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Old 08-06-2006, 12:43 PM   #57
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We think that when you get to the top of the entrance ramp and that beautiful 370 shifts into overdrive, running 65 mph at much lower rpms and temps with better mpg...

We'll see this:

Continue to hang in there; you won't regret it!
Thanks so much for the encouragement. At this point I'm beginning to need a little positive assurance. I know it's just the delay, but it's big bucks in my budget , and I'm sure you're thinking is correct. I'll definitely post the as soon as I experience the overdrive, 65 mph, lower rpms and temps WITH the better mpg ! In fact, I'll settle for any combination of the above.

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Old 08-06-2006, 01:00 PM   #58
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Tim:

Can you supply a bit more info about your missing gearvendors wire?

My GV showed up Friday, and I plan to put Zeppelin in the shop next Friday. If I can check to see if the GV is complete BEFORE I take it to the shop......Well, you know.

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PS: My (rather vague) average MPG on the 350 is about 6. The last trip to Harrisburg (which is mostly uphill, both ways (!)) confirms this. If I assume I can get about 8 MPG with the GV, my guesstimate of the time to return on investment is 27,000 miles driven at $3.05 per gallon. Your results will vary!!
(Disclaimer: These calculations were done with my shoes on, and are subject
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Rob,

I should have gone through the box and checked every item with the installation instructions. The instructions are very thorough, and I would have caught that a wire was missing. According to the shop, the missing wire was white and goes to the "control box". Not having seen it since this happened I'm afraid I can't give you a better description. I will say that I've found GV to be outstanding in their support before and especially after the purchase.

Sounds like we get about the same mileage, which really isn't that surprising. Vehicles are very similar in size, engine, etc. (I know mine's a Ford and yours is a Chevy, but a big block is a big block.) I'm actually encouraged since my gearing is so low and I still manage to average about 6+. I may actually get 8 mpg with the overdrive! I already can do that easily running slower. By the way, I agree with you that it's uphill going and coming from Harrisburg. I've been through there many times, and it's weird how I-81 through PA is always uphill . Thanks for the return on investment calculations. Frankly, I'll figure I've got my return if I can cruise at 65 with rpms below 3,000 .

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Old 08-09-2006, 09:59 PM   #59
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Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?? Huh?? Are we there yet??? What's up Tim?? It's Wednesday already, what are they doin' down there at the transmission shop? Using the 370 for a lunch room?
At this rate Rob will have the "after" numbers out first!
I like the ROI numbers actually. Now if I can just sell another 2500 golf shirts....
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:28 AM   #60
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Glen,

This morning's report is that they are "finishing up the control box, have tested the overdrive and it's working perfectly." Then they want to "look at" the axle to see if the seal is really leaking . Apparently, since it hadn't been running in the street while they road tested the GV unit, their mechanic thought it might not really be leaking. Hopefully, they now KNOW it's leaking , since I reported again that it ran on the brake - causing it to smoke on the last trip, and the fluid level has dropped about an inch. (Apparently they can only work on one thing at a time, even if they're just waiting for parts ). Trust me, you'll hear as soon as I can get it back. I'm beginning to suspect they're taking company trips in the Blimp .

Hanging in, but getting very frustrated ,

PS What are ROI numbers?
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Glen: No fear!! My Mechanic's mechanic is on vacation this next week, so I have been put back to the week of the 21st....

Tim: Use a bigger hammer!! works EVERY TIME on mechanics!

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Old 08-10-2006, 07:19 PM   #62
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Rob,

One of the ironies of this delay is that the shop had me wait almost a week before bringing it in because they didn't want to have responsibility for the Blimp for more than "2 or 3" days! Won't be long and it will be 2 or 3 WEEKS . I think someone at the shop is between apartments .
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Tim, I thought I would weigh in with a new tow vehicle I bought--it has TWO overdrives in it, bringing the total RPM down 40%, and the fuel economy up by about 25% It is an F250 diesel with a C6 and 4:10 gears. RPM @60 mph are 2900 in low low ranges, and 1800 with it in high high ranges. Fuel mileage is 12.5 using them, vs 10.2 not. Towing is great, I can run away from traffic at red lights, towing the trailer. I have to keep throttling back on the road, I keep edging up over 75, and have to drop back to 60.
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Terry,

Thanks for the info. I've gotten several reports from people who have these various under/overdrives, and ALL of them rave about the resulting performance and mileage. Is your truck new? Is this an "add-on" gear splitter or what? I'll be thrilled if I can just run with the big dogs on the interstates .
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Terry,

Thanks for the info. I've gotten several reports from people who have these various under/overdrives, and ALL of them rave about the resulting performance and mileage. Is your truck new? Is this an "add-on" gear splitter or what? I'll be thrilled if I can just run with the big dogs on the interstates .
It is a 1986 model, with a 6.9 liter, and an AiResearch turbocharger, two transmission coolers, and enough gauges to rivval the cockpit of the space shuttle . Both overdrives are add-ons, one on the back of the transmission, and the other about a foot back in the driveline. It also has a limited-slip rear differential. I did get pissed at another driver on the Interstate, and went 90+ to pass him. Towing the trailer. Oops. I remembered it after I passed him. Running with the big dogs should no longer be a problem for you.
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Old 08-10-2006, 07:43 PM   #66
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I figured it had to be in the 1980s with that C6 tranny. Somebody really did a number on that truck . Think maybe I can put a SECOND axillary tranny if the GV unit doesn't quite do it ? I've got Rob breathing down my neck with his 350 MoHo getting a GV, and Glen just loves to give me a hard time . Maybe by the fall I'll know how this thing runs. Maybe I could just pull it with YOUR truck!
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I figured it had to be in the 1980s with that C6 tranny. Somebody really did a number on that truck . Think maybe I can put a SECOND axillary tranny if the GV unit doesn't quite do it ? I've got Rob breathing down my neck with his 350 MoHo getting a GV, and Glen just loves to give me a hard time . Maybe by the fall I'll know how this thing runs. Maybe I could just pull it with YOUR truck!
It only has a 24000 pound GCVWR . It has also been upgraded to F350 standards/ capacity.
We had to get a new one since the van's transmission crossmember mount rusted away, leaving nothing but good intentions holding it in the van . Obviously you can't tow a trailer that way. This truck is mucho better, even though it doesn't boast 9 passemger seating. Add that to the fact I no longer work for, umm, a tire manufacturing company that is set against Ford products, and the fact I used to work for Ford co., it was an easy sell.
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It only has a 24000 pound GCVWR . It has also been upgraded to F350 standards/ capacity.(quote)

I think we've got it ! My 370 weighs in at under 18,000 lbs. That leaves you with over 6,000 lbs for your truck. All I'd have to do is put the Blimp in neutral, put a set of tow bars on the front, hook to your truck, and follow you . Besides, I don't have anything against Fords - the Blimp is Ford powered and trans-missioned. (Of course it has a Gillig chassis, Chevrolet dash and cruise control, Airstream body, and all kinds of brand accessories that aren't even in business anymore .)
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It only has a 24000 pound GCVWR . It has also been upgraded to F350 standards/ capacity.(quote)

I think we've got it ! My 370 weighs in at under 18,000 lbs. That leaves you with over 6,000 lbs for your truck. All I'd have to do is put the Blimp in neutral, put a set of tow bars on the front, hook to your truck, and follow you . Besides, I don't have anything against Fords - the Blimp is Ford powered and trans-missioned. (Of course it has a Gillig chassis, Chevrolet dash and cruise control, Airstream body, and all kinds of brand accessories that aren't even in business anymore .)
The only problem I see with that scenario, is stopping. What kind of electric brakes do you have? The brake controller supposedly will actuate up to 6 axles. I don't know what the previous owner of this truck towed, but I don't think I would want to meet it on a dark Interstate!
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" I've got Rob breathing down my neck with his 350 MoHo getting a GV, and Glen just loves to give me a hard time"

I didn't know this was a contest.........Relax, have a beer. We just bred one of the retrievers last week, and in about 60 days we are likely to be up to our kneecaps in puppies. WHICH MEANS, if the shop diddles around with me the way yours has, it's likely to be November before I can try Zeppelin out on a real road trip.

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