Some of you may remember some of the issues we've been having with our bus (heat issues, low compression when cold, etc). Anyway, we've spent about 3 months here in CO and things had actually been going pretty well. I installed 2 additional 10" fans on the radiator to control the heat. I cleaned the radiator really well to knock off any crud that may be accumulated there. Got the mister system functional again. And I've been taking it slowly up steep grades.
All of that seemed to be doing really well to keep the temps well within tolerable limits (sub 195).
Well all of that went to pot today.
We were climbing a rather steep hill. She'd been running just fine (~20mph) and the temps and pressure were all good (~190).
Half way up the next steep hill we noticed a small trail of white smoke :O
Immediately looking for a spot to pull over, I kept going forward (we're on a narrow mountain pass, so options were very limited).
Well the small trail grew larger and larger by the second; till it was a full plume of thick white smoke.
At that point I lost power and she wasn't moving another inch!
After messing with our electric compressor to get the air back up, we managed to wiggle her off of the road (thank God for that thing!!!), and at least we're not in the middle of the highway any more.
When I went back there to check what was going on, there was a good amount of oil coming from one exhaust manifold, a good amount of oil dripping on the ground, and there was what appeared to be coolant (and oil) coming out of the blow-by tank reservoir thing. And there was that distinctive smell of toasted motor oil!!
Attempting to restart it (just once) it kinda sorta starts, but runs really really rough, so I quickly killed it.
So that's where we're at. There's no doubt that something quite catastrophic has happened to the engine...
So HELP!!! Please...
At this point I'm looking at having it towed somewhere to have a look. I don't really know what my options are at this point, but I'm likely looking at an engine replacement, rebuild, reman?
Any advice you can provide here would greatly appreciated.
Any idea where I'd get an engine?
Should I try to salvage this one? (Although, it probably highly depends on what happened)
Is there a better option?
I am also now looking for a shop that can
work on this bus.
I feel my options will be quite limited here but any info is greatly appreciated.
We are currently in CO. We are on highway 550 just north of Silverton (so called "Million Dollar Highway").
We are on the southbound lane side.
Thanks all, in advance.