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The Dieselfication of Coach 1046
Author: BigRabbitMan (Show all albums)

This album is dedicated to following the process of Coach #1046 being converted from a 1976 Chrysler 440-I with a 4spd Allison AT540 transmission to a 2006 GMC Duramax LBZ turbo diesel with a 6spd Allison 1000 double overdrive transmission. There is a companion discussion thread in the Mechanic's Corner section of the Forum area of this site.
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This is a nice and clean engine compartment. Putting the FatMat on around and over the areas with pass-through fittings and standoff pillars kept the installation challenging.

Looking the other way. Virtually all of this will be covered in 1/4" foam board and then five 1/8" aluminum panels will be used to reline everywhere you see the FatMat.

Here is the largest of the five 1/8" thick aluminum panels that will line the engine compartment. If you imagine it rotated 90 degrees toward you then lifted up it will line the top of the engine compartment and most of the left wall and a little of the right wall. It will be the last one installed. See the two prior photos.

I have prepared this small section for the aluminum liner by gluing 1/4" thick small cell foam board on top of the FatMat.

Now the aluminum liner has been installed on top of the foam board and the FatMat. The combination of the three layers will reduce sound and heat levels inside the coach.

Adding the liner to the roof section required some ingenuity to ensure tight attachment to the roof as it is difficult to hold the panel up, drill holes and rivet it in place by yourself. So a floor jack was used to press up on the panel. To do it where stuff was in the way of the floor jack, a lever system was used to reach to the side and into the corner.

The immediate engine area has now been relined. One large piece remains to cover the left firewall and the remaining roof area.

After many hours working from this chair, on knees or bending and twisting in all sorts of directions, the three layers of the engine compartment relining has resulted in an engine compartment that looks like ...

... this! It really looks good in my view! Now the process of adding things back onto the firewall will begin. It will be much, much neater and with a more functional arrangement than before.

Another FMC owner's coach had an engine problem, so the engine I removed is headed out to continue its life powering a different FMC Motor Coach.

Now it is back to the extraction process. Here my son, Mark, in brown and Eric are doing final preparations for the actual extraction of the Duramax engine and Allison transmission from the donor vehicle.

And it is out!
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