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Old 12-05-2016, 06:24 PM   #141
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At the risk of showing my ignorance: wonder if a guy could use a knuckle buster and cut that line off, which might let you get the end started, then throw on a compression coupler where you have room to work.
That was on the list of options I was considering. However I thought the most important and immediate thing to do was to get the alignment right. What I needed was a tool. I needed a tool like I used to bend hot iron when blacksmithing. So over to the blacksmithing part of the shop and after serious scratching around, I found it.

This usually installed into the Hardy hole on the anvil, note square base in vise. Red hot iron is then inserted between the two uprights and bent around one of them.

The tool had to be modified to work for this job. The object is to tweak the tubing just a hair, maybe a quarter of an inch at the end. So the ends were placed astraddle the tubing and a one inch wrench was used on the Hardy hole piece to do the tweaking.
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Old 12-05-2016, 06:36 PM   #142
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The next tool that had to be made was a twofer. I took one 24mm open box end and did some creative slicing. The box end became a tubing wrench with a three inch handle. The open became an open end with a five inch handle.

Then I removed the brass fitting from the head to check for damaged threads caused by my previous exercises in frustration. It wasn't bad so I started that piece into the compression nut on the tubing. The alignment was pretty well on and I tightened it all up using the new tubing wrench on the compression nut also tightening up the fitting into the head.

I pulled the whole thing out again and added thread lube to the pipe fitting and tightened it back into the head using a ratchet and socket. Then I installed the compression nut/tubing using the new tubing wrench and final tightening using the new shorty open end wrench.

Needless to say I was feeling like the fella that always felt he was as bad as a junkyard dawg. Then he met something that felt it was meaner than a junkyard dawg. So to prove a point the fella proved that he was not meaner than a junkyard dawg, he was meaner than the something meaner than a junkyard dawg.

Yeah, I felt like struttin'. There will be other battles, but this one, I won.
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:02 PM   #143
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Good job Harvey. I have many modified tools in my tool cabinets. The items I used them on are long gone.


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Old 12-05-2016, 09:20 PM   #144
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Nice job Harvey, I knew that if you stopped and thought about it logically(after the frustration left) that you would get it done.
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There's pleasure in work. Putting Jane's innards back together is work. I'm taking my time and finding pleasure in the doing. I'm going back with new fasteners when I can and everything is either prepared with Never Seize or gasket sealer. One of the great things is I have the original Cummins owners manual with torque specs which makes it easier on the mind when it comes to tightening down fasteners.

The head, new exhaust manifold, turbo unit are all in. I'm replacing some of the hoses and tubing etc. Today I drained the tanks etc preparing for tonight's freeze.

We're going to OKC Friday for oldest granddaughter's Master's degree ceremony. We'll stay at the Holiday Inn Express like we used to do. Best thing wanted to take Jane but is okay with not having her ready. She's used to me not being the most rapid of repairmen.
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Old 12-07-2016, 10:29 PM   #146
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Harv; Congratulations to you and best thing about you grand daughter graduation. You must be very proud.

Agree it would have been nice to us the MH but if it is not ready would not be a good thing. Taking your time to do it right will mean you will be able to use it with assurance and peace of mind.
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X2 on what Gordon said.
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It's a tad nippy this morning. And I've moved over to the IMac from the iPad Pro which brings up a question, anyone using an iMac in the coach on the road? Don't get me wrong, love the iPads but I like the iMac more. It's last year's 21" and I figure any time I want to be computery without 115 volt I have the iPads. But I really like the iMac.

What I'm thinking about is modifying the area behind the co-pilot's seat from a hidden desk to a permanent iMac station, losing the barrel chair and replacing it with a fold up.
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And the Saga continues.
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We've been moving right along, no big hurry. I have a new issue to deal with and want some input. When I was tugging the turbo away from the exhaust manifold the exhaust pipe between the turbo and muffler came out of the muffler. It looks like I'm going to have to remove the muffler and weld in a new piece for the exhaust pipe to fit up to.

However, one of my buds who is a member here suggested that I do away with the muffler entirely. I appreciate that the exhaust is back far enough from the front that I won't know the noise difference. But then I also appreciate that others, folks parked near me when I start up to leave etc, might not be as comfortable with the new sound.

I did a search here on IRV2 and there have been a few discussions on replacing the stock muffler with a stainless resonator like the kids do to their diesel pickups. That hasn't helped much.

I have been known to do some welding on occasion. The exhaust pipe from the turbo to the muffler is three inch. The pipe from the muffler to the end of the coach is four inch with a cute little chrome tip. In my assorted pieces of scrap material is a couple of feet of 16 gauge galvanized muffler pipe, real deal. there is also three feet of four inch, same material, left over from some project is my best bet.
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Harvey,
Personally, I think that the straight pipe will be way too loud, at cruising speeds you will hear the drone. That is my opinion,you want the MH as quiet as possible.
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Personally, I think that the straight pipe will be way too loud, at cruising speeds you will hear the drone. That is my opinion,you want the MH as quiet as possible.
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Frank you sound like my act-your-age voice. However, there's this echo chamber in my head that's almost as loud as it ever has been.
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I am sort of with Frank on the noise issues.

One thing I would consider is the use of the jake. Prohibited in most urban centers but some are starting to say un muffled engine brakes are prohibited.

I use our engine brake in all jurisdictions and have fingers crossed that there will be no issues.
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Hey Gordon on my ram 1 ton I have an exhaust brake that I use even for every day driving but it's not an engine brake but an exhaust brake....AL the signs here say no engine brake so I will just argue that it's not an engine brake like the sign says but an exhaust brake....Lol...Will still probably get a ticket...Lol

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