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Old 06-18-2017, 06:22 PM   #41
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That so complicates things when you do work like that in your driveway instead of a nice shop. Good job. You're ending up with a high performance bus which is on the fascinating side. If you had a shop you'd probably make some really unique machines.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:30 PM   #42
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Oh yes!! it was my facvorite thing to do!! ROAD TRIP!! it was Hot , it was Sultry! and there was a transmission in florida waiting on me! Off to Custom Automatic COnversions to go get some goodies!!



so I hopped in the trusty Silverado, cranked the tunes, put the windows down, and blasted the A/C! time to go get some Shinies!



back home again where a Tale of 2 transmissions can Begin!!



the immediate differences are that the shifter linkage is farther back on the new one, and the cooler lines come from bottom rather than the top.. otherwise it looks really similar.. the parking brake bracket also mounted differently on the new from the old. so I needed to look at how to make that work too..



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Old 06-18-2017, 06:35 PM   #43
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Will you custom make the linkage or go to a donor vehicle?

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Old 06-18-2017, 06:37 PM   #44
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the bus is in my storage unit which is on a paved lot, under roof but open sides.. it is about 5 minutes from my house.. so some of the work im doing at the house.. but the work on the bus itself im doing at the storage lot.. the people there are really cool about it.. and dont seem to mind me and others doing work to their vehicles there..

after the road trip, i chose to take a rest and Bake some cookies.. after all it had gotten cold and rainy for a couple days!. so i couldnt work at the bus itself..

and YES!! I still have christmas lights around my living room window!! (im into modern and Vintage christmas decorations as another Hobby).



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Old 06-18-2017, 06:48 PM   #45
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Congratulations Chris on dropping that thing out safely. So many things can go wrong but your foresight avoided those problems. Still got all your fingers? Sure would have been nice of your buddies to help a bit in the heat.
Hope the install goes as well for you.

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Old 06-18-2017, 06:49 PM   #46
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I can just see it cookies, glass of milk and 2 transmissions on your work bench.

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Old 06-18-2017, 06:51 PM   #47
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Time to go to work omn that parking brake bracket.. the drum and leveer assembly moved over and bolted right onto the new transmission.. I went to twork online looking for a parking brake linkage bracket.. but found there are many many different ones for allison 1000s.. I found a couple GMC brackets from the C5500 .. but to m,y dismay were discontinued.. my guess is they arent ever replaced often so they were discontinued quickly after the vehicle was not made anymore..

I looked at the old bracket and decided I could use parts from it and fab up a new one..

who do I think I am ?? TANGO? to go fabbin up stuff... well im gonna try!.



the old transmission makes a nice SHop "Vice"!



and after some cuttin and grindin and a paintin.. wa la! a new parking brake bracket!..



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Old 06-18-2017, 08:46 PM   #48
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with stuff moved over from the old and realizing the differences of the shifter linkage it was time to get basck over to the storage unit with the new tranny.!!

into the silverado we go... man am I glad the electronics screwed up in my chevy volt 2 years ago and I traded it for a Silverado LT!!



since all this work is greasy and my truck is New, something nice to have is a solution of DAWN liquid and water.. along with 90 mil nitrile gloves.. it allowed me to clean up nicelty after all the GREASE of being under an old bus..



old paint drop cloth (other side is nice and clean) to keep my truck seats clean.. I may use my truck like a truck, but I want it to look like new all the time!



so I hoisted and dragged and slid (transmissions slide very easily on cardboard! and doesnt scratch the pan up too much.

this time I used a 10000 lb strap at the front and back to lift it up and get the jack under it.. then I left the big strap in front as backup in case something went wrong.. I tied the transmission to the jack with a 1000 lb strap.. the jack itself can tilt both directions if need me..



as you can see in that pic i bolted the ring to the torque converter.. DONT FORGET to do that or you have to take out the trans and put it on! and use LOCTITE on those bolts!!!

I chose blue because it can be loosened without heat if for some reason i ever have to take it apart...



Notice the device on the side with the silver ends.. that is the new Neutral Safety Reverse light switch... the old AT545 used pressure switch for reverse.. and Neutral safety was also on its own.. the 1000 doesnt have these functions built in.. so I got a switch for a GMC truck.

this is the one I ordered... Amazon has everything!!

https://us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/la...bj7#3455216220

so now I had the transmission up nice and high, got the tilt just right.. but my little body just didnt have the brute to get it in place.. so alas I took another 10,000 lb strap and tied it to the front frame of the bus.. where i could get out in front and "winch" in the trans one click at a time.. so I winched.. and jiggled and finisssed a little on the jack.. I felt like it was bound up somehow.. I would raise a little lower a little.. finally was lined up across 2 studs and I turned the wheel through the inspection port.. made sure the studs lined up with the flex plate holes..

went back in front and with one click i heard a "Chi-Thangggg!!".. holy crap its in!!!

if you have ever installed a transmission in your life in anything its a sound you never forget.. its one that has you scrambling right quick "get the bolts started before anything else happens!!".. and after the bolts are in you do your happy dance!!

and an allison 1000 bolted into a school bus in place of a 545!!! oh yeah baby!!!



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Old 06-18-2017, 08:49 PM   #49
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Outstanding Chris!!! --- All that and cookies too? I AM impressed. And you are ahead of me on the parking brake bracket. I still have to find/fab one. But I also need the lever and a place to put it so...well, maybe later.

Happy to hear no digits were harmed in the making of this epic production. Now for the shiny stuff!
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:02 PM   #50
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Now to go to work on the peripherals.. we have electronics / cooler lines / shift loinkage/ driveshaft, and parking brake to hook up..

by the way the parking brake bracket was perfect.. the linkage connected right up and the brake feels like it engagesand disengages normally..

for the cooler lines.. they come off the bottom of the trans instead of the top.. if you read the message boards they will tell you that the cooler lines are #10, and they are if you use a GMC standard bell housing.. (90% of the mainstream 1000s are used in the GMC medoum duty trucks like the C7500's and the HD pickups.. (3500 Duramax duallies)..

in effect the lines coming off from an SAE3 bell housing are #12. they are an ORB (O-ring-Boss) type fitting.. not NPT or flare. I ordered a couple fittings from Grainger to do the job.. my original lines and my cooler are #10 so i needed to adapt.. ..

I chose a swivel type fitting as that way i could choose the direction it pointed.. this is important since I was using 90s and not straight fittings..

these are the fittings.

https://www.grainger.com/product/4VT...376ceb1c1ecda9



I decided to use steel braided line since these lines are on the very bottom of the bus.. the originals were factory located there and i found Navistar part numbers on them so even though its wack to have the lines so low to the ground, theyve lasted 17 years.. so i surmised i could place mine in the same spot.. the steel line is good for temperatures over 300 degrees and pressures of 1250 PSI...

ahhh yes.. I remember these Blood-suckers.. AN fittings.. ugh.. anyone who has ever installed them has dealt with the Fray, the blood, the tears, and frustration they can bring unless you have great patience..



be sure to use the assembly lube for these.. and I cut the hose with a cutoff wheel on my grinder and VERY LITTLE PRESSURE.. so the steel doesnt fray.. nice clean cuts make for easy assembly..

routed in the new lines.. and everything screwed together like it was supposed to...
so now I have cooler lines!!.



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