I bit the bullet last Friday and drove home my new to me:
1991 International 7.3 IDI w 4 speed auto 66 Passenger Corbeil body bus.
Only 121,000 kms on it!
Couple things I settled on - 1 is that it's an auto.. I definitely wanted a stick shift. 2 is that it's geared for roughly 60mph top speed. Until I change all fluids I don't want to push it, but she's humming along at a solid 2800 rpm I'd say at that speed.
So I'll have to dig in to see which slush box it has, and what rear end gears it has. Hopefully it's a strong auto, and that I can find some gears to give the bus some longer legs to lower the rpm at speed.
Hydraulic brakes, seats were all removed except for the front cushions. Oh and ALL of the heaters in the bus were removed (prev owner used it for storage for the last 7yrs, but started and ran the bus every 6mo). Needless to say, ALL fluids will be getting changed.
Runs well but I'll be doing a ton of overhaul to the whole thing - my project is to create a Toy Hauler RV for going sledding in the mountains, dirt bike or street bike trips and all around being able to simplify life whenever I want.
I'm starting this build thread to get feedback as I go along and hopefully learn from others great ideas as well as their mistakes.
I'm just outside of Calgary - I can look at the Rocky mountains out of my kitchen window, but I'd rather be in them on foot or on a toy!
Any other Albertan's here?
My friends all started out thinking I'm nuts, and its quickly turned into them wanting to be on board - and I've told them to enjoy it later on, they gotta help me first!
So far I have 2 days of tear down into it - I've pulled the last of the seat rests out, the front bumper mechanism, the side stop lamp, the front convex mirror frame (mirrors were missing anyway) and am working on the tear out of the floor so I can prep the bare metal, seal up the holes and then start to cut the rivets out of the back and move the rear section of the bus roughly 9' forward to expose my new toy hauler deck!
I tried to attach pictures and it failed. I'm tired. When I started writing this message my laptop just shut off on me so I completely disassembled it (thought I ruined it in the process) then googled how to do it properly, and finished the job, cleaned the fan out, and when it powered back up - here I was still on the introduce yourself page. The fact that I didn't eff that up was great because I don't feel like spending money on anything unless I need to. (Our current Premier is arguably the biggest socialist bonehead ever elected - so the whole province has been going to Poo in a hurry and of course that affects the spending money or in this case lack of.) Anyway - not here for Political chit chat so .. end rant.
I was en route to buy a wood stove when I got a text back from the seller that he was around so I ended up driving a hell of a lot that day. Needless to say I was committed to the project because I was buying the wood stove before the bus
It turned out to be a great deal so far and I'm looking to make it quite nice but on the absolute cheap skatiest
budget ever. Yep I made that word up. Canadians eh?
I also need to name the Beast. That might take some time.
I'll be working on the bus every moment I can, but it's being stored 45 mins away at an acreage because I live in a new neighborhood with no do what I want space.
So - First Question - does anyone have the 93-94.5 turbo 7.3 IDI parts that they would like to get rid of, and has anyone done the swap from NA to turbo and can walk me through what is all involved? With the elevations that my bus will see, I'm going to need more pep or its going to be a LONG drive all the time.