Thanks you to everyone for your encouragement. I have the maintenance manual already (free PDF at pd4104.com) I just need a parts manual if I can get one. I have started looking online for truck suppliers for tie rod ends and stuff. A few people have told me that normal wear items are available, but I haven't managed to find listings for 4104s...I'll keep looking. I guess right now the 1st order will be driving it home, 1100 miles through rolling hills, some of which really slow down the big rigs...I'll probably do that in a month or so...Patrick.
It's a LOT easier to find GMC bus parts from companies that deal with the bus industry
, not trucking. Granted, there are shared items, but often, due to their age, they're buried in an old dusty catalog back behind a desk. That the pimply-faced teen-ager working the counter hasn't a clue about what you're looking for, let alone know how to research and find it. "If it's not in the computer, we don't carry it" will be the most often heard line from these new generation parts guys. ~~ BEFORE
you start driving this beast home, be sure that the brakes are functioning properly. They're the #1 SAFETY item on your vehicle.~~
DO NOT LUG THE ENGINE!! When you start pulling grades through the rolling hills, keep the revs up. The two-strokes pull best w/o overheating between 1700 - 1900 on a partial
throttle. You should still be able to accelerate from 1900 > 2100. If not, then it's time to drop another gear. Watch the exhaust carefully for black smoke - when you see it, back out of the throttle somewhat. IF the coach speed stays steady, you're ok. But if the speed starts falling off, and more throttle brings back the black smoke, it's time to downshift. It won't hurt that big old 6-71 to wind it up. . .
(Check out the comments about shifting and pre-trip inspections in the "Articles of Interest" section on the BNO BBS for more tips.)~~
Parts manuals show up on eBay now and then, but you might send Tekebird a PM and see if he's still got some. If he doesn't, he might know of someone who does. Oh, and there's also a VERY rare maintenance manual supplement to the 4104, too. It may, or may not, be included on that CD. . .~~
Where did you say you found this coach?
FWIW & HTH. . .