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    Posted: 05 Aug 2013 at 4:00am
Hey all. New user here :)
Just posting some pics of my faithful 720 truck "Red Thunder"
She currently has just under 184,000kms on the odometer and spends her retirement chasing buses and taking me places. (Mostly to/from work recently). She does occasionally make herself useful from time to time though, taking things to the dump or bringing free/low cost items back home for us to use.
Red Thunder has given me a lot of bonding time - in which I've learned these trucks were built to last - heck I'd trust one of these with my life. She did have a few fuel-starvation issues and some other parts had to be replaced, but she's still going strong and has very rarely let me down.

Here is a recent image in Nanaimo, BC - featuring a BC Transit 1995 New Flyer D40LF. Big smile
RT in Nanaimo

Also here's a picture of her sitting in the driveway at home, awaiting something to do. As you can see she just has some minor surface rust along the roof and a little on the side. What you can't see is two long rust-hole gashes in the bed alongside the wheel wells which will be repaired as soon as possible. She also needs a new exhaust pipe and muffler, and a new radiator (though the $20 bottle of radiator sealant hasn't let a single drop of coolant out in months).
RT in driveway

Also here's an image better showing her other side. Notice the large dent in the mirror - there's a story behind that. On my second driving lesson a few years ago I was distracted by something and hit a tubular marker with it at 30mph. Tongue



Edited by foxfan1992 - 15 Aug 2013 at 9:22pm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote MOCMAN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 2013 at 12:46pm
Nice! Welcome! They were definitely built to last. I love Victoria. I have a lot of family on the island.
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Thanks. I've replaced the passenger-side tail light this week since it was broken.

All I need to do now is repair or replace the radiator, get the spark plugs checked and cylinders cleaned of carbon, and have someone look for a bad ground affecting the headlights. Once I've done all that I can look into saving up for a new paint job for it :D
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She's a beauty Smile
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Just an update here... sadly my beloved Red Thunder has suffered quite a blow - she was running on two cylinders on startup and it appeared to be getting worse. About three weeks ago me and my dad took on the task of taking her apart. A few days ago we found the problem at hand - a blown headgasket. She was also using a LOT of oil and the problem there was worn/burned out oil guides. We took the cylinder head in for resurfacing, the sad news is that the cylinder head is a write-off. Fortunately just for a little extra money they are providing us with another, so Red Thunder will live on (at least for a while to come anyway!)


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Another update.

Well the truck put up a really good fight against us repairing it today. First we removed the oil pump and filter - not a big deal, but then we had to remove the starter motor and jam a screwdriver in the teeth to stop the flywheel from turning when we undid the crankshaft bolt and pulley. Fortunately this went without too many problems - the real problem was dropping the sump, we removed every screw from it but it wouldn't budge. In the end we had to use a couple of small wooden wedges and a hammer to pry it off the bottom. No damage to the oil pan gasket as a result, fortunately. The only thing that didn't put up a fight was the crankshaft sprocket, which should have according to the manual, but it slid right off.

So now we're at the point where it's no longer dis-assembly, but reassembly. Thank goodness!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rusty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Dec 2013 at 10:34pm
Sounding good fox, good luck and keep us updated, oh yeah, if ya could, we'd love to see some pics of your handy work.
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I won't post every picture to this forum, but here's a set on flikr with most of the pictures I've taken - mostly to recall how everything goes back together. XD
http://www.flickr.com/photos/61833567@N03/sets/72157638967859014/
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Nice!  Glad the engine is coming along!  
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I also took a few videos of the truck when I took it down to Portland, OR. Was sharing a ride with a new friend who gladly volunteered to video while I was driving:

Radiator leak! D: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkAreIzNtB8

Over the Columbia River Drawbridge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5DMBT7Q9cI

Over the Fremont Bridge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXj3t4O5t58

(Apologies, I did have some 'tunes playing on my new stereo. xD)
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