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Author Topic: And so the journey begins...  (Read 2001 times)
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« on: November 21, 2010, 08:35:36 PM »

I just arrived home with my most recent purchase...A bus.  It is a 1966 MCI MC-5.  It has the 8V71 with a 4 speed.  It runs great with no smoke on start up.  The inside has been started so my job this winter is to finish the interior.  I am sure that I will be posting questions to help me with the journey.

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 04:42:04 AM »

Good luck! Keep warm and ask a lot of questions. The money saved is directly related to the number of questions asked on this board. Grin

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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 06:17:04 AM »

Congrats, MC-5 is a great little bus and you should have a ton O'fun!

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 09:57:44 AM »

Well the trip home was fun.  The bus runs like a scalded dog.  I do have to fix the speedo however.  At 30 mph on the clock it is running about 80 and I don't need any high speed driving awards.   Grin Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 10:42:59 AM »

I recommend a little handheld GPS to keep track of your speed instead of your speedometer.  You might be able to adjust your speedometer, but how long will stay in adjustment?  You can get GPS units at a pawn shop or on Craigslist. 

Most GPS navigation units also display speed if you have one.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010, 12:19:19 PM »

If you finished the interior of a bus in one winter, the people at Guinness may want a word with you next spring.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2010, 12:26:39 PM »

So where did you buy it at, do we know the PO, and where are you at?
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2010, 12:30:26 PM »

Congratulations and welcome to the MCI Family...
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2010, 05:57:32 AM »

So where did you buy it at, do we know the PO, and where are you at?

Suprisingly, I did something that I said I would never do.  I bought it off Ebay from a guy in Noblesville, Indiana.  Luck was with me since I never had anyone look at it before I bid.  Heck for that matter, no one looked at it after I bid.  So far, no suprises.  It needs rubber.  It wanders a bit so I need to check out the front end.  The clutch is all the way to the top so I hope it is just an adjustment and not a replacement.  The motor does not smoke on start up or while running.  The inside is nearly finished.  Bathroom is in and complete.  The bedroom needs finished as does the living area.  The cabinets, stove and fridge are in along with new flooring. 

Some things I like, others I don't and I will change them.  I think that this project is far enough along that I won't grow tired of fussing with it and give it up.  The best part was the price.  It was something that I could easily afford, although from what I've seen on the boards the money spending is just begining.  I figure that it won't be a high end conversion but it will be comfortable and useable.

Oh, and I am just south of Kalamazoo, Michigan about 45 min. from Bontrager's and the rest of the salvage places.  I guess I will be hitting those places too.

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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2010, 06:24:21 AM »

If I lived that close to Bontragers I would be never be home and would be broke all the time instead of just most of the time. On this board you can get a lot of information, sift thru it and keep the information that relates to what you want to do and file the rest.
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2010, 06:32:16 AM »

Trucktramp,
You should check out the Converted Coach Owners group!  We have a good number of bus rallies in Michigan and surrounding states.  There are several of us here on the board that are members.  It's a fun group of people and there is a knowledge base that is unbelievable!  It's like a small version of this awesome board!  If you need any help, I'm up here in Lansing and I own a MCI 7.  Welcome to the madness!

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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2010, 06:51:06 AM »

Clutch engagement height adjustment is a very simple process, if you PM me I can tell you how to do it.  Other than that you just need to start at the front and work your way to the back checking the air brake, suspension and control systems that need regular maintenance.  If everything works, then start to work out a regular maintenance scheme.  For example, I went through my front brakes and suspension this year, and next year I'll go through the rear brakes and suspension, upgrading and renewing as appropriate.

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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2010, 07:58:39 AM »

My odometer is about 2 percent slow-so I add 2 percent onto figuring fuel mileage.  My speedo is off quite a bit more, so I just use my GPS as my speedo-and also my tach.  Works for me.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2010, 12:39:23 PM »

Speedo is probably missing a bolt on the brake drum and the sensor is reading half the impulses, or the sensor is mis-adjusted.  Again easy to check and fix, if that is the problem.

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1972 NTM MK-4 B/SR
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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2010, 05:03:30 PM »

If you post your 4 diget serial number we might be able to look it up and tell you who originally bought it .
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2010, 05:28:52 PM »

Hey Tramp, who do you think you are?Huh  living so close to Bontrager's....... Stay away from there and any other salvage rv place in the area.

You will ruin it for all of us and Buy our stuff and the rv salvage yards are already low on stock

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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2010, 07:28:23 AM »

Glenn:  I started getting the newsletters from CCO when I bought George Myers' books.  I've been trying to work out my schedule to attend some of the gatherings.  Now I have a better reason.

Brian:  Starting at the front was my thought too.  I figured that the speedo issue was a missing bolt or hopefully, something simple.  I am going to PM you about the clutch adjustment as soon as I get a couple minutes.

Chris/Cody:  Interestingly, I have been past Bontragers more times than I can count but have never stopped.  Probably just as well since my garage is full now.   Somehow I see a busnut pickup,shipping, and reconissance service.  I see me making weekly trips and giving reports of what they have in stock.  That should keep me busy in my spare time.  I just wonder if they will cash my pay check. Grin Grin

Ed:  The serial number is 6534.

Thanks for all the warm welcome and stand by for the flood of questions.
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Dennis Watson
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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2010, 07:41:44 AM »

 6534 went to Greyhound Lines West in Oct. 66 - San Francisco.  I am sure they will take your paycheck with no problem at all. They will probably even smile while doing it. Grin
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