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Old 05-31-2014, 08:32 PM   #11
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You guys have one SWEET find!
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:23 PM   #12
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You have sanders!

One important Cummins fact. Go to Napa and get the strips for checking the nitrites, etc. Very important for engine longevity. While you're at it, get an oil sample done on the engine: http://www.blackstone-labs.com/

With both those done, you can get a great glimpse of what the engine is like and what, if anything is needed.

Just my lowly input.....
This is great info. I'll look into doing both of these. I asked for service records when I bought her, which they gave me copies of, but they only go back to '99. I'm going to take another look at them when I get home.
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:21 PM   #13
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Ya...great find on the bus --- Even greater is the find on a woman who wants to live with you in a bus! How excellent is that!?
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:53 AM   #14
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Wow nice bus, what wait, there are women that will live in these with us.

That is not what my mother is telling me.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:06 AM   #15
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Wow nice bus, what wait, there are women that will live in these with us.

That is not what my mother is telling me.
That's why you need to stop listening to your mother.
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:46 PM   #16
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Do the coolant strips first. That will tell you what your coolant is like and how much additive you need or dont need. Additive is in the filters in different increments. There is a shut off valve at the base of the filter as well. Give it a try but dont force it. If it doesnt move you surely dont want to make it move and risk breaking it. You can hot swap the filters without too much of a mess.

Wix filter would be something like WF-2073, 2074, etc up to 2077 I think the latter is the one with no additive.
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Old 06-03-2014, 09:20 PM   #17
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Just a quick update.

When we sliced through the seat legs, water poured out.






My glasses kept fogging! F%#&!











After the seats were out, got to work grinding the bolt heads off the feet and popping them off.

















Looking pretty haggard.



The vinyl flooring was so waterlogged in most places it just lifted right off at the slightest tug.



Being from 1996, there was a VHS surveillance system installed. Cool!









So at the end of the day we had all the seats out and most of the vinyl up.



We're in western Washington. It rains. Kids track in all the water, the water seeps through cracks and inbetween bolts and gets underneath the plywood where it stays. I have to admit, though, I wasn't ready for the amount of filth we encountered. Yikes.

More later!
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Be sure you dont permanently cover that center fuel tank access hole.
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On my Thomas, the rubber is glued straight to the steel and was a bear to get up. But we do not have soggy plywood to contend with.
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:30 PM   #20
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On my Thomas, the rubber is glued straight to the steel and was a bear to get up. But we do not have soggy plywood to contend with.
I really don't understand why bluebird wanted to put plywood down. The steel was welded in sections from front to back, and the welds were filled in with sealant. I guess when you have to replace them every 10 years or whatever, they don't really care if the plywood gets soggy.

Of course I'm a huge hypocrite because I'm putting a plywood subfloor right back in...
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