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Author Topic: UPDATE: Unusual Engine Conversion Photos Wanted (also "normal" conversions)  (Read 6294 times)
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« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2009, 06:40:47 PM »

Check out my link for pictures of my last conversion GMC SDM 5302 and also my current conversion in process an MCI-9 Series 60.

Randy

http://s591.photobucket.com/albums/ss354/firstrate/?albumview=slideshow&track=share_email_album_view_click
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« Reply #31 on: May 09, 2009, 08:32:07 PM »

Randy,

That series 60 sure looks good in your MCI 9. What is the history on this engine? What type of transmission do you have?

John
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« Reply #32 on: May 09, 2009, 09:44:03 PM »

We used to drive older Flexies in Yosemite National Park way back in 1970 or sooss.  They had a big GM gas V6 (466?) of some sort and even with a short 5 speed New Process 542 tranny, the drive shaft was very very short.

Was kinda wondering how a long 8V Detroit would even fit.  Also the ground clearance was very iffy with the gas V6 oil pan.  Now wondering if the owner just mounted that very cool V6 Detroit higher and used a drop box?

Finally also wondering how much weight is on the rear axle and how little is on the front?  Yep...does it have wheelie bars?  It might need them.  120 mph?  Hummm.  I will give him 100 easy.  Road manners?  Hummm again.   HB of CJ
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« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2009, 07:20:07 AM »

Hi John,
That series 60 sure looks good in your MCI 9. What is the history on this engine? What type of transmission do you have?

We haven't powered up the computer yet so we don't know for sure until we do but what we were told is that it came out of a day cab truck that was totalled out and that it has got 350,000 miles on it, so hopefully it will be somewhere close to that.

Randy
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« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2009, 07:34:21 AM »

Hi HB,

Finally also wondering how much weight is on the rear axle and how little is on the front?
 
The back of the bus was stretched two feet to accommodate the motor and transmission as far as weight we don't know yet but the overhang from the tag axle back is shorter than the distance on my GM with a 6v92 TA and a 730 transmission mounted sideways.  As far as ground clearance we will be removing the truck pan and using a aluminum bus pan for a series 60 which about 1/2 of the depth giving us more room.

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« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2009, 04:49:49 PM »

First of all to those folks who were kind enough to send me photos, I have not had a chance to get them all loaded yet.  Hopefully after the Monaco rally that we are doing ends later this week.

Randy, interesting conversion.  I would like to grab a photo or two off of your photo bucket if that is OK.  Couple of questions. It looks like you have a belt drive to the air-to-air (with some sort or right angle gear box?).  Not sure where you radiator(s) are (above?).  What transmission are you using?  Looks like a raised floor, right?

Jim
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« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2009, 07:01:06 PM »

Hi Jim,
I would like to grab a photo or two off of your photo bucket if that is OK. 
Absolutely help yourself.

 It looks like you have a belt drive to the air-to-air (with some sort or right angle gear box?).
No I actually have a hydraulic pump which will run the hydraulic fan and power steering and the power steering pump will come off the series 60 

Not sure where you radiator(s) are (above?).
Radiator and charge air are both on drivers side lower like in an eagle

What transmission are you using?
I am using a Allision 748 

Looks like a raised floor, right?
Yes I raised it where the bed will be very similar to the pictures I've seen of your eagle.

I will add some pictures of my GMC which was I repowered with a 6v92 and an Allison 730 12 years ago and 115,000 miles later.

Thanks,
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« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2009, 04:22:07 AM »

Randy, thanks for the information.  One last question:  what is the belt pulley on the driver side driving?

Your GMC is sure a great looking fishbowl!!!!

Jim
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Jim Shepherd
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« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2009, 07:47:33 AM »

Jim-Looks like the radiator fan since he converted the radiator down to where it should be from the high mountings.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #39 on: October 10, 2009, 06:51:55 PM »

OK folks.  I am updating this thread rather than starting a new one, since it contains some great posts.

I have now completed the "Engine Conversion" article.  The first part appears in the October issue of BCM.  The second part will be published in Nov.

As a part of that article, I refer folks to a web page I set up to show various "unique" (and a few "normal") engine conversions.  

I have just updated that page:  http://www.rvsafetysystems.com/engineconversion.htm

I procrastinated doing the update, but I think I posted most of the photos you great folks sent.  I decided that since it is snowing here today, I would spend an hour or two to do the update.  Yeah right!! Angry.  I have my website on two different computers and had to synch them.  Tried a fancy program that took a couple of hours and then crashed.  When I was loading the page, I crashed the site and had to scramble to get it fixed.  My two hour project turned into about 7 hours (kind of like my two hour bus projects Grin).

If anyone else would like to contribute to the collection, send me your photos to:  jim at rvsafetysystems dot com

Jim

UPDATE
 
As I read through this thread again, I see that I missed a few photos.

If anyone has a picture of Pat McNeal's Scenicruiser with the Series 60, I would love to include it.  He was at the FMCA Bowling Green event, but he left before I had a chance to take any pictures.

I was not able to get any photos of George Lawry's 4106 with the Cummins 903 (now owned by Rex Holcomb)

I will continue to update the site in the next few days.

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Jim Shepherd
Evergreen, CO
85 Eagle 10/Series 60/Eaton AutoShift 10 speed transmission
Somewhere between a tin tent and a finished product
Bus Project details: http://beltguy.com/Bus_Project/busproject.htm
Blog:  http://rvsafetyman.blogspot.com/
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