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Old 01-12-2018
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Had a close call involving expansion tank sight glass. Last summer after core job on the radiator I replaced the sight glass on the expansion tank as I broke the old one trying to remove for cleaning. I was running short on time as we needed to get ready for the Casper Rally so I installed the only one I could source locally...it was made of plastic (big mistake)

We made the 1200 mile run to Casper with no issues. On the return trip home I pulled into a Walmart and decided to open the engine hatch for a look see when I noticed some coolant dripping from the sight glass. I had a rag in my hand so I was going to wipe it clean to get a good look as to where the leak was coming from. The coach had been sitting for about 10 minutes after shut down so it was still pretty hot back there, soon as I touched the sight glass with the rag it broke off shooting hot coolant straight out hitting me in the chest
I stepped aside and the coolant continued shooting out all over my Jeep that was still connected to the coach.

I was burned on the chest, arm and hand but was more like a bad sunburn with no blistering...got lucky. Still trying to contain the coolant leak with towels before finally striping down at the bus door and in for a cool shower.

I rummaged through my parts bin for a pipe plug and was surprised to find I had a brand new brass sight glass, it was glass not plastic. I think I bought it years ago when I still had my FC. The original site glass had an oring on it and this one did not, put some Permatex thread sealant on there and installed with no leaks... good to go.

I may have over tighten the plastic sight glass to cause the failure but I don't think so. I do know I will never use a plastic sight glass again.

Here is the one I had on hand, I don't have the part number but very happy with it as it's of good quality.
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Sorry that happened but great cautionary tip for all.
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Here's the plastic one that broke... clean break at the base.
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Wow. Glad you weren’t severely burned and glad it failed when and where it did.
Going down the road failure would have been much more problematic.

Thanks for sharing your experience

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OK...................now you need to tackle that greasy, slimy mess of an engine bay.................it looks terrible...........
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I want to talk about the tank.... It looks like stainless, did you do it, have someone do it or was it all ready done when you bought the bird?

I have that project on my todo list.
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I don't wanna see any pics of this coach
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my engine seems runs better with bad paint and some grease
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The tank on my 86 is also stainless. In fact any mid to late 80's I've ever worked on are all stainless. Not sure how long BB used stainless.
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I want to talk about the tank.... It looks like stainless, did you do it, have someone do it or was it all ready done when you bought the bird?

I have that project on my todo list.
Bluebird used stainless for the tanks and painted them black. I had the tank out during my radiator project, used paint remover then air grinder with an abrasive disc.

Here is a link to the sight glass that I currently have installed...they have others including plastic. If you buy one make sure its glass.
http://radiatorgroup.com/safetysight...adedtruck.aspx
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