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bbowe last won the day on December 8 2013

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About bbowe

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    Last seen on the side of a milk carton!
  • Birthday 12/06/1974

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    Maple Valley, WA
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    Trucks, big & small
  1. bbowe

    WTB tool box

    Our electrical engineers seem to like their Tool Vault boxes. They seem to be holding up just fine in everyday use but theirs are really only holding hand tools and wiring stuff. I think they are annoyingly a foot too tall though. But still might be worth a look? http://www.strictlytoolboxes.com/tool-vault-tool-boxes.html?source=nav-bar
  2. bbowe

    I'm ordering a new 3500

    That CARB retrofit DPF in regen burned up half of Yakima a few years ago. That was the fire at that Monestary. The DPF maker says the turbo died and filled it with oil while everybody else says they hold too much soot, overtemp at regen, then shoot out molten pieces of substrate. That wasn't their only fire, but they've since been sued out of business so they aren't a problem anymore. Do they wrap all of the pipes on the DEF pickups? The DEF trucks have so much insulation wrap that I don't think the pipes could ever start a fire. Still, we take all the covers off at the start of harvest so you can see if anything accumulates around the cans. That area gets blown off every night when the combine gets it. They won't regen at idle but the last couple years of Cummins trucks will do some sort of desorb where it'll elevate idle and make a bunch of heat off and on - even with the switch off. Makes me nervous so those ones get a disc'd spot to park in at the edge of the field and we bring wheat out to them if they want to idle for A/C. Supertruckers that make it out to the cut gotta shut their trucks off. Even with farmer pipes we used to burn little gas trucks down all the time in the 80's and 90's but haven't claimed an emissions truck yet. Last year I had a close call from a real hot air disc brake rotor (too much ATC use going up) and touching stubble when parked that I wasn't expecting but that's about it. I caught it before the wind did but always keep a shovel and water cannon in your truck! Now the combines with DPF's now I don't know how that is ever supposed to work. We don't have one and I've never been around one but still, what a recipe for disaster. Our 03 without all that stuff was always a nasty fire starter in itself. After awhile we had removed every guard & shield it had, deleted the muffler, wrapped the pipes, etc, and thought we had it set. Then it had a stint four years ago in one of those real staticy thunderstormy weeks where it started like 6 fires in two days. Crop insurance guy hired a Deere rep to come out and wouldn't cover the next one until we do what he says. Well the guy plopped down like $13K in TIB's and updates to do. It was a whole bunch of funky shaped new shields, air intakes, fan drives, turbo guards, and stuff like that. Someone had obviously sat down and done a bunch of CFD on the back of that machine. Put it all on and haven't had (a combine) fire since. It is a serious dust storm back there. I'd imagine they highly engineer the wind through the DPF machines as well. That doesn't really answer the pickup question but mine's been deleted since 08 and the only other diesel pickup in our fields is an 01 Ford and the old 93 first gen, so no experience there. I should start a thread on that 93 - I hate that truck but holy crap is she a tough old girl. Can't help but attach a pic of one of the 6 fires.......to say I had that ol Challenger pinned is an understatement!
  3. Heh, been there with the security tool. In my pissedoffedness I did the whole set on same day Amazon. Paid way too much for a bunch of them I didn't need but I find now that I use them in the shop and don't touch the ones in the car. Keeps me from losing the car one in the shop scramble. https://www.amazon.com/TEMO-Wheel-Removal-Socket-Adapter/dp/B018MPNPY2/ref=pd_sbs_263_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B018MPNPY2&pd_rd_r=66D4XFZR23J4S12XM7WC&pd_rd_w=DhZBY&pd_rd_wg=2PjHZ&psc=1&refRID=66D4XFZR23J4S12XM7WC To replace the one kept in the car on the cheap you count the splines and can go to dealer with the "new number" in the link below. Or I ebayed cuz I didn't need it right away and I can't stand being "triaged" just to get to the freaking parts counter at our dealer here. http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4111080 Count carefully....... at 19 splines I forgot where I started a couple times! I had to screw around on ebay quite a bit to finally get there too. Search for "VW wheel lock key with XX splines" and I finally had a good list to work from with just the tool and no Chinese lug bolts. Hood looks good from here!
  4. Might be the right color? https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pts/6141315989.html
  5. bbowe

    ALH turbo options

    I went with a plain ol VNT 15 at ID Parts for $800 + the free install kit and then bought the braided oil line and return line from Bora. Short of the Mahle turbo they have for $100 less, everything else was well into a grand by the time you get all the adapter pipes and stuff. I got a new intercooler from Bora that I swear was $100 but I can't find it there now. Mine was losing oil at 235K and I futzed around with it for a good three weeks. Shaft felt fine from under the car and I even went so far as to put a screw in the bottom of the intercooler to drain easily and fairly often to try figure how much was coming out. Then one day I went to pass someone, got some good boost going in 3rd, then lost them in a big grey cloud and the car just kept going! I got the runaway stopped pretty quick and a tow home but still it seriously f-d that little car up bad. There was oil inside everything and caused myself a whole hell of a lot of extra work. If I knew then what I know now I woulda just bought a stupid turbo right at the start, changed it in an afternoon, and been well on my way. Once I got my old turbo on the bench I found you could push the shaft a good 3/8" from side to side. So especially with a race pipe, park it and don't touch it till you have new turbo in hand. Don't forget to drain your intercooler before going anywhere. If you do chance it my bet is it's gonna happen to you going from 26 to 90. That spot is the perfect setup for it to suck up some oil so go easy on it there!
  6. bbowe

    The name of the company

    I'm same story - used the old Bora webpage until the very end and now I go ID Parts. If I have time I'll type the ID part number into the Cascade German "search" line and see if I can cobble up an order as free next day FedEx is pretty addicting. Every part is next day every single time, except there was one time last year where the Bora shipping kid missed page #2 of my order. It wasn't a big deal but Aaron called shortly later, apologized up and down at least 5 times, and said he'd send me some swag. Cool. Next day the stuff arrived and in it was a Tie-Dyed VW shirt and a peace sign chain necklace.....They would look good on Paul!!
  7. bbowe

    Just Bought a battery charger

    I've never actually measured Woodenhead. Could be. You know the buzzing it makes when turned up high? I guess I've always assumed it puts out some frequency that scrambles certain brains.
  8. I think its Fabco transfer case and front axle weighs more than the whole F550.... Yea, rigged up and neutered to 26K it probably isn't going to haul more than 10-12K. It'll be over $100K for sure.
  9. The 4x4 T370 isn't very good at P&D work. It was made more to get your monster bucket truck out to the transmission tower out in the dirt or to get your service truck out to the dead machine out in the mud. It is a truck 4x4 so it is pretty tall and you'll never get it to dock height if you do docks. I don't remember the weight of my old one off hand but I think it was like 14,000 tare. You'll never break the 4x4 in the KW, but the F550 will probably do better as it is a bit more "normal". I can help if you want to spec out a regular T270. There's nothing I can do that Pape can't do, but we can spend a lot more time thinking out a spec. There are a crap ton of options. You'd just get a file that you give to Pape to put in and give you a quote and take over the rest. We can play with a PX9 powered short hood T880 too if you really want to blow the F550 out of the water. Just hang on to your pocketbook. We had ProTech in Vancouver do our flatbed. It was pretty nice but putting that first pallet on your expensive flatbed sucks!
  10. bbowe

    Just Bought a battery charger

    Yea it is a tough one to pin down because you don't get any smoke or don't hear anything squeal or anything. The Tahoe if you leave the doors open for like 5 mins the battery will die. I started it w/ that charger many times but one time resulted in a check engine light. I finally got around to fixing it 6 months later and didn't want to believe that the transfer case would cause a check engine and random stability control trouble and some other stupidness but it did. The odometer display doesn't work anymore either, which is pretty common, but I bet it was related too. The Jetta's old battery died during the time it took to change out the timing belt. Started it on that charger and had the battery light. Couldn't figure out how the alternator dies in a timing belt change but whatever, got a new regulator from Bora and all was well. It died again while waiting the few days for the final parts to button it all up, jumped it, and killed the alternator all over again. That's when I started putting 2 and 2 together..... Jetta got a new (oddball) battery and Tahoe now packs around one of those Noco lithium jumpstarters 24/7. Both are banned from the Napa charger.
  11. bbowe

    Just Bought a battery charger

    Careful what you hook it to. I've had that same one for a real long time and it has claimed two voltage regulators on my Jetta and fried a God-awfully expensive (with a nasty charge for addt'l programming on top of it) transfer case module in my 08 Tahoe. Other than that, tractors, backhoes, Dodges, old dump trucks, etc, etc there ain't nothing it won't start. I've melted the springs in my clamp a couple of times now so be careful with that too. Patience with dead batteries isn't my thing. Good buy!
  12. They've got something wrong in the paperwork if they are requiring an emissions test. Weight is too high? Marked as gas powered? Not marked as pass car? They were trying to require an emissions paper when I titled one of my TDI's but when we looked closer she was putting it in as gas. Changed that to diesel and the emissions requirement went away just like my other one. It has been nice! 6000lb and under diesel pass car is exempt. At least that is here w/ Maple Valley address. Seattle proper might be different?
  13. Ha yea that is the bus. It is for sale for sure. Was by there earlier this week and it has a big ol sign in front of it with red letters. The whole shop is for sale actually....
  14. Exit 93 and go east a little bit on the frontage road. Just past the fruit stand. It has been there so long I bet it shows up on Google street view from the freeway. Never could really figure out if it was a genuine Scenicruiser or if they made it look like one though.
  15. That bus for sale that is next to that shop on its own just west of Thorp on I90 I think is one of those busses partially redone? I know that isn't much of a description but I've seen an old bus for sale there for awhile. I'm sure others have seen it too and paid more attention to it. There was two for sale together at the wrecking yard outside of Quincy for awhile but that was a few years ago. I haven't really paid attention recently.