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Old 01-09-2020
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After selling our 81fc last July we have missed owning a bird. Today I purchased a 85 pt40 at Copart Insurance auction. The Blue box was in the bus so I was able to find the previous owner, Rick and Marilyn Fewin. I think they were members here . The bus sat for 4 years on some property that Fewin's owned.
Police found homeless people living in bus, needless to say it is a mess. I am going to have it hauled on a flatbed, the auction will not let me do any work there. Any way to release park brake with air down? I will get pictures when I get it home.
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Default caging bolts

You can use caging bolts to compress the emergency brake springs-of course this would require you to get underneath the rear. Probably the best solution is a small air compressor which would let you get it loaded on the trailer. Any class 8 wrecker would have an air hookup also. Truck stops carry the caging bolts...
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There’s a way to unlock the maxibrake or brake chamber. There should be a stud with a small tee at one end and a nut on the other attached to the same brake chamber. Not sure which axles lock at the rear if the tag does as well although I don’t believe it does. But the one with the differential will definitely have it. One the end of the brake chamber that faces out, there is a hole usually with a rubber cap, you insert that stud in tee end in, till it touches inside; turn it to get the tee to go into the piece inside and turn till it grabs; then with the nut that it had holding it to the side of the brake chamber and the washer, start tightening till it starts releasing the brake. This may be a super confusing explanation, I apologize for that; you can message me and I’ll elaborate even more.
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Oh and don’t forget to disconnect the drive shaft or the axles so you don’t toast your transmission.
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I will be having it winched on to a landoll flatbed, I think they drug it onto a flatbed with the brakes locked when it went to auction. Hopefully we can air it up.
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Raise the tailgate and just above the rear bumper on the right side as your looking at it there will be a schrader valve,thats where you hook the air hose to air the coach up.
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Thanks. Do you know the do you know Rick and Marilyn Fewin? They had the coach for about 15 years. The engine went bad 4 or five years ago when they were on a trip, they had it hauled to Texas had a new engine and transmition installed, drove it back to kansas he had to have open heat surgery and the bus sat after that, Rick told me it only has about 600 miles on the fresh engine. The Insurance company totaled it after the homeless people trashed it up, no real damage just a huge mess.
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Yay Bob!

I'm so glad you're back! A PT too! Probably won't want us FC owners hanging around anymore.

Please post pictures when you can!
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Yay Bob!

I'm so glad you're back! A PT too! Probably won't want us FC owners hanging around anymore.

Please post pictures when you can!
Thanks. I will try to post a link to the auction

https://www.copart.com/lot/59086859/
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Congratulations !

Have fun with your new adventure .

After a year with no coach , we are getting cabin fever . The search is on
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