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« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2010, 07:14:49 AM »

Finally, back on the road again.First off thanks for all the help and concerns.I did have the bus towed and was covered by insurance.The owner of Stecussy Diesel,Mike is a great guy and let us stay in the bus while work was being done.They do not do a lot of two stroke's,but they do have a two mechanics hat have some experience.When it came to setting the rack,Mikes dad came in to do that.He taught diesel mechanics for 32 years and nailed the tune up.We left Thursday and made it to Coeur d' Alene Id. and the engine is running great so far.
       I went to Truck Service to pick up a new head and met the owner Curt Vetsch.He has 25 years of working on two stroke's and really knows his stuff.He suggested installing new rod and main bearings which he had in stock. If anyone is looking for parts,rebuilt engines or advise,I would call this guy.
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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2010, 07:51:44 AM »

 Do you mind if I ask what the $$$$damage was? Did you end up replacing the bearings or just a new head?
 Not having any trouble with my 4104 just curious what something like this would   (should?)  run if it was to happen. (realizing the final dollar cost could vary wildly depending on the damage and the repair shop).
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« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2010, 08:15:59 AM »

Here is a what I had done.Rebuilt head,new bearings,exhaust manifolds machined,two crossover pipes and gaskets. 40 hours labor and parts,$4,700.I fulltime and no plans on selling my Prevost,so the cost is just part of fulltiming.
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« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2010, 08:26:02 AM »

based on some of the things i've had done, including installing jakes, that sounds like you were really treated well.  i'd put those garages on my map with stars next to their names. ;-)
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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2010, 08:34:50 AM »

You were treated good on the head if buying a new head from DD they are over 3 grand for the bare head no valves or spring.I am still trying to figure out the stud ?



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« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2010, 08:37:29 AM »

Don-Good going! You found out that the cost of the tow is much less then trying to limp home and goof up more in the engine.  You got off relatively easy and pretty cheap compared to if you had spun a bearing, or thrown a rod.  Take care and good running!  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2010, 08:44:32 AM »

 Don, Thanks for posting your costs and experience with the repair shop...The internet can be a powerful tool when selecting a shop to do work for us.. I could see the need for a whole new forum on the going- to-happen away from home breakdowns, the repairs, what we were charged and just how we felt when the wallet was put away and we are driving away from the repair shop..
 It would help but I guess we usually at the nearest shops mercy depending on where you are when you have problems.
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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2010, 08:58:29 AM »

For you guys that don't know you spin a main bearing in a 8v92 it will put you in the 12,000 + buck repair range in a hurry

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« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2010, 12:11:57 PM »

You are right.That is exactly what Curt said,he called it cheap insurance.Im glad I met him. He also has a fresh 8v92 rebuilt if anyone is looking.
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« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2010, 05:29:20 PM »

Are you talking about Curt from central truck service in east bethel? if so thats the guy I recommended you have work on it.
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« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2010, 06:06:08 PM »

Yes that's him.If I need any work done he would be my choice.I was very impressed with his knowledge and willingness to help. His shop rate of $75.00 hr. is not bad either.
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« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2010, 06:06:24 AM »

Curt is a really honest, hard working and skilled 2 stroke mechanic, grew up working on the tractors on the family farm.
I spoke to him Friday and he told me he was building a slide in 8v92 made specifically for an mci. The right bellhousing, motor mounts and pulleys are hard to switch out and find. I didn't know his last name. I am glad that he did your work.
You passed on the main and rod bearings are you certain that no coolant got into them? Clifford was right on with his estimate of 12-15k if you spin a bearing.
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« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2010, 06:37:11 AM »

You may have missed one of my prior post stating I did replace the bearings.He said the material the bearings are made of are very susceptible to antifreeze.He told me a story of only one time he could not convince a customer to rep;ace the bearings and three weeks later the called him and had spun the mains.Bottom line,if Curt says something needs to be replaced I would do it.
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« Reply #28 on: September 20, 2010, 08:06:09 AM »

"Bottom line,if Curt says something needs to be replaced I would do it"

Amen to that Don...

So glad he was able to help you. Pretty cool shop huh? Those guys he has working for him are top notch.

C and J wouldn't send their turbo's, heads and cranks to him for r&r if he wasn't good. He was so bummed for me when the 8V92 I bought to put in my bus turned out to be a goner. He actually bought it from me and plans to build it for a trucker who needs one.

That is one piece of advice I wouldn't hesitate to give folks here on the board. Truck motors take alot of unforseen modifications to be ready for a bus application. Wanna new motor for your bus? Buy or rebuild a bus motor unless you are a fabrication genius. Motor mounts, oil coolers, geared camshafts for a rear alternator, bell housings, flex plates. The list goes on and on.

I guess it would work if you owned a bus junkyard and you could just scavenge the parts but I don't think any of us have a bus junkyard.

Although a couple of folks on the board have 3-4 of the beasts. and then there's BK
 Grin Grin

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