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Old 09-21-2006, 08:46 AM   #11
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i agree about braindead people at the fast food stores. i was at some store in elko nevada trying to find an alternator for my bus on a sunday @ 6pm.

At most bigger truck stops, napa stores, ect, i could tell them i want a leece neville alternator for a big truck, they would ask me how many amps do i want it to produce, then hand me the part in exchange for a few hundred $$$ They make varieties from around 100-350 amps. All have the same housing, just different internals.

at this store, which looked just like an autozone inside (was actually a parts usa or something) the poor guy behind the counter could't helpe me because he couldn't find the part in his computer. I gave him a few different engines that are used in big buses to see if we could come up with the right one, ie: 7.3 litre or 6.9 litre ford, 5.9 litre cummins, but no luck. finally i convinced him to let us come behind the county and look through the boxes of alternators. Didn't take too long. only about 2% of the boxes were big enough for my alternator, but they did't have what i was looking for. I was really suprised too, since that alternator is used on ton's of big trucks and pretty much every diesel bus i've seen.
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Old 09-22-2006, 01:42 AM   #12
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the water pump for my old ford 6.6 liter was over $400
For that price, I think I'll just mount up a pony motor powered water pump if mine goes out

I know all about trying to get parts and how hard it is. I have a list of VIN numbers for various vehicles for when I go to the Toyota stealership so they can look up the various parts for my truck. I also have a list of parts numbers (more than one for the same part) because it's just too darned hard otherwise. I tell them I need rotors for a 1983 FJ-40 (poor man's brake upgrade swap on a Toyota truck) and they give me a blank stare saying the FJ Cruiser just came out.....but I didn't ask for parts for an FJ Cruiser....I asked for parts for an FJ-40. Such is life I guess.....
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:09 PM   #13
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I am in need of rebuilding my master cylinder. I took it off to make sure it was what failed. Of course I was about sure it was since it was peeing all over the frame.

I called NAPA which is just down the road. I told the guy I have a school bus and the make, model and year. He put me on hold for about 30 seconds and gave me a price for a new one. I told him I would be in on Saturday to get the rebuild kit (much less).

Around here a lot of people have skoolies to for farm use. It has been very easy to get parts. In Denver it was almost impossible. I had to tell them I had a GMC box truck.
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Old 09-28-2006, 09:42 PM   #14
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Mine having a gas 460 makes it easier...however, the big-truck (F-700, etc.) 370/429/460 water pump was something like $275. However, a pump for a md-70's 460 LTD police car is about $75. IT'S THE SAME BLEEPING PUMP! (IIRC, the pre-serpentine-belt big-block F-250/350 also uses it.)

For chassis stuff, many places, even pretty good ones, don't have buses in their system...I tell them it's an F-700 (and it really is...just happens to have a bus body on it ). That worked for brakes, hoses, and a master cylinder. My second alternator (charging the deep-cycle T-105's) is a regular GM 12SI (IIRC, the application is an early-80's police car), $45 at any part store. The alternator on my APU is something like Lapeer's bus has...a big-truck unit, probably rather pricey new (it came from a wreck).

As for the FJ-40 brakes, try asking for brake parts for a 1983 Land Cruiser.
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Sorry for hijacking a thread here, but how do you have that 12SI wired in? Grounded through the housing.....main power to the battery bank, field voltage from a 12 volt toggle or do you just have it wired into the ignition somehow? Also...do you have to do anything with that third idiot light wire or no?
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My entire conversion, except roof air and shore power, is 12V. The 12SI grounds to the engine through the case, powered to the battery bank (chassis & house share a ground...also lets me easily use the T105's as jumpers if I kill the start battery). It's wired like a regular alternator so it's energized with the key on. I'd have to check to be sure (neither the bus nor the paperwork are with me now), but I THINK that is also wired to the T105's. Other than the common ground, chassis & house 12V is completely separate.

The third wire...I don't recall. It's been about a year since I wired the thing. I have a voltmeter on the bank so I'll know if it stops working.
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