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 51 
 on: Today at 12:24:36 PM 
Started by Debo - Last post by Debo
Hi guys,

I'm getting ready to take the bus on its first long trip (1500 miles round-trip.) We're leaving the Outer Banks of NC and heading to Cedar Key, Florida in December. I've done many short trips of 100 miles or so, but I'm curious what would be considered a reasonably normal rate to expect my 8V-71N to burn oil on a long trip like this? Since my little hops have been kind of short, I don't really have a good feel for it yet. It fires up great, has good compression, and the rings still have healthy inspection grooves. No smoke to speak of, and she makes good power. Things appear pretty healthy to me, so I'm wondering how much oil might I expect to burn on the trip? Things I've read lead me to believe that a quart every 500 miles might be reasonable to expect. Does that sound about right to folks? For the record, I'm using Shell Rotella T straight 40 weight CF-2 rated oil.

Thanks in advance.

 52 
 on: Today at 12:19:33 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Scott Bennett
Sorry for all the posts, but I'm in hyper bus mode for a couple of weeks before our 3000 mile trip. Just wondering if the engine block heater will cause thermal flowing of the coolant and keep it slightly warm in the radiators. Or does it just keep the block/oil warm?


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 53 
 on: Today at 12:05:38 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Iceni John
What's the maximum temperature you should let it reach?   I have a temp gauge for my 740, but I don't know if it reads off the torque converter or off the transmission itself (bands, clutches, etc.).

John

 54 
 on: Today at 11:54:01 AM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Scott Bennett
you guys are killing me... Smiley

 55 
 on: Today at 11:15:23 AM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by B_K
I'm confused


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They jest be'n smartalics!

But on that note I use Delvac 15/40 in all my buses an Sprinter Van now!
(of course all our buses now run 60 Series an the Sprinter has the 2.7 5 cyl turbo Mercedes diesel)
Grin  BK  Grin

 56 
 on: Today at 11:10:41 AM 
Started by daddyoften - Last post by daddyoften
I have read several things on this board and others about this topic but I'm still up in the air about it.  The bus we are getting has 12-22.5's on it now with a rpm of 476.  It only has 2 aluminum rims on the front and 4 steel on the back.  We are going to get all new tires eventually and I can find a couple of used aluminum for the rear.  I was looking into tire prices and see the 12-22.5's are kinda pricey and not as available as the 11-24.5's are.  The 11-24.5 have a rpm of 465 so not much of a difference but the price of the tires are drastically cheaper and there are a lot more to choose from.  Also my local rig tire shop we use for work has a dozen used bud aluminum 24.5's stacked up out back and I can get 6 of them cheap! One last wrench in the works is the PO, where the bus is still located, hasn't gotten around to swapping tires for me yet.  The bus is sitting on cracked steer tires on the aluminum rims and good tires on steel in the back.  He has good tires on steel rims sitting in his shop that he was going to take the good tires and mount them on the aluminum rims and then I can drive it home.  Since he hasn't gotten to swapping tires and I want to go get it tomorrow, as originally planned, I was thinking if I'm going to 24's anyways then he can just keep the aluminum wheels, install the good tires with the steel on the front, then I can take it home and use the trade of aluminum wheels towards some more rv parts he has.  Thoughts???

One more random question is the PO had changed the oil and put in 15w40 instead of the sae 30.  Would it be a big deal to drive this bus 3 hours with the 15w40 in it?  is that a big deal?  I will eventually put the correct oil in it later.
Thank you very much,
Eric.

BTW it's a 4107 with a 1977 8v71 turboed and Auto dropped in.

 57 
 on: Today at 11:03:21 AM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by brmax
As luvrbus mentioned it is a test in an Allison manual for purposes. Also briefly in a test situation for im sure every automatic made, vehicles, dozers, etc. Its been 5 years since I had a laptop programing close in hand but the available load test on engines and trans are a common thing as the pc test many solenoids and psi signals. And they make some weird noises in them test with some rockin, quite a site and feel your first few times in a cab.

 58 
 on: Today at 11:00:57 AM 
Started by TomNPat - Last post by B_K
Might as well go ahead and list it over @ BNO since the listing is free.
And right now one member over there Ros (that I don't know if he is over here) is looking for a bus that is livable and has room for his radio/electronics equipment.
Might be just what he needs!
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 59 
 on: Today at 10:21:32 AM 
Started by TomNPat - Last post by chessie4905
   Since it is actually a coach with some conversion work, you will have better luck. Hopefully, it doesn't have severe rust issues. Is it the former NJT Transit coach? List it on the Bus Nut site. There are a couple of posters over there looking for a lower priced bus. If you want to get rid of it quickly, I would still recommend Craigs List, parting it out or if all else fails, sell it for scrap value. I've seen $3500 offered for scrap. Good luck, whatever you do. Someone may be willing to pay more for engine and trans to repair theirs. Steel tent conversion still sounds like a school bus to me. Sorry if you were offended.

 60 
 on: Today at 10:10:17 AM 
Started by bcbusman - Last post by qayqayt
I think the rear window on a fishbowl with A/C is different from a regular one.  It's smaller to accommodate the A/C housing.

Bryan

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