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Old 09-16-2017, 02:58 PM   #291
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It was snowing on us last night in the mountains! I don't like to drive at night but I wasn't too keen on sleeping in the snow so we drove and drove... I just added soe cardboard in front of my radiator to hopefully increase running temps while its this cold!
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:04 PM   #292
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Been there. I think I shared my thermostat experience with Dayton Tractor.....

Truck wouldn't warm up and I didn't want to turn wrenches in 10F weather so I had them put a bad thermostat in so that I could spend too much money, argue with them and finally change the new thermostat with a good one in 20F weather myself.....
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:04 PM   #293
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wow!!! beautiful country!!! I need to get out west in the bus!!

stuck thermostat is fairly common on these.. I had one brand new out of the box this past early spring that was stuck 1/3 of the way open. and even at 1/3 when it was 30 degrees out my temp got up to 135 or so in 40 degree temperatures.. I replaced it with another.. I use 180 thermostat in mine. I worked the stuck thermostat back and forth and then pan-tested it and it worked each time so I save it as a spare in case I need it..

running these engines without a thermostat is difficult as the O-ring seal for it is part of the thermostat itself.

the 180s were a little bit of a pain to find.. on your engine im guessing you use a short beck like mine? I know that time period when yours was built there were changes..

the big thing is making sure the O-ring on the new one is the same thickness as the one on the old one... i found out the hard way when I went to add coolant that my thermostat has the incorrect O-ring.. the next 180 I bought had the right one... same part number... grrrr..

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Old 09-17-2017, 03:10 PM   #294
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So this morning I broke one of my rules: if you have a problem that isn't obvious, check the last thing you changed. This morning, my bus wouldn't start. I was so confident in the new solenoid that I spent hours wenching around thinking it just be my fuel pump ( which is mechanical and on top of the engine!)

We were in the middle of nowhere of course, 80 miles from the closest town, preparing to start asking people for a ride to the next town... Then I decided that even though I was positive the glow system was working I would make extra damn sure before abandoning the bus at a rest stop and when I jumped the terminals and heard the brake motor slow down I knew that was it.

I feel like an idiot of course. My new relay probably only lasted two starts. I guess the longer duty cycle on the t444e was too much for it, these motors continue to glow for 2 minutes or more after starting, mostly for emissions reasons.

So for now I am going to grow about my back hurting and order a continuous duty rated solenoid from amazon and jump the terminals until I receive it.


Crap!

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Old 09-17-2017, 03:57 PM   #295
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Also before anyone points it out, I am going to measure resistance on my glow plugs and make sure none of them are short to ground before I order my new relay! They look pretty challenging to change, the valve cover has to come off to access them, and my bus has a dog house hiding most of the motor.

Oh and I broke my turbo actuator that has only been a problem and never been a problem solver, so now I just need to wire it in place!

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Old 09-17-2017, 06:02 PM   #296
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Brokedown, you are a self fulfilling prophecy.....

I have not figured out if you have a dark cloud following you around or if you enjoy working on your bus more than you enjoy driving it??

At the rate you are going you are going to have a new bus by the time you get back to Florida.
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Old 09-17-2017, 09:28 PM   #297
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George Washington checking out the short bus.

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Old 09-25-2017, 07:20 PM   #298
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Hey Josh,

How are things going? We have not had an update in a while?

Hopefully no more shiny new parts.....

Safe travels.

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Old 09-25-2017, 09:22 PM   #299
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Everything good, updates tomorrow!

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Old 09-26-2017, 10:18 PM   #300
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Ok I was planning to do this update from my laptop but I'm not getting usable internet right now... So you are stuck with a phone post!

Since my last post, we spent the week driving to Minnesota. We visited a friend I have known for a long time but only online, and did a lot of fishing!

We found a really nice lake with a fishing pier and caught lots of white crappie, bass, and bluegill. We could have easily hit our crappie limits both days but we were being picky about sizes.

We made some more friends at the fishing pier. A group of folks with various physical challenges showed up and really put our fishing skills to shame. Our new friend Homer was targeting northern pike and caught 5 of them! We ended up with over a pound of crappie fillets and did some hobo packs on our camping grill.

Monday, the Ms went to the Paisley Palace tour at Prince's compound. She was a big Prince fan and had a good time. I, of course, dropped her off and went to Starbucks.

Monday evening we hit the road. We are headed to the northern peninsula, and should be in Michigan some time tomorrow.

It has been raining and overcast all day today so we got no solar action. I rugged up a very awful jumper to put some alternator juice into the house battery, enough to run the fridge for a bit. Hoping for sunshine tomorrow!

Only a few pics today since I am on paid data!

1. Hillary and a crappie
2. One of my crappie
3. Homer and a 32 inch pike
4. The eventual demise of our catch

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