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Old 02-19-2018, 10:08 PM   #1
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1990 Ford Bluebird Conversion (No Name Yet)

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We picked up this 1990 Ford Bluebird, 10 window bus on publicsurplus auction. Drove down to Coral Springs and picked it up on 2-17-18. She ran great on the way back to the Space Coast. Heck, she even hit 62 mph on the downslopes of the overpasses. She has a 6.6L diesel and I'm not sure which transmission, but I assume it's the Allison AT545 since she has 1,2,3, and regular drive. She is a bit more rusty than I had hoped for but I guess that's what you get when you buy something site unseen... I knew better but I had to pull the trigger. I will have this conversion done before the end of August, but hoping to be able to finish by the end of July. Once May ends, I'll have everyday to work on her. I'll add to the thread as I take more pictures and come upon the gazillion problems I'm bound to have. Thanks for having us here!
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:09 AM   #2
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The 6.6L engine is a Brazilian Ford diesel engine. It is a pretty nice engine but not very powerful. Most likely HP rating is probably no more than 190 HP. Parts and pieces are a little hard to find and pretty much non-existent at a Ford truck garage. The same basic engine was used in Ford/New Holland farm equipment so you might be able to source some parts at the tractor garage.

I hope you don't have the Girling brakes. Those parts are made of unobtainium and they are priced accordingly.

Once Ford got out of the medium duty truck business they sold all of the NOS parts and pieces and pretty much walked away from all of their medium and heavy duty trucks.

Good luck and keep us posted as to your progress.
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:14 AM   #3
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The 6.6L engine is a Brazilian Ford diesel engine. It is a pretty nice engine but not very powerful. Most likely HP rating is probably no more than 190 HP. Parts and pieces are a little hard to find and pretty much non-existent at a Ford truck garage. The same basic engine was used in Ford/New Holland farm equipment so you might be able to source some parts at the tractor garage.

I hope you don't have the Girling brakes. Those parts are made of unobtainium and they are priced accordingly.

Once Ford got out of the medium duty truck business they sold all of the NOS parts and pieces and pretty much walked away from all of their medium and heavy duty trucks.

Good luck and keep us posted as to your progress.
Thank you for the information. How would I be able to tell which brake system I have?

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Old 02-20-2018, 08:30 AM   #4
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:14 AM   #5
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All the seats are out except drivers seat. That will get done today as well as pulling up the old floor. I'm already seeing a bunch of rust but I don't think it's a deal breaker.

So the air breaks squeal pretty loud which I believe is normal. They worked like a champ on the way home. However, we are not all in agreement about how cool that noise is. Now, while I'm in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it group," is there a way to get the brake system to not be as loud?

I wouldn't do it myself, just wondering if anyone else has had anything done to their air brakes to make them quieter? Thanks!

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Well, actually my air brakes don't squeal at all.

In automotive (cars) there are small tabs that produce a squeal when the brakes are getting to thin. My understanding is it's a warning that your brakes are almost done. Getting close to metal on metal.
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:48 PM   #7
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It's not normal for air-brakes to squeal.

STart by checking the thickness of the liners. You should be able to see them without taking anything off, and they should be at least 1/4" thick ... We can start there.
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Old 02-24-2018, 03:12 PM   #8
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It's not normal for air-brakes to squeal.

STart by checking the thickness of the liners. You should be able to see them without taking anything off, and they should be at least 1/4" thick ... We can start there.
Thanks Twigg. I'll look tomorrow and take some pictures and maybe a video. She's stationary at the moment. I personally don't think it's a break pad squeal (but what do I know, it's my first bus) but I'll start her up in the AM and have the wife listen and tell me if it's one of the noises it makes when I push the break.

Either way, I'm sure I'd feel more comfortable with an all around tune up before we go cross country, especially the breaks.
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They are brakes.
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Old 02-24-2018, 03:25 PM   #10
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They are brakes.
Yeah, I see that now. A bit tired after pulling up flooring.

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