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Old 08-12-2017, 04:24 PM   #41
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it shows that i really should gear down a little in the rear.. (not often a sakoolie talks about gearing down).. but it ran better in 5th than it did in 6th.. I think I was crowding it all the time in 6th.. I didnt notice black smoke but im guessing that 100% load at 1475 RPM isnt great on the engine.. at least not that engine..

maybe a Big CAT class 8 its OK..
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:11 PM   #42
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"Lugging" be bad.
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:26 PM   #43
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"Lugging" be bad.
thats why I shifted to 5th and left that as the max gear.. ran fine that way and it kicked down to 4th on some of the larger hills..
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:11 PM   #44
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We are leaving to finally go get it tomorrow! It was 60 miles north of Houston and miraculously didn't receive flood damage. It'll be around 11 hours on Thursday, we'll camp somewhere, and then Friday morning go pick it up first thing where my buddy from Houston will be meeting us. My two friends and drivers will remove the seats right away and apparently the handicap door is screwed closed as well. We are hauling a motorcycle ramp so we can get his bike in easily. After that I found a wheelchair lift in Dallas we will install that afternoon before driving back to Arkansas.
It'll be an adventure!
I'll get some pictures once we get it back.
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:12 AM   #45
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Well.????? were is it.?
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:56 AM   #46
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Trust but verify.

Can you take the vin to a dealer and see what it came with.
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:27 PM   #47
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Happy new year!

I realize I haven't updated my build thread since going to get my bus. It made it an hour from home before smoking and nearly catching fire. It's been sitting at my buddies shop for a couple months finally getting worked on now. Turns out the rear axles seals were worn away and it spilled out differential fluid everywhere. My friends motorcycle was in the back but it's alright.
The front end needs new bushings minimally and it turns out the guy lied and it's not the overdrive transmission. I didn't travel 14 hours to turn around at that point though. I'll be putting a different one in when the funds are available. My next step is to get a ramp and get in there so I can check it out. The doorway is unusually small 39 inches wide by 53 inches tall. Regular lifts like I have in my other bus are typically 42 inches wide and almost 60 inches tall. SO before committing to buying an expensive ramp and making a larger door I'm going to get a long steel ramp and at least get inside to make sure I want to keep it. My only worry now is that the windshield is too low and smaller than my other bus for me to see out of without ducking. I don't want to travel the country staring at the metal above the windshield. I'm wondering if I could find a large windshield, cut away some of the upper metal, and build a new one in. So far my good friend at the metal fabrication shop doesn't like that idea and suggests maybe cutting out a large window in that space above the windshield. That sounds like my field of vision would be split up too much for me.
I'll report back after getting inside. All of that aside its a great size vehicle 4 window which will be great for driving into regular parking lots again if I can make it work.
Any ideas, suggestions, or opinions welcome ofcourse.
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:58 PM   #48
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Dam that sucks bro, i been wondering what happend , is it possible to lower the seat bracket.? i lowerd mine 2" made a huge diffrence on how i see out my windshield.
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Old 01-01-2018, 09:47 PM   #49
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Well I would be sitting right behind the doghouse next to the driver in my wheelchair which is already taller then the driver's seat.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:55 PM   #50
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Finally got in! Looks good from in here. Next week they should be done with it as far as mechanical repairs. Probably going to wait until it's a little warmer to get some guys together and rip it apart.
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