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Old 04-17-2017, 07:49 AM   #1
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Mechanic for 5.9 Cummings Ocala FL

We just bought our first bus! It's a Ford chassis with a carpenter body. It has a 5.9 Cummings and I know nothing about diesels. I would like to have a mechanic look k it over, steam clean it, and make some minor changes. I would also like the mechanic to look over the air brakes.

Does anyone know any good reliable shops in between Tampa and Ocala? We live halfway between them.
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We just bought our first bus! It's a Ford chassis with a carpenter body. It has a 5.9 Cummings and I know nothing about diesels. I would like to have a mechanic look k it over, steam clean it, and make some minor changes. I would also like the mechanic to look over the air brakes.

Does anyone know any good reliable shops in between Tampa and Ocala? We live halfway between them.
Davidmreedy is a forum member with a shop in Summerfield.
I know a mobile diesel tech who I can refer you to also.
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mechanic is a real expense car wash guy. i think i might try that at home prior to taking it to a mechanic.
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a truck wash will steam the engine... truck stops often charge mnore for a wash, but if you can find a local truck wash.. often near an area where lots of warehouses and depots are.. you can get a good deal...

the one I use for example in ohio will wash my bus for $30 including steaming the engine if I want...

if you cant find any, then for some reason im thinking one of the exits off of 75 for Ocala advertises a truck wash, you may also be able to fit the bus in a local Pay2Spray that has a larger bay... Ive washed a bus in one of those a couple times..
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It is just a big engine. Start cleaning very small areas with as other have said with even just a tooth brush. Wash and clean your hoses first. I think you can Armorall them. Pretty much from the top down and use small tarps or blankets to catch drips etc.In some areas just a rag with degreaser sprayed on it. You will learn so much about your engine. You your self will see where drips or leaks are coming from. As said hiring a Mechanic to was your engine is very expensive. I wonder what they get per hour.Yes on the brake check. There is no reason for you to not crawl under and inspect hoses.
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Before you start with the toothbrush, go to the car wash and spray that puppy down.
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a truck wash will steam the engine... truck stops often charge mnore for a wash, but if you can find a local truck wash.. often near an area where lots of warehouses and depots are.. you can get a good deal...

the one I use for example in ohio will wash my bus for $30 including steaming the engine if I want...

if you cant find any, then for some reason im thinking one of the exits off of 75 for Ocala advertises a truck wash, you may also be able to fit the bus in a local Pay2Spray that has a larger bay... Ive washed a bus in one of those a couple times..
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flying j on state rd 52 has one and there is more towards ocala
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Turf, I hear your concern but if I steam wash the engine and mess something up I have to pay to fix it. If they mess something up its on their dime. Plus I know very little about diesel engines and want someone to walk me through the stuff.
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