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« on: August 27, 2008, 11:44:32 AM »

Did you-all see this?

looks like it might be a good start for some one.  I wish mine was this nice.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/_Buses__1983-MCI-9-BUS-GREAT-RV-CONVERSION-PACKAGE-NO-RESERVE_W0QQitemZ250287478234QQadnZBusesQQadiZ2802QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item250287478234&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C65%3A10%7C240%3A1308&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245
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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 #1 on: August 27, 2008, 03:18:47 PM »

Anyone is Florida want to go half Huh?    Grin


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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2008, 05:10:07 PM »

MAN-O-MAN SOMBODY OUGHT TO GRAB THIS EVEN IF ITS JUST SO IT DON'T GET AWAY,HOW MANY DAYS ARE LEFT I FORGOT NOW.

     GRAB-IT


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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2008, 05:12:51 PM »

I see he already has the Giant Bounce riding hop ball with handle’s.

Here I thought the Razor big wheels were fun.

http://www.razor-scooters.com/scream-machine-big-wheel/razor-scream-machine-shredder-blue.htm

And I know Chazwood liked the office chairs
http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/index.php?topic=7383.msg71746#msg71746

 Grin  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2008, 11:31:25 PM »

I took notice that the exhaust plumbing leading to the turbo was dark.  Should e "recently" overhauled motor have that much oil in the exhaust?  Is that a "flag" to engine condition?  Any body?Huh

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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2008, 08:01:34 AM »

I would demand it be started-from the surface rust on the pulleys, it looks like it hasn't been started in a long time.  Can be a problem for any 92 series with the wet cylinder liners that can and do leak.  Other than that, a great base for a project if you can live with the headroom and the 96" width.  I have a transit with 6'10" headroom and is 102" wide-makes a BIG difference.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2008, 09:23:45 AM »

I would demand it be started-from the surface rust on the pulleys, it looks like it hasn't been started in a long time.  Can be a problem for any 92 series with the wet cylinder liners that can and do leak.  Other than that, a great base for a project if you can live with the headroom and the 96" width.  I have a transit with 6'10" headroom and is 102" wide-makes a BIG difference.  Good Luck, TomC
Yup, we know about your head room, we know about you going to Dons and having him build your engine, we know about the width...
How much bay space do you have in cubic feet?
Have you done anything to your bus that isn't prefaced by, "I spent XXX to have this done?" or "I don't feel comfortable doing my own work"? or I'm not competant to do my own work, so I like tossing money at a $1200 transit coach in order for it pass muster?

I really am not hollering at you, but it seems that everytime you post about what YOU have done, it turns out to be what someone else has done.

Some people are bleeding money, and are welcome to their ideas, even if it costs more than the coach is worth, but it seems to me you want to be proud of what you haven't been able to accomplish for yourself.

Jeez, My bus looks like something from the Beverly Hillbillies. but slowly and surely I am getting it all back to what it should be. Myself.

Throwing money at a project isn't converting.. if you are gonna do that, why not get a real conversion shop to convert an older Prevost or 102C3 for you at half the cost?

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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2008, 09:48:36 AM »

If I recall I think the seller stated it had not been run in about a year and the batts would need to be charged .wish I was out there to look at this for myself with one of you guys that know better than me what you're lookin at ,you all remember what happened last time I did this own my own (oops)won't try that again hey dallas what you say about this bussy on e-bay?

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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2008, 10:14:21 AM »

Wow was that really Dallas?
You get em' boy!

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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2008, 11:22:03 AM »

OOOOOOOOOOOooopppps

OK Dallas I realize that any thing I do to mine is going to cost more than it is worth.  I woulder should I stop before I am too far into it?
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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 #10 on: August 28, 2008, 12:11:21 PM »

Bob, you can bail at any time on one of these projects and cut your loses but I was always one that took the bus with the same vowels I gave my wife "for better or worse" I know I will never retrieve the cash I spent
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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2008, 12:13:12 PM »

Dallas,
Your Grounded!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2008, 12:20:10 PM »

Bob, you can bail at any time on one of these projects and cut your loses but I was always one that took the bus with the same vowels I gave my wife "for better or worse" I know I will never retrieve the cash I spent

I think the wife would kill me if I gave up on it before she gets to go out in it at least once.

All I hear is when are you going to have it ready.

I wish that were in the next week so I could make it to the TBR next week.
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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 #13 on: August 28, 2008, 12:36:20 PM »

 Luvrbus:
    "same vowels I gave my wife" the ones I gave my wife were a,e,i,o,u   she already had the y  Cheesy

  Bob:
    For some of us it is not the pain and frustration we endure it is the sense of accomplishment no matter how
 minor they may seem to some.
 That being said it can get real frustrating along the way not getting things done as fast as planned.

 Dallas
    Wink  drizzle drizzle drizzle troll time for this one to come home. Sounds like you need a good walk
   in the mountains on a crisp fall morning with the Elk bugling in the backround.

 If you look at the number of started projects that are for sale now it is sad.

Skip
 
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2008, 07:00:54 PM »

Dallas, some people's time is better spent making money than saving it doing their own work.
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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2008, 07:42:05 PM »

I agree with Dallas, It takes a lot of money to polish a turd.
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« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2008, 08:40:58 PM »

Come on guys, we're all in this together, the idea is to do it our way and not everyone has the same idea of what that means, I don't have the ability yet to diagnose problems thats where I depend on others for help, I'm also learning the wrenching end of it but far from flying on my own yet, give me a piece of wood and I can turn it into a pile of sawdust, give me metal and I haven't got a clue but I try. We got to pull together to fight off the S&S hordes that threaten to destroy this way of life that we curse daily. lol
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« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2008, 03:37:43 AM »

If it runs, buy it if that's what you want. Than dive in without looking back!  Grin

A used bus is a used bus. Turn it into something to be proud of and stand back and smile. I always smile when I go to work on our Eagle, even if it's broke. It's paid for and it keeps me out of trouble!

Bob, you can bail at any time on one of these projects and cut your loses but I was always one that took the bus with the same vowels I gave my wife "for better or worse" I know I will never retrieve the cash I spent

Right on Buddy!

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« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2008, 09:23:58 AM »

SOME OF THE BEST SHOW CARS ARE BULIT BY QUITE A FEW DIFFERENT PEOPLE , FROM WHAT I HAVE READ TOM C IS PROUD OF HIS COACH, AND IS VERY WILLING TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS AS A NEWBIE, JUST MY 2 CENTS WORTH
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« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2008, 09:36:45 AM »

Dallas -

Wow. . . I was going to post something here, but have decided to send you a pm instead, as that's a more appropriate channel.



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« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2008, 10:02:36 AM »

Like Mom always said  FIGHT NICE      Tom Y
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2008, 11:21:24 AM »

Dallas,

I laughed out loud at your post.  It was really well done.  Not needed and maybe out of place and certainly out of character but the same high calibre of workmanship I, and others, have come to expect from you in anything you accomplish.  Well done, Sir.  That said, I think you might have hit a rough patch and are venting a teensy little bit.  I have read every post you have ever made and you have had a positive influence on my life....such as it is.

Tom,

Could be a lot of truth in Dallas' post....or maybe just a little.  You do seem to have more cash than most and I am pleased at your apparent prosperity.  No matter what you might have "purchased", you have a real gift for sharing the aspects of your adventure with everyone in a manner that we, at least I, benefit.  I thank you for your spirit in this and your obvious good intention.  I have also gleaned from your posts that you have been a trucker and have earned your daily bread with the sweat of your brow.  Here's to ya!  I'll bet that you are even so large a guy that any aspect of Dallas' post will be viewed by toy as non offensive and will roll right off.

You are both really great guys in my book.  Don't forget now....I am a lot like Ace.  Really mellow.

John
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« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2008, 01:07:06 PM »

John don't put me in this mix! Heck I was just getting around to ask him to help pay for my re-conversion of my interior by sending some of his cash down this way!
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« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2008, 01:18:56 PM »

I feel that anyone converting a bus to a coach is a busnut, regardless of who does the actual labor. Many of us are not technically skilled to do a complete conversion by ourselves. Also many of us do not have the available time to devote the thousands of hours to complete a total conversion.

When I decided to get a bus instead of the s/s I had, I was working at least 70 hours a week generally. There was no way could I devote the time necessary to complete a total conversion and I was getting to the age where I wanted to enjoy the traveling instead of spending what few hours I had available to do a complete conversion.

I did look for a couple of years to find one that was completed to the point that it was usable and I still could do the finishing touches to my satisfaction. I really do not feel that makes me any less a busnut.

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« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2008, 04:16:15 PM »

Hey any body can be a busnut look at me I have a $3000. bus that some one else converted and i can't even aford to pay attention, or fuel to drive it across town.  Thank GOD it was full when I bought it.

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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 #25 on: August 30, 2008, 04:20:50 AM »

Bob $3000 for the bus with a FULL tank? Does that mean you really only spent $2500 for the bus? What a deal!!!!    Roll Eyes

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« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2008, 05:39:21 AM »

I guess you might say I am a little on the cheapo side.

that might be one way of looking at it.

I was told it will hold 180 gal but I am not sure.  Hope I never have to fill it up all at one time.  I don't wan to have to reprime it if I run it empty either.

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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 #27 on: August 30, 2008, 09:05:01 AM »

I guess you might say I bought a genset and they gave me the bus.

I went to look at the genset and they sold me the whole thing for what I was thinking about offering for the genset.

I guess you might say I saved it from the scrap man.
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1968 GM Bus of unknown model 6V53 engine (aftermarket) converted with house hold items.

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Coach is all 110 w 14KW diesel genrator
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« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2008, 02:19:14 PM »

I guess Dallas doesn't understand the fact that I first bought my transit since I couldn't afford a big Grayhound type shell.  It was a hard conversion that took me 6 years.  I did everything myself on the bus except for laying the carpeting, painting the exterior, and any mechanical work on the bus itself.  I give the cost on what it cost me since I have found that many converters have this idea that they can convert a bus for $10,000.  I'm sorry if I irritated Dallas, but giving my own experiences is the only experience I have am not trying to give advice unless I have already done it.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2008, 02:56:55 PM »

Tom does this mean I can expect zero money in the mail?
Dang! Looks like I will just have to keep working on my usual source...Hey Niles!!!!!!

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« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2008, 05:02:13 PM »

Tom,

I think Dallas was having an off moment.  At least from what I know of him on this board....a giving and helpful kinda guy.

You seem to be very much respected for your accomplishments and for being you around here.  I can't be wrong about that.

John
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« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2008, 05:18:26 PM »

Tom C, your factual, well informed and learned opinion is always appreciated. I always read your posts because I know I will learn something from them. Keep it coming. Your diesel engine knowledge is invaluable and helpfull to me.

Any tidbits about your bus is very interesting.

I'm looking forward to learning about your truck project next.

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« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2008, 05:26:24 PM »

Yah, Ace .... you want another rubber check?
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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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