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Old 02-05-2019, 01:24 PM   #41
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I hope you wonít have to take a picture like that either but it was a nice ride with A/C in this 79 degree sun shining Augusta weather today. It needs a bath inside n out. Hereís something really good about it. The underside is really clean n the bolts for the seats move a whole lot easier than I thought. I just need someone under holding the nut or put something like locking pliers on them. I didnít even need a power tool to get them to turn!!!
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:27 PM   #42
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I wonder if a quick tack with a welder to hold the nuts still wouldn't be the quickest easiest way to do that - save a lot of climbing in and out and under the bus
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:44 PM   #43
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I wonder if a quick tack with a welder to hold the nuts still wouldn't be the quickest easiest way to do that - save a lot of climbing in and out and under the bus
Thatíd work but I donít know how to weld. Great idea!
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:45 PM   #44
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I wonder if a quick tack with a welder to hold the nuts still wouldn't be the quickest easiest way to do that - save a lot of climbing in and out and under the bus
You would need to clean all the road grime off each one to get a good tack.
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Hey yíall! Just made it to the shop. Tow bill was about $150 less than the estimate!!! Hopefully it really is just the fuel pump at the moment, but whatever it ends up being is just part of the journey right? One step at a time...
there'e the high pressure oil pump... that is the "fuel pump" and then there's the lift pump that supplies the hpop. The lift pump is a whole lot cheaper. The hpop is gonna probably cost more than the bus to replace with the parts and labor.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:25 PM   #46
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A little dirty now, but just wait until itís done...
did the tow driver drop the drive shaft?
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:35 PM   #47
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scratch it up a bit with a screwdriver ?
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You would need to clean all the road grime off each one to get a good tack.
Cool thank you! When I was under the bus, I was quite pleasantly surprised to see how clean it is. Thereís still some dirt but thankfully I really didnít see any rust.
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:25 PM   #49
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did the tow driver drop the drive shaft?
Yep and then put it back before he left.
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:32 PM   #50
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there'e the high pressure oil pump... that is the "fuel pump" and then there's the lift pump that supplies the hpop. The lift pump is a whole lot cheaper. The hpop is gonna probably cost more than the bus to replace with the parts and labor.
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Thank you! Itís all part of the experience of getting what I ultimately want... thereís 2 mechanics out there on top of the motor, 1 on each side when I went out to get my charger. That 7.3 aka PowerStroke looks so tiny under the hood compared to what Iím used to in the truck (Paccar motor in the current truck n 500 hp Cummins in previous truck). Inside they have the computer hooked up or rather the cord was connected n the computer was off.
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scratch it up a bit with a screwdriver ?
So far I havenít scratched anything up with a screwdriver but I can see how doing that might do a world of good for some stuff. I really havenít done much of anything yet but drive it n push that valve up underneath using a screwdriver which stopped the air leaking. Iíve done a little bit of working on vehicles in my life but with now having this bus, Iím gonna learn a whole lot more. The more I do myself, the better.
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Thank you! Smiling...
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So far I havenít scratched anything up with a screwdriver but I can see how doing that might do a world of good for some stuff. I really havenít done much of anything yet but drive it n push that valve up underneath using a screwdriver which stopped the air leaking. Iíve done a little bit of working on vehicles in my life but with now having this bus, Iím gonna learn a whole lot more. The more I do myself, the better.
l meant to clean the nuts under the bus before tack welding them
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:47 PM   #54
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l meant to clean the nuts under the bus before tack welding them
Ah ok. I donít have any welding equipment but kinda wish I did n knew how to use it. Thereís so many more things I could do if I did
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Thank you! It’s all part of the experience of getting what I ultimately want... there’s 2 mechanics out there on top of the motor, 1 on each side when I went out to get my charger. That 7.3 aka PowerStroke looks so tiny under the hood compared to what I’m used to in the truck (Paccar motor in the current truck n 500 hp Cummins in previous truck). Inside they have the computer hooked up or rather the cord was connected n the computer was off.
You've got a 444E. Its from the same dna as a powerstroke but they've got several differences IIRC. You've probably got 175-195hp with that!
I want to convert something like what you drive OTR, but from the mid-90's or older. I'd love a Pete 359 "skoolie".
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You've got a 444E. Its from the same dna as a powerstroke but they've got several differences IIRC.
I want to convert something like what you drive OTR, but from the mid-90's or older. I'd love a Pete 359 "skoolie".
That would be so much fun and definitely before all the emissions stuff! Iíd love to see a Skoolie like that!

I was curious about the actual differences between them. I was told the 7.3 is essentially a PowerStroke which is why I wanted it, but also thought thereís got to be some differences besides 1 in a pickup truck n the other in a bus. If I get another bus some time in the future, Iím also interested in the Cummins. I love that motor. A bit different between truck n bus there too, but still, Cummins is a good motor no matter what itís in.
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That would be so much fun and definitely before all the emissions stuff! Iíd love to see a Skoolie like that!

I was curious about the actual differences between them. I was told the 7.3 is essentially a PowerStroke which is why I wanted it, but also thought thereís got to be some differences besides 1 in a pickup truck n the other in a bus. If I get another bus some time in the future, Iím also interested in the Cummins. I love that motor. A bit different between truck n bus there too, but still, Cummins is a good motor no matter what itís in.
The 8.3 Cummins is king in the school bus world.
There are Crowns with big cam 855 Cummins but they're rare fetish items and folks collect em.
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There are Crowns with big cam 855 Cummins but they're rare fetish items and folks collect em.
Thatís cool. Sounds like I have a lot to learn and explore info about. Itís rather exciting, all these new things. In some ways a bit overwhelming, but in a good way. It just makes me want to learn more.
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it turned out to not be the fuel pump. They replaced the fuel filter, fuel hose and a clamp. They found a bunch of “gunk” clogging it. They also checked wiring n fixed a connection with the irp or something like that but didn’t charge me nor put it on the receipt. It seems to be running pretty good
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it turned out to not be the fuel pump. They replaced the fuel filter, fuel hose and a clamp. They found a bunch of ďgunkĒ clogging it. They also checked wiring n fixed a connection with the irp or something like that but didnít charge me nor put it on the receipt. It seems to be running pretty good
YAY!!!!
I kinda wondered if it wasn't just gummed up from the 18 months of sitting.
Learn how to replace the fuel filter! Its EASY on your engine.
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