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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

if I was going thru brushes that fast I might concern myself that solder would be next. Considering why the brushes would be wearing so fast it is either mechanical or electrical. While there are many causes of each, most involve heat as part of the process, and that eventually melts solder. Once a generator starts throwing solder it is over. I'd figure it out fast before that happens because one does not walk into an O'Reilly or NAPA and ask for a 38 amp over the counter exchange any more. That probably means taking it apart and growling it to be sure there isn't a winding that is shorted. Other causes like too much load on it can also be an issue - bad battery cell, too many electronics etc.. 38 amps is 500+/-watts max. As I recall, brushes used to last about 40,000 - 60,000 miles on my 1971 bus.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

A good thing to do on any brush replacement is to clean the crap out of the slots between the commutator segments. A sharpened piece of hardwood dowel works good. (Many) years ago, one used to be able go into a drug store and buy an "orange stick", used for cleaning under fingernails. You could also buy disinfectant that contained mercury. But I digress. The orange stick has a chisel tip cut on one end. This edge fit nicely between the commutator segments and safely dug all of the carbon crap out. Being wood, it couldn't hurt the commutator segments themselves (e.g., don't use a knife or small screwdriver - leaves sharp segment edges). Between that cleaning and sanding the commutator smooth, the brushes would last a long, long time.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Bamboo cuticle pusher
https://www.amazon.com/MASH-Reusable-Cuticle-Manicure-Pedicure/dp/B005MYYE6U

Or busdaddy's favorite, a chopstick.
Can be used to Open that AFM flap for fuel pump testing.
File to a chisel and clean in between those commutator segments.
Used to open and close the points without sparking.
File to a point and chisel for cleaning under those nails and push cuticles back.
Got a loose screw in wood, a touch of glue, drive one in cut it flush and start a new screw hole.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

That's them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Wrapped up my time in Minnesota with a stark change of plans... Drove though North Dakota in one sitting, and now...

Third gear on an interstate! That means Iím officially in The West.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:28 am    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Westward Ho.

and by that I just might mean....

"Look! There is a Ho going westward!




Just kiddin' Robbie
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

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Go Buddy, Go!


[and you too Robbie Laughing ]
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Ya, haven't heard from you in a few days. What's going on.
Hope all is well!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

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Ya, haven't heard from you in a few days. What's going on.
Hope all is well!
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yeah, Robbie! I need my vicarious ACVW-ing fix! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

I know where he his Wink And itís the only place I canít get service with Verizon. More to follow Iím sure.....,
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

"I spy with my little eye ..." Two familiar buses Think

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Xevin wrote:
"I spy with my little eye ..." Two familiar buses Think


Well well well... would ya lookie there Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:49 am    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Hey Stu who's the old man in the stocking cap?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Stu, was I sleeping in that pic?

Yeah weíll see you all at the Lucky Lab tonight!! Then Iím spending some time with family stuff here, flying to LA for more of it, then coming back up to continue my travels in July.

Life gets in the way of living sometimes, but Iíve had some great moments these last few months and I donít intend for them to stop- just postpone. All is good though, see yíall tonight. Hawthorne location.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

2,379 miles since the generator light went on, and the used brush has no discernible wear with a depth micrometer, and the surface looks identical to when I installed it. Case closed- bad brush.

Ran out of gas in Wisconsin...

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Raced a vintage fire truck, and a vintage fire truck converted to a race car.

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Found a side highway through North Dakota that didnít suck.

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Had a colassal meltdown in Montana- left speaker didnít sound just right. Found some corrosion in the wire and made it right. Repair bill is now a towering $22.94.

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Pulled off to Beartooth Pass, which opened a few hours before and some skiers and snowboarders jumped the roads.

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Came into Yellowstone on theee hubcaps. Drove back a bit. Came into Yellowstone on four hubcaps.

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Went to my first RendezVW and this guy didnít break my bus this time.

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Met up with some crazies.

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Picked up some more bugs.

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Packed up and stored it. On a plane to LA right now to learn bass guitar, play a show on bass guitar, and hitch a ride back to Portland to pick up the bus.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Congrats.
The bass is by far the BEST instrument of them all.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:54 am    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Clatter wrote:
Congrats.
The bass is by far the BEST instrument of them all.


Definitely most underrated! Basses bring a band from bland to booming.
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Spike0180 wrote:
Clatter wrote:
Congrats.
The bass is by far the BEST instrument of them all.


Definitely most underrated! Basses bring a band from bland to booming.


Yeah baby, just like Bootsy Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:46 am    Post subject: Re: Fourteen States in Seven Weeks? Reply with quote

Xevin wrote:
Spike0180 wrote:
Clatter wrote:
Congrats.
The bass is by far the BEST instrument of them all.


Definitely most underrated! Basses bring a band from bland to booming.


Yeah baby, just like Bootsy Cool

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Ainí nothiní but a party baby..... Cool
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