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 11 
 on: September 02, 2015, 07:14:38 PM 
Started by kyle4501 - Last post by kyle4501
Karen and I will be there. You can look for us on the high dollar side!!!    Grin

Leave room for an old Newell!

 12 
 on: September 02, 2015, 07:12:38 PM 
Started by Seangie - Last post by chessie4905
Before all this started to happen, did you let it get hot, even a little, on some climbs? Trying to figure out why all this started.

 13 
 on: September 02, 2015, 07:01:41 PM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by B_K
Sonnie came to one of my rallies up in Union City an was one of the first to arrive.
He pulled in set the brakes and asked "What can I do to help?"
From that moment on it was like we'd been best friends forever!
He never moved his bus from that first spot and helped get others parked while I handled other things like running our charter business getting drivers out an gone, phone calls and etc.
Funniest part of all of it was I was on the phone with a customer when Don Fairchild came rolling in.
We had parked a couple GM's across the drive from the shop in the "front yard of the house" the day before and being they were fairly light and had parked before it rained a monsoon over night we'd had no problem parking them there.
So while I was on the phone Don an Sonnie decided that Don should unhook his towed an back in beside them.
I couldn't get to the shop fast enough when I saw what they were doing and as soon as Don's drive tires were off the gravel the whole back of his coach was sitting on the ground! Drive tires were sunk half way to CHINA.
As I came running up they were already looking an laughing at what they'd done.
Sonnie was telling me call whoever has a big enough wrecker to pull it out an I'll pay for it since I'm the one who guided him in there.
I told them no we'd hook "Mater" (my one ton Holmes 1200 wrecker) to it an pull it out.
By then all of them were rolling on the ground laughing at me.
I told 'm go ahead an laugh but you just watch "Mater" do his job.
So I pulled out both cables put a snatch block on each line and ran it back to the wrecker, threw down my over sized chock blocks and chained them to the anchor points on the bed and started winching. The winches were pulling strong and were dragging the truck across the drive plowing it up with the chock blocks as it went. So I pulled up my S217 to the front of "Mater", put the tow bar in place in the front bumper mounts on the bus and chained "Mater" off to it! Back to winching again Don's came on out SLOW but sure!

We all laughed at Don's expense but not harm was done and we had fun doing it.
Sonnie went on to finish parking folks and whatever came up he was needed for the rest of the weekend.

I was in seventh heaven when we finally got time for him to show me his work of art with the installation of the CAT engine and custom drive/tag axle combination complete with air bag suspension and the ability to actually raise his tag off the ground if needed!

Next time I saw Sonnie was in Arcadia and he and some others were up under another busnut's coach helping make roadside repairs!

Sonnie was a great guy and was always willing to do ANYTHING he could to help ANYONE he could!
He'll truly be missed.
BK

 14 
 on: September 02, 2015, 06:58:04 PM 
Started by Iceni John - Last post by luvrbus
LOL and yea some people cannot stand the temptation they adjust the clearance and here they come saying my engine has miss after I adjusted the valves

 15 
 on: September 02, 2015, 06:51:59 PM 
Started by Seangie - Last post by luvrbus
Your oil pressure hasn't been getting lower has it ?,those engines will run on 2 cylinders all 6 could not be low on compression,he should pull the valve and make sure it's not a gear train failure     

 16 
 on: September 02, 2015, 06:50:06 PM 
Started by Seangie - Last post by eagle19952
i think i would call that fellow that Joe Laird has in mind... your ONLY about 500 miles from Edmonton AB.

the DDEC ebay 6v92 motor in Indiana is 320hp.... removed from a wreck...

 17 
 on: September 02, 2015, 06:15:47 PM 
Started by Seangie - Last post by lvmci
Wishing you good luck Sean, my prayers are with you, tom...

 18 
 on: September 02, 2015, 06:12:48 PM 
Started by Iceni John - Last post by bevans6
Setting up the valve bridges is only done when you install the bridges for the first time, or after a valve job.  Or similar to that.  It's a bit of a pain.

Brian

 19 
 on: September 02, 2015, 06:06:20 PM 
Started by Seangie - Last post by Seangie
Sean,

I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family.  

Your bus was running when you brought it in.  You had the oil changed and new fuel filters put on and now it won't start.  All of a sudden you need an engine rebuild.  How was it running when you brought it in?  Did they do anything else beside oil change and filters?  It doesn't make sense to me.  How can an oil change morph into a needing new engine?

GaryD
Hey Gary -  

My same thoughts initially.  My wife can't figure it out either.  I think we were blessed to make it here.  

Here's the run down one more time-

We came out of glacier national park and the engine was smoking a bit more than usual and running rough.   Didn't seem right.  I thought from the symptoms maybe the Turbo was causing the issues.

Checked everything out on the outside...didn't see anything unusual or out of place.  Drove the bus two hours south and had heating and loss of power issues and bus was running quite a bit warmer (actually the engine bay door was hot to the touch)   the Turbo and pipes were sizzling.

So I decided to take it in to get the oil change and fuel filters changed and have it checked out.  First tech forgot to close the valve for the priming pump which he used to prime the fuel filters.  

An hour later the 2 stroke guy asks me to start it up for him.  It starts right up and slowly dies and before we figure out the valve is open it stalls out.  So we prime it with the pump and try again...no go.  Try again...no go...more fuel...no go...then after about 20 minutes of priming, taking off the filters and checking that the fuel pump is working, it won't start. 2 stroke guy goes home.

Come back in the am he tries with some quick start spray in the Turbo.   Nothing...so he goes through and checks the blower, checks the fuel pressure...etc.  After an hour he scopes the cylinders.  Cylinder one is super soaked with oil.  Cylinder 2 is dry as a bone and cylinder 3 is heavily scarred.  

At that point they determine it needs a rebuild. And now here I am.  I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it on the scope.  I really had no idea what I was looking for but you could tell it wasn't right.  

And now here we are.  Not sure they could sabotage the cylinders and if I didn't know better I'd think running the engine out of fuel could damage ththe cylinders.

So I guess in hindsight its a blessing we made it there.  Wish we could have moved it somewhere else but not sure how far we would have got.

-Sean

 20 
 on: September 02, 2015, 06:05:12 PM 
Started by Seangie - Last post by Van
Sorry Sean, just seeing this now. Give Gary a call tomorrow, he has a line on a 6-92 MUI. Sent ya his mobil # via text. All the best my friend!

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