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Author Topic: well I drank the coolaid, im the newest busnut in the usa as of today  (Read 2747 times)
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« on: March 08, 2010, 06:06:56 PM »

Hi everyone I am the new owner of mci grayhound bus number 2148 of the 1976 vintage mc-8, I guess I broke the no1 rule but I bought it from a church, it does have a rebuilt 8v71n in it with less then 6k miles on her,4 spd auto trasnny, got all the paperwork of what has been done to her for the last 7yrs or so, all the work was done at one of our better rv dealers here in our town, she was a graydog the first part of her life and then sold to a tour company then sold to a prep school, then 7yrs ago sold to the daycare at the church were I bought it, I feel very lucky that the ac system was converted to 134a so thats one thing I dont have to worry about, she has good rubber on her, and she rides pretty good( I had a 50mi run to get it to my home today), one thing I wanted to ask you all is I took it to the weigh scales today and she weighed in at 26,825lbs does that sound about right, also what is a good tire pressure to run in the tires shes got 22.5s, Im sure ill have a million questions in the next yr or so while im converting her
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 06:10:12 PM »

That is what my 8 weighed when I first drove it across the scales.

Congratulations and Good Luck

Lots of answers here for all your questions.

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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 06:13:21 PM »

Congrats!  What part of the country are you in?
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010, 06:25:51 PM »

im in sw florida,
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2010, 06:27:58 PM »

Come on man we need some pics of your new found love!  Don't worry yourself on the questions.  I am fairly new as well and I am up to 999 questions already.  Congrats on the bus and welcome to bus nuttin.
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2010, 06:28:18 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2010, 06:31:40 PM »

Welcome to the madness / addiction.  Oh, what a slippery slope. =)
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2010, 06:40:19 PM »

OK.... Here's what you need to do.......  Grin... You have found the best place to get your questions answered. Congrats on the buy and enjoy the ride!
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2010, 06:52:42 PM »

Welcome aboard, watch the temperature, the oil pressure and the air pressure.

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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2010, 06:55:36 PM »

on my ride home today it ran at about 160temp, oil pres was at 55psi most of the time and the air pressure would cut out at 125psi and regain when it hit around 90psi
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2010, 07:04:04 PM »


Welcome to the world of nuts. Bus nuts that is.  Lots of fun down the road.
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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2010, 07:29:17 PM »

Don't trust the temp gauge in the dash. They aren't generally even close. You should have a temp gauge coming off each individual head located in the rear of the coach that will give better readings. Also your bus should have an over temperature system that will shut it down if it gets to hot ( a sensor on each head). If it shuts down while you are not in a good spot to stop you can over ride the shutoff by pressing the start button and holding it down until you can reach a better place to stop or it cools down. The starter will not engage if it has fuel pressure. That is if the factory stuff is still right. just some things I learned along the way.
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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2010, 07:51:07 PM »

thanks for the info about the override, I have one temp ga at the rear of the coach on the motor on the driver side, I found that info also in the maint manual that I have, if anyone in here needs the maint manual or the operators manual just give me a shout at reelnative@earthlink.net and ill try to send it to you, or send you a link to it, a really nice guy on the net gave me a link to his site were I could download them, they are for a mc-9 but from what I can tell there about the same unit as a mc-8.the maint man is 500 plus pages and the operators man is about 100 plus pages so they are kinda big downloads, but there the org manuals
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2010, 07:51:55 PM »

Welcome! Enjoy the madness, cause that's what it is! Have fun and be safe with your new baby!

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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2010, 08:19:30 PM »

I guess I broke the no1 rule but I bought it from a church

I've never heard of that rule before. Whats the thinking behind it?? Are most ex-church buses bad???
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2010, 08:22:28 PM »

well guys heres my first question, my drivers windshield has about 5 chips out of it im sure from road debris but they look like it was shot with a bb gun, is it cheeper to have those fixed or better to get a new windshield for the drivers side also how much do they cost and were to order one, or is that somthing one of you guys would have laying around, also ive been reading a lot of posts in here and I see that a lot of people raise there roofs, why is that done and if you do that does it hurt your mpg, one last thing hahaha yea for now, how do you guys cover the side windows to make your rigs look so cool, is there any web sites I can go to to see all the cool parts that can be bought to transform my church bus into one of these great looking rigs like a lot of you guys have, its bad the bus has been in my front yard for 6hrs and I feel the bug starting allready
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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2010, 08:33:12 PM »

Hi jlink im not sure ive been reading a bunch of posts and the idea of buying a church bus didnt go over well with a lot of people, the one I bought was nice and strait no real damage and ran good, the church that I bought it from had a daycare/afterschool program that they bought the bus for and after a few yrs stopped providing the program so the bus was just sitting in there parking lot not getting used and costing them insurance money every month so they just wanted to get rid of it, when I saw it I knew I had to have it and when they told me what they would sell it to me for I couldnt say no, so I got my wife really drunk and then made her say ok you can buy it and before the hangover was gone I had bought the bus, I think that when people buy them from churches there is no maint paperwork that goes with them so its kinda crap shoot on what your gonna get, in my case I was very lucky and got most if not all the info on the bus
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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2010, 08:57:13 PM »

In my opinion it doesn't really matter who you buy it from. Have it checked before you buy, ask for any maintenance records. Any used vehicle is subject to anything! Case in point. At the New Texas Rally, Bryan and his family came in a 1970 4905 with 80k miles on the coach. It was previously owned by a church, they just kept it under cover and maintained it properly. The bays looked new and the body was in excellant shape.

There is only one point to make, just be careful and remember it's used.
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2010, 09:07:23 PM »

Reel -

If you want a really good "tour" of a bus conversion, take a look at Craig's site.  It will keep you busy for hours, and either answer a lot of your questions, or generate even more:

http://bus.gumpydog.com 


The problem with most church buses is that they "rely on prayer" for their maintenance program.

OTOH, you found one with documentation, so you're one of the lucky few.

Enjoy your new toy, and welcome to the madness!

FWIW & HTH. . .

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PS:  I've sent you a private message, too.  Just click on the "my messages" tab above.
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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2010, 11:11:47 PM »

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Go to the tire manufactures web site and look up what pressure to run. It varies according to weight and tire rating/type.
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« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2010, 05:21:55 AM »


Church bus, line operator bus, local operator bus, maint records no maint records. 30k on a rebuilt engine and 10k on the transmission. Lets face it its a crap shoot, Until you get thoroughly check it out you dont know what problems you have. My MCI 9 was an airport bus, it had 200k miles on it, looked good, but the brakes were in sad and need of repair, shoe,drums,s-cams,s-cam bushings,slack adjusters etc.
Lets not kid ourselves,when the line operators are ready to get rid of a coach the maintenance is not the same.

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« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2010, 05:57:15 AM »

You have Jack Conrad at Arcadia....Mike at Dunnellon and several more Mci guys in you area..visit and see what they have done...I have done a 8 myself and am presently in a XL prevost and doing a 45XLE prevost..wintering in silver springs...good luck..ck Mci for windshields;their prices may surprise you.
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« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2010, 06:04:14 AM »

Welcome aboard! It is a madness/ addiction/ obsession. Grin  Im fairly new to this too, but enjoying every minute of it. The bus is the coolest ride. Take the time to become familiar with your bus. When you have questions look to the search section or ask here, someone has been there done that. Enjoy the ride.....


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« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2010, 10:51:54 AM »

hahahaha sounds like im gonna have to become good friends with jack conrad, im about 20miles away from arcadia, hope he likes hog huntin and snook fishin. Im In a small town on the cost called punta gorda, and I live close to us17 that runs into arcadia
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« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2010, 11:24:41 AM »

hahahaha sounds like im gonna have to become good friends with jack conrad, im about 20miles away from arcadia, hope he likes hog huntin and snook fishin. Im In a small town on the cost called punta gorda, and I live close to us17 that runs into arcadia

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    Welcome. Always glad to see another busnut, especially one so close to my place.  Unfortunately, we are not home right now.  We are setting in our bus at a big private bluegrass jam near Ocala.  We will be here until the middle of next week, then up to Marianna and the Florida Caverns. From there we will slowly, with a big emphasis on SLOWLY, ease up through Georgia, SC and end up in NC around the first of May.  We have no definate "Return Home" date in mind, but I will let you know when we get home.  We live off SR 31 just a little north of the Desoto/Charlotte line. Just a hop, skip and a jump out SR 74 to SR 31.  Jack
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« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2010, 04:45:31 PM »

HI Jack that sounds real good, I myself live off of sr74 aka bermont road, im about 12 to 15mi east of the 31 intersection,
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