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Old 05-23-2016, 10:24 PM   #11
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Well, the church picked it up in early '98 according to when the title was issued, that's most likely when it got the retrofit and paint job.

Speaking of the title, I spoke with SC DMV *Again* today (the title has a VIN digit missing). It's been 3 weeks. Hopefully I hear something tomorrow. If I lived in SC they could do something locally ... but I live in GA; they need the title corrected/re-issued. BAH! I'm getting a little anxious over it. Good thing I'm not paying insurance on something I can't drive/title/register.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:56 PM   #12
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have you found a company to insure the bus yet? I'm in GA too, and had some trouble. I can give you some info you may find heplful. Also, you can just register it with a bill of sale from the last registered owner. They can fax you one, then if you please, GA will send you a title.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:03 PM   #13
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I am with Allstate on my home and car, they are saying they can insure it ...

GA requires an actual title for all vehicles 1986 and newer; if it was an '85 or older, I could use a bill of sale easily. I have a friend at the tag office who explained all this in as much detail as I wanted to hear.

Besides, it's not *quite* road-ready yet. I have lighting to get functional before it leaves the storage lot.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:06 PM   #14
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if you are Lucky.. Look behind your student Mirror.. Caroenter attached a wiring diagram on the bus front bulkhead behind my mirror... I had to take the mirror off to get a picture of it.. helps immensely with the bus lights!
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Old 05-24-2016, 02:10 AM   #15
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Oh, the lighting system appears rather straightforward, really. It's just 30-year-old lights have seen better days, and I have LED's for replacements. And the 9 Liter engine has few electrical parts. There may indeed be a wiring diagram, but I'll cross that bridge if and when I need to.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:58 AM   #16
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Oh, the lighting system appears rather straightforward, really. It's just 30-year-old lights have seen better days, and I have LED's for replacements. And the 9 Liter engine has few electrical parts. There may indeed be a wiring diagram, but I'll cross that bridge if and when I need to.
true that!.. I love the mechanical engine... theres not many wires under the hood! I can identify pretty much every where by just looking at it!!.

that 2004 IC bus I looked at before i found mine.. I opened the hood and it looked like today's new cars.. could hardly find the engine.. and the huge bundles of wires... ayyeeeee..!

Hail to the mechanical Busses!

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:06 AM   #17
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true that!.. I love the mechanical engine... theres not many wires under the hood! I can identify pretty much every where by just looking at it!!.

that 2004 IC bus I looked at before i found mine.. I opened the hood and it looked like today's new cars.. could hardly find the engine.. and the huge bundles of wires... ayyeeeee..!

Hail to the mechanical Busses!

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Old 05-25-2016, 04:44 AM   #18
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Update! Yay, I got LED Stop/Tail/Turn lights installed today. Also climbed on the hood and replaced the 3 center amber marker/clearance lights. The 2 outer ones will need longer, but smaller diameter screws which will make using the existing holes difficult. What I'll probably do is drill new holes real close to the old ones and let the foam backing keep water out. I was close to climbing on the roof to replace the rear markers, but I was by myself and didn't want to risk a fall with no way to summon help ... and it was getting late in the day. Just as well. I need to get a ladder so I can de-letter the back of it anyway, I want to make as few trips up-and-down a ladder as I can.
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Old 05-25-2016, 05:18 AM   #19
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And ... I almost forgot. Oil pressure sending unit replaced. The old one wouldn't let go of the wire, so long story short, a new end needed to be crimped on the wire. Did that today, and turned on the switch. 0 PSI (as it should be with engine off). Now, keeping in mind, I had 1 of the batteries connected ... and without the screw on the post, so the wire is sorta just ... barely making connection ... but just for laughs I tried the starter anyway ... Lo and Behold, she fired right off! Oil pressure came up to over 60 fairly quickly, touched 70+ when I revved the engine a little. Normal for a 30-year-old 9 Liter IH engine? As far as I can tell, it's been well maintained until recently, I have no idea if any major engine work has been done in the last few years. I had the IH records checked, at some point (date and mileage unknown) it had the head gaskets replaced, the fuel-tank crash cage installed (under recall) and turn-signal switch replaced.
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:54 AM   #20
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super on the LED lights.. I might fill the old marker light holes with silicone just because I never trust the rubber backing on those lights to do its job for more than a couple years... that part of the bus gets hit with all the elements at full speed unobstructed.

having high oil pressure is pretty normal at startup.. it seems like IH engines run fairly high pressure when they are cold.. I know my DT360 runs up at 65 or so when its cold.. i think it has a 60-65 PSI spring in it so the pressure doesnt overshoot..

a bigger test is a good hot running oil pressure.. its normal when you idle down to have a pretty decent drop in pressure when its hot.. or if you are running it hard on the highway...

I know a rule of thumb alot of people use for minimum oil pressure is 10 PSI per 1000 RPM.. it can and will go higher till the oil warms up.. and usually will after warm up..

but sounds to me like you are in range!.. nice to have a gauge again and an engine that kicks right off even without full power!

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