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Old 03-05-2007, 05:30 PM   #21
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You guys are hardcore. I can only think of a few times that I have had to do stuff like that. You know...using a screwdriver for the mains fuse on the truck, vise gripping brakelines shut, adjusting EFI resistance values with a gum wrapper to get the truck out of limp home mode, replacing birfield joints on the trailside. Nothing quite like that. I probably never would have figured out the solenoid to be perfectly honest.

And Elliott....I feel your pain. My bus to the college got stopped for 15 minutes one day by a semi with a full 53 ft refer that had to turn into an alley off of the main road here in Duluth. The poor guy got it eventually, but about high stress.

This summer I will be parallel parking my bus on the street out in front of my apartment. I'm not looking forward to that.
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:02 PM   #22
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No pain. Just good sport. One time, I had a bunch of pedestrians applaud me for popping
the rig into a "hole-in-the-wall" dock in one smooth movement. They were local folks
and used to being held up for a long time there. Just comes with practice. (And... It ain't
braggin' if'n it's the truth! -Will Rogers)

Now let me tell you about the time the clutch....
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:07 PM   #23
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some of the 5.9's with the VE pump use a solinoid with an internal plunger scrwed into the pump body, it is spring loaded in the off position and energized to run, if the engine won't start/run, remove the solinoid, take out the plunger and spring, install the solinoid housing and the engine will run. to stop the engine you have to manually pull the kill lever on the side of the pump.(not connected to the solinoid.
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