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PostSubject: Close call today. Almost burnt up my motor!   Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:05 pm

I love to drive my bus. I drive it every chance I can when the weather is dry. Today hubby had asked me to go get pizza and bring it back to his work for lunch. So I drove the bus to get the pizza. All was fine until I went to turn into the tow yard. I had to slow down to almost a slow crawl to let traffic go by. When I went to go I heard a thump. Thought that was strange, but continued into the yard. When I got in and just before i turned the motor off, I heard another thump and again, thought to myself, what is going on? Hubby had heard the thump too, but he also had smelt the bus was hot as I drove past him when I first entered the yard. He opened the deck lid and there was the belt, sitting on the apron. It was still in one piece but half the size in width then what it should have been. Hubby asked if I noticed the generator light on. I didn't notice it. He thinks that what happened was the belt started to slip and made it to where the light didn't come on and the motor didn't cool as efficiently as it should. Why it started to wear like this is still a mystery. All looks good as far as the pulleys. One thing that Lita had mentioned on my FB page is maybe I bought the wrong belt. Thinking back now, that may have been possible. I can't really say for sure though.

Here is the new belt next to the old one.



I lucked out and yah the motor was hotter then normal, but when I took it's temp (I have a lazor temp reader in the glove box), it was only about 10 degrees hotter then normal.

This has opened my eyes. I don't want this to happen again. For now this is my solution to keep an eye on the light. LOL



That's my old belt. Figured with it being right there in plain sight, it would be a good reminder to keep an eye on things.

I have come up with a plan though. Before I put the new belt on, I wanted to find out why I didn't see a light. I mean, when the light goes on my 64 Bus I know it is on, you can't miss it. I was dumbfounded on why I missed this one. I went ahead and started the motor without the new belt. The way the sun was shining in on the gauges I could barely see the light was on. So my first plan was to just put a brighter light in that spot. Then I got to thinking. With this new eye opening experience, I don't want to ever "miss" the light being on again. I thought of putting a "key in the ignition" warning buzzer inline with the gen light. That way when the light comes on, the buzzer will start buzzing. I'm not talking about the cute little new age ding ding buzzers. I'm talking in the 70's irritating buzzers! I should have one somewhere with all the Pintos I have stripped so the buzzer is not big deal. The big deal is, can it be done? I don't know exactly what is involved in a buzzer. I will have to go find one and see if this can be done. I will update on what I come up with.
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PostSubject: Re: Close call today. Almost burnt up my motor!   Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:53 pm

Glad you caught it early enough!
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PostSubject: Re: Close call today. Almost burnt up my motor!   Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:31 pm

Whew!! That was close.

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PostSubject: Re: Close call today. Almost burnt up my motor!   Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:38 pm

It sounds like it was just coming apart right then and there, hence the thumping. Probably just a defective belt.
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PostSubject: Re: Close call today. Almost burnt up my motor!   Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:56 pm

Jim Douglas Jr wrote:
It sounds like it was just coming apart right then and there, hence the thumping. Probably just a defective belt.

I sure hope so! In any case I am now taking precautionary measures! LOL I just bought a Piezo today. Will have my friend that suggested it install it soon. I was going to install it till I bought it and found it has 3 wires instead of 2. LOL I figure see he has installed one before, he would know what he was doing! Very Happy I have also decided to put in a temp gauge soon. That will be the best way to determine if my motor is getting hot.
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PostSubject: Re: Close call today. Almost burnt up my motor!   Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:12 pm

Time will tell.

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