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 on: January 28, 2015, 02:22:45 PM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by Jon
I suspect all of us were a little intimidated by our coaches when we first started driving them and we allowed others to perhaps make us feel guilty if we were in their way. Down hills, or as Okie says through construction zones or anywhere someone acted like we were an impediment to progress.

But time and old(er) age have a way of allowing us to drive as we choose with less concern about what some truck driver thinks.

We learned a long time ago some truckers don't like us, and a few will go out of their way to express how they feel, either on a CB or through their actions. It is no mistake when a truck passes and then brings his rig back into my lane with a few feet to spare. It is clear when some jerk with a big CB announces for all to hear how he wants motor homes off his highway. So my advice to folks who are relatively new owners and driver's of coaches to ignore the rest of the world and drive safe. They will eventually pass and get over it.

I do know on a couple of occasions each year a trucker will pull some bone headed stunt either because he is stupid or inattentive. I rarely touch the mike on my CB, but when I get incensed I usually express myself fairly clearly about how stupid that stunt was and then I let them know I have a dash cam with their activity fully recorded. It is not uncommon for the same truck and I to pass one another during a day, and it is amazing how that trucker is seemingly on his best behavior following my CB announcement.

For that reason I suggest strongly that to supplement your safe driving you get a dash cam because it does document the situation. If you drive like a jerk however, you might not want one.

 on: January 28, 2015, 12:32:05 PM 
Started by Alan N - Last post by HB of CJ
The very last Crown Supercoaches had the 6V92T and the rare 8V92T in the rear end with a "T" drive drive train.  The one I had was an earlier 1974 40 foot 10 wheeler 3 axle (VIN 37317) with the Cummings and RTO910 10 speed.

Mine did quite well off road.  Actually took it on the beach ONCE in Crescent City CA after locking up the 8 drivers.  Got lots of looks from the Jeep persons also driving on the firm beach sand.  I did not stop however and kept rolling.

But ... disclaimer ... mine had the 16K front axle, a small wheel cut and a very big turning circle.  Her nickname was the Queen Mary.  Her real name was the Banana Boat 2.

Two axle 35 footers will do kinda good off road.  Firm ground.  All admidship Crowns do not have that much ground clearance under the engine pan and rear engine gear housing.  The bell housings and trannies, are higher.

If you have a choice, go with a Crown with the Cummings 855 big cam.  The pancake specific parts include the oil pan, oil pump, the big water pump and oil drain holes in the heads.  The Jakes are also different.  Oil drainage.

Also the turbo pulse exhaust manifold and the turbo mounts and turbo oil drain holes are different.  Pancake engine lying 80 degrees on its left side.  Each Crown usually was slightly different from its brothers.

Most if not all other Big Cam/NTC parts will work fine.  My plan before I got ill was to update my 250 into a 475-500 with just pistons, cams, lifters, injectors, timing, pump settings, a balancer, better intake, exhaust and a neat turbo and intercooler.

Crowns are getting hard to find.  Political smog law nightmare in CA where there are still some running as schoolies.  A private purchase from a private party still OK.  Most old Crowns are being crushed.  Very sad.  HB of CJ  (old coot)

 on: January 28, 2015, 12:24:06 PM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by luvrbus
 Don,I do fine at those check points till one who can hardly speak English asks are you a American citizen then Sonja hides her face because the fun begins  Grin   

 on: January 28, 2015, 12:23:23 PM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by digesterman

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 on: January 28, 2015, 12:18:34 PM 
Started by Jason Bond - Last post by luvrbus
The City of Houston ran a lot of BB Express 4500 I have a friend in Houston that sold his H-40 or 41 to convert one

 on: January 28, 2015, 11:36:42 AM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by boxcarOkie
Very well stated Jon, I agree with all of it.  (Except the old and cranky part, I prefer to compare myself to a recycled teenager or something like that)

One thing I am doing is "taking my share of road construction out of the middle" and not allowing them (mostly trucks) to bull me around and squeeze me uncomfortably close to the concrete barriers.  In all honesty I can report "it has not made me a lot of friends."  But then again, ask me if I care? 

I take a lot of pride in my ride, and I am not going to scratch it up (wreck it) because some truck-monkey is in a hurry to get to L.A.

Enjoyed your comment.


 on: January 28, 2015, 10:44:05 AM 
Started by 34kw - Last post by 34kw
Thanks TomC, very innovative thinking - I might go that route myself when I get to that point.

 on: January 28, 2015, 10:19:39 AM 
Started by scanzel - Last post by scanzel
On www.govliquidation.com in Pennsylvania there are several 8V92's used that have complete Jake brake sets in them. The engines look more like recycle than rebuild but they usually go pretty cheap. My question, would it be good to maybe get one in bidding and strip out all the jake parts and reuse them on my 8V92 mechanical. I noticed that some have DDEC units on them would that make a any difference. I live in Connecticut so I could go to Penn and pick one up if won in bidding.

 on: January 28, 2015, 09:15:13 AM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by John316
----If someone comes across a DL3 with a raised roof, let us know Smiley
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We just let one go....For a really good price to Grin You are like three months too late.

 on: January 28, 2015, 08:13:25 AM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by Jon
We have driven about 400,000 miles over the last 25 years in our conversions, all Prevost. I cannot think of a US interstate we have not been on. We have gone up and down grades with dire warnings at the top, with runaway truck sand run-offs, with grades with substantially lower truck speeds. The bottom line is anytime we have observed the speed limit for trucks there is usually some jerk that is going to pass us with his jake shaking and rattling our windows.

Way back when it was easy to be intimidated by those who ignore the risk. Maybe it is my age, maybe it is my lousy attitude, maybe I just don't care, but today I gear down and slow down and take my time on the downhill with zero concern about who behind me is inconvenienced. If a truck wants to pass I let them, If they cannot I guess I will just have to absorb the hit. I would far rather get hit in the rear where I have a toad and 45 feet of bus for protection to absorb the shock, than to drive into something with 2 feet of dashboard to absorb the energy.

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