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Old 07-06-2006, 12:19 AM   #11
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Funny this topic came up. I just had to jump my bus today. I left my CB on for the past 3 weeks and I guess that did it. I hooked up the jumper cables to my saturn and did the high idle thing. I used a twig from a nearby tree to high idle the car . After about 15 min the bus fired up. It probably would have started quicker if my jumper cables were not so dirty and corroded.

I am glad this worked because I needed to head to the city to get some lumber. I sure did not want to wait for my charger to get the batteries up.
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Old 07-06-2006, 10:22 AM   #12
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batteries

I am a fan of getting a bigger battery than you need if you have the space. My first battery was a 1050 cca battery from Napa. It worked great for firing up the bus, never had a problem. It cost about $140. However mine is not a diesel, which requires much more power. If I had a diesel I would be looking for a single 8D. They seem to be stock on large commercial vehicles. I now have two and they are amazing. Consider going for a used one if you can find one. Look into shops specializing in only batteries. They usually have a deal where they recycle used batteries from the shops and stores they supply. Those batteries may have a long life ahead if they are topped up with distilled water and trickle charged after a good equalizing. Good luck.

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Old 07-07-2006, 02:01 PM   #13
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i recently purchased an 8 D new for $150 bucks. Worth every penny. IT would cost more to buy 2 large pickup truck batteries from wal-mart, and you wouldn't have anywhere near the storage capacity of the 8D.
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Old 07-07-2006, 07:58 PM   #14
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Would an 8D battery crank MY bus?

Its a 1986 International Harvester/Thomas Built S1700 "short bus". Its truely a shortbus though, not a van-sized or smaller one. Its huge, just shorter.

Also.. where did you pick up an 8D battery for 150 bucks?
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Old 07-07-2006, 08:43 PM   #15
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i was quoted $150 bucks for the new 8D at my trusted local alternator/starter repair shop. I've known that guy for years...

I actually decided i needed the battery a couple week after our conversation and picked one up at my local auto parts place. (ross auto in lapeer mi) I think they wanted $170 for the 8d, but i told him that i can get it cheaper down the road, and they gave it to me for $150.
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Old 07-07-2006, 08:57 PM   #16
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Wow that's a great price. Nice work.

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Old 12-12-2008, 09:12 AM   #17
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Re: Killed the battery... should I jumpstart?

If your looking for large batteries check the farm stores, bought one for our no longer ours 1980 international harvester scout with a 6.9 diesel out of a ford truck shoe horned into it, it was a few years ago but was around $100.00 dollars
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Old 08-24-2016, 07:42 PM   #18
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I jumped 8d battery, bus, cummins 8.3-0using Honda element and the bus started in 5min. Now I just need to know why my bus won't start with out the jump assist. Batteries read full but no crank without jump start. Any ideas would help.

Starter solenoid?
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And for what it is worth... I'm running a single 8d with our 8.3l. She sparks right up no problem. Even down to about 35 degrees.
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I jumped 8d battery, bus, cummins 8.3-0using Honda element and the bus started in 5min. Now I just need to know why my bus won't start with out the jump assist. Batteries read full but no crank without jump start. Any ideas would help.

Starter solenoid?
If the bus starts with a jump then the solenoid/starter/cabling is fine. Check your connections at the battery. If those are clean pull the battery and have it load checked. My bet is this is your problem.
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