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Old 04-29-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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1935 Chevy school bus

With the help of a friend I now
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:18 AM   #2
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Ah, ...wow!
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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This is going to be inpressive. The pickup in the background is beyond sweet.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:32 AM   #4
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Yowzer! That is quite a project! And it appears you have the skills to pull it off. Nice work...keep the pix coming!
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:05 PM   #5
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Back to the devils. I managed to get the steering gear repositioned behind the wheel. The bracket is a sandwich 3/4 inch thick at the frame and secured with grade 8 bolts. The drag link had to be shortened about 4 inches. It is solid and was butt welded, sleeved and plug welded using the proper technique and works just fine. So much for devil #3--I hope. Devil #5, the wiring was not as much work as I had thought it would be. I only had to R&R the radiator/intercooler and the steering gear. I now have plenty of wire to reach the dash board.[[b] The original steering gear location is about where the front bumper should be[b/]
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:43 AM   #6
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Hey Trunt --- Lookin' Good! What engine/tranny are you working with?
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:05 AM   #7
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Nice fabrication work!
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:57 AM   #8
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Thanks Dan. Tango, while the driveline is badged as a Chevrolet it is the same as the Isuzu 5.2 l turbo/intercooled 4 cyl. The trans is an asin 4 spd with overdrive and lock-up converter. It's rated at 205 hp and 441 ft/lbs torque. The donor truck was a 2005 model with a wrecked cab but completely drivable so I know it runs/drives good. It has 39k miles so it should go a ways further.
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this guy knows what he is doing!
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Sweeeeet! That little Isuzu should easily be good to a half a million. I believe they are rated about the same as the Cummins B series. And, as long as you are getting "fancy" with that darlin, have you taken a look at the Allison, 4th gen 6-speed trannies? They are double OD units that are extremely well built and could probably squeeze another 20% in mileage out of that motor. And while the 4th generations ('97 & up) are computer controlled, they are fairly easily mated to non-computer engines (like mine...not sure what the electronics on the 5.2 are). Either way, they are stout, smooth & economical. I have just started building one to go behind my 4BTAA (only 130hp & 355 toque). The 2200 series HS can easily handle the Isuzu. If you are interested, here are a few of the numbers for the 2200HS close ratio...

HP - 340
Torque - 575
GVW - 26,000
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1 - 3.10:1
2 - 1.81:1
3 - 1.41:1
4 - 1:1
5 - .071:1
6 - .061:1

Might be fun to run the numbers through a gear/tire calc to see where your rpm's would be at hiway speed. BTW...this tranny can be had as a full-locker with a parking pawl. Handy on down hills for braking and parking.

Anyhow, just thought I'd pass that along. Keep up the good work & pictures!
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