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 on: September 25, 2016, 05:19:55 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Scott Bennett
Our old mci 9 weighed in at around 32,500 lbs give or take. Our 102C3 just got stalled last night and she's a svelte 38,000 lbs with full fuel and full 150 gallon fresh tank. Front axle is carrying 11,540 lbs of that. Does this sound too heavy for an 8v92ta? I am also towing my 6,000 lb land cruiser toad.

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 on: September 25, 2016, 05:14:49 PM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by billy6941
I might take issue with Oklahoma having the most quakes. Maybe in the "Lower 48", but I believe that honor belongs to Alaska with over 1000 a year. We wonder when the next "Big One" will be and hope not very soon......Bill

 on: September 25, 2016, 05:11:18 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Scott Bennett
After shots:
I said hi to feather duster too jack Smiley

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 on: September 25, 2016, 04:59:31 PM 
Started by chuckdrum - Last post by Oonrahnjay
  ....  Considering I add a gallon about every 1200 miles or so, I figure it gets a lot of fresh oil over the course of 15K. ... 

       "Total loss lubrication" -- if it worked for a 1911 Harley Davidson, it's gotta work for us, right.

 on: September 25, 2016, 04:57:13 PM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by Oonrahnjay
     I thought I only had those days.  I gotta stop with the ham sammwiches before bed.

 on: September 25, 2016, 04:45:12 PM 
Started by chuckdrum - Last post by chuckdrum
Thanks, all, for your input.   Y'all kinda got off on the 'oil change in cars' tangent rather than the fuel filter change frequency on a DD, but thanks anyway!  I change the bus oil every 15K because that's what the PO recommended and he seemed pretty diligent about maintenance.  Considering I add a gallon about every 1200 miles or so, I figure it gets a lot of fresh oil over the course of 15K.

Thanks for the fuel filter changing tips.  If I lose prime, I'll probably be back to ask you about that!


 on: September 25, 2016, 04:43:51 PM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by boxcarOkie
We are fine, some cracks in the exterior of the house, but all in all, situation is normal again here at the old goat farm, the last great vestige of good community living left in Mid-America.

Thanks to all of you for your "positive responses."


 on: September 25, 2016, 04:41:26 PM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by boxcarOkie

Fortunately for me, the crew of the Ice Cutter saw me standing all alone on the Ice floe and came to my rescue.  No longer able to feel my feet or toes, my fingers turning a dark black color ... No that aint right. 

Wednesday morning while sitting at Starbucks, drinking a not so hot latte the sky lit up, a huge meteor the size of ... No that aint right. 

Last Friday at four fifty-seven PM ... At the most unfortunate time in my life, the bus coughed twice and came to rest on the railroad tracks, in the distance I could hear a train whistle ... No that is definitely not right.

Lately I have been experiencing “memory concerns” which stems from a shop accident. (Before you say anything Clifford, I have only set myself on fire one time this year, so technically I am having a pretty good year.)

Here is what happened.

My youngest grandson, who is a true joy in life, and I were playing in the shop.  This kid is a real pip, a kick in the pants, full of joy.  He never has a bad day, when I took him to the zoo, it was the best day of his life.  When we went out to eat Ice 
Cream, again, it was the best day of his life.  When we went to the rail yard to watch the trains, it was the bestest day of my life Grandpa. 

Ask him what his most favorite thing in the entire world would be, and he lites up like a 200 watt General Electric made in China LED and says .... Chocolate! 

So anyway, I was chasing him and occasionally he was chasing me.  And although I have owned this old bus for years (10+ as I remember it) I managed to collide head on with one of the mirrors.  You would think, that after so long, you would REMEMBER the mirrors, not in my case.  Incidentally, this hurts A LOT MORE than stepping on a badly placed yard rake and getting smacked between the eyes. 

Just thought I would mention that.

As I was saying, the initial contact was quite painful, and after I woke up, I discovered that I was now fluent in Portuguese and had an inclination to dress in women’s clothing for short periods of time.

Later on, while sitting by the pool, watching the kids, I noted something they were doing and I had one of them thar Eeeepiffany things (I got an idea). 

These free spirited youngsters were beating each other over the head with these foam sticks that are pool toys.  Their unbridled joy and enthusiasm quickly overwhelmed me, and it dawned on me (hate to take my name in vain like that) that this item would make excellent head protection material for the average bus owner type guy.

So I trotted over to ChinaMart and picked up two of them, with a little cutting and tweaking, they fit the bill nicely.  Work slicker than a buttered door-knob. 

Pick up a pair of foam pool stick toys and protect yourself, you will be glad you did.  Just strap ‘em to your mirrors and for-git-about-it.

Now I am going back to work on the Great American Novel.  “IT ALL HAPPENED TOO FAST.”  It is a story that some of you will quickly relate to, or understand.  “Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy quickly forgets girl, boy then remembers girl ... then girl tragically dies in hot air balloon fest accident in Albuquerque New Mexico.

Before the accident, I had it where she was killed in the Orange Bowl Day parade float that was modeled in a Metamucil theme, and it blew up for unknown reasons.  That kind of sucked.

Why?  Because secretly, deep down, all of us yearn for a Happy Ending, don’t we?

Watch those Right-Handers


 on: September 25, 2016, 02:05:10 PM 
Started by chuckdrum - Last post by luvrbus
Detroit has always based the oil change on the sulfur content in the fuel with today's fuel he is good @ 15,000 miles when they used #1 fuel the truckers changed every 20,000 miles.I always changed mine @ 10,000 to 12,000 miles or 1 time a year.
Once upon a time DD came up with a brain storm and offered a 100,000 mile oil changes if you equipped the engine with their special by pass filter needless to say that didn't last long, the warranty work was killing them.
These new diesel engines are amazing changing the oil at 40,000 miles and it still looks new        

 on: September 25, 2016, 01:57:33 PM 
Started by chuckdrum - Last post by Oonrahnjay
  The car I am referring to that needs changes every 8000 km or 6 month is a 2012 Lexus. I suspect it is an agreement with the Canadian dealers to get me in there more often. The problem with not doing it within the 6 month is that it could give them an excuse to deny a warranty claim. No other vehicle has that requirement.

       I wonder if it is a Yotota/Canada requirement.  Such a requirement is specifically illegal in the United States under the over 40 year old Moss-Magnusson Warranty Act -- not just "did it cause the consumer any harm", just "if it's a stated requirement, then the person stating it has broken the law."   There is a provision where certain warranty maintenance can be required but if this is a requirement, the manufacturer must pay for the parts and labor to perform the prescribed maintenance work.

Other than I can't remember which car it was we had several years ago, where the dealer was wanting a time limit on oil changes, although it was not in the owner's manual. I told them they were full of sh**.  

       Oh, yeah.

On heavy duty diesel engines, I go 250 hrs. That is about 12 to 15000 miles for an OTR truck or bus. That  is a well accepted, common interval. Anybody that tells you about a time limit is full of it.

       I've heard that too but oil technology is changing fast.  Unfortunately, some of the changes have been to make oil meet environmental standards in a way that makes oil not work/protect so well (just say the words "zinc" and "Clifford" in the same sentence and you'll hear about it   Grin ) and I'm not going to be a guinea pig.  I change the oil in my TDI about every 10 - 12K  miles (or 16 - 19K kliks) which works out as about every 10 weeks.  No way I'm going to roll up that kind of mileage on my bus on a regular basis.

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