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Old 08-10-2013, 06:33 PM   #21
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Haven't been able to get the yoke bolt to not leak. After rebuilding the engine and getting all the bugs out if it (Pully that 454) I tried to RTV that bolt one more time. Well I discovered the yoke was sliding back/forth about 1/4" on the tail shaft. I'm thinking (hopping) they left the 'O'ring off when they rebuilt it.
Well Damn it! I pulled the tail shaft housing and no 'O' ring. The end play is the yoke moving between the back washer in the shaft and the rear seal of the housing. NOT GOOD! I guess I'll name names, I bought the tail shaft and housing from my 'buddy's' at Blumenthal in OKC. Then I had Blumenthal rebuild the transmission after it melted w/only 500 miles on it. Now I got 2383 miles on the rebuild and, with the help of the fine folks a Blumenthal, I discover they sold me the WRONG tail shaft for my yoke! The managers salutation? I pay $1600 more to get it rebuilt to fix what they caused! I"M TICKED!!!
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Output shaft: No 'O'ring. 5 3/8" splines.
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Yoke has 4 5/8" of spline.
RATS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:41 PM   #22
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Mel,

When I saw this come up, I hoped it was someone else, HOLY BUFFALO CHIPS! Another R&R? Blumenthal has a AFAIK a positive reputation. Mel, I'm speechless.

How do you feel about a backpacker tent and that bicycle instead?

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Old 08-11-2013, 05:30 PM   #23
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Mel,

When I saw this come up, I hoped it was someone else, HOLY BUFFALO CHIPS! Another R&R? Blumenthal has a AFAIK a positive reputation. Mel, I'm speechless.

How do you feel about a backpacker tent and that bicycle instead?

Gary
I use a Huba-Huba tent by MSR. It's lite, roomy, and so far I haven't got wet even in a driving rain. Goes in one of my rear pannier with my rain gear and my computer.
I've started am story of RAGBRAI http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/c...nderfulRAGBRAI
I just started it, but I do have a picture of my 'other' RV posted and a bunch more journals there too.
Guess I'm a lot better at keeping my bicycle rolling then my Silver Bullet.

Right now I'm trying to figure out who's the big dog in change of Blumenthal. I think it's I H Blumenthal, jr to which I'll write him a nice letter to deliver in person with parts in hand.
Guess I need to get a book on 4L80E's and do it myself. Spent all of Friday calling RV junk yards across the fruited plains w/no luck of finding a yoke with 5 3/8" of splines
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:31 PM   #24
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Killer spring

Hmm, seriously going to be looking for that spring during the next couple of weeks. Back to the book and the parts breakdown diagrams. Don't want to put a bad one back in. This is way too much effort to take the chance.
Glad to hear everything is working Ok now Mel. I was thinking of putting a cooler and fan combo in the passenger side wheel well too.
Why is your 345 so much heavier than mine? Is the diesel making that much difference in GVW?
All the best, Rich.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:00 PM   #25
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Output shaft is wrong!

The output shaft you need is often available on E-bay. There are several on there right now.
Good Luck Mel
All the best. Rich.

P.S. At least a partial refund from the builder is appropriate.
Or a correction of the problem. maybe both.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:21 PM   #26
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Hmm, seriously going to be looking for that spring during the next couple of weeks. Back to the book and the parts breakdown diagrams. Don't want to put a bad one back in. This is way too much effort to take the chance.
Glad to hear everything is working Ok now Mel. I was thinking of putting a cooler and fan combo in the passenger side wheel well too.
Why is your 345 so much heavier than mine? Is the diesel making that much difference in GVW?
All the best, Rich.
The Silver Bullet scaled at 16,240 pounds w/o much in'er. Get about 500 pounds of people and cat plus food and water I don't know what she'd weigh. Maybe someday I'll have the inkling to run across some scales at a truck stop, put a quarter in the machine and see.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:46 PM   #27
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The output shaft you need is often available on E-bay. There are several on there right now.
Good Luck Mel
All the best. Rich.

P.S. At least a partial refund from the builder is appropriate.
Or a correction of the problem. maybe both.
Went to a driveline shop (not Blumenthal) and showed they my problem and they came up with some tube stock the right ID to slide over the shaft and with my crude measurements they cut a 0.800" spacer.
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I put the spacer and yoke on the output shaft and I found I had mis-measured (a lot). After doing it again, with the proper equipment, I got another one cut to 1.680". About .010" longer to give some end pinch room. I got it all back together and fired her up, put 3 (yes 3) quarts of transmission fluid in and so far, NO DRIPS!!!!!
Now all that's left is the dang (new) A/C compressor. Think it's like every other new thing I've bought and installed... IT'S BAD! They (the shop I bought it from) whats to 'SEE' it before they will talk warrant. They'll probably charge me an arm and a leg to 'LOOK' at it.
my hope is, this is the fix that lasts and I can go back to Pully that 454
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:21 PM   #28
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It's a nice feeling when things finally start coming together. Before you know it you'll be out racing kids for pink slips
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I'm starting to question my ability to do it right on this one. I think the best advice I got was from a junkyard dog that said, "Put this 5 speed manual transmission in that motor home and solve all your problems." But then that would of been a hole new can of worms.
Have the 30000 pound rated electric fan transmission cooler mounted in the fender well now.
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Need to find some of the matting/rubber/ sheeting/air dam material like is over the radiator so I can block off the air space between the radiator and the frame to force more air into the cooler and radiator. Not sure want to call to look for it.
Would be curious to know how this (oil cooler) would look after a front tire blow out ?
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