It's good to be back on the road again! Turned out we had an electrical issue with our Allison transmission computer. The mechanic ran a direct positive and negative line from our battery bank to the computer and ignition and added a couple new fuses. We paid $1300 for shop time! .
If you have a keypad transmission you should know that it can self-diagnose by pressing the up and down arrows at the same time. We had a 35 00 error which is a power interruption error which will cause the transmission to lock into a range of gears to prevent damage to the transmission. .
For the noobs out there that don't know what transmission you have, crawl under your bus and look at your transmission. Google 'Allison transmission' to figure out what it looks like. An Allison Automatic transmission says Allison on the side and ours has the serial number posted on it on the passenger side. You can find the troubleshooting manual on the Allison website by entering your serial number. Then be prepared to find a mechanic that specialized in Allison transmissions. It's harder than you'd think to find a mechanic to work on a MD3060 in a 40 foot school bus, mainly because we don't fit in their shop.
Much as I'd love to talk about the absolute unmatched precision that Subaru engines require to run right... That's not always the case. We build them that way, but ultimately it doesn't take a lot to keep your Subaru happy.
However, it requires the correct parts and good workmanship. The thing on the bottom with the orange goop is your typical "eBay special" graphite head gasket from a budget gasket/bolt set. Which lasted about 200 miles before they failed.
The gasket on the top is an updated MLS (multi later steel) Subaru factory head gasket. The correct parts.
Unfortunately another shop unfamiliar with Subarus was responsible for the work on this car which included; the wrong thermostat, leaving a badly leaking oil pan, and sticking the new water pump on with a ton of rtv sealant. NO! BAD!
We're fixing all the issues on this engine and correcting all the shortcomings in the first shop's work... For nearly $1000 less than they charged initially. Generally you're going to get out the door for around $1800 including timing belt. The right parts, the right machine work, assembled correctly.