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 on: July 23, 2016, 04:13:48 PM 
Started by Fisherman Nick - Last post by Gary Hatt - Publisher BCM

We would love to include photos of your bus in our magazine along with a story about why you bought a bus and what shape it was in when you bought it and what you have done to and with it since you bought it.

Send some photos to me directly at Gary@BusConversions.com along with the specs you have and we will put your bus on the cover and in the centerfold of BCM when you are ready.

People love reading about these old buses.


 on: July 23, 2016, 03:45:22 PM 
Started by HudsonMarine - Last post by HudsonMarine
All of you guys are seriously appreciated.
I was unaware of the lockup mode!
I guess I need to properly ID what the things really is and go from there.
Are filter/fluid changes worth the effort or, best to find a shop to give it a look over?

 on: July 23, 2016, 03:04:25 PM 
Started by TomC - Last post by kyle4501
The bead set on a Alcoa wheel will wear out over time and there is not a thing you can do about it
That is very good point. The nut seats can also be damaged. ALCOA has gauge sets to check the condition of both.

 on: July 23, 2016, 02:59:17 PM 
Started by JordanRinke - Last post by kyle4501
Might I suggest that you keep looking. The cost of having a manual transmission changed to an automatic can exceed $10,000.

Is far better to spend more up front to get what you want than to try to save a little & end up with something you don't want that will cost more in the long run.

There are some great values to be had on nice, well built coaches. Just have to wait till the right one shows up. May take a few trips to see coaches that don't match the description, but that is part of the journey.

I started with a less than perfect bus & chased that dream collecting parts to change it into what I wanted. 10 years later, My Wife found our dream coach on the internet one Saturday night. The following Friday after a bunch of phone calls, I had a one-way ticket to see it in person. Ended up buying it & driving it 1100 miles home. Buying this one was the best thing I could have done. Lots less money & lots more fun NOW!  Grin

Good luck, whatever path you choose.

 on: July 23, 2016, 02:46:05 PM 
Started by TomC - Last post by luvrbus
The bead set on a Alcoa wheel will wear out over time and there is not a thing you can do about it

 on: July 23, 2016, 02:10:26 PM 
Started by HudsonMarine - Last post by luvrbus
They set 1 up to shift like that, C=converter L= lock up they shift 1C,2C,2L,3L and 4L yours probably set with a kit to go from 3L to 4C then to 4L look on the drivers side about the middle of transmission above the pan there should be a plate with the model and number of the transmission.You could have a 750CR Allison the CR stands for close ratio fwiw 

 on: July 23, 2016, 02:09:22 PM 
Started by TomC - Last post by kyle4501
The long answer is that if there was an issue, wouldn't there would be certification dates stamped on them like portable propane tanks.


All bets are off if you abuse them with overloading, under inflation, improper nut torque, curbing, etc.

 on: July 23, 2016, 02:07:26 PM 
Started by HighTechRedneck - Last post by jackhartjr
After chairing a very large MS bike ride a long time ago, and going to Arcadia twice and several of Kyle's non bus rally, here is my two cents:
No paid entertainment! The best entertainment there is usually the guys and gals that do impromptu pickings!
Simple meals along with a couple of bring your own pot lucks!
The reason we go is to socialize in the first place! (And to watch Jack and Paula always be the epitome of the perfect loving couple on New Years Eve!

 on: July 23, 2016, 01:55:16 PM 
Started by HudsonMarine - Last post by HB of CJ
Sounds like it is momentarily after going into 4th gear, engaging 4 converter mode before immediately going into 4 lock up mode?  I do not know what would cause this.

If you have the usual modulator your cool 5 speed should shift in the following manner.  1 converter, 2 converter, 2 lock up, then 3 lock up, then 4 lock up, then 5 lock up.

The shifts should be firm and quick.

 on: July 23, 2016, 01:15:04 PM 
Started by HudsonMarine - Last post by HudsonMarine
No folks, I'm not sure it's a five speed or, a 750 (where wouild I find a tag or numbers to verify?).
Driving it, I can count 4 distinctive "shifts" so I assumed it's a five speed.
Having no tachometer, I cannot answer at what rpm it shifts however, it does seem to shift sooner than I perceive it should.

I know it's hard to describe to other people but, when it shifts from third to fourth, it ALMOST feels like there's 2 shift taking place, one right after the other.

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