Hello all! I previously had an account on here a year ago, but failed to log on recently and it was deleted. No big deal, i utilized all of the information you all gave me up until Wed. Nov 23, me and my buddy felt comfortable going in on this GMC; as it was the best we had come across so far. Mannn i just have so much to say....were so excited...ummm i guess with the specs first.
It is a 1996 GMC Bluebird 6.4 L detroit w/CAT and was retired from a local school district only 4 months ago! It has all six new tires and batteries and the only thing that does not work is the left turn signal (a must have when driving home from POS in downtown Columbia SC during rush hour
.) It also has a minor oil leak. We eventually chewed him down to $2750 and BAM shes ours! Anywho so the ride home was without incident, however i did realize that the governor is still on as we could barely push 55 (which was the coolest "slow rides" i must say.)
So now for her purpose and future......
Me along with eight or so of my close music festival friends from school have decided that our 2012 summer is going to consist of a road trip to Telluride Colorado for the biggest bluegrass festival in the world! However, im sure it will take a lot of blood, sweat and tears-- hell , it allready has! Im 18 and my parents dropped the insurance to my truck and VW bus. They think this is the dumbest idea known to man, but im also dealing with the most right-winged parents !
But thats ok, we've got a bigger toy and the 6,500 mile round trip is worth it, even if we dont make it to the fest, we're still on a BUS!!
Therefore, i want to gain more knowledge than i previously had to ensure that we are covering all of our bases with this conversion.
So FLOOD me with imformation, i already have a few questions:
1.) Ths bus does smoke during in-town driving, for 10 or so minutes (The oil is super dirty....leading me to the next question) Whats up with this?
2.) She does have a small oil leak, it looks like its comming from the pump hose. Dont know how extensive or common it is?
3.) Where (if possible) do i attain a service manual for this bus?
4.) The POW did not know air brakes very well and did not drain the tanks each night. Much to my surprise, complete air brake test and the only thing that was a bit concerning was the build up time from 60 to 90 was a minute and a half. Which is ok because a minute is CDL standard; i was just curious if there was anything additional i should test.
5.) What are some ways that we can add some torque to this sweet ride? The governor may still be on, but when going up steep hills she still drops to a super slow speed. Im fine with this, as i understand that it is a school bus, but were going 3000 miles to CO and im sure we need some extra power in the rockies!
I know this question pops up all the time but i did my research first (BTW i reside in NC). I recently went to a family friend (local state farm agent) and he was stoked about the idea, said i wasnt the first, blah blah, and then said " im gonna talk to you off the table for a minute, cause your a good guy and i want this to work. If we insure it, its gonna be 3000, but thats because no matter how you title it, state farm runs vin numbers and once it comes back as a bus, they treat it as such. However, other companies do not and as long as you state your usage as low and for camping and hunting, you will get that $350 quote. Just be careful, some will get super technical and document you exact purpose to the "T" and if you say your using it for weekend camping/hunting but get into a wreck in CO, your policy will drop and youll be of course liable....and i dont want that to happen to you, so play it smart" So armed with that great info, i figured out GMAC would be best. I was just wondering if someone had a GMAC story and quote (i know it will increase for me) to help lift me off. These are all i can think of now, but im sure more will arise....more pics comming soon! Thanks for all of yalls help!