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Old 06-30-2017, 07:26 PM   #131
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class of 87 here too.. I was programmer / computer / hacker geek all through high school.. its the only way I survived as a kid who was already labelled as "queer" because I didnt want to date girls.. yeah in a military-centric suburban public school.. (beavercreek ohio.. near wright patt AFB... ) once people had the idea that I could probably do all kinds of bad things to their school grades, class schedules, etc.. they all just left me alone.. i stuck with it.. I actually liked it more and more so it turned out well.. our programming classes were a joke too.. pascal and IBM PC BASICA.. first major project of the class I shredded the instructor's program that was on the screen right in front of the class.. id already been playing with IBM PC's for 4 years by the time that class came along.. but I had to take it for "good faith" and the graduation credits that would "look good" for a college... college.. a place I never did go.. and never heard the end of from my father.. who slammed me for that decision my whole life.. except for the last 3.5 years.. cause i havent spoken to him.. a gay son that his mother abused wasnt good enough for him.. so I quit feeling obligated to appease him...

alas - the scan tools.. yeah they cost $$.. but so would service shop hours, esp when doing custom work... a few pro truck shop hours and ive bought a scan tool that I'll have as long as I want to use it..

I have a decent selection of hand tools.. the big stuff i rent.. ie hoists or such as i dont use them often enough to want them in my garage all the time..

computerized cars CAN be a PITA indeed... I suppose thats why my "main" vehicle.. the one I rely on to go to work and back or when I really want peace of mind is a lease.. 2 years and it goes back and I get a new one.. always under warranty.. and I dig all the fancy navi screens and "oh cool it parks itself".. and cruise control that adapts to traffic, etc.. I suppose I will change my tune once the steering wheel is gone and I absolutely cannot control the car any longer..

time to go board a plane.. Grrrr stuck in DFW for 4 hours!!! finally getting on the plane to st pete..

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Old 07-02-2017, 10:04 PM   #132
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here we go!!!! i actually put the wheels to the ground today!!!

part 1, happening as I saw it.. B-roll raw video..



there is a part 2 that is still processing.. ill post it once its done.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:24 PM   #133
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here we go!!!! i actually put the wheels to the ground today!!!

part 1, happening as I saw it.. B-roll raw video..



there is a part 2 that is still processing.. ill post it once its done.
-Christopher
Just finished watching video on my big screen. Hehe, I felt as if I was the one driving.
I thought you were doing the transmission swap at your house, but I see bus in storage location.
Looking good. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:35 PM   #134
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I did the swap in my storage place.. I did a lot of fabrication work at my house.. the 2 spots are about 5 minutes from each other.. I wore gloves and had covers on the seats of my truck so i didnt get it dirty inside driving back and forth. the storage unit people are pretty layed back.. I keep both of the busses there..

still a bit of electronic work to do yet to make the Vehicle speed sensor more stable.. ive got some ideas to stabilize that.. it got better as i adjusted it and drove.. youtibe is still processing the second video..

its like a whole different bus now!
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:49 PM   #135
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Congrats Chris and thanks for the ride-a-long!

What kind of RPM difference did you see with the 6 speed at 65? I know your speedo was out, but did it seem there a significant drop?

BTW...the engine sounds great too!
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:11 AM   #136
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Congrats Chris and thanks for the ride-a-long!

What kind of RPM difference did you see with the 6 speed at 65? I know your speedo was out, but did it seem there a significant drop?

BTW...the engine sounds great too!

since i went from a Non lockup non pverdrive to a double overdirve, my RPM change a HUGE amount. to go 65 previously I was going at like 2400-2500 RPM and bouncing off the limiter because of the unlocked converter..

now in 6th gear im taching about 1700.. possibly a little low.. (I can lock out 6th if i find the RPM is too low). however amazingly I still seem to have plenty of power .. it was 85-88 degrees yesterday and my radiator fan was kicking in and out which it never did before.. it wouldve just run solid.

the engine seems a lot smoother since I updated the software in it.. it ran rough at first till the ECM finished re-learning the engine..

the new transmission has a nice Kick to it.. the trans is over-built for my application but if I ever decide to really turn up the motor then the trans is ready for it.

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Old 07-03-2017, 07:16 AM   #137
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here we go!! here is the second part of my drive.. I cut out the middle just because it was just me adjusting and checking for fault codes in the trans,,

the transmission was getting into its groove by this time..

your maiden voyage is the MOST importabt drive you take with a new allison, as the TCM goes into an initial learn mode.. you run full throttle as many times as you can, the transmission learns the weight of your vehicle and how best to shift.. if you screw this up, you either need a scan tool to reset the Learn mode or you have to send your TCM in to an allison dealer to be reset...



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Old 07-03-2017, 07:33 AM   #138
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Lookin' good! And that is a huge drop in RPM's! Do you have city & hiway mpg benchmarks from the 545 to compare? I'm guessing you are going to pocket quite a bit of fuel change with this transplant. Granted, it might take a while for that to pay for it, but meanwhile your range should be extended a fair amount.

Keep up the good work...and vids!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:47 AM   #139
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I definitely have MPG data and will compare. regardless of the $$ saved, im guessing it will be easier on the engine overall too.. not to mention driveability. Diesels like to be more Loaded and at lower RPM than they do freewheeling at high RPM.

I havent driven it enough yet to get real numbers.. of course I'll run it around town for a bit and tweak the computer program.. and mess with my gauges a bit more too..

the other thing I really noticed is what everyone else was talking about and that was going downhill hitting the downshift and holy crap you almost dont need the brakes.. I always thought the 545 did a halfway decent job of holding but now I understand why people wanted lockup because its holding power is super.. esp when I hit L4 or L3..

this bus is probably rocky mountain capable.. though the 444E isnt as powerful as a 466, I can turn the smoke up to 210 HP easily.. and may do that.. i just have to talk navistar into allowing me to change the program in the computer.

my first test will be driving it around a bit and then a small road trip of about 80 miles each way..

then it will be ready for the ultimate test.. a trip across the "florida desert".. a road trip from I 95 to orlando and then to tampa on I-4, some of the HOTTEST most Humid weather you will find in florida.. in july and august it can easily be over 100 with humidty of 70% or more.. its the proving ground for Fan clutches, transmission coolers, and air-conditioners in my book...

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Old 07-03-2017, 08:11 AM   #140
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Man you're making me want to sell some projects off to buy that transmission for my shorty!
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