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Old 11-01-2019
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Well...

As some of you may have picked up on through my previous posts, I have been doing an engine swap (reman 3208) over the past two months or so. A few weeks ago we got to the final stages and fired the reman up. I was in the cockpit, and the mechanic was upside down in the engine compartment adjusting the throttle linkage. Eventually, the water temp got to 210F, and I shut it down. We went through some thoughts about what was going on, then quit for the day. My mechanic, who is “older” was then “challenged” with some health issues for a couple of weeks.

Well...

My mechanic, who has been working on diesels for “well over 40 years”, but, has developed “agility” problems recently, decided to fire up the bus this week to figure out the potential overheating problem (suspecting that it was just a gauge issue).

Just an interim note:
I have observed that old guys like “my mechanic” like to “touch the engine” to determine the temperature. Honestly, I have seen this guy be within 5 degrees of my laser thermometer (on a previous project).

So...

He fired it up, and then went back to the engine compartment (it’s an SP36, so he was going in from the side vented doors), to “feel around” the engine.

And,

In that process, with the engine running,

Somehow,

He lost his middle finger (well, not somehow — the fan cut it off)...

and, almost lost another finger (they were able to sew that one back on),

and, believe it or not, after wrapping his hand up in a shop towel, and calling 911, he still managed to go back and shut off the bus before the ambulance arrived — he actually explained to me that he checked the temp at that time, and it had not gotten above 200.

I asked him this afternoon if he had taken the completely severed finger in to see if they could sew it back on. He said “I guess it’s still somewhere in the engine compartment”.

I don’t think I will be telling this story to my friends who sleep in the bedroom.

I didn’t find the finger - I looked...
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Old 11-01-2019
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Wow! Isn’t that something. Too bad though, as he was just back to work for you.
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So, to add to the story: After looking for the finger (I didn’t want to...), and not finding anything, I decided to fire it up myself this afternoon. It fired right up, and it ran nicely (sounds great), except for the throttle issues (it ran at about 1500 rpm in idle...). As I watched it warm up, I went to the rear of the coach, and realized that the fan was blowing a very strong wind out the back. So, it looks like the fan was put on backwards. Instead of pulling air into the engine compartment, it’s blowing out. I suppose that could be the problem from the beginning, right? When we first fired it up, I was up front, and never had a chance to go back and realize that problem. Another lesson for fellow SP folks.
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I feel bad for the old guy. Maybe this might be a good time to buy him a laser thermometer for a get well present.
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Mine blows out the back.
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Ouch I am sorry to hear about that. As a mechanic, I myself have had my fair share of close calls with my fingers but have yet to pay that price. I am interested in your fan finding however, our sp fan is installed to blow through the radiator and out the back just like yours is currently. Was yours the other way around before the engine R&R?
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Old 11-02-2019
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Ouch I am sorry to hear about that. As a mechanic, I myself have had my fair share of close calls with my fingers but have yet to pay that price. I am interested in your fan finding however, our sp fan is installed to blow through the radiator and out the back just like yours is currently. Was yours the other way around before the engine R&R?
Ok, now I’m confused, I thought the air flow was from outside into the engine compartment, but now you guys have me second guessing.
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I am going to start a new specific thread on this issue
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There might be a specific thread on this already. Maybe under the SP section.
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