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 Post subject: Tips & Tricks!
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:28 am 
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Most of these old assed buses have equally old and dirty gas tanks. More often than not even with a fuel filter your engine can starve if the filter gets all clogged up. A temporary "solution" is to carry a bunch of filters but, this will require the pulling over at usually the wrong place and time and having to replace it. That can get old with a quickness! :x

The more permanent solution is to remove, clean/coat and reinstall the fuel tank. Way back when, I had a tank made of aluminum to fit my bus and max out capacity. It takes about 17+ gallons. Being new, I ass-umed it would be "clean". Well, it was originally, but being custom made a hole had to be punched into it for the fuel sender and instead of a gasket we use RTV. So, some of it ended up in the tank. Every so often it would clog up the intake line and I would have to give it a "blow job" to clear it out. However, the debris was still in there so it was happening more often that I cared for so I then removed the tank and installed a screen on the intake. :smile:

Fast forward to last week. Needing to fix the broken sender, I removed the tank again, drained it out, fixed the sender, reinstall it, filled it and away it went. Like an idiot, again ass-suming it was cleaned after draining it, I removed the screen! :roll:

First ride was to work and back on Monday. That went fine but on my way to the bowling alley on rush hour traffic, the forkin line clogged up halfway up the I-15. Figured what happened and proceeded to do the BJ again! Now, this time it was so clogged up that my blowing on it wasn't enough. Just about when I was going to give up on it and have tripOlay tow me home, the "dim bulb" went on in my head! :idea:

So here is your tip of the day... The sucking of the pump was so powerful that it clogged the line pretty good. So, reversing the fuel lines to make the pump BLOW into the tank should clear it up! Well THAT did the trick! \:D/

Though it did take me to the alley in time to bowl and also all the way home afterwards, the crap is still in the tank. So the Dormy is back in the Garaj Mahal for some more work. :-/

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 Post subject: Re: Tips & Tricks!
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you are a great story teller. :grin:

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Can you sum up this entire post with, its better to blow then to suck? :razz:

I would have never have thought to reverse the lines, good thinking.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips & Tricks!
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It just dawned on me at the last second! I was really just about giving up altogether and grabbing the phone when the thought came to mind. Swapped the lines, a bit of cranking, swap back and go! :shock:

It is funny the things you can think up when in a bind. :lol:

I'm sure the very few cats that hang out here have come up with some such too. That's why the "Tips & Tricks" title. :smile:

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how about using zip ties to "fix" your broken accelerator cable?

Or the one I learned from Bill May when coming home from the Classic one time... to notch the dizzy clamp and dizzy together so that in the event the dizzy moves on you, you can reset it without needing a timing light?

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If you're dizzy because it moved, you are doing something wrong! :-s

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I dunno, Ivan. Have you seen the quality of the dizzy clamps that are put out nowadays? Darn kids, don't know how to make good parts anymore. And they better stay off my lawn!!

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OK, here's one for the people who have a bus that doesn't like to start with the key but don't want to cave in to the pressure to install a relay, not to mention any names...<cough>William<cough>

A couple years ago, my truck started getting temperamental about starting in the mornings, and sometimes when hot. I would crawl under the bus with my BFH and use that to short the contacts at the starter solenoid together. Worked like a charm but winter was approaching and I didn't want to have to crawl under the bus into a puddle to get it started. I found a 10ft piece of wire and crimped a spade connector onto it. I attached it to a spare terminal at the solenoid and fed the free end into the engine compartment through the battery cable grommet. In the engine compartment, I routed the wire along the big battery cable over to the vicinity of the battery and stripped off about an inch of insulation. I wrapped this wire around the battery cable to hold in in place when not used and just touch the bare wire to the positive battery terminal when I need to start the engine. I've heard that the elusive (reclusive?) Bill May had also done this mod to Kermit, pre relay-install.

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for the record Shawn, I have installed a relay in my bus. [-(

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der58SC wrote:
for the record Shawn, I have installed a relay in my bus. [-(

But…does it start with the key?

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but that is due to the starter which is going back to be exchanged.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips & Tricks!
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Just spotted this in thedrambadotcom's gallery. Way kool trick iffen you don't want to drill any more holes on your holey bus in order to mount fog/driving lights. :cool:

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cool idea. I bet the owner rocks a mullet.

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what is that used for?

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William everyone knows this a tool so you can change your blinker fluid! :lol:

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der58SC wrote:
what is that used for?

If you've ever at the least taken an engine apart, you'll figure it out! :cool:

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I have taken several engines apart. Not once have I ever used a tool like that. Please tell me.

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Never used a tool like that because someone just came up with it! :razz:





How did you remove wrist pins? :-s

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pyrOman wrote:
How did you remove wrist pins? :-s


very carefully? :grin: With a socket and a rubber hammer.

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