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« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2008, 05:25:14 PM »

Some one ask about the supenson.

It is spring.  Not Air.

Has power steering too.  Looks like it might have A/C in the coach with addition to the roof top units, from looking around the inside of the coach.  But not sure yet, it will be a week or so before I can get back to where it is setting.
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1968 GM Bus of unknown model 6V53 engine (aftermarket) converted with house hold items.

Had small engine fire and had no 12 volt system at time of purchase. 
Coach is all 110 w 14KW diesel genrator
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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2008, 06:25:05 PM »

My guess is that is a Superior.  It is similar to mine in that it has two smaller bays that start aft of the from wheels.  Also the rear side screen door to the to the engine compartment is the same. It has been modified quite a bit through.
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2008, 06:40:20 PM »

it is NOT a Custom Coach Landcruiser, It is not a highway Coach of any sort that I am familiar with.

My Bet is on a modified GMC Chassis Superior Body unit...and yep looks like an Engine fire
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« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2008, 06:43:19 PM »

That, sir, looks like a 6V53, the original Screamin' Jimmy!

A sweet little engine, but kind of under powered for your use.

There is a tag on the rocker cover that will give you lots of information including valve and injector settings.

The wiring to get it running is very simple and you could have someone follow you home so you wouldn't need lights.

The engine actually needs no electricity to run, so once you have fuel to the rail, you could pull start it.

Good Luck!

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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2008, 01:04:37 PM »

I think I agree on a Superior as a starting point for the body.  It sure looks like a 6-53 in there, which would be larger than engines I remember on schoolbuses from that vintage.  Again, though, schoolbuses aren't my prime field of experience. 

By the way, they tried to build transit buses for a while.  I ran some when I was GM of a property in Ohio, and for those, Superior was not an appropriate name.  Their schoolbuses seemed to do well.  I wouldn't have seen it, but the suggestion of Superior, combined with my memory of the side fluting, fits.  It has been highly modified, front and rear above the belt line.  However, there may be a chance that the Superior nameplate is still inside the front cabinets - centered above the windshields - if there's any of the original interior left there.  That's the only place I know to look on Superiors - some others had the body mfgr's nameplate top left, over the driver's head.

On our 4107 we had to strip carpet off the dash area to find the builder's plate, which wasn't quite where I remembered it.  Gee, I wonder if that says something about my memory over the last 35 years or so --  no, couldn't be.

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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2008, 01:45:24 PM »

that is a Superior on a GMC they were built for export to South America and a few were converted to motor homes to compete with the Blue Bird at the time.At Stewart and Stevenson in the late 1960s and very early 70s there would always be 5 or 6 waiting for the v653 engines install to be exported (one of our government deals)as best I can remember they came there with a v6 gas engine
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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2008, 02:11:14 PM »

Superior on a GMC frame work?

Is this good or bad?

I still have not figured out about the total electric, is it good of bad?
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1968 GM Bus of unknown model 6V53 engine (aftermarket) converted with house hold items.

Had small engine fire and had no 12 volt system at time of purchase. 
Coach is all 110 w 14KW diesel genrator
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2008, 02:15:20 PM »

Hello Bob.

All electric or incorporating some propane into your conversion is a matter of choice.

Both ways have their proponents and their detractors.

In my case, she said no gas, so I'm keeping the beans to a minimum....

happy coaching!
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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2008, 02:23:35 PM »

The one I bought was done all electric. 

I am use to the travel trailer where I could cook or make coffee with out starting a generator.  The 12 volt fan on the propane central heat furnace was nice and quite too.

I am not real big at stopping in camp sites every time I stop.  I like to spend time in the middle of no where some too.

I can't wait to get mine home so I can learn more about the holding tanks and stuff.

Bob
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Fort Worth, Texas where GOD is so close you don't even need a phone!

1968 GM Bus of unknown model 6V53 engine (aftermarket) converted with house hold items.

Had small engine fire and had no 12 volt system at time of purchase. 
Coach is all 110 w 14KW diesel genrator
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« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2008, 02:44:39 PM »

All Electric coaches popularly incorporate a second set of batteries, deep cycle ones, and an ac/dc inverter to take care of the modest 120 volt electric loads between times of running the generator or hooking up to a power pole.

With propane, you fill the tank, with batteries, you charge 'em up.

All depends how you want to use the coach, and how long you are going to plan to be off in the boonies.

Search both this site and BNO  www.busnut.com in the message archives. There is a wealth of info already posted on the two schools of thought.

happy coaching!
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