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Forum: Caterpillar Drivetrain 10-26-2020, 08:22 PM
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Views: 260
Posted By blissout
Cat 3126 mechanic near Boston

I have a 1998 Freightliner Thomas with a Cat 3126, and she's overheating on hills. Granted, I haven't driven her since the summer, but I'm heading out west soon. The fluid seemed to be relatively...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-20-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,068
Posted By blissout
I was looking for only deep cycle. I'm kind...

I was looking for only deep cycle.

I'm kind of of a different opinion than most about replacing the bank. I think AGM was the big thing a few years ago, now lithium is, and in a couple years there...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-19-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,068
Posted By blissout
Look, I'm not under any illusion that a $12...

Look, I'm not under any illusion that a $12 battery is comparable to a $400 battery. I'm not asking if a used car battery is as good as a brand new lithium battery. I'm asking if used car batteries...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-19-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,068
Posted By blissout
I'm going to be using shore power to recharge,...

I'm going to be using shore power to recharge, then I'm adding solar panels and an alternator charger and probably a windmill. I'll have a good charge controller because I plan to replace them with...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-19-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,068
Posted By blissout
Yeah but I think a battery load tester is a good...

Yeah but I think a battery load tester is a good idea. 20 bucks at Harbor Freight with 20% off isn't bad. Then yeah I can take them to O'Reilly's to get charged if they're good. But I should test...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-19-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,068
Posted By blissout
Ah, gotcha. I'll definitely pick up a battery...

Ah, gotcha. I'll definitely pick up a battery load tester to check the health of the batteries.

But am I correct with my assumption that a good pure sine wave inverter can handle these old...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-19-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,068
Posted By blissout
There were several matching batteries so I'll be...

There were several matching batteries so I'll be sure to get those only.

What's a charge and test machine? Can't I tell if it holds a charge with a multimeter?
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-19-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,068
Posted By blissout
Scrap Yard Batteries

My local scrap yard has a ton of used car and golf cart batteries for $12 each, and I'm wondering if I can use them in my build.

I'm building a box for them under the bus and I'm thinking if I...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-06-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By blissout
Where can I find the pics of how you did it? I...

Where can I find the pics of how you did it? I understand the lifting with straps part, but not the strapping it to blocks part.

I don't have clecos but I can throw some screws in there to hold it...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-06-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By blissout
So you ratcheted on the outside and then drilled...

So you ratcheted on the outside and then drilled your holes from the outside in?

I have to drill my holes inside out, but 2 straps may help me hold the sheet in place.
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-06-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
Interesting, but no I didn't have a building...

Interesting, but no I didn't have a building available.
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-06-2019, 06:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By blissout
Lifting sheet metal

Anybody got a way to lift sheet metal into place for a roof raise by yourself?

My wife got hurt and can't help me for a few days, so I'm trying to figure out how to get it in place alone.

I...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-05-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
I may be the first guy to fix a fallen bus roof! ...

I may be the first guy to fix a fallen bus roof!

Granted, I'm the first to have one fall, but whatevs
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-05-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
Yeah my setup was definitely to blame. Looking...

Yeah my setup was definitely to blame. Looking back, I planned to fail. I didn't stress the importance of leveling the brackets perfectly, and millimeters turned into inches quickly. I chose all...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-05-2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
Good questions. I used the all thread method, and...

Good questions. I used the all thread method, and everybody has since told me that's a risky method to begin with. Then I was using galvanized all thread which can bend easily. So what happened was...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-03-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
Yeah they rigged everything for me. Bent up my...

Yeah they rigged everything for me. Bent up my gutters real good but I can hammer those out later.

It took the rest of the day to wrestle the steel around and weld the other channel
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-03-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
Ended up being 600 for 4 hours, which was more...

Ended up being 600 for 4 hours, which was more than I expected but I'm not upset about it. I wasted an hour not having the hat channel cut beforehand, so 100 of that is my fault for being lazy...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-03-2019, 05:56 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
Thanks for the suggestion, but I called the...

Thanks for the suggestion, but I called the rental companies before. They had a few forklifts, but no extenders, and none of the forklifts were available until Monday. I'm on a schedule, so I got a...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-03-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
So I got it raised with a crane. We...

So I got it raised with a crane.

We strapped up the roof and picked it up, but we didn't pick it in the exact middle so it was all kinds of crooked. As the roof dangled in the air, we welded on 8...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-02-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
Yes I do wish you were back here now. When will...

Yes I do wish you were back here now. When will you be back in East NC?

I'll make sure he puts a third spreader on top. I also have a hoist to prop it up on the inside.

Fingers crossed. She...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-02-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
That sounds super complicated honestly. I...

That sounds super complicated honestly.

I called a rigging company and they're saying they can pick it up from the middle with a crane that has 18ft expanders. Then we'll just weld on the new hat...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-02-2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
https://i.ibb.co/P9hrYHP/IMG-20190501-154746.jpg ...

https://i.ibb.co/P9hrYHP/IMG-20190501-154746.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/M6dnc7g/IMG-20190501-153435.jpg
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-02-2019, 07:03 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
https://photos.app.goo.gl/vmhkVZpviMLgfhUHA ...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/vmhkVZpviMLgfhUHA
https://photos.app.goo.gl/wxmYNrAhLD77PoVA7

One of the welds on the angle brackets failed, but it was going up crooked at the time anyway.
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-02-2019, 06:52 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
Hoist with what? So you're suggesting I...

Hoist with what?

So you're suggesting I build a wooden frame around the bus in front and back?
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-02-2019, 04:04 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,037
Posted By blissout
Help! Roof fell during raise

I was raising the bus up 14" using the L-bracket-allthread method and the roof feel over as we were raising it. I have calls out to a few rigging companies, but none are in my immediate area.

This...
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