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Dravo
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USA
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Posted - 01/07/2007 :  11:42:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Dravo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The post from ICCE offering bungee chords as a solution to air door problems has inspired this post:
Just for fun, in what situations have you seen bungee chords used in the bus industry?
I'll submit two:
1. Holding a door shut to keep it from howling at speeds over 55 mph.
2. Holding an air compressor that kept throwing belts on a 1984 Chevy Thomas gas engine.

Thomasbus24
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USA
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Posted - 01/07/2007 :  12:25:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
While I wouldn't use it while driving EVER...I used to use a long one on my '86 Carpenter at night. Hook one end to the door clevis and the other to the hole in the thumb-latch. Kept the doors from blowing open.
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Wolf0r
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USA
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Posted - 01/08/2007 :  06:46:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bungies are for holding yer trashcan! What next duct tape for the leaky windows? or screw them shut? They really suggested bungie cords?!?

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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bus724
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USA
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Posted - 01/08/2007 :  07:04:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit bus724's Homepage  Send bus724 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thomasbus24

While I wouldn't use it while driving EVER...I used to use a long one on my '86 Carpenter at night. Hook one end to the door clevis and the other to the hole in the thumb-latch. Kept the doors from blowing open.



Funny, I know a batch of 03 IC CEs with manual doors that required the same technique...also had to keep a big bolt in the glove box to shove in the thumb-latch to keep from latching accidentally. (All this was only when parked in the yard overnight, of course.)
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IC-CEiswhereiwannabe
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USA
214 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2007 :  07:41:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It wasnt IC CE that wrote that it was me...and I have seriously used that technique to keep my door closed ever since Amtran/International/IC (it was right during that confusing transition period c.2000-2001) changed over to the lighter flimsier doors that they use now. I simply install a small screw with an eyehook in the metal part of the door that is next to the front window of the door and then another one in the metal right next to the stepwell heater. It works like a charm. Never had another door blow open.

You have to be careful though, you have to check to see what length bungee you should get. If its too short you will have issues with a very very slow door. Otherwise it works wonders. As a matter of fact, Mechanics around here have taken to installing my little miracle on buses of other drivers who complain.

Why can't U C what I C in IC?
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Thomasbus24
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USA
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Posted - 01/08/2007 :  6:15:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hmm....tied it a rubber strap while in use...just wait till that breaks and hits a kid.
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drivin4safety
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United States
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Posted - 01/08/2007 :  6:54:59 PM  Show Profile  Send drivin4safety a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hmmm. I must not be the only fan of the Red Green Show here, I'm thankful that my ol' 90 Thomas has the heavy inward opening doors. The only tape i need is to hold up the districs new Olweus (anti-bullying) postings. Occasionally I'll make a emergency repair on my truck at my other job, but the mechanics where I work driving SB are some of the very best I have ever met. (Wish I could get them to work on the semi from that other job)
Mike

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