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Old 08-25-2016, 11:50 AM   #281
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Boxite, this is not the forum to discuss issues like this. How Israel does things compared to what TSA has nothing to do with Mel changing his 454 over to a diesel.

If you want to discuss this issue further then start a thread in a more appropriate forum and invite Mel to the discussion.



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You've obviously never been on a hijacked plane, and have little idea how many TSA has thwarted.

Yes, security is troublesome. And usually gov't ops aren't the most "efficient".
But efficient is measured in the eyes of the beholder. You were in a hurry so the time spent seemed without value.
But if you'd ever been on a hijacked plane.... there'd be no amount of time you wouldn't spend to avoid that experience again.

(Sorry for the thread hijack, but it was already introduced.
The Israeli airline, El Al, kept my friend for four hours in an interview before allowing him onboard. He was the Hispanic mayor of a small town in Texas, (resembles Arabic to some people) visiting the Holy Land and returning home.
When he got home, he found that security had called three of his neighbors to inquire of him and to confirm his occupation, and even asked if they knew where he was "today". Only after one of them confirmed to be feeding the family pets while they were away in Israel was he allowed onboard. Now, THAT is security! ...and a bit slower than TSA.)

So... how long do you feel YOUR security wait is of value?)
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:52 PM   #282
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One think to add to the 'to do' list: Gas tank for the generator.
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:55 PM   #283
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Right, and no #2 in the gas tank and no gas in the #2 tank!
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:19 PM   #284
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Right, and no #2 in the gas tank and no gas in the #2 tank!
That may hurt. I'm thinking I got enough room behind the hose/electric reels with the fill at the left rear through the plastic bumper wrap. I need a new one (bumper wrap) anyway after I backed into my electric box.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:38 PM   #285
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I did just get back from a 50 test run. The wife went along. Not sure if it's any more noise than the 454. I can still hear the wife screaming to slow down at 65 mph.
Do need to get the a/c working. W/o generator or dash ac driving down the road in 95 degrees isn't that much fun.
One thing that does concern me is the shift of the tranny. I don't drop into 1st at a stop, it down shifts about the time the turbo spins up. Never noticed that with the gas. But then the gas did have more power from idle.
Doing 70 mph hills aren't even noticed. But I don't like it turning 22-2300 rpm either.
GearVender is on a short list too. That'd bring the cruising speed down to 1760 rpm. If I did that, I may be about to understand what the wife is screaming at me

I need to go on a bike ride (well trike) This is thirsty Thursday night down at the Irish pub
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:01 PM   #286
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Are you a Jameson or Bushmills?
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Glad to hear you are over the hump!!Hopefully it is all down hill from here. The rest of the work, although often overwhelming, should be a piece of cake compared to what you have accomplished so far. Congrats!!
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Old 08-26-2016, 07:58 AM   #288
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I need to go on a bike ride (well trike) This is thirsty Thursday night down at the Irish pub

Reminds me of the 3 old guys walking down the street. 1- Windy isn't it? 2 - No, it's Thursday, 3 - Me Too, let's get a drink!

Good job on the swap! Always a good feeling when a plan comes together.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:14 PM   #289
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Dang! $3350 for a gearvender overdrive! I need some guidance on this! I'm the third guy.... lets get a drank
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Old 09-05-2016, 08:11 PM   #290
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So, for all you followers I just got back from my first test run going outside the 100 mile AAA tow range.
Drove 362 miles trying to keep it under 65mph. Ran 2100 to 2400rpm. Really need to get that rpm down to around 1500 rpm. Not getting enough air. The EGT wants to go up and up. I let off the accelerator when if got to 1300 degrees. Pulled the Suzuki Vita for about 100 miles but stopped because of the EGT.
Have a "Wicked Turban' coming tomorrow. That should give me faster boost, more boost and lower EGT.
The next problem is to get the rpm down. Oh, the tranny don't want to shift into first gear until I floor it and gets up to about 10mph. Need to find a tranny guy!!! Help!! Help!!
I know I need a gear vendor, but that won't get the rpm down that much, so, I'm thinking of first going up one size on the tires????? The two on the tag axle are tread less and the other four are getting old. But then that's six tires.
This thing really want to go FAST and I did go too fast, but still got 8.7 mpg.
Maybe I need to start a 'go fund it'
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:09 AM   #291
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Gears

I believe this is the set I have.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/m...9-1x/overview/

The PO put it in, and I would say it is the correct set-up.
I wish you lived closer, you really should test mine out and see if you like the gearing, I think it is perfect.
We bought our 310 with the 6BT swap done, and have put 15,000 miles on it since we have owned it.

We typically get about double the milage you are getting, I do not have a pyrometer, but I have never "felt" like she was getting too hot.

We just drove the entire AlCan as well as the grades into and out of Skagway, and Valdez among many other torture tests on our 12,000 mile Alaskan shakedown mission.

I do have the GearVendor on board and would definitely advise anyone to grab one if you are doing any long distance highway driving.

We Run 70-75mph, which is about as fast as i feel confident that I can safely drive this coach, the engine has a little more, but the Brakes are definitely the limiting factor for me. lat me know if anyone has upgrade ideas on that end.

We go slow up big grades (over 7%), faster than semi's but slower than passenger cars. I flip the gear vendor off and steam up any grade with ease, a little slower than I could, but in my experience, lugging a heavy diesel up a big grade spells disaster, I just don't do it.

Let me know if you want to come up for a test drive anytime before you drop the cash.

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Old 09-08-2016, 02:57 PM   #292
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UPS guy came with the Wicked turbo wheel.
I thought I'd had a blowout on the way to the lake last week. Stopped and looked all the tires over and no flat, so I went on. Did seem to have a different vibration.
With that in mind, When I pulled the dog house off I had this laying across three circuit breakers on top of the motor.
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This was my blowout! The radiator fan is now the 5 blade model. For some reason that was only known God, I covered all the studs of the breakers with vacuum hose. If not I would had the need to rewire and/or clean up the smoke damage. Ordered new blades from Dodge.
So that being said. I got the Wicked turbo wheel and the new boost gauge installed.
Tomorrow I take her in to get the tranny checked. Don't like it not shifting into 1st gear until it gets up some speed.
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I believe this is the set I have.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/m...9-1x/overview/

The PO put it in, and I would say it is the correct set-up.
I wish you lived closer, you really should test mine out and see if you like the gearing, I think it is perfect.
We bought our 310 with the 6BT swap done, and have put 15,000 miles on it since we have owned it.

We typically get about double the milage you are getting, I do not have a pyrometer, but I have never "felt" like she was getting too hot.

We just drove the entire AlCan as well as the grades into and out of Skagway, and Valdez among many other torture tests on our 12,000 mile Alaskan shakedown mission.

I do have the GearVendor on board and would definitely advise anyone to grab one if you are doing any long distance highway driving.

We Run 70-75mph, which is about as fast as i feel confident that I can safely drive this coach, the engine has a little more, but the Brakes are definitely the limiting factor for me. lat me know if anyone has upgrade ideas on that end.

We go slow up big grades (over 7%), faster than semi's but slower than passenger cars. I flip the gear vendor off and steam up any grade with ease, a little slower than I could, but in my experience, lugging a heavy diesel up a big grade spells disaster, I just don't do it.

Let me know if you want to come up for a test drive anytime before you drop the cash.

Curt
Sounds like you had a great trip!
My first move is a gearvendor then see about the tire size or rear end.
Would like to come up and see you though...... Maybe we could drag race
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Angry

Whale poop! Got the credit card out and call GearVendor..... "Can't to the double overdrive with a load.... It's just make for running empty."
So I call around the OKC,OK area... My old standby Fleet Pride don't do motor home anymore..... I call United Engines..... "We only do third members." Now it's back to 'ME' re gearing the rearend and oversize tire to get the rpm down.
May need a GearVendor underdrive!

Curt do you have the same rear end in your 31 as is in the 34.5?
I really remember not liking to do rear end set up. I never did one that didn't whine! But then I have more patients now
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