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The site is moving!

  • Don
  • Wed 4th February 2009, 2:29 pm

Yep, moving the Guacamole Bus Blog over to Blogger. I`m trying to reduce my maintenance efforts, so I`m locking this one down.

The biggest reason was all the fucking spam bullshit people have stuck in the comments. Assholes. I can more easily avoid that over on Blogger by requiring a Google login to comment.

Here`s the new site:

I`ll keep this one (and the older ones) up, but they`ll be locked down so no comments and no new posts. I`ve copied the articles over to the new site so there should be no reason to come here.


Battery? Check. Shoehorn? Check. Make it fit!

  • Don
  • Mon 2nd February 2009, 2:13 pm

After the alternator issues a while back, I found the battery was pretty much toast. It worked ok if it was warm, but the minute temps got to 18* or lower, nada. I started out putting an electric blanket in the engine compartment to keep things warm enough to start the bus in the morning, but on 0* mornings even that wasn`t enough.

The battery I had in there was a series 47. I hit Wallyworld and thought I grabbed another 47. I get home and go to put it in the bus and find it`s considerably longer. Hmm.. I wedged it in sort of and went on my way.

It wasn`t until yesterday when I go to get it properly seated that I notice I bought a 49 series, not a 47. No wonder it was longer!

Well, if I can make it fit, I`ll be a happy camper. The thing is rated at 1000 cranking amps at 32* and 850 cold cranking amps. Should be plenty even on the coldest morning!

I removed the charcoal canister and the ECU cable to provide clearance for the battery. It fit in snug as a bug in a rug. The ECU cable went back on, but I can`t get the charcoal canister where it belongs. For now it`s just wedged between the body and the air filter box.

I`m debating now whether to relocate the battery to the driver`s side, or to relocate the charcoal canister instead. The charcoal canister would be easier and cheaper (I`d have to buy long cables for the battery, or long hoses for the canister), but with the typical rusty battery tray, I may go ahead and do the battery.

Regardless, it`s nice having the big fat battery spinning my engine in the morning!

The Joys of Alternators

  • Don
  • Sun 30th November 2008, 7:19 pm

I decided since it was such a beautiful snowy morning to head out and get gas so I wouldn`t have to do it in the morning. On the way there, my stereo cut out. Odd, but that thing is like 6 years old now. So I didn`t think much of it.

At the intersection in front of the gas station the bus died. The starter wouldn`t turn over either. Sigh. I push the bus out of the intersection. The ground was so slick with snow and ice that I was pretty much just a passenger hanging from the window of the bus trying to steer it to a curb. My feet just slid. But it was downhill so I was able to steer it right into the curb. A quick check showed my battery was pretty dead. My alt must have croaked. :(

Called AAA. Must be a busy day, I was on hold 20 minutes BEFORE I got a person. Ugh. A cop came and sat with me so his big flashy lights would hopefully keep people from hitting me on the side of the road. Got it towed home finally and charged the battery. I was curious why my alt light never came on if the alt was bad. I started it up, no light. Check the voltage and find it`s 12.10v. No charging happening. Voltage regulator check first. Tests ok, but i found out why the light wasn`t coming on. The green wire was disconnected. Play around some more and find the alt is VERY hard to turn. Something inside must have seized.

I`ve never had an alt seize on me like that. Most bizarre.

Results of Smog Check 11/18/08

  • Don
  • Wed 19th November 2008, 5:33 pm

After dialing in the AFM settings by ear, here are my results:


  • 2500RPM - 50.1

  • Idle - 86.5

  • Limit - 400


  • 2500RPM - 0.97

  • Idle - 2.10

  • Limit - 3.00


  • 2500RPM - 12.7497

  • Idle - 5.7130