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Author Topic: Does everyone has as many problems as I do?  (Read 2400 times)
belfert
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« on: June 11, 2006, 06:16:21 PM »

I've been telling JD at C&J Bus Repair I'll have my bus there tomorrow for a week now.  I thought I was finally going to have it there tomorrow after getting the coolant refilled.

I bought a little drill pump to pump the coolant in.  Dropped it on concrete on way to bus and broke it, so went to buy a new one.  Got a page from work and wasted three hours on that.  The new pump siezed up after 30 seconds and nearly broke my finger in the process.  I resorted to dumping into the surge tank directly, but only 90% of the bottle can be emptied that way.  Can't find my long funnel anywhere.

I finally got 12 gallons in and went to start the engine.  Damned batteries are dead!  My computerized battery charger has never worked so I had been using my father's.  I must have given it back since I can't find it.  I was 15 minutes too late to run buy a new charger.

Anyone else have days like this?

Brian Elfert
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Dallas
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2006, 06:23:44 PM »

Ya just gotta hate days like that!
But then whenthe good things happen it feels so much better!
Keep plugging along and it'll get better!
Dallas
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2006, 06:27:21 PM »

Brian you mean all of everybody's days aren't that way? LOL! Hey I mean look at the name I gave my shop! That should be a clus as to what a person who works on anything goes thru day after day! Seriously there will be alot more days like it before yer done but in the end you'll see the reward! My Momma always say's "it's ok son it always gets darker before the storm", well it must be gonna storm soon 'cause it's been get'n dark for years now! Of course I still don't have a clue what getting darker before the storm has to do with anything that can go wrong does go wrong except Murphy must always wear rain slickers! LOL! BK Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2006, 08:41:30 PM »

Just repeat after me-"It's Murphy's Law, It's Murphy's Law".  This is the only thing that kept me sane working on my bus.  Just stay calm and continue to work through it.  Eventually, the bus will be done (or to the point that you can use it).  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2006, 08:50:30 PM »

 Brian,

I can completely relate to that.  But, persistence DOES pay off.  Just keep pushing forward.  I try not to set my expectations too high as far as getting through a project with nothing going wrong.  And then just methodically work through things.  I have my worst troubles when I try to push a project through quickly, with unrealisitic expectations. Then, the STRESS sets in.

 Lips Sealed   Undecided   Angry

And the good news?  Some of my worst days make great campfire stories!!!  Smiley

Hang in there!!!  Best Regards, Phil

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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2006, 03:39:30 AM »

That Gol Danged Murphy LIVES at my house!  Angry  I've been trying to give that sorry sucker a one-way ticket to CA for years.

BK, I can't disagree with your Mom's philosophy but an old seamans' expression (which is true by the way) is that 'it's always darkest before the dawn'...but dawn it will.  No force on earth can stop that.

I've muddled around in that before dawn darkness many times but the answer always runs trhough my mind...that time passes and with that passing of time comes the light of day.  Oh!  What a relief it is!  Grin

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Dallas
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2006, 03:57:27 AM »

Brian,
I've always been taught to think positively, it could be worse.
Working on my bus I've found that when I think positively
Things usually fo get worse.
But I just pick myself up out of the blues, look for a new little project to complete and go on until I can't do that one anymore.
Of course, that's why my bus has lot's of half done projects still waiting for completion.
And Cat get's on me all the time to get some of them done.

Cheer up, it could get worse!

Dallas
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2006, 04:47:41 AM »

Look at it this way. You did eventualy get antifreeze in the bus,and failing to start probably saved  you from having a failure of the neutral safty switch,starting it in gear and crashing through the garage, after it ran over your foot.Seems like a good day to me.    Donn
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2006, 04:48:45 AM »

The problem right now is pretty much all of my projects require a RUNNING bus.  

I suspect I need new batteries as they don't seem to hold a charge after letting them go completely flat a few weeks ago.  Another $400 or more down the tubes.

Now I just need to find the battery charger so I can get the batteries charged.

Brian Elfert
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2006, 06:24:12 AM »

Reminds me of valuable, if sometimes overused phrases:  "The hurried-er I go, the behind-er I get."

Got a few expensive reminders to prompt practical forethought!

Sorry 'bout those costs,  but other old "saw" are:  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" or "Measure twice, cut once"

Not being cute,  just a lead-in to my "raison du BB"  to prompt guys to consider, plan, see  Busn'2007 Arcadia, FL or Busn'USA 2006 in Rickreal OR, then build.  In the end result, better, faster, cheaper and (probably) quicker!



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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2006, 06:27:45 AM »

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I suspect I need new batteries as they don't seem to hold a charge after letting them go completely flat a few weeks ago.  Another $400 or more down the tubes.

I suspect you need to figure out what's drawing down the batteries in the first place.

Letting batteries go dead once will not kill them to the point they won't start. It's possible one has a short in it, but it's more likely there's a continuous load on them, even when you think they're disconnected. That would indicate a bad disconnect switch, or more likely, a 12 volt load pulling off the center tap (assuming your bus is 24 volt as I don't recall).

I'd recommend disconnecting the negative cable from both batteries when parked.

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belfert
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2006, 07:08:34 AM »

I suspect you need to figure out what's drawing down the batteries in the first place.

I now know what drew them down in the first place.  Leaving the air locks for the baggage doors in the unlocked position leaves some selenoids drawing power.  As soon as the battery disconnect is turned off, the air locks will go back to being locked.

I think starting the engine and only running it a few minutes may be drawing the batteries down enough so eventually it won't start. 

I'll check for loads if taking the bus for a good drive doesn't help.  The bus sat for several weeks when I first got it and it still started fine.  The battery problems only started after I left the disconnect on for a week.

Brian Elfert
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2006, 08:07:05 AM »

Brian

The more of those days I have the better I get at avoiding them.

Little things that used to slow me down are more recently solved before I get there.

OR maybe I don't care or remember anymore.

Anyhow good luck getting it going.

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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2006, 08:21:08 AM »

         I feel much better now, I though I was the only one to have so much luck, hang in  there, there's got to be A light at the end of the tunnel,but sometimes it seem's like A long tunnel.
                  pete
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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2006, 11:17:49 AM »

Make sure that light is not the headllight of a train!
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         I feel much better now, I though I was the only one to have so much luck, hang in  there, there's got to be A light at the end of the tunnel,but sometimes it seem's like A long tunnel.
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