I have been a bit dissapointed. Since i've owned her, the bus has traveled over 13,000 miles and this is the first time i had to leave her somewhere because i couldn't get her started. I've had other issues where i had to wrench on the bus for a while, but she always returned home under her own power.
Today i picked up the rebuilt starter @ 3:00pm, drove a half hour to the parking lot where the bus was parked and began the installation. This is a very manyly starter....I estimate it to be about 70 pounds. Trying to wrestle it into place, and get the bolts started all by myself was not exacly my idea of fun. After a great deal of time, and even more frustration, she was bolted in place. Now it's time to connect the wires.....
The starter guy didn't give me any nuts to hold the wires onto the studs........uggggggggg. I put everything in place, then used a bunji cord to hold some tention on the wires so they would make good contact. It took a bit of fiddling with wires to get everythig just right, but she finally fired.
Listening to that engine purr sure was a glorious sound !
I would have to admit that having a manual transmission would have made life a lot better for me in this instance. I would have pulled the bus and engaged the clutch to make the engine start and driven her home yesterday.
All's well that ends well.
I'd much rather be broke down 10 miles from my house than in the middle of the mojave desert !
The bus did return home today under her own power, it cost me about $200 for the rebuilt starter. The only other engine part i've had to replace so far is the water pump. I can't really complain. The bus only cost me $775 direct from the bus garage.