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Old 03-30-2019, 02:53 PM   #1
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Well here we go! This will be our diary for the build and we welcome any insight you all might have.
Our first order of business is settling on the bus that we are lined up to purchase. It is a 1988 Ford B700. We are trying to figure out what the transmission and engine are based on their ID numbers... any advise for that?

The bus costs $800 and it hasn't been out on any long trips (or even short trips) for about 9 years but it has been well maintained by my uncle. He took the seats out. It might need new tires as it is 30 years old.. we are still checking what age the tires are.. so thats an additional 2-3k. It will need a new battery asap as well..another 200 and then a fluid flush...another 200. So potentially 3-4k for the bus just to get it in good condition. It runs and drives great, 270k miles, no rust that we can see anywhere, not too much blue smoke, and all the seats are out already. Forgot to mention that it has a 6'5" floor to ceiling height! There are air brakes as well.

We will use the bus as our primary living when we move down to California so we will be insulating it pretty well to withstand heat.

We are super excited for this!...and nervous! But now is the time to learn and make mistakes.
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Old 03-30-2019, 03:30 PM   #2
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I know people with that bus and to be honest its mediocre at best. Nothing horribly wrong with em other than they're low powered and sort of an odd duck.
Its probably the ford/new holland engine with an allison 545.
You're out there where the truly awesome buses are. I'd shoot for a top of the line bus. Look for a Cummins, International, or Cat.
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Old 03-30-2019, 03:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for your advise! We are doing our best to look. We aren't looking to travel a lot in it, just get it from point A to point B and keep it there for awhile. I see a few buses for sale in the area going for 4k on craigslist.. not sure if it's worth it.
And I just called a guy and found tires for only $175 ea including install...so that's looking good.
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Old 03-30-2019, 03:47 PM   #4
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If I post the serial number of the engine and transmission would someone be able to help me figure out what they are? Or is that a bad idea....

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Old 03-30-2019, 04:15 PM   #5
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If I post the serial number of the engine and transmission would someone be able to help me figure out what they are? Or is that a bad idea....

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The VIN # will be able to get you more info on what it is.
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Old 03-31-2019, 11:35 AM   #6
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I just don't know if it's safe to post that... <---- *Noob Alert*
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Old 03-31-2019, 11:40 AM   #7
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I just don't know if it's safe to post that... <---- *Noob Alert*
No issues with posting it. Member here can use it and search manufactures websites to find specific build details.
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Old 03-31-2019, 12:10 PM   #8
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I just don't know if it's safe to post that... <---- *Noob Alert*
What are your concerns about posting a VIN#?
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Old 03-31-2019, 12:37 PM   #9
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My 86 ford B700 has the non turbo 8.2 and the 545.
Seems like that was pretty standard in the 80's.
I would try to figure out the rear gear ratio cause that's how ford limited road speed in that era.
I don't know when the 8.2 went to the turbo version but the first few years weren't pretty because there weren't enough head bolts to keep the heads from warping with the turbo, horsies upgrade and most mechanics that know how to work on them are retired and the younger mechanics that even have an inkling of how to work on them don't want to touch them.
Mainly because of the fuel rail,engine governor set up adjustment pain in the but procedure and specialty tools and knowledge to get it correct. Good motors if well maintained.
Non turbo average 175-190 HP.
Turbo is up to 250-hp.
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:27 AM   #10
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Well we’ve got some figured out now! We bought the bus for $600. It will need new tires which I found all 6 for under 1k at a local tire shop. It needs a new battery and fluids so another $400+ is expected. We have a Ford 7.8L I6 motor in great condition considering it’s age!

It rained pretty hard the past two days and discovered one leak coming from the back door where the sealant gave in. We will patch that up. We’ve ripped up the rubber flooring and some of the old plywood. When we are done with that we will take out the windows and re-seal them and take off the side wall paneling as ours wraps under the window sill. When we put the windows back in and test for leaks, only after it passes the test will we put in the subfloor.
Right now I’m trying to figure out what to do for the ceiling as we will insulte it and put up new material. What do people usually use on the interior roof material? Please attach any relevant threads that you know about!
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