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Old 09-13-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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1994 Bluebird TC2000 Conversion

I have been reading a lot of info on Skoolie.net. This is a great site. Lots of knowledge here to be shared. This pass week i bought a 94 Bluebird TC2000 FE with a 5.9L Cummins. It has the AT 545. air brakes 72 passenger. I bought this bus at auction for $1700.00. With auction fees and notary the total was $1890.00. I believe I got a sweet deal. A few days later I went pick it up. Drove 5 hours 15 minutes in heavy traffic and interstate travel. Was surprised that it ran so well. I finally got home and started checking things out. It appears to have an oil leak some where. There is oil all over the underside of motor and frame. Probably will degrease it and pressure wash to find leak.
I have had it a couple days and have taken the seats out already.
Also, before I picked up the bus I went to my local insurance agent and got liability with no problem through progressive. Will post pics when I can.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:30 PM   #2
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Sorry about the oil leak. Hope you find it.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:02 PM   #3
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great motor, you can get a complete gasket set on ebay pretty cheap. hope its something simple, good luck
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:21 PM   #4
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Thanks CaptainHooligan.

Thanks for the info superdave. Hopefully it's not bad. It sure looks like 22 years of age from the underside. Haha.

I did do 62mph at 2600rpm. Is this good?
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:59 AM   #5
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Way more experienced guys on here than me, but that seems slow-ish. I looked at a bus that did 70 @2800 rpm.

Where you at in Mississippi?
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:05 AM   #6
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I always say motors are supposed to leak oil; it's a great reminder to check the level often. So i don't mind a minor leak in the vehicles i drive.

Oddly enough i have a suspicion that the Shell Rotella is minimizing my oil leaks in my old pick up truck, because it seems to be leaking much less oil than when i bought it two years ago.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:05 AM   #7
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Wow, that is pretty fast. I wonder if mine is governed down.
I am in a coastal county MS. (Hancock)
LOL@Carytowncat I do have a 55 gallon drum of rotella.
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:11 PM   #8
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Has anyone used the metal that is inside the back of the seats to cover window openings? I was thinking about using this metal. It would take two seats to cover one window. Let them overlap and rivet together. Would this work?
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:16 AM   #9
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its not uncommon at all for diesel engines to have oil leaks... ever notice at rest areas how the Semi-truck parking spots are completely covered in oil wheras the car spots are usually pretty clean? as long as you arent gushing it out and as long as its not getting into dangerous areas like severely hitting the exhaust around the turbo, it probably wont hurt anything..

I am a firm believe in Rotella T oil... I run it in my DT-360 and will run it in the new bus too.. my DT-360 sometimes leaves a few drops of oil on the ground, other times not.. its wierd..

my new bus left a couple drops of oil on the ground the first time I drove it from the lot to the hotel.. but on its 1100 mile trek to florida i didnt notice any oil on the ground.. so that one is intermittent..

and always be in the habit of checking your oil often... esp until you learn how much your bus uses..

change it, start fresh, drive it around and check it every day.. if on a road trip stop and check it every 100 miles and learn how it uses it.. nothing worse you can do to a diesel engine than to run it down low on oil... your oil Pressure gauge is not an oil level indicator.. if the gauge starts going down due to sucking air you are trashing the bearings.. (yeah its normal for the gauge to drop with the RPM's of the engine)...

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My 5.9 had an oil leak...I thought. Turns out it was a fuel leak that was slobbering all over the underside as I drove. Diesel has wonderful solvent properties and as it contacted the oily undercarriage it dripped off.

In my case it was the o rings on the fuel filter can and the drain valve. There are several rings.

I do have a small oil drip, very small.
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