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Old 04-07-2012, 03:19 AM   #1
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1985 Beaver question

Hello All again I have a strange question about my 1985 beaver. I called Gillig the maker of the chassis to order new air bags. I gave them the VIN number and they said it was built as a 427 gas chassis, But it has a cat 3208 in it. I'm thinking Gillig messed up on this. Did Gillig make a gas pusher in 1985? I did a title search on this rig and it was titled as a gas unit. I'm thinking no way would someone go to all the trouble to convert this from a 427 to a cat 3208. it looks completely factory built and looks just like all the others 1985 Beavers I have seen on the I net. I have not been able to verify any 1985 beavers that has a rear gas pusher.

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Since Gillig pioneered the first diesel pusher bus in 1959, I would suspect you got the wrong answer from Gillig.

I would try again.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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gillig may not have the best records or you goofed on the vinculums.

You have the 3208 mha chassis, try to order the chassis manual fom gillig.

Double check your vin and consider sending a photograph of engine area.

Check with local truck place like terminal air brake supply

They have everything you need at a better price than gillig

You need the manual if you plan on doing the work yourself and it us just good to have.

If you are not doing the work seek a structure repair shop and let them do everything
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Truck repair shop!

Phone changed it to what IT thought i was typing...
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:04 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the info there is no way I'm gona crawl under this beast massive rear end and chassis. I going to have Oregon light truck and RV do it for me. I'm too scared ill get squished. I am sure they mad a mistake I got the VIN correct off the frame the MH plak, and the title. I asked about there manual $400.00 bucks they sure are very proud of it. not to bash them.
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The brochures shows beaver had the 427, 454, and 8.2 detroit diesel and the beaver marquis had the 3208 cat which is what you must have. See links.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1152917...258/1985Beaver#

https://picasaweb.google.com/115291751631486328258
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The gillig rear end is a pain to work on in the driveway, much DNA under ours. ..

If it us jacked up you can get in there, but it needs to be done by folks who have the tools

Area yours leaking?

I would only replace if bad.

It is normal for it to squat overnight
, the valves bleed, but if it comes up to ride height and the dryer us not cycling every few minutes you may be fine
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great info

Thanks Beaverman I have been looking for just what you posted. the side in maked Beaver 36. there no other markings on her.

The rear air bags still work but the rubber is very cracked on them I mean Bad. they look fine when down but when you fill them the bart that comes up has cracks.
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Figured I give a few pics for you all i know she is ruff but no delamitnation just need a good sanding some minor Fiberglass repair and some paint and cosmetincs.
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Figured I give a few pics for you all i know she is ruff but no delamitnation just need a good sanding some minor Fiberglass repair and some paint and cosmetincs.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1075803...CKyKkMzlmbCJPw
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:58 PM   #11
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They did make one

Yes according to Gillig they did make a gas pusher in 1984/1985 the unit was orignal built with a 427 pusher. and at some point it was converted to a cat 3208t 210hp go figure they even sent me the build sheet for the chassie.

wow wow wow..
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