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Old 06-11-2020
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Default New project,1985 FC engine replacement

So like i needed another project!!
A great WOGGER had an engine failure in his very nice FC35.
It blew a head gasket and fire slotted the block and head.
Once the block is fire slotted/burned between the cylinders its time for a new block,and head.


With other things going on it his life he chose to sell the coach and i ended up buying it and had it trucked to my place for an engine replacement.


I called out to Mike H,the resident WOG expert on 3208 Cat engines and he shipped me down a rebuilt 250hp engine (after i shipped him a box of money!!)


The engine arrived in record time and my SiL came up to give me a hand for a day or 2 and we got the bus in my shop (pulling with a tractor,with him steering the bus) and since the engine had already been removed we got right to work moving the accessories from the bad engine to the rebuilt engine.


Which included the trans,the alternator,the ps pump,the air compressor and the sensors and all that stuff.
We also replaced the park brake relay valve which is in a terrible place to replace when the engine is in place.
With the engine out its simple as saying "Mike,change that valve,please!"


WE replaced the tranny hoses too,and the fuel lines and other stuff that needed attention while we were in there.
The air bags look really good so we left those things alone.


With the engine almost ready to install Mike (SiL) had to go back to Gainesville to his real job and i'm doing the rest of the engine prep work.
Cleaning and making sure everything is just so.
When this goes in i want it to be as fully loaded as possible.


I will get Carol to take some pics this afternoon.
This is a nice clean bus with very nice paint.
1985 FC 35,rear bath and twin beds.
It will be for sale soon,with a new rebuilt engine.
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So like i needed another project!!
A great WOGGER had an engine failure in his very nice FC35.
It blew a head gasket and fire slotted the block and head.
Once the block is fire slotted/burned between the cylinders its time for a new block,and head.


With other things going on it his life he chose to sell the coach and i ended up buying it and had it trucked to my place for an engine replacement.


I called out to Mike H,the resident WOG expert on 3208 Cat engines and he shipped me down a rebuilt 250hp engine (after i shipped him a box of money!!)


The engine arrived in record time and my SiL came up to give me a hand for a day or 2 and we got the bus in my shop (pulling with a tractor,with him steering the bus) and since the engine had already been removed we got right to work moving the accessories from the bad engine to the rebuilt engine.


Which included the trans,the alternator,the ps pump,the air compressor and the sensors and all that stuff.
We also replaced the park brake relay valve which is in a terrible place to replace when the engine is in place.
With the engine out its simple as saying "Mike,change that valve,please!"


WE replaced the tranny hoses too,and the fuel lines and other stuff that needed attention while we were in there.
The air bags look really good so we left those things alone.


With the engine almost ready to install Mike (SiL) had to go back to Gainesville to his real job and i'm doing the rest of the engine prep work.
Cleaning and making sure everything is just so.
When this goes in i want it to be as fully loaded as possible.


I will get Carol to take some pics this afternoon.
This is a nice clean bus with very nice paint.
1985 FC 35,rear bath and twin beds.
It will be for sale soon,with a new rebuilt engine.
Nice work. If I were to have ever looked for an FC the rear bath-twin bed configuration would have been my only choice. Can't wait to see the finished product. If I wasn't heading out to Clemson, SC to visit my old army buddy next week I'd be down and help to work on that. Would love to learn more about that kind of stuff. Not sure why? At my age the last thing I would get involved in is an engine swap on my own bus. But on someone else's? Why not! Maybe the next time.
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I replaced the engine in my 78 FC in the driveway, beside my house, the neighbours love me. I installed a Reviva reman. There is always more to replace than you think. I replaced the air compressor, power steering pump, engine mounts, and alternator while I was in there.
Good project, I learned a lot. Had to make a few custom tools, ie, cut up wrenches. I remember the rear engine mounting bolts were difficult to get at.
Wish I was there to help.
Fun to work on others problems, not so much when it is your problem.
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Pete,you and Jim would both be very welcome!
Normally we do have a few people here during a project,but this is late in the year for most guys to be here in the heat.
I would be gone too,if not for the virus or whatever it is.


I'm taking my time,its hot and i have other stuff going on too.
But,i do need to get this one done and get it sold!
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Ohh,luckily this coach is in good shape,the starter has been replaced and the rad looks really good,the alternaotr has not been checked over yet,but if its not good it will get replaced too.
The tires look really good and in date.
This coach is blue in color and has corian tops and white cabinets,no PINK!!
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Dang! I'm missing again, you have a lot of great helpers, but they are not in Bainbridge
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Pete,you and Jim would both be very welcome!
Normally we do have a few people here during a project,but this is late in the year for most guys to be here in the heat.
I would be gone too,if not for the virus or whatever it is.


I'm taking my time,its hot and i have other stuff going on too.
But,i do need to get this one done and get it sold!
HaHaHa!!! You really don't know what you are asking for. You have never had a real dumb a$$ there to help you. I'm not like you Pete, Bill, Mark and etc. etc. that have helped work on a project like this. You would ask me for a 9/16ths wrench and I'm picking up a half dozen wrenches to find the one that is stamped with 9/16 on the side, when everyone else around looks at the box and pulls up the appropriate wrench, first time, everytime. I am past looking for a muffler bearing but not by a whole lot.
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Nice Randy! Sorry you missed the joy of removing the old engine!
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HaHaHa!!! You really don't know what you are asking for. You have never had a real dumb a$$ there to help you. I'm not like you Pete, Bill, Mark and etc. etc. that have helped work on a project like this. You would ask me for a 9/16ths wrench and I'm picking up a half dozen wrenches to find the one that is stamped with 9/16 on the side, when everyone else around looks at the box and pulls up the appropriate wrench, first time, everytime. I am past looking for a muffler bearing but not by a whole lot.

What we do in a case like that Jim is,we give you the 9/16th wrench,its your job to hold it and hand it over as needed,then we give it back to you!
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Nice Randy! Sorry you missed the joy of removing the old engine!

Well sometimes its easier to take the engine out yourself!
Everybody has a different plan when it comes down to how to do it.


The engine was removed about 5 hours away from me,thats a lot of time for bolts and nuts to get lost!
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