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ateneo
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

The rust condition of your bus is way better than mine. My bus is a rust theme park. Smile

Don't be afraid of rust. Let rust be afraid of you Smile I am sure your bus is happy to have you as its new owner.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

Okay 11 months -- I guess it's time for an actual update on what's been going on with me and Sunshine.

Not Much. Sad

I ended up getting kinda discouraged with the rust, then came like 10 months rain....

Anyway, the good news that I've finally found my motivation to dive back into this project.

I've just finished rebuilding a set of stock carbs. I re-bushed the throttle plates myself -- not hard, just took some patience. My new pitot cutoff solenoids came in the mail today (yay!) and I have a stock air cleaner in the mail. Soon, I'll have all the parts to get the stock intake system back in place.

BUT BEFORE I DO THAT!

I was thinking and looking at my oil leaks again tonight...I started pulling tins today to get at the oil cooler, saw a good amount of oily residue behind the fan. Everything is cruddy everywhere. I'm thinking of just pulling the engine and chucking it on the engine stand -- that'll let me go over it in detail and really clean the decades of crud off of everything. Bonus, it'd also let me scour and paint the engine bay. Smile Is there a downside, I'm missing?

Um, but before I do that, I realized, I never ran a compression test on this engine. I'll be doing that before anything else to get a baseline.

One last thing, sometime over the winter a friend of a friend was getting rid of a few Rivi interior bits. I scored the flip down kick panel for under the rear seat and a SECOND rear seat bed. I'm going to do a Riviera Split Bed setup in the back, because awesome!

Currently, trying to sell my car trailer to do a big parts buy (mostly rubber and metal repair panels).
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

Pulled all 4 plugs today for a compression test.

#1 was a little black with carbon, #2 was a little damp (It was also only finger tight), #3 & 4 looked pretty good.

Results:
1 - 115
2 - 125
3 - 125
4 - 125

Pretty happy with those results. That's on a cold engine that hadn't run a few weeks. Happy with the consistency.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

I started pulling everything off the engine today in prep for fixing oil leaks and a carb swap.

before disassembly:
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All nekkid:
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I wonder how many CFM can actually blow through the oil cooler? Yikes!
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I had an idea to paint the engine bay:
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But it's actually cleaning up pretty well, a little surface rust and missing paint, not withstanding:
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:13 am    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

M-jay

While you have engine out, maybe think about pulling fuel tank, clean and inspect , and replace rubber parts?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:20 am    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

Abscate wrote:
M-jay

While you have engine out, maybe think about pulling fuel tank, clean and inspect , and replace rubber parts?


I'm not planning on pulling the engine at this time, just going to pull the exhaust as well...

For the tank, I need to drain the tank anyway to replace the super dry fuel line. My fuel level sender is erratic AF. Can I get the tank out w/o pulling the engine? With all the intake stuff off, I'd think I should at least be able to slide the tank back far enough to get at the sending unit.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:13 am    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

Takes under 30 min to pull an engine and is way easier to work one out of the bus.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

richparker wrote:
Takes under 30 min to pull an engine and is way easier to work one out of the bus.


Understood. I have uneven gravel/dirt driveway. Pulled a bug engine once in a driveway like this, I have zero interest in repeating the experience.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

Should be able to pull the tank with all of that removed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:52 am    Post subject: Re: Almost have a Bus -- My Story Reply with quote

TomWesty wrote:
Should be able to pull the tank with all of that removed.


Agreed. Done it before myself.
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