This evening I got around to figuring out how I was going to deal with the air cylinder replacement.
Let me back up a second and bring readers up to speed. I bought the bus right before Christmas. After spending a day getting it ready and arguing with Ritchie Bros that changing a engine belt was not the same as working on it….. I headed East from Los Angeles to Houston. I did not get very far before Kysor of Michigan Unobtanium cylinder failed active. This forced the shut-down lever closed near lovely Coachella, CA.
Coachella is lovely if you are a spider, dirt, or a cactus…. beyond that it’s offerings of unlimited wind, sun, and dirt are not terribly appealing.
I was lucky enough to coast off the freeway and past the bridge when the engine died. This joy was short lived and I had the privilege of paying $150 for a mobile grease monkey to change my fuel filters and not be able to diagnose anything else….
Fortunately I had CoachNet, so they covered this:
I promise that Dave and his truck were not cheap. CoachNet covered it though. I always consider roadside assistance an investment when it comes to specialty vehicles. Meanwhile the Genset’s backasswards DC wiring was draining the batteries… which cost me dearly the following day. More on that another time.
So I finally figured out what it was on Saturday when I could get a good mechanic to come out who knew Detroit Diesels.
This was the offending part:
The cylinder on the right that is extended….. and 30 years old and no longer made. So after a bunch of forced learning courtesy of the School of Hard Knocks ® roadside campus….. I ordered a couple of these to move to something standard and easily obtainable.
$25, stainless steel…..
I decided to test fit them today. I knew that the threaded portion was too long, and I have a plan. More on that later.
So about this post? Yea, I needed a brass threaded nipple. Local Auto Parts Whores (stores) like OreillyAuto.com want $12 for a part I can buy on Amazon for $2.20.
I also ordered a plug for $1.67
And of course no nipple or plug is good without Threadlock….. Loctite 567 to be precise:
Should be here in a couple of days and then I’ll shoot a video of how it goes in and what’s involved….. 🙂