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Old 12-01-2017, 10:40 PM   #241
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:14 AM   #242
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:25 AM   #243
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Sweet looking bus! Nicely done.
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:42 AM   #244
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Thanks, Roger!

Oh, and it turns out They already had swapped the 19.5's for 22.5's on the front. Their pictures were outdated. I think they took them at least a year ago. Cleveland ISD in Tx are SKETCHY AF, people! Some of what I'm finding makes me thing they were either totally incompetent or that someone there sabotaged various things on the bus.

On another note- This bus doesn't have the split radiator design that Chris and I hate so much. Its got a full radiator with an intercooler in front of it. runs nice and cool.
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:45 AM   #245
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nicde looking bus... and as far as stuff not workimg.. have PATIENCE with the electrical! the nbus just made 1000 mile ride so its mechanically sound.. and NICE that you dont have to change the tires to 22.5's! havinfg nothing at all electrical work sounds like the main solenoid for the accessories may not be engaging.. that one solenoid can make tons of stuff not work...

If i wasnt dealing with this DUmbass roomate eviction id be able to come down sooner to give you a hand in getting this stuff figured out.. but of course he thus far.. supposedly is out of jail but neither him nor his other froends are compelled to make things happen. my guess is to spite me so I have to keep his smelly dog-peed-pooped room a sanctuary until the court says i can set it out... grrr..

anyway this looks like a really solid bus!!
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Sucks to have to deal with that roommate, man!
I'll be patient, and hopefully its something simple. You know me, I buy the bus for its bones. The engine in this thing is a beast. I need to find out what exact version I have. Any easy way to tell a standard model from the high torque? Far as I can tell this is as much engine as the 2000 series can handle.
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:37 AM   #247
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navistar can tell you the TQ value of it.. allison rates their transmissions conservatively for longevity.. my experience with slapping an AT545 with a chevy 454 and never blowing it up says they are rated conservative.. (back when I was naive and sort of lost interest after i built that bus.. I drove it hard a few times and it always took it.. I still miss that gasser shortie.. )..

did you verify if you are going into 5th gear at all? I suspect it might if you let off the throttle when you reach 50.

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It goes into 5th just fine, Shaun simply couldn't tell.
Trying to look under the tape while at top speed it seems like it goes to 55 then bumps back a couple mph. Seems more like 1800 at 50 than 2000 from what I could see on the gauge. I'm gonna wait till you're over to even pull the tape off, that tape is structural!
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:07 AM   #249
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the sequence usually of an allison feels like more shifts than there are..

1-2-(lock)-3-4-5. that Lock engagement often feels like a shift and confuses people.

the tape is wierd buit with the layout of that dash its conceiveable someone dropped a tool or book bag or something right on that dash and it would smash the sun-baked plastic. that or someone used brute insteads of finesse trying to take the dash apart..

vehicle dashboaerds require patience and finesse to decipher the puzzle that holds them together.. vs big tools.. bus / truck mechanics tend to fasvor big tools..

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Yeah, I think someone ripped out the gauges in a hurry and destroyed the dash. Its totally shot.
I'll either have to find a replacement or go the custom route.

I'm pretty confident its going into 5th after driving it.
I'll be heading back out to the bus in a little while with my multimeter.
I'll check the batteries first, but I'm pretty confident they're not the culprit here.
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I agree the little things will work themselves out in time with patience CB.
Sweet looking ride for sure. I envy your weather too. Glad it's back safe and sound and let the good times roll!

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if the gauges work you shouldnt have to replace the panel... perhaps have to make a new plastic or glass lens for it, if they dont work and the board is cracked then possibly. they used this gauge panel for many years like the previous models.. its essentially the same as the older panel but with a newer look to it..

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if the gauges work you shouldnt have to replace the panel... perhaps have to make a new plastic or glass lens for it, if they dont work and the board is cracked then possibly. they used this gauge panel for many years like the previous models.. its essentially the same as the older panel but with a newer look to it..

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Either way, the dash is effed.

Found my axle tag. 5.29 rear. With the OD that should work out to roughly 3.90 as the final gearing, right?

Checked the batteries. 12.59v sitting, 14.14 with the bus running. Couldn't find anything that looked like it could be amiss. The wiring is beautiful compared to the 98!
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Dixie's found a spot she likes


WC lift not even bolted down properly!




the rear ac housing is cracked, like everything plastic on this tx bus.


The most intact roof hatch I've had, still leaks a bit.


I don't recall ever having seats so LOW in a bus. I think this one was for really small kids.


The dome and wire housing is all plastic on these buses, not metal like earlier models.


22.5 fronts were a surprise. I still think I may sell all the tires and the front two wheels and just go with some 10R's or similar, and some alloys for the front. Wonder what I could get for the tires. The fronts look nice, the rears are just ok.
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Apparently this was the "cat" bus.
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Either way, the dash is effed.

Found my axle tag. 5.29 rear. With the OD that should work out to roughly 3.90 as the final gearing, right?

Checked the batteries. 12.59v sitting, 14.14 with the bus running. Couldn't find anything that looked like it could be amiss. The wiring is beautiful compared to the 98!
I think the 5.29 is fine with the rest of the gearing. It will stop super-speeding while retaining acceleration when you need it. FD ratios in the 4's are great when you don't have O/D like the AT545 and MT643
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:25 PM   #259
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2 air conditioners

wiring does look nice for sure compared to that 98's rats nest.. Texas sun will definitely bake stuff.. I got lucky that only some of my plastic stuff was sun baked to death.

those 4 black round knobs seemingly out of the way are your air-conditioner controls..

or should be anyway.
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:33 PM   #260
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what size are the tires now? if you were at a 40" tire then you could sail along at 65 running 2100 or so RPM which is right where a DT likes to roll.

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