I was not going to spend more bandwidth talking about my engine issues, but a couple of folks have asked about the status. Background: http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/index.php?topic=12668.msg132969#msg132969.
I looked long and hard to see if there was some way to come up with the $15K to rebuild my Series 60. I knew that it was not going to happen (in spite of the fact that I bought extra Lotto tickets). A good friend in Ogden, UT checked a salvage yard that I knew to be an honest business. It turned out that they had a Series 60 with 163K miles since a rebuild. Another good friend was able to get some information on the engine and said that his source said it looked pretty good (was a DDC dealer rebuild).
Pat and I are in Salt Lake City for Pat's convention and I took the opportunity to inspect the engine. I took my Pro-Link and checked all of the information available on the ECM. It all checked according to the information I had been given. We ran the engine and it sounded good and looked good on the Pro-Link (as much as you can check on an unloaded engine).
So, I plunked down a ton of money that I don't have and I now own another Series 60. I will have it shipped to Denver and start the change over of some parts and then stuff it in the Eagle. This engine cost half of the rebuild and I will have a ton of good parts from my engine.
A very special thanks to Kent and Clifford!!!! I also want to thank all of the folks of the various boards that gave me good thoughts and ideas. Several of you called and I always enjoy the conversations.
I will let you know when we are back on the road. I have a one week trip to do some installations and I have other projects I want to get done while the engine is out. I plan to have it in and running by September 5th (our 45 th wedding anniversary).
I have learned a lot from this experience, but the overwhelming item is how much we enjoy our bus. When you have to travel “normally” it is a real pain and very expensive.