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Old 05-01-2016, 03:17 PM   #51
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Water? In what way? Cause I'm about to get the pressure washer after this engine. Top and bottom. Should I not?

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Old 05-01-2016, 04:18 PM   #52
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Like oil, some water belongs inside the engine. Wash that baby up. That's the nice part about a mechanical diesel. You're not going to get water in the distributor.
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Old 05-01-2016, 07:29 PM   #53
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Actually we have the same engines, so I'll wait to see if you destroy anything while cleaning yours.

Mine does need cleaned up too, but I have to drive to a nearby small town and use the sprayer at the car wash there. So far it's been way to cold to put any water inside the bus. Some engines have dried on oil that doesn't clean up even with a sprayer. I don't know if it's right or wrong but I spray WD-40 on all the dirty parts and let that soak a few days before attempting to wash the engine again. it seems to loosen up stuck dirty oil. I like to work on a clean engine.
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:28 AM   #54
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So, thinking way ahead hear, but while I'm thinking about it....

Is there a general consensus on roof raising? Because that was my plan, but a friend of mine suggested I simply build a raised "channel" down the middle..... I feel like that would be as much if not more work though..... thoughts? I haven't seen anyone on here say anything of the sort before so...

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Old 05-02-2016, 12:19 PM   #55
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Generally the thought is to try to maintain the structural integrity of the bus, even when doing roof raises. I've never heard of someone giving the bus a mow-hawk roof raise. It seems to me that raising only the center portion would significantly weaken the structure of the bus even if you framed it with steel.
Keep in mind the insurance problems you keep hearing about on this site. Owner modified buses are becoming a problem. That's generally considered to be caused by the ramshackle cabins that are sometimes built on buses. You know, the ones that you're afraid to drive behind on the freeway because something might fall off.
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Oooohhhh. Should I insure before doing the raise? I need to find out about Re titling it as well.

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Water? In what way? Cause I'm about to get the pressure washer after this engine. Top and bottom. Should I not?

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Warm it up a bit, but not too hot, spray it with simple green and then use your regular hose. Works on the tractors at my grandparents farm.
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Old 05-02-2016, 12:38 PM   #58
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Warm it up a bit, but not too hot, spray it with simple green and then use your regular hose. Works on the tractors at my grandparents farm.
Thanks Doc! I noticed your name...... are you pretty handy with the old oil cooled bikes? Cause I'm having issues with mine haha.

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Before you get all bummed out about your purchase I would clean it up and see if it is really leaking/burning oil.

IIRC, the sump on those engines take between 12 and 22 quarts (it all depends upon which pan it has and how large the oil cooler might be). If you were significantly low on oil your oil pressure would be down.

Also, if the bus has been sitting for a while it will take a while, probably in excess of 1000 miles, for everything to get reseated. Once things get reseated you will most probably notice a lot less smoke on start up and virtually no smoke once you get going.

If your engine is dribbling and drooling there are a couple of places the 5.9L/6BT is known for leaking. Those leaks are easily identified and can be fixed easily by anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of turning wrenches.

As far as the body work by careless is concerned, there are lots of ways in which to hide the damage. And since most of the body work is just flat steel replacing the worst is not that difficult.

I think you may have a real diamond in the rough.

Since your bus has overhead parcel racks I would bet your bus was used for trips. Most trip buses were spe'c'ed with bigger HP engines in order to go highway speeds. Bigger HP engines usually required the additional option of the heavier duty transmission. I would not be surprised, since you say you cruised easily at 65 MPH, that you have at least 210 HP, more likely 235 or 250 HP, and the MT600 series of transmission. The fact you have an air charge cooler suggests you have bigger HP as well. You can know for sure by looking at the data plate on the side of the transmission (it should be easy to spot on the driver's side of the case just above the pan).

Good luck and keep us posted as to your progress.
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Before you get all bummed out about your purchase I would clean it up and see if it is really leaking/burning oil.

IIRC, the sump on those engines take between 12 and 22 quarts (it all depends upon which pan it has and how large the oil cooler might be). If you were significantly low on oil your oil pressure would be down.

Also, if the bus has been sitting for a while it will take a while, probably in excess of 1000 miles, for everything to get reseated. Once things get reseated you will most probably notice a lot less smoke on start up and virtually no smoke once you get going.

If your engine is dribbling and drooling there are a couple of places the 5.9L/6BT is known for leaking. Those leaks are easily identified and can be fixed easily by anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of turning wrenches.

As far as the body work by careless is concerned, there are lots of ways in which to hide the damage. And since most of the body work is just flat steel replacing the worst is not that difficult.

I think you may have a real diamond in the rough.

Since your bus has overhead parcel racks I would bet your bus was used for trips. Most trip buses were spe'c'ed with bigger HP engines in order to go highway speeds. Bigger HP engines usually required the additional option of the heavier duty transmission. I would not be surprised, since you say you cruised easily at 65 MPH, that you have at least 210 HP, more likely 235 or 250 HP, and the MT600 series of transmission. The fact you have an air charge cooler suggests you have bigger HP as well. You can know for sure by looking at the data plate on the side of the transmission (it should be easy to spot on the driver's side of the case just above the pan).

Good luck and keep us posted as to your progress.
Awesome! I'll go look today after work!

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