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Old 08-27-2003, 07:59 AM   #11
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I picked up the truck last night.

The clutch was just a adjustment, new linkage, and some vibration isolators that had worn out. I almost stalled it when I started out due to the different engagemnt position. It works great and I am really happy with that. The only problem (minor) is the new adjustment linkage they put in rattles pretty loud at 1200 + RPM so I need to fix that.

The only thing they did to the trannie was replace the old fluid with synthetic and replace the rubber isolaters on the shifter. I still have the vibration at 1400 plus rpm's but you really only notice it in 9th and that is only when you are driving in that gear, not shifting through it. So I am pretty happy.

I spoke to the owner of the FL dealer, he did the test drive and he said the thing drives like a Cadillac and for a truck with 1/2 million miles on it handled like it was new. He also reminded me that it is a truck, not a mini van. I think I sometimes try to tweak things just a little to far. BTW he loved the front air suspension and the he mention that the Gear Master made it easy to figure out where the shift points where on this engine/trannie combo.

Last week I picked up a 2000 F-350 duelly w/ Powerstroke deisel and I can say the Show Hauler definetly has a smoother ride.

Now for the Pac Brake. Two thumbs up here. It is perfect for this application. I only had one steep grade to really test it, but it worked perfect. I would normally have to hit the top of the hill at 35 mph and brake all of the way down. (There is a stop about 100 yards after it flattens out) This time I hit it at 45 in 9th and never touched the brakes other than to make a normal stop. I did test it on some small hills in the highway which would usually require one stab of the brakes to stop from going over 65 and again it slowed me up just perfect. The other nice thing is the only noise you hear is a air hissing noise, so I am sure I am good around those no engine brake areas.

I guess all I have left to do now is run the sucker.

Bill

2003 28' Show Hauler Motorhome on a 1995 FL 120 www.showhauler.com
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Old 08-27-2003, 08:52 AM   #12
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Bill, is there a way to run a spring (like a throttle return spring or the like) from one end of the where the linkage mounts to the other? That should eliminate the rattle and premature wear.
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Old 09-03-2003, 09:48 AM   #13
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I fixed the rattle by adding a rubber bushing, worked great. This past weekend I got a chance to run some hills in S.W. PA. The exhaust brake worked perfectly. Just the right amount of braking, this really decreased the number of times I had to use the service brakes. (Alot less brake dust on the rims)

I also got to put the Gear Master through it's paces on some back roads where up & down shifting was a plenty and man it really made shifting nice. Up shifting is not a big deal, but down shifting on crazy up hills where you loose 2 + gears, it really made me look like a pro.

Everything is working perfectly, now I can get back to some upgrades. I am adding some horns to the cab roof, new cab marker lights, and some LED's in the front air dam.

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Old 09-03-2003, 08:31 PM   #14
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Bill-look at the new fire trucks and ambulances....all the airhornes are bumper height or maybe car driver height.[>5'-0"]....there is a reason for that.....with the radios and sound systems up loud these days this is an attention getter.....I have ambulance electronic horns on all three of my vehilcles...believe me-that gets everone's attention....it's legal and cheap....'specially of you don't have an air supply handy....geof-Near Cincinnati
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Old 09-04-2003, 05:32 AM   #15
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I actually am going for the look over the actual functionality. They should be able to hear me with 4 air horns (2 - 18" & 20" under the hood & 2 30" on the cab roof)



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Old 09-04-2003, 02:59 PM   #16
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Bill,

The stainless on the bumper looks great. Might have to do that on my Volvo if I can find any. I assume that was a pre-cut kit for the FL? Where did you get it?

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Old 09-04-2003, 05:14 PM   #17
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The chrome bumper insert & bug sheild are from Alliance through Frieghtliner. I am pretty sure Alliance make chrome for all of the truck mfg'ers. I am really happy with both (top quality)

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Old 09-04-2003, 06:44 PM   #18
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Hey Warpath!
Wanna REALLY get someone's attention? Two words: TRAIN HORNS. Get the real article, too, not the fake ones they sell in truck stops. Mount 'em on the frame rail behind the front bumper; don't worry, they'll be heard! All the feed commodity haulers around here have them. One blast-everybody looks!
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Old 09-08-2003, 09:30 PM   #19
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Jack
stengle brothers in pa they have chome bumpers $471+75 freight.I destroyed my fiberglass in my front yard. they have a website.

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Tom if you could post the url to the web site it woul dbe very helpful. Various Google searches yeilded nothing.

Anyone else have any bumper sources???

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