I'm 48 yr. old. I have plenty of mechanical backround (and tons of fabrication experience as I owned a weld and fab shop) but I don't really think I want to mess with big girl. Sure, water pumps, stats, hoses, stuff like that - no problem, but I am old enough to have learned to leave the stuff I don't know to people who do. If the guy who works on my bus would want to allow me to hang around while he does an in frame or overhaul, I'd be all about that! But like I've said, this is the first diesel I have ever touched with a wrench. (It's still a little intimidating
Thanx Tom. More than likely that will be my plan, but if there is a good "beneficial" swap out there, it would be nice to know so I can weigh all options. My plans are to run this ol' girl aloooooong time. I'd probably only "step up" if I hit the lottery.
But they say you have to buy a ticket before that can happen.
( 'magine that!
) So it looks like it's going to be another loooooong relationship.
Actually, even to the point that if I do stay with the 8V71, I have been kinda watching around for a good spare. No hurry there, but if one should happen to show up....why not?
And to be honest, one of the main reasons is because I still work with metal and see where it's going. I take my scrap (which truely is "scrap" if I'm
getting rid of it) to the recycler and see all the "good stuff" people are willing to throw away for a couple bucks. Seriously, it blows me away!! (and sometimes pisses me off, but what's a poor boy to do?
) So it's my guess, old DD's could end up getting rarer and more expensive down the road. Maybe I'm wrong, but I do my best to try to think ahead.