Hello Everyone - We made it back to NC safe and sound.
Here is a quick brief -
1. Compressor was clacking loudly. Mark (OneLapper) came out and confirmed.
2. Tried to find a compressor - Checked 4 places online out of state and 4 places locally. I was looking for a Tu-flo 500 compressor as that was the one that was on the engine. Later after finding and ordering the only one place that had the 500 and had to overnight it (for an arm and a leg) I found out that the Tu-Flo 501 compressor was made to replace this one. These 501s ended up being more widely available.
3. Fixing your bus on the road is expensive.
4. Pulled the old compressor - was fairly easy and cleaned up what I could while parked in my brothers driveway without making a big mess.
5. Started the new compressor install and had trouble getting the nut for the drive gear lined up with the cotter pin hole on the drive gear shaft. Mark had brought an airgun (he came back out on Saturday to help with the install) and that was a huge help. If he hadn't been there with that, it would have taken me a while to figure out.
6. New compressor on and started up no problems. About 7 minutes to air up which is the same amount of time as before.
7. Real tough to find gaskets for the compressor. Possibly an exact part number from gasket company but none of the Bendix part numbers xrefrenced.
8. The head can be spun around but not suggested if the compressor has been running for any amount of time (Mark mentioned this) due to wear in.
as Always...it didn't really happen unless you got some pics to show for it -
Old compressor naked and ready to come out
Rebuilt in box - Bendix blue
drive wheel on old compressor
Cotter pin hole on drive shaft
Mark wrenching some finishing touches
All prettied up and ready to roll
While initially scary, it was an unexpected blessing being able to spend the extra days with my family.
Bus ran great on the drive back. Huge thanks to Mark who only asked that I pay it forward if anyone else ever needs the help which I certainly will do.
Ain't Nuttin Beats a Bus Nut.