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Old 11-17-2007, 04:35 AM   #11
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Matt - very cool video!

We made it to Flagstaff. We were late getting out of LA because they ended up replacing a couple of wheel studs on the right rear. We were stuck in traffic for about an hour and a half, but once we got clear we were able to make pretty good time. This bus is AWESOME. We are able to cruise on flats at around 65-67mph - slowed to 45 at times on the climb to 6900ft in Western AZ. The only problem we encountered was temps running up when climbing hills. Once I remembered that I could turn on the heaters and heater pump, the heating problems went away. I need to understand if that's normal or maybe the radiator needs a flush?

Anyway, it handles great and is really fun to drive - though the hotel parking lot was a bit of a challenge...

Here she is getting a $4.09/gallon drink...
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Old 11-17-2007, 11:19 AM   #12
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Here she is getting a $4.09/gallon drink...

OUCH!!!!

nice looking bus.
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:29 PM   #13
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yehaa... she looks very nice. Nice wheels, underbelly storage, no rust as it looks like, well taken care of. congratulation on your purchase. !!!!
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:08 PM   #14
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You owe me a new keyboard & a towel from drooling over your bus! That's one NICE looking bus, Congratulations!
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:03 PM   #15
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When you turn your heaters on, they are just another heat exchanger like your radiator. That's more cooled off coolant going back to your engine thus the lower temps. Any idea what kind of mileage you're getting?
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:56 AM   #16
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Griff - LOL..

Matt - yeah, I had an old car in college that would overheat a lot - used that trick all the time.

So we made it to Amarillo for the night. We had one incident that kept us in Albuquerque for 3 hours. The oil dipstick had broken before where it had been previously welded and the mechanic in LA was unable to find a new one in time. So we stuck the knob end on the tube and planned to get a new one once home. But today the knob came loose in the engine compartment, oil splattered everywhere and the knob hit the (new) serpentine belt and gouged the back of it.

So we had to top off the oil, clean up the mess as best we could, and find a new belt. Finally, after going three places, and with some great help from AutoZone people, we got a new belt. Fortunately, it only takes a minute to install.

Otherwise, we had a good day driving - the bus is doing great. On the up hill side of the continental divide we got 6.7mpg, but coming down we've been doing a little over 10mpg. That's with cruising between 65 and 70mph.

Off to bed - gotta get an early start tomorrow....
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:22 AM   #17
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i think it is realatively normal for engine temperature to increase when hill climbing. How hot did it get before you turned on the heaters? What was the outside air temp?

this past summer after increasing the engines hp and thus the amount of heat produced, i was getting near 210 degrees on some long hillclimbs along i 80, but the ambient temps were 80 or 90 degrees.

i wouldn't expect a bus to want to overheat when the air temps are in the 50's. You could always add a secondary electric fan to the front of the radiator. Used fan's can be had for nearly free at the scrap yard. The best thing to do with a fan is have it wired to a thermostat to automatically turn on, but alternatively you could just wire it to a switch inside the cab and manually turn it on when you know a hill climb is coming.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:48 AM   #18
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The first time it got hot, I wasn't watching the gauge unfortunately - I was looking at traffic. Fortunately when the buzzer went off, there was a pull-off area right beside us so we stopped immediately and let it cool down. From then on, I was watching the gauge like a hawk. I am pretty sure something must not be cooling well enough since the ambient temp was only in the 70s.

Heading out for 5 hours to home...

Thanks for all the kind words and advice!
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if it got hot enough to set off the temp buzzer i agree that something is not correct. I'm sure you checked your coolant level. I don't have much more advice though.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:41 PM   #20
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Yeah the coolant level is good. I guess I'll need to get the radiator checked.

Got home today without incident. It sure looks big in the drive. Fortunately our drive is a long gravel road.

The frustrating thing is that since we are going to TX (sans bus) for Thanksgiving, I won't get to spend a lot of time with it this week...

Anyone have suggestions regarding where I can find an oil dipstick for it?
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