I am really leaning toward the complete rebuild. I really feel that once in a while a maintenance issue just makes sense to go all in. I have researched the parts and still think that when you consider what the rebuild entails which is comparable to a full out of frame rebuild it just doesn't make sense to buy a used one that I know nothing about. They offered to sell me a good take out for $750 but for the extra $750 to get a rebuilt you get NEW pistons,valve kits, crankshaft, rods, oil pump and all the rod and head bolts are new as well and they throw in a warranty. This is not an inframe repair where they fix it if it looks bad this is the full meal deal.
John I'm sure Nick and David Benck could help and may even be interested in designing a more efficient system but I know just enough about this subject to get myself in trouble. I always love the redesign spirit here on the board but frankly I can barely feel a difference in power and I don't think I saw a mpg change that couldn't be attributed to a slight headwind. I'm sure it was burning more fuel but not enough to make a big difference to us. We just don't put the miles on we used to because of time constraints and really the biggest reason I wouldn't change it is that my bus AC when it's working, will give you hypothermia? I mean it get's really, really and very quickly.
I still haven't pulled the trigger because I'm mulling it over and researching options and frankly we are heading towards fall and my house AC and my genset are working fine, not optimum but fine, on anything but the hottest of days so I'm not in a hurry.
I think I'll start to plan on about 2-4k in maintenance a year on my bus and if it turns out that at some point I can't afford that I'll get out of the bus habit. I'll probably have to join busaholics anonymous or something to quit though
This really is an addiction... (Great I can see it now, I walk into a hotel room and find all my friends and relatives staging a bus "intervention"!)
Laugh all you want but if you're reading this, part of you agrees with me...