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Old 01-11-2016, 09:22 PM   #1
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You know it's cold when...

Today I spent my lunch break trying to start my schools two busses.
It was -35c or somthing like that.... Damn cold.
The music teacher needs to use the e450 7.3 diesel bus, ok, go to start it, click....
One of the teachers gets his v6 SUV and is trying to jump start it.... No go.
It begs the question why on earth that van bus has one 1000 cca battery when my bus has 3 of them and the same engine.
We deceide to use the dt466 38 foot bluebird bus with 2 1200 cca batteries to jump start it. First it needs to get moved 50 feet, let's see if it will start!
Okay, here we go.... Cha chugga chugga chugga chu.... CLICKKKKKK.

Damn.

Keep in mind that the e450 had a block heater and the dt466 had two and either start!
It's just the way it is.... Don't even get me started on when we had to push the blue bird out of a snowy ski hill parking lot!
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:10 PM   #2
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Dang, and I thought it was cold here today... I had to put on a sweater and pants!
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Old 01-12-2016, 02:29 AM   #3
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Don't know where you are in Mb Hank.
We live about 80 miles east of Grand Forks Nd.
They say it was -32f yesterday at home.
Don't know personally.
In the mid 50s here at the beach.
January is a nice thing to get away from.
Enjoy.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:57 AM   #4
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I'm in winnipeg. These busses are parked right by the red river.
The wind howels off the river and makes it really cold.

Last night they had one of the teachers farmer/ ice road trucker brother or something like that in and he fixed them up.
The block heater cord on the e450 was disconected at the block And it got A new battery.
The Dt466 bus got the batteries charged and new 00 gauge cables. The fuel lines
Had frozen. Apparently the oil pan also got some torch action.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:15 PM   #5
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I will have a very low use Webasto to sell you come spring.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:28 PM   #6
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Opus,

I'm a buyer in cash!!!!
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:45 PM   #7
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It will have about 300 hrs on it. Been totally rebuilt, motor, fuel pump, etc. I have paperwork as well. I'll holler when I get to it in the spring.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:21 PM   #8
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yup Hank its cold, I'm about 5 hours from you in NW ontario, and we got your cold snap, -33c this morning then the wind kicked in burr, I had to flood the outdoor rink at my school, then of course our bus wouldn't start, it has a cat c7 block heater end was no good. Ill have to look you up next time I'm in the city, was there a few weeks ago but it was a fast trip. most likely be there in the spring with the bus, normally stay at the rv park by tinker town.
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:01 PM   #9
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Here in Algoma we haven't hit much below -20°C yet, but your cold weather is coming to us soon! Tonight it's a pleasant -17 and with the wood stove burning the bus is cozy, but I can feel a draft coming from the front windshield. I'll be adding some lexan to "double pane" it. Hopefully that'll do the job.

Stay warm folks!
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