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Old 08-14-2011, 12:46 PM   #826
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I'm bettin those brakes hadn't been looked at in YEARS.

Is that the inner part of the rotor?
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:28 PM   #827
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Is that the inner part of the rotor?
Yep,,,I've never seen one break like that.

I heard the thing grinding when they pulled in ,,,,they weren't going to check it till I crawled under it half shitfaced Friday night.
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:11 PM   #828
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Yep,,,I've never seen one break like that.

I heard the thing grinding when they pulled in ,,,,they weren't going to check it till I crawled under it half shitfaced Friday night.

I had one on my old Blazer collapse and drop the pieces, but I've never seen one separate like that.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:58 PM   #829
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Update overdue.

I knew the transmission was going to be the weak link but I guess I hurt it on my way to and from the Quarry run.

It goes into all forward gears fine but reverse is real vague now,,you gotta wait for it.

I don't trust it to pull the camper until I can find a replacement.

I'm kind of torn as to what to do.
The 5 series Allisons are not a particularly good transmission so I'm told.

I could probably get a AT 545 for between $500 - $750.
I had planned to find a C series Cummins coupled to a MT 653 five speed tranny.
I thought a 653 would bolt up to the B that's in the bus now,,it won't,,atleast not to the bellhousing in the vehicle now.
So i'm kind of torn as to what to do now,,,do I spend the money on a transmission I don't really want so I can finish out the camping/riding season? Or do I just deal with not being able to move the camper on my terms and start saving toward the powertrain I really want to put in?



Oh yeah,,,I've also decided that at the conclusion of this season the Ghetto Bus is going under the knife again.
I'm not pleased with the proportions of the body and bed so I'm going to cut 3 more feet out of the body and loose the back half of the entrance door as I don't need a four foot door to get in and out.

Stay tuned.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:53 PM   #830
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I've got an Allison 542 with the deep pan that I'd sell much cheaper than that! Even has the SAE-3 adapter (bell housing), starter & flywheel. Of course you probably wouldn't need all that but if you opt to replace your 500 series Allison, let me know. I'll make you a heck of a deal!
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:56 PM   #831
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I've got an Allison 542 with the deep pan that I'd sell much cheaper than that! Even has the SAE-3 adapter (bell housing), starter & flywheel. Of course you probably wouldn't need all that but if you opt to replace your 500 series Allison, let me know. I'll make you a heck of a deal!
Is the adapter to go to the large pattern bell housing?

What did you transmission come out of and does it have a lockup converter?
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:07 PM   #832
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Is the adapter to go to the large pattern bell housing?

What did you transmission come out of and does it have a lockup converter?
This is from the other thread I just finished reading. It's regarding Joz' transmission written by another ADVmember.

"Good deal on getting shed of the AT542. With no lock up torque converter and only 4 speeds, you would have never gotten the mileage you wanted. The 542's are school bus transmissions and just geared wrong for the highway, even though they are used in some of the 80's Motorhomes.(Remember fuel was cheap in the 80's) A 1000 or 2000 series Allison with Lock up TQ would be much better for an automatic choice. You can get stand alone transmission computers but they are expensive. All they need from the engine is a Throttle Position Sensor and Speed Sensor to work behind the Cummins you have."
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:21 AM   #833
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No lockup converter. The Allison came from a bread truck. I'm selling it because I didn't feel it would do the job I needed (10,000# RV regularly towing a trailer). I went with a 6 speed manual Dodge G56 transmission. Take that for what it's worth.
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:49 PM   #834
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Thanks for that input fella's.

I wasn't sure whether or not my transmission was even equiped with a lockup converter.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:22 PM   #835
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Have you considered the newer 6.7 Cummins? It should fit in where your 5.9 is. I think a C series would be a chore to make fit.
The new 6 speed auto tranny behind the 6.7 is pretty nice too.

Actually there are two new auto tranny's. The pick-ups have a Dodge built unit while the cab and chassis's have an Aisin.

Plenty of info here if you want:
http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/07...liter-cummins/

I imagine these would be pretty expensive out of a wrecking yard though, being so new.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:43 PM   #836
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Have you considered the newer 6.7 Cummins? It should fit in where your 5.9 is. I think a C series would be a chore to make fit.
The new 6 speed auto tranny behind the 6.7 is pretty nice too.

Actually there are two new auto tranny's. The pick-ups have a Dodge built unit while the cab and chassis's have an Aisin.

Plenty of info here if you want:
http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/07...liter-cummins/

I imagine these would be pretty expensive out of a wrecking yard though, being so new.
I wan't to stay with a mechanically controlled engine.

I'd have to have all the electronics/ECU/etc for a 6.7
I think I have enough room for C now,,,I would have to beef up the front springs though but they could stand to be replaced anyway.

There is alot more room in the engine compartment of this thing than a pickup.

There is also the $money thing too. I imagine a 6.7 would cost considerably more than an older C.

Oh yeah,,,a 300 horse C puts out 1000+ lb ft of torque.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:15 PM   #837
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Old 12-17-2011, 01:12 PM   #838
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What's new with Dr. Frankenstein's project?
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What's new with Dr. Frankenstein's project?
The next stage of the project is set to start very soon.
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The next stage of the project is set to start very soon.
Engine Swap?

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