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 on: Today at 01:21:54 PM 
Started by shelled - Last post by shelled
What works for an engine/transmission swap on a Flxible is not good for the shorter and much lighter Spartan -- hanging over a half ton of engine and tranny almost 50% of the wheelbase BEHIND the rear axle will make it unstable on the road.  There is a reason the Moyes went with a mouse motor (small block Chevy).  That or a Buick 3.8L Turbo V-6 would provide much more reasonable weight distribution.  The Spartan is more similar to my UltraVan which gets by on a 110 hp Corvair engine and will do over 70 mph on the flat even with a 2-speed Powerglide tranny.

edward

 22 
 on: Today at 12:44:12 PM 
Started by BlakeWright - Last post by shelled
I removed the compressor from the engine, it was seized.  The drive hub had sheared the key and was spinning freely on the compressor crankshaft.
On closer examination, it appears as if a piston seized in the bore, because the rods were loose on the crankshaft.

The question is WHY?  I don't want to put a new air compressor on and have the same problem.  There was lots of anti-freeze in the compressor, so it is being cooled.  The rods were OK, so it must be getting oil.  There is an alcohol system on the coach, would that wash to oil off the cylinder walls?

Any hints on re-installing the compressor i.e. aligning the drive.


All the posts and nobody answered the questions.  What's the point of a newbie asking a question here if there is no answer Huh

edward

 23 
 on: Today at 12:27:04 PM 
Started by Kwajdiver - Last post by Connel
Highly recommend an independent out in Goodyear AZ just west of Phoenix on I-10. Good and honest mechanic stays very busy so call ahead.  Kevin Looney 602-eight 10-one 8 4 five. He also drives an 05 Eagle conversion.

Connel

 24 
 on: Today at 11:37:01 AM 
Started by Mex-Busnut - Last post by Jeremy
The idea of retaining every window and not having any furniture or anything else above the waistline certainly gives a very open, airy, spacious feel - I like it.

I also like the concept shown in the video of using moveable walls to create different rooms within the same space - most definitely something with could be done in a bus conversion with (a lot of) effort. Although I suspect an idea like that would lose it's shine when up against the everyday annoyance of (for example) having to get every single thing in exactly the right place in the bedroom before you can move the wall to go to the bathroom or use the kitchen. On a more modest scale though - definitely some good concepts there.

I have a photo on my computer somewhere of an old (1950s) caravan (travel trailer) which had a concertina top section which lifted-up when parked to give the caravan a full upstairs as well as a downstairs. And the mega-buck motorhomes (semi-trailers) used by the F1 teams nowadays all do the same thing - if you can be bothered there are definitely many more inventive ways of building a bus conversion than most of us realise

Jeremy


 25 
 on: Today at 10:36:05 AM 
Started by BlakeWright - Last post by TomC
As far as the air compressor failing-things happen. Buy a rebuilt, or new compressor, put it on and go down the road. I would not carry a spare. But an electric is a nice thing to have. There are some really quiet oiless compressors made. Good Luck, TomC

 26 
 on: Today at 10:29:00 AM 
Started by shelled - Last post by TomC
The first truck I drove was a '65 White compact (trash truck cab) 2axle tractor with the White Comet V 165hp inline 6. It was built like a Diesel engine, but was a gasoline-tough old beast. Would pull the 405 long hill north through the Sepulveda pass at 40mph and do about 15 mph south up the 6% grade. But-I was being paid by the hour so I didn't care. Considering it only had a springy non suspension seat and it had a 96" wheelbase, it rode quite well. With the synchroed 5spd and 2spd rear end, it was fun to drive. I could wiggle the 40ft trailer into most residential driveways saving lots of time for the customer. Good Luck, TomC

 27 
 on: Today at 09:38:48 AM 
Started by Kwajdiver - Last post by Jeremy Watson
Spoke to the guys at Divine today. Great group and highly knowledgable on the old MCI's and their mechanics love the simplicity of the 8v71 motors. Just in case anyone out there is looking, here is the URL to the new site - http://www.divinecoachcare.com/

 28 
 on: Today at 09:37:10 AM 
Started by shelled - Last post by CrabbyMilton
That "BUICK" motorhome may very well be the result of a bad cold and too much medicine before bed combined with great mechanical skills. Interesting find and I wonder if it's still around? Those old GMC V6 engines from the 1960's and 70's were legendary in terms of durability. But they were not particularily powerful for their size and liked to drink gasoline like it was going out of style. At the same time, it didn't make logical sense since GM had big block V8's that were being built in high volume at the same time so the V6 which was limited to trucks was dropped. INTERNATIONAL had those "RED DIAMOND" straight 6's for many years until the 1970s'. THey too were tough old bastards but the V8 had potential for more power used less fuel per HP. There was no mistaking the distinct sound of the GMC V6 and IH RED DIAMOND.

 29 
 on: Today at 09:16:05 AM 
Started by BlakeWright - Last post by BlakeWright
Thanks HARLEYMAN_1000.

I posted on this web site to get some help, I didn't expect to be chastised.

I took advantage of Home Depot's return policy and returned a compressor I didn't need or want, I didn't lie to them, they knew I used it and they took it back.

I want to thank LUVRBUS for his input and GUMPY for his comments.

I hadn't posted on this site in a long time and this is an experience I will not repeat.

 30 
 on: Today at 09:11:15 AM 
Started by BlakeWright - Last post by harleyman_1000
 All I can say is wow. Treating someone rudely because they did something you disagree with is even MORE morally wrong, with what you said he did! I usually stay out of the politics on this board, but not when it involves a newbie asking for help! Remember what has been freely given to you without judging you, and give it back. Getting off my soap box, and checking to see how many people I have ignoring me now Roll Eyes

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