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Old 04-05-2015, 09:39 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by nat_ster View Post
This year all 400 buses are plumbed into a glycol system that is heated by a wood boiler.
Nice! I've been dreaming up such a system. In the next year or two I expect to be in possession of a tractor. We won't have a reliable electricity source where the tractor will be parked so I've been thinking about a tiny wood boiler system (that doesn't get quite boiling hot, of course) that uses the same coolant as the tractor and hydraulic quick-disconnects. This could be useful to get the tractor ready for snow-blowing and the like..
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Old 04-06-2015, 01:24 AM   #12
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Jump starting

I for one would not hook jumper cables from a late model car or pickup to
a diesel bus and crank the bus starter with the car running. I don't even do it from car to car, as the huge voltage spike from the starter engaging and releasing can damage sensitive electrical devices. Around here even the tow trucks carry jumper boxes for jump starts instead of the huge cables that went to the on board batteries. It may not kill the computer or other electronics immediately but the death usually happens within the next 6 months. If I jump start a car with cables I hook them together and charge the dead cars battery and then shut off the running vehicle before starting the dead one. You learn a lot of things after 40years of mechanics/25 years with own shop.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:20 AM   #13
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Block heaters also warm whatever oil is in the various oil-delivery passageways, reducing engine wear on start.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:27 AM   #14
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I appreciate all the advice on starting the engine. Do any of you have any advice on finding someone who can teach me about the engine in my bus? I'd love to learn how it works and how to do basic maintenance.
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:30 AM   #15
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I would think you also need to be careful with starter fluid if you have a heat grid like on a Cummins.

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Old 04-09-2015, 10:33 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by taskswap View Post
Man, I'd love to see pics of THAT system. I'm a fan of wood boilers, and crazy uses of them in particular. That one takes the cake.

Same here.
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:59 AM   #17
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Same here.
Sorry I missed your post TankSwap till CrazyCal quoted you.

I will take some pics tonight.

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