Originally Posted by the_experience03
How do you have that alternator tensioned? I see it has the pivot bolt. Is that all it is is a friction hold or is there a jam bolt like a lot of OEM applications? Also, does it just run off a free pulley or does that belt drive something else? I'm thinking that mount was part of the engine cradle. Does it move with the old Detroit? I liked the setup. It was cool the way you put it over to the side next to the other one and out of the way a little.
spent about 14 hours on the bus today.....uggg i'm tired.
it's tensioned just like the oem alternator. there are a pair of bolts at the bottom that allow it to pivot, and one on the top that holds it in place....i'll try to shoot a photo tomorrow. there is a pretty good shot of it in the video i thought. to tension, you put a little pressure on the alt with a prybar or 2x4 until adequate belt tension is achieved, then you tighten the bolt on top. ......anyhow. the bottom pivot point of the alternator is not connected to the engine it'self which is something i thought about when i was fabricating the setup, but the arm that keeps tension on the alternator is bolted to the motor. The motor isn't allowed much movement, but having the tension arm connected to the motor seems like a good setup. I have a label maker and want to make it easy for the next owner. Both alternator bodies are identical, but one is 24 volt, the other is 12.
this is not my setup, but is very similar.
the guy i bought the bus from is a liar and a cheat.
he claimed the bus had all new airbags, and that he replaced the ride hight valves. i spent most of the day today under the bus, after i drove it up on blocks. Air bags are obviously not new. they don't leak, but by looking at them it's very apparent they are not new. There are a total of 4 ride height valves. only 1 of them is new. I figured out why the bus doesn't sit level.....there is only 1 valve in the front, the other one was disconnected. He tried to have both the left and right side work off of the same valve, which was a good money saving idea, except the bus weighs more on the right side so the bus sits unlevel all the time.
i wish it was easier to pursue legal action against a person that lives 2K miles away. Along with his claim of 80-85 mph and 10.4 mpg...........
buyer beware. next time i'll actually inspect the bus thoroughly before i drive it away.
photos are on the way...but i gotta get some sleep.