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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

Did you use the regeared transmission from Benco? I am thinking about using that on my swap but have not found anyone with a 2.2 using it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

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Did you use the regeared transmission from Benco? I am thinking about using that on my swap but have not found anyone with a 2.2 using it.


Yes, I did. I told them what engine I was using and went with their reccomendations.

1st: 3.80
2nd: 2.06
3rd: 1.14
4th: 0.70
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Welded gears, hard key, chromoly pinion nut, welded cross shaft.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:37 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

I don't know how I missed this thread but I love the bus and I love the high standard to which you have "restored" and converted it. Really nice, I would like to do one like this some day and make it my daily or semi daily driver.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:54 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

Pinetops wrote:
I don't know how I missed this thread but I love the bus and I love the high standard to which you have "restored" and converted it. Really nice, I would like to do one like this some day and make it my daily or semi daily driver.


Thanks for the kind words Pinetops!


Next comes the interior! Stay tuned for more fun. I have a full late westy cabinet set that will be getting refurbished(slightly modified) and installed and a nice list of other to do items.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:04 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

Ives676 wrote:
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Did you use the regeared transmission from Benco? I am thinking about using that on my swap but have not found anyone with a 2.2 using it.


Yes, I did. I told them what engine I was using and went with their reccomendations.

1st: 3.80
2nd: 2.06
3rd: 1.14
4th: 0.70
4.57 r&p
Welded gears, hard key, chromoly pinion nut, welded cross shaft.


Would you recommend going with what they suggested? I am about to place my order and for now a subarugears 5 speed is not in the cards.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:17 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

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For me the re-geared/rebuilt transmission leaves me unhappy. 1st-3rd are fine but 4th is way to high of a gear. It is like an overdrive and has no power at all. I had to anticipate any hills or grades and speed up to make it halfway or so in 4th and then downshift to 3rd around 45mph which would let me accelerate back up to 55 or 60. By the time I hit 60 the rpms are about 4k which makes the little motor sound like it is just screaming.


So you are hitting 4K in 3rd? No power in 4th? That seems very much the opposite of just about everything I have read/heard about installing a Subaru in a bus. Something doesn't seem right, and I ain't talking about the tranny gearing.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:41 am    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

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For me the re-geared/rebuilt transmission leaves me unhappy. 1st-3rd are fine but 4th is way to high of a gear. It is like an overdrive and has no power at all. I had to anticipate any hills or grades and speed up to make it halfway or so in 4th and then downshift to 3rd around 45mph which would let me accelerate back up to 55 or 60. By the time I hit 60 the rpms are about 4k which makes the little motor sound like it is just screaming.


So you are hitting 4K in 3rd? No power in 4th? That seems very much the opposite of just about everything I have read/heard about installing a Subaru in a bus. Something doesn't seem right, and I ain't talking about the tranny gearing.



4k rpms in 3rd at 60mph. Then in 4th it is like an overdrive. I can continue to accelerate in 4th to 70 or 80 before I let off because it starts to feel sketchy. I have no power in 4th if I shift into 4th around 50mph, it just bogs down and slowly accelerates.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:59 am    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

I gave in to peer pressure and installed a Butty's Bits throttle kit.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:46 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

Was the transmission and/or power range thru all the gears figured out? Is this the limitations of gearing only 3rd and 4th of the stock transaxle?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

Nothing has been done with the transmission. It drives fine in 1st through 3rd around town. Once I get on the highway I use 4th as an overdrive cruising gear.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

How do you like the butty's bits kit?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

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How do you like the butty's bits kit?


The Butty's Bits kit feels way nicer than stock. It was very easy to install.

I still need to replace the pedal spring and clean and lube the pedal pin to check that off my list.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

Nice

I've been on the fence about getting one for my bus, seems like a great "piece of kit" as the Brits say.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

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Nothing has been done with the transmission. It drives fine in 1st through 3rd around town. Once I get on the highway I use 4th as an overdrive cruising gear.


I have a Benco 091 with the same gearing and an EJ22 swap in my '71 deluxe bus. I don't have any issues pulling in 4th gear around town or otherwise. I wonder if it's just the difference in our tire diameters (I'm running 175/70r14) and the weight of the camper interior? Or maybe just the tires?

Super cool rig man, I love the color choice and the tire setup. I have considered raising mine back up to run tires like those, it looks killer and it's probably more fun to drive cause you can run over shit lol.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:06 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

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Nothing has been done with the transmission. It drives fine in 1st through 3rd around town. Once I get on the highway I use 4th as an overdrive cruising gear.


I have a Benco 091 with the same gearing and an EJ22 swap in my '71 deluxe bus. I don't have any issues pulling in 4th gear around town or otherwise. I wonder if it's just the difference in our tire diameters (I'm running 175/70r14) and the weight of the camper interior? Or maybe just the tires?

Super cool rig man, I love the color choice and the tire setup. I have considered raising mine back up to run tires like those, it looks killer and it's probably more fun to drive cause you can run over shit lol.


Thanks Mild-Core. It's definitely been a ton of work that is finally paying off. I still have so much more to do. I am hoping to get a house with a garage or shop where I can actually lay out all of the parts and work on things in a logical order. Right now the whole back of the bus is filled with the westy cabinets, interior panels, and boxes.I would like to start working on the westy cabinets laminate soon.
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

Thrilled to see that at least two other folks have taken the plunge with the Champion Radiator.

I am still hauling myself up by my bootlaces, but I'm moving forward.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

May I ask how you tied your return line into your existing gas tank?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:51 am    Post subject: Re: 1974 Riviera - Busaroo Reply with quote

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May I ask how you tied your return line into your existing gas tank?


I had to tap the tank. I ran a return line to the top of the tank near the sending unit and put a fuel line down into the tank.
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