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Old 03-28-2017, 08:30 PM   #101
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ECCB - I moved this cooling thread over here as I think we were starting to jack the food truck dude's thread..

my thinking and path is similar.. the idea for mine is
pull the radiator and have it looked at to see if its a mess.. (before I spend big $$ on a new one..).. most radiator shops will look at em cheap..

replace the water pump and LPOP(with an m20.... look in my Oil cooler to see if it looks in good shape or not.. ICP and IPR since the front will be accessible.(about once every 3 weeks I do set an ICP code for the first 2 minutes I start the bus).. new A/C belt and new Serp belt..

if my rad is shot I'll replace that..

if I still run warm im going to install an EC-450 Clutch I can run off the computer and not worry about the 1/2 rad stuff.. as the fan will control via coolant temp and not air temp from the rad.

my tensioner is already new, fan clutch is new.

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P.S. when you get ready to tear apart, let me know, I have the special wrenches you need to get the Fan clutch hub nut loose from the water pump.
Very cool, I'll let ya know. Those will be handy to have!
Yeah, I'm planning pretty much the same thing as you but I'm expecting the worst due to the age, mileage, hours, and physical appearance of the rad.
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:57 PM   #102
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my temp gauge on the dash is also inaccurate... on the low end it reads too low.. on the high end it reads too high...

the gauge works from the computer sensor.. there is no separate sensor for the dash gauge.. ive seen my gauge reading right in the middle between the 1/4 mark and 1/2 mark (175 and 210).. the computer will show the temp at say 200.. then bam the gauge movesd very quickly up and past the 210 mark to estimated 215.. yet the computer shows the temp went from 200-202..

the real tell tale omn yours is we need to read the computer and see if the gauge matches.. or if in fact you are running cooler..

Ive matched my computer sensor t oactual temp usingf my 'ray gun' and they are pretty much dead on together...
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:37 AM   #103
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So after a week or two now of normal use, the wipers are DEFINITELY fixed!
No weirdness with em any more.
I'm gonna replace a bad looking connector to my front right heater, and see if that resolves my heater gremlin. Certainly needs doing, either way.
Not that I NEED the heater for about 6 or 8 months now.

I went to remove the WC lift yesterday, but after playing with it and testing it out, I'm gona keep it, at least for now.
The whole thing is in great shape and works great too. THe front side of the base is rusted a good bit, gonna see what a wire brushing and some Ospho do.

Anyone know where I could find a rust free WC door for an AmTran?
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Old 04-05-2017, 06:56 AM   #104
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Ball-peen hammer and a catcher's mitt. You've got a good welder!

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Old 04-05-2017, 03:57 PM   #105
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true that...
I'm just hoping to find a cheap nice one and do it the easy way, for a change.
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Old 04-08-2017, 03:55 PM   #106
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Opened up the WC door, let down the lift and gave the rust a healthy dose of wire wheel, then doused it in Ospho heavily. Will let that do its thing for a day or two then I'll spray it with some black rustoleum rust converter stuff, then regular black topcoat.
WC lift is cool, works great, and could be REALLY handy especially since we love our mopeds so much!
On the WC lift- do they normally rattle around and rock back and forth? Mines a rattly annoyance while driving.
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Old 04-08-2017, 04:24 PM   #107
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My 98 International with Ricon lift is silent.
But it looks like it was not used enough to wear the paint off the high points of the expanded metal floor.
Maybe yours has worn bushings at all of the hinge points.
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Old 04-08-2017, 04:27 PM   #108
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My 98 International with Ricon lift is silent.
But it looks like it was not used enough to wear the paint off the high points of the expanded metal floor.
Maybe yours has worn bushings at all of the hinge points.
Maybe so. Thing looks nearly new, though. Definitely wiggles and wobbles around when on the road.
Still may ditch it, but IDK. Having fun with it for now.
Thanks for the reply, that's what I was afraid of!
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When it is in the stowed position ratchet strap it to the wall.
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When it is in the stowed position ratchet strap it to the wall.
I may try this if pool noodles don't quiet it.
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Old 04-08-2017, 07:12 PM   #111
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I found that stuffing old couch cushions in between the lift and the door stopped most of the noise on the older lifts. They sound like a traveling pile of scrap.
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May try that, Robin.

Since I ran it out of fuel recently and had a $10 off card for O'reillys, I got a new fuel filter, some "bug remover" washer fluid, some Diesel Kleen, and some diesel specific cooling system additive.
Added a quart and a half of oil to bring it up to perfect level this am.
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The old filter was pretty nasty, as was expected. Looks like sludge, gunk, and algae are covering the element pretty well.
Drove it down the road to the Citgo that has diesel for $2.40/gallon and filled it up after adding a nice dose of Diesel Kleen.
She's purring like a kitten, as usual.
Having a jug of diesel on hand was sure nice when it came time to put the new filter in!
Roxy cleaned all the windows inside with Invisible Glass, and swept the floors.

Can't wait to see if there's any noticeable difference from the coolant additive. I doubt it, but it was a quart low anyhow and that's how much came in the bottle.

Next on the list of maintenance stuff this week or next weekend will be greasing all the fittings all under the bus and maybe a new air filter. I'm planning on doing a full oil change in about 1000 miles, but maybe sooner since summer is here. Been topping off with Rotella. Will probably go with Rural King stuff I've got gallons of when I do change it out.
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Old 04-09-2017, 05:40 PM   #114
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when i get back there, I'll adjust your fan clutch temp down to the lowest setting so it should spin more... you also can probably go 25/75 on your coolant / water mix too being in florida.. people report decent cooling gains by having more distilled water vs coolant in mainly hot weather climates...

im going to test the cold-worthiness of various mix levels before i refill mine.. i havent flushed it yet as i want coolant in the engine until im ready to put it back together so i dont have rusting in the engine.. im going to garden hose flush the system, then put some food colors in my jugs of distilled.. and pour those in various places of the engine till i see the red / pink color run out and assume im close enough to being distilled vs tap water.. then mix my coolant in till i reach the hygrometer reading ...
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I've seen people use 100% coolant. It didn't turn out well.
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I've seen people use 100% coolant. It didn't turn out well.

it doesnt.. pure water doesnt turn out well either... from a corrosion standpoint ..
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when i get back there, I'll adjust your fan clutch temp down to the lowest setting so it should spin more... you also can probably go 25/75 on your coolant / water mix too being in florida.. people report decent cooling gains by having more distilled water vs coolant in mainly hot weather climates...

im going to test the cold-worthiness of various mix levels before i refill mine.. i havent flushed it yet as i want coolant in the engine until im ready to put it back together so i dont have rusting in the engine.. im going to garden hose flush the system, then put some food colors in my jugs of distilled.. and pour those in various places of the engine till i see the red / pink color run out and assume im close enough to being distilled vs tap water.. then mix my coolant in till i reach the hygrometer reading ...
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Oh, yeah man here in FL I've always ran something like 75/25 h2o/antifreeze.
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Oh, yeah man here in FL I've always ran something like 75/25 h2o/antifreeze.
that shorty is probably 50/50 as it comes from COlorado... even in ohio you can typically run 25/75.
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that shorty is probably 50/50 as it comes from COlorado... even in ohio you can typically run 25/75.
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It was a couple quarts low, so was topped off with distilled when I got it. Its always been about a quart low, but within the normal range so todays additive topped it off perfectly.

I may do a full flush here before too long, just for the hell of it. But I wanted to see what the miracle coolant additive would do for now.
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Old 04-09-2017, 08:58 PM   #120
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I got some too as well, we need to make your fan spin if it doesn't already.
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