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  1. You were exactly right. I always hesitate to go there because their prices are sometimes high, but they had a kit for the truck and it was cheap. Maybe that’s why no one else carries it.
  2. Anyone know how to find an oring kit for my 98 379 a/c system? Or if they are some standard size(s)? i see kits from 27-127$, but not clear to me if they will contain the right sizes. Still damn hot in TX, even though snowed back home in Neb.
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    HDT with HD Trailer

    Drop a container onto a tandem gooseneck flatbed. Pick a length, chop the container to fit. Cut big holes in it, easy to weld reinforcements. Cheap and everywhere. Sell it as a tiny home when you’re sick of it. Low enough to mount a/c on the top.
  4. Thank you all for your help, it worked my last trip, I haven’t figured exactly what it was, either operator error or a bad park brake switch. Resource for older detroits: Fitzgerald manuals https://www.fitzgeraldgliderkits.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/owners-manual.pdf it says among other things, cruise must be turned on to work, if already on, must be turned off first. Also found detroit troubleshooting guide at http://www.detroitmanuals.info/ddec-singleecm-troubleshooting/400A07.html Someone on truckers forum suggested park brake switch, even if not in troubleshooting guide, so I disconnected that too. Will try it again with switch reconnected. Now, onto fixing a/c.
  5. And it goes on. . . local Peterbilt guys say they can’t change settings on a series 60, maybe Vanguard can. They claim they can, so i show up at 0700 when they said they opened . . .nope, shop door closed till 8. After 8 I get fussed at by a cyborg with a headset for setting foot inside the shop, i retreat to the lounge, where the cyborg comes to tell me they can’t change any settings. And magnanimously informs me there’s no charge. I refrained from any rude comments. It was difficult. I trespass into the shop to ask the techs if the ecm is fried, and they tell me their generic software can see the settings but not change them. And he tells me the cruise is set to 75 mph, so at least I got something other than an excuse to rant. dammit. Called some more, and Freightliner says if I show up when the old guys are in the shop they can do it. thinking i should just buy a gps to find out how fast i’m going.
  6. Omg. Looks like i might need to do the hokey pokey at each start up, hold my mouth just right, stand on my head and pour water in my . . . Bottom. Thank you, i will continue trying these things before i take it to the shop. i never ever use the clutch at startup, i figured the button is by the door so you can fire it up and go get coffee while it builds air without climbing in. The joys of thinking like a computer programmer.
  7. Thanks, my jakes do work, so might be a bad ecm
  8. Speedometer didn’t work when the speed sensor was removed. This was the only speed sensor the parts guy seemed to know of I think The idle up doesn’t work while truck is moving, i seem to remember trying that. It is a separate switch. i have to use the brakes to get out of my neighborhood, so shouldn’t be that.
  9. Yes, idle up switch works fine, that is what i meant when i stated cruise will rev up engine, my apologies for inexact language.
  10. Ah, thank you. I found a hall effect sensor on the back of the transmission, the plug did not look fully seated. I took it out, will see if i still have a speedo. it looked like there was another sensor on the transmission itself, so maybe that was where the speedo was reading from. It is an electronic speedo, i assume controlled by the ecu, because i could not find any dip switches to calibrate the speedo. will report back after testing. if i have speedo, and no cruise, should be the sensor. If i have no speedo, then i assume it is a programming item.
  11. I found one transmission sensor. . . You saying the cruise might use a wheel sensor? No wabco errors, so i think abs wheel sensors are ok.
  12. Damned thing has never worked. I would appreciate any insights you all have. 1. Clutch switch verified ok and adjusted ok 2. Cruise will rev up engine 3. Brake switch appears to be tied to brake light switch? and it is ok 4. Pto switch verified ok 5. When i connect with blue fire system, it shows cruise switch on at ecu, with speed of 0 (when i’m sitting In the shop) and moving the switches around shows up in the ecu 6. Driving and simultaneously fiddling with blue fire on tablet not a good idea, so haven’t done that yet 7. Peterbilt wiring diagram sucks, i have the one for my vin, it is really basic, i can only see what pin number the cruise is on the ecu, but don’t know how to test that. There is a rumor of a better diagram for units with the modular fuse block, but I don’t have it 8. Had a bad ground on the ecu, fixed it 9. Throttle position sensor was throwing a code, it cleared up after disconnecting and reconnecting it. No open codes. Engine is a 12.7 dd maybe i need to take it to peterbilt and see if the previous company set the highest available cruise speed to zero?
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    Speed parts!

    Truck only has an 8ll with a .73 od, so not a lot of gear choices. Goes 60 at 1400, 64 at 1500 with 3.90 i looked at 3.73 but not 3.55, and 3.73 looked pretty tall. i see 3.55 would give 1600@ 55 in 7th and 66@1400 in 8th, yep, that would have worked well. Oh well, they’re in. I know what to look for in the next truck 🙂
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    Speed parts!

    I know some of you don’t like to drive your rvs fast, but I wanted to go faster than 55. Truck went 45 at 1400 rpm. got some 3.90s swapped 20 year old dd405 and rd405 4.88s for 2011 dsp41 and rsp41 3.90s. sigh, lost my lockers, but now I can make 55 with another gear left over. 1350 for the gears, 1200 cash to swap, 320$ in oil, 130$ in bolts, and 125$ in u joints. I would have liked to swap them myself, but i was too chicken to pull the yokes and split the u joints without buying 500$ in tools. now on to calibrate speedo, and steering and air conditioning and cruise control and. . .
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