter mile, fine. Top it off and keep going. Hell take the cap off and run a garden hose from a literal barrel of water from inside the bus, thru the door and under the hood. Hell of a lot cheaper than another $300 tow. Ain't like you're pressed for time.
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:00 PM   #894
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I'm not risking doing any damage. A tow is pennies compared to what this dealer was charging me.
Its got REALLY bald tires and nails/screws in at least two of them. Tonight's the only time we can get over there and its in the WORST part of orlando. No way I'm pulling over and topping off fluid in that area on a Friday night.
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:30 PM   #895
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:57 PM   #896
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Shaun just came over to tell me that he "doesn't want me to do anything rash" and that we can park it and work on it as long as it takes at his place.

Gonna call the tow guy after lunch and arrange to meet him over at the dealer tonight.


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Old 01-05-2018, 05:00 PM   #897
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well the tires on it now are seriously, dangerously BALD. So going UP a size is a no brainer if I end up putting new tires on. NOT worried about tires when theres a massive coolant leak. And the factory does use silicone gasket sealer. Permatex brand to be specific.

If you got nothing better to do I'll gladly give ya the gas money, sir!


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Old 01-05-2018, 06:08 PM   #898
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well the tires on it now are seriously, dangerously BALD. So going UP a size is a no brainer if I end up putting new tires on. NOT worried about tires when theres a massive coolant leak. And the factory does use silicone gasket sealer. Permatex brand to be specific.
If you got nothing better to do I'll gladly give ya the gas money, sir!
I can't say that it's nothing better to do but it is my job to pay my bills.
Sorry gas money ain't beneficial for either of us cause my old truck averages about 7-mpg.
Perma tex is one at the top and they have one that is make your own gasket?
So I would wonder if the district said the hell with a new gasket and filled it full of the GASKET SEALER?
There is also even better out there but I can't remember the name of it.
I have some and will send a pic when I get home? Really in the tomorrow cause I ain't gonna look for it tonight.
More like aviation gasket sealer and once it gets heat on it it takes work to get the pieces apart without breaking them? But they don't leak?
I have mechaniced most of my life but I don't know your engine in any aspect so I would only be a wrench turner and advice when I could?
My knuckles are hard because they have been bloodied to many times and my work contributes.
I offered to help but I can only give advice from far away at this point?
Sorry.
With actual snow here?
I work on commercial heaters and it's like they don't even know what it's doing and have had no problems until there's snow and there patrons are complaining?
Most are BS but some are legit like 16 roof top unit I fixed today the gas regulators were under the snow and frozen because whatever dummy did the job originally ran everything on a 2x4 so it was frozen? I can call BS on the installer cause they should have known better(by there license) and I can blame the county and the owner for accepting it? Now the owner pays and the county gets paid to look at me moving 16 natural gas regulators out of the anticipated snow load for this area?
Sorry? My men and I have been on this F'NG rooftop to fix this for these people in the freaking ice and snow and 20-mph winds and they are bitching cause we ain't fast enough.
I invited the B (that says she's paying for it) to see exactly what we are doing before you talk to me or my men again?
She called my office and said I was rude and expected here to approve my work and why wasn't her county inspector there?
Sorry man ? Wish I was close to you cause I wish I could pack one right?
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:13 PM   #899
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So I would wonder if the district said the hell with a new gasket and filled it full of the GASKET SEALER?
If it could ever be shown that a school district did this, ECCB would have actionable evidence against them.

Also, it would be very much against the terms of use of the auction site, and they would probably refund.

I would be frankly astonished if a school district behaved this way. It's just not how they roll.

When schools want to off-load a troublesome bus, they simply sell as a "non-runner". The listings are full of them.
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Old 01-05-2018, 10:35 PM   #900
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I jsut got back to Shaun's with the bus. Me and Roxy just decided to drive it. Its 35 degrees out, no traffic, so we took it nice and easy. Grabbed some water to keep it topped off and checked it every 5 miles.
We had a tow scheduled but the guy didn't show. So we drove it carefully and saved hundred. That's a big win! That'll pay for some parts.
I talked to the night staff while I was there. Really awesome, knowledgeable techs. The head tech came over to me and told me that I could fix it myself. He said the updated cover has more bolts added to hold it on more securely to cut back on leaks. He said I should be able to do the front cover in a day or two. He said the inners are usually good and that a GOOD, MINT condition used or aftermarket, or old stock pre update cover would likely solve the leak. He said if it leaks oil, its usually a sign that the inner cover failed. Coolant is usually the outer. But won't know till I get in there.
They charged me less than the $300 on the invoice. $230 including antifreeze and stuff, so not quite as bad. Just getting to talk to a REAL tech who said he's done hundreds of these was sorta worth it. He even said to call if I had any questions in the future. Good guys, the techs. Hard to get a tech to talk with during the day shift. All techs and one service advisor at night.

She drove like a BEAST! Yes, its electronically limited to 55mph, but it accelerates REALLY nicely and keeps up with traffic just fine.
Someone was making fun of it for "only going 50-55" but that's a REALLY easy, petty thing to fix. This bus is capable of 85 mph on 10R's.
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