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Old 01-04-2016, 12:46 AM   #11
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We have a '74 that is 32' with a Cat 3208 and five speed. Yours is very clean looking and a bargain as well. Congrats.
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:52 PM   #12
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We have a '74 that is 32' with a Cat 3208 and five speed. Yours is very clean looking and a bargain as well. Congrats.
I looked at a few with the 3208's in them, they were all automatics though. Delores has a 5spd too, though I haven't figured out if its the Fuller or the Spicer just yet. I figured it didn't really matter, as all my research hadn't turned up any reason to insist on one or the other.
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:35 AM   #13
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Looks like you found a nice bus.
Enjoy!
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:39 PM   #14
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How's the top cruising speed?

Delores is the first bus I've seen that legitimately made me jealous... Good find!
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:48 PM   #15
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How's the top cruising speed?

Delores is the first bus I've seen that legitimately made me jealous... Good find!
Thanks, like I said, I looked for a very long time. My wife wasnt completely sold on the idea, so I knew I had to find the right candidate to sell her on it.

I haven't really tried to push her yet, and the speedo is a little bouncy at higher speeds. I tried to stay with the flow of traffic on the highway coming home, and the wife said I was doing the speed limit every time she looked at her speedo in the Silverado. I know she'll do 55MPH, but that was around 1650 RPMs, so there's still a little more engine speed I could capitalize on if I wanted to. I've only driven her twice now, the test drive and the drive home, and it was snowing during both of those adventures. We'll open her up when the weather gets better.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:21 PM   #16
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Well, I poked around the bus today for a bit. It's really hard not to just dive into this project, but I'm trying to do little things that make the bus better without disassembling anything.

I went through today and fixed all the windows that didn't want to close fully, cleaned the heater vents under the dash and ran it for about an hour just to keep things limber. I did notice that the radiator has shutters, and they are closed. It's not a problem now, being winter and all, but I didn't notice anything to open them.

Any thoughts as to where I might locate the shutter mechanism?
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:51 AM   #17
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The shutters are for when the bus is under load and they will open automatically. It's to help the engine warm up when idling. Rule of thumb - after the first ten minutes of warming up bump up the engine idle speed from the 650 or so r.p.m. to about 900 or so r.p.m. This will help prevent damage to the engine.
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Old 01-08-2016, 07:06 AM   #18
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Yep high idle is standard if sitting more than five or ten minutes.
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Old 01-08-2016, 09:00 AM   #19
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I know modern vehicles have automatic shutters, it just seemed a little far fetched for a 1973 school bus. I guess I'll just have to watch it this summer to satisfy my curiosities.
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Old 01-08-2016, 09:08 AM   #20
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Wow......I am jealous also!

I just request more pictures so I can be extra jealous....
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