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Old 04-02-2016, 08:52 AM   #11
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To get the most benefit: if you take it out, make sure it is long enough to get it up to a normal operating temperature. That way all the lubrication can be properly distributed.

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Old 04-05-2016, 08:42 AM   #12
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you definitely want to run it at least 30 minutes... when you first start ANY engine there is condensation that forms on the cylinders and sometimes even gets into the oil... you want to get all that metal warmed up.. its also a good idea to run with the heater valves opened up to keep your coolant fully circulated through the system... run it up to highway speed so your transmission goes through all its gears a couple or more times.. and the tires "run out" any flat spots they may have from sitting..

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Old 04-05-2016, 10:04 AM   #13
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I like to spray Fluid Film on the under carriage every fall. To keep rust down. Then drive it every month or two to keep things working. I live in the salt belt.
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:12 AM   #14
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whats fluid film? I was planning on POR-15 the bottom of my bus before winter.. mine came from Tipp-City ohio originally and has surprisingly litle rust on it.. at first i wondered how a 25 year old bus could have only 85,000 miles on it.. (figured the odometer was changed) but judging from the small amount of wear on the seats, floors and little rust im thinking it could be real...

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Old 04-05-2016, 02:22 PM   #15
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Just google Fluid Film. I usually buy online in gallon cans from www.theruststore.com . Its lanolin (sheep/wool) based so it wont harm rubber or wiring. It has the consistency of snot. Spray it on with a shutz undercoat gun. Way better than oil spraying.
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whats fluid film? I was planning on POR-15 the bottom of my bus before winter.. mine came from Tipp-City ohio originally and has surprisingly litle rust on it.. at first i wondered how a 25 year old bus could have only 85,000 miles on it.. (figured the odometer was changed) but judging from the small amount of wear on the seats, floors and little rust im thinking it could be real...

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Old 04-05-2016, 04:35 PM   #16
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Just google Fluid Film. I usually buy online in gallon cans from www.theruststore.com . Its lanolin (sheep/wool) based so it wont harm rubber or wiring. It has the consistency of snot. Spray it on with a shutz undercoat gun. Way better than oil spraying.
this stuff looks great and easy to apply by air gun too.. the video i watched made it look more like the consistency of WD-40 or such..

is it flammable if you acccidentilly get some on the exhaust, or does it just smoke off?

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Old 04-05-2016, 06:32 PM   #17
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It don't spin at all. I live in her full-time.
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Old 04-05-2016, 11:28 PM   #18
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Cap, I thought the reason you had such a new bus was so you could cruise around? I also live in mine full time and sometimes I take it shopping. It's a good warm up for the bus once a month or so, and taking my refrigerator to the store has its advantages. I can't say I lost the grocery list anymore. When it's full, it's full. It was kind of bad driving during these long spring rains since a heavy vehicle like this will mush a gravel driveway while the ground is saturated.
I first started using buses as mobile storage, then it expanded to hauling the kids bikes to parks and being a very handy cargo van during the rainy season. I still have two five window gassers with stick shifts but I never lived in any of them. I was in this diesel a couple months after buying it. I've probably only put on a couple hundred miles so far but I do intend to use this to travel extensively. Plans change frequently due to unforeseen necessitys.
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