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SP (Single Axle Pusher Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your SP model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it....List your SP parts here too.

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Old 03-21-2015
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Smile Hose Pipe / Radiator Clean

Lived in Baton Rouge twice in my life. Loved every bit of it. People Mainly, Culture is off the hook. Whole families would adopt you into the circle of love and trust. And the Food wow.
First week we lived there when I was 25 my neighbor asked to borrow my hose pipe. I said I dont know what that is but you or more than welcome to pick one out and use it.
Dawn detergent is as mild as it gets pH close to Neutral. It worked like a champ on the radiators.
NAPA has a Bio degradeable de-greaser B-52 that worked as good as the brake cleaner I used on the Engine yesterday, Yes it is the bomber .
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Default Breather Filter Top of engine / Transmission Fluid Brand / ZF shift points

Seem to have Oil leak around the base of the "Relux" tank on the top of the valve cover, I assume there is gasket kit for it? Going to route a slobber tube to the rear also Beginning to warm up to the old bird. Seems like my Trans ZF may be missing a shift before it is full warmed up Have to let off the accelator to encourage it. Next task change the fluid. What is the Best to use for it? I do remember reading a thread on the Throttle spring. Can that effect the shift points?
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Right. What's a swamp hose?
These days, it's something that is hooked to a pump and used to drain a swamp so the city people can build a subdivision. This is done at night so the EPA wouldn't notice. All the palm meadow bushes are also removed. For all you folks that live on "high" ground, that's anything above 25' sea level, the palm meadows usually indicate "swampy" ground and the EPA says you can't build on it, cause it will flood and sink over time.

A swamp hose "used to be" a garden hose or as my FIL would say "hose pipe", and he would know, as he was born and raised in New Orleans. He had many other New Orleans only sayings and pronunciations. He was a very colorful person.
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Seems like my Trans ZF may be missing a shift before it is full warmed up Have to let off the accelator to encourage it. Next task change the fluid. What is the Best to use for it? I do remember reading a thread on the Throttle spring. Can that effect the shift points?
There is a throttle position sensor that is part of the shift process. If that gets out of adjustment, it will cause shifting problems. Mine was way out of adjustment and I took it to Precision Transmission in Colmar PA and had Robert Esswein (he's on the forum as BOB and is the BlueBird/ZF guru) adjust it for me. Made a world of difference in performance.

The sensor is on top of the engine. There's a "bell crank" type linkage from the throttle cable over to the sensor (which looks to me like a big potentiometer). This sends voltage back to the Transmission ECM for shifting info. If I'm remembering correctly, .2 volts at idle and 10.2 volts at full throttle. I think there are some "rough" instructions on setting this somewhere on the forum, but you really need the diagnostic tool that Precision has to set it accurately. For me anyway, it's near impossible to get my hands in to work on this....it's just too darn tight.

If you need ZF transmission work, Precision is a great shop. They have locations in Colmar PA and Ft. Myers FL. I think Bob can work at either one but he's on the road a bunch. If you want him on your job, you'll need to work with him to make sure he's in the shop when you are.

http://www.precisiontrans.com/default.asp

Here's a link to the thread on my Colmar trip.

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ad.php?t=19344
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Does anyone recall the length of tubing needed to route to the back bumper on the SP36. I was going to pick some up but is about $4 ft. so wanted to be conservative. I saw some "Spa" tubing at the Hardware Store, Will check with the pool store down the street . Got everything clean and about to take the coach back to the Texas Hill Country. Have an Austin City Bus mechanic over there living next to my son. Hose and tranny fluid change just around the corner .
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FWIW- Has anyone considered what I did with the breather tube? Venturi effect "pulls" the oily vapor from the valve cover breather and it gets wafted out the side along with coach exhaust. The back of our bus and towed used to have specks of oil covering all of the surfaces. No so anymore! I angled the pipe in such a way that it creates a small vacuum when the exhaust flies out the side of the coach. All done with a hole saw, suction house (marine exhaust hose), and 12" piece of 1" iron pipe. Welded in-place with a small Hobart welder.

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We did that on Roberta's SP. Works great and I think we picked up at least .10 and 4 MPH in a 1/4.
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Does anyone recall the length of tubing needed to route to the back bumper on the SP36. I was going to pick some up but is about $4 ft. so wanted to be conservative. I saw some "Spa" tubing at the Hardware Store, Will check with the pool store down the street . Got everything clean and about to take the coach back to the Texas Hill Country. Have an Austin City Bus mechanic over there living next to my son. Hose and tranny fluid change just around the corner .
Any cheap tube will work Mike. Don't spend a bunch of Bucks on this.
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FWIW- Has anyone considered what I did with the breather tube? Venturi effect "pulls" the oily vapor from the valve cover breather and it gets wafted out the side along with coach exhaust. The back of our bus and towed used to have specks of oil covering all of the surfaces. No so anymore! I angled the pipe in such a way that it creates a small vacuum when the exhaust flies out the side of the coach. All done with a hole saw, suction house (marine exhaust hose), and 12" piece of 1" iron pipe. Welded in-place with a small Hobart welder.

Barry (a previous owner) did something similar on my SP. End of tube welded into elbow of exhaust, after muffler, as it goes out side of coach.

Mike, I'm sorry I don't have a picture to send. I've been following your thread and planned on getting a picture of Barry's breather tube to post when I'm at the coach. I forgot last week.
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