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Old 04-11-2018, 01:26 PM   #441
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Damn! Porkchop! Good to hear from you, buddy!

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Old 04-12-2018, 12:22 AM   #442
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Pork Chop Sandwiches, thanks for posting the Thomas MVP ER manuals on Google Drive share. I'm about to bring home a 2000 MVP ER 84 psgr 8.3 Cummins with the 3060. These will be indespensible! I'm going to be reading through your whole journal of your Skoolie journey on here! Much appreciated! Larry
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:07 AM   #443
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Pork Chop Sandwiches, thanks for posting the Thomas MVP ER manuals on Google Drive share. I'm about to bring home a 2000 MVP ER 84 psgr 8.3 Cummins with the 3060. These will be indespensible! I'm going to be reading through your whole journal of your Skoolie journey on here! Much appreciated! Larry
Jealous! I want that motor and trans combination! Find me one and I'll pay you a finder's fee!
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:34 AM   #444
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Jealous! I want that motor and trans combination! Find me one and I'll pay you a finder's fee!
I'll keep an eye out for you. I was insistent on that Engine and Tranny combo in my search and got very lucky to find my rig, in great shape, at a very low price. Planning to do a lot of mountain travel with a toad jeep or awd crossover, and want a huge water tank, so I needed a gutsy beast. Also wanted a wet sleeve engine. I'm super excited. I've never been happier to shovel 20 tons of gravel than today... I am building a level parking pad on my property. She'll be here in a couple of weeks. I'll start my conversion thread on here soon!
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Old 12-27-2018, 11:21 PM   #445
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Just got spending 2+ hours reading all 45 pages, holy crap what a story. I'm in the first stages of a build plan and picking a bus for myself, wife and 3 fur children to live in full time. You have so many inspiring ideas it's really great. I'm also happy to see that you had no major drive train issues after driving all those miles. The 3126 isn't one of cat's best engines, but with proper care they can last a long time.

By the way i've done a bit of work on the Cat 3126 before in a medium duty truck platform. If you are having starting, or low power issues on a 3126 one of the first things to check should be fuel pressure supply. The engine I worked on had a mechanical lift pump that supplies 50-60 psi to the injectors. The system is a bypass/return type system and the fuel pressure regulator is on the back of the cylinder head, right at the fitting that you replaced the leaking fuel line on. Blocked filters, worn lift pump, or defective fpr can cause low fuel pressure. Also there is a check valve in the lift pump that should maintain pressure even after engine is shut off. Long crank on first start up of the day usually means leaky check valve in the lift pump or reg bleeding off.

The truck I worked on was a single axle sewage pump truck that had starting issues that began at 86,000 miles and lasted until about 200k miles before they finally brought it to me to check out. Tested fuel pressure and it had about 20 psi. I would guess that it had low fuel pressure all along due to a stuck/malfunctioning fuel pressure regulator.

It had 1 reman cat injector installed before, and we ended up replacing the other 5 because they were weak from low fuel pressure. Power was greatly increased and it ran much more clean/crisp after that. It has a 6 Speed Eaton and the driver said he could pull a hill in 5th gear after the repairs; he had to gear down to 3rd before when loaded.

I would go as far as to say it would be a good idea to add a fuel pressure gauge because proper fuel pressure is critical to injector life on a HUEI engine.

I look forward to updates.
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:58 PM   #446
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Who did you get to insure you?
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:13 PM   #447
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Porkchop, I have a 2000 MVP-ER myself. I had the tranny rebuilt but can't locate the transmission control module for the md3060. My bus is a 8.3 ISC with CAPS pump. Any idea where the TCM is? I found the relay but not the TCM. Have the dash half disassembled looking for the darn thing. Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:38 PM   #448
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Porkchop, I have a 2000 MVP-ER myself. I had the tranny rebuilt but can't locate the transmission control module for the md3060. My bus is a 8.3 ISC with CAPS pump. Any idea where the TCM is? I found the relay but not the TCM. Have the dash half disassembled looking for the darn thing. Thanks!
outside under the drivers area is where my TCM is located at. It should be in the space in front of the front tire. I think it is near the front bumper if i remember correctly.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:03 PM   #449
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In my 2001 mvp-er the TCM is under the dash panel just inside the front door/main entrance.

Jammed in there with a load center and a computer port.
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Old 05-27-2020, 10:44 PM   #450
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I was wondering if you would be willing to share the files you used in generating the floorplan? Would be so grateful to have a base template to tinker around with. Did you use Google Draw or something like that?

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Thanks! Yeah I was wondering about that, mine were getting filtered.

As promised, here is one plan (that we're probably not going to use, but it is good to have ideas anyway).







We designed these before I had bought a bus. Then we realized that the .skp drawing of the bus that I downloaded had incorrect dimensions and lacked the emergency door on the drivers side that the one I purchased has. So we will be redoing the design and making a few different layouts. Constructive criticism is appreciated.

Edit: had to fix pictures
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Old 05-27-2020, 10:45 PM   #451
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How did you do these drawings?
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:31 PM   #452
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How did you do these drawings?
Google Sketchup, quite a while ago in like 2013. I found the file via google but it may be so old at this point that it doesn't work. I can probably find it in my files somewhere if enough people pester me about it, lol.
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