Philippian the Great (2001 Thomas International)
So thrilled to find this treasure trove of ideas and inspiration here! We just recently took the leap and bought a beautiful 30 ft. Thomas International with the 5.9 liter Cummins and Allison 545 trans. Seems like a great combo for the size of this bus and is running very well. First analysis passed all of my criteria, no significant rust on the frame or motor, no leaks, and it started and drove 130 miles home to Fayetteville, AR.
I jumped into the demolition right away as to harness some of the energy of excitement, 2 weeks later and all the seats, floor, and the pain-in-the-arse L-track are OUT! Nothing a good ole angle grinder couldn't handle.
I decided to pull the heaters and the long hoses running the length of the bus as well, I just cut the hoses right under the drivers seat, drained the coolant into buckets, and elbowed the two together as to complete the loop from the radiator(right?). After I did all that I poured most of the coolant back into the radiator.
Now, here's my first mystery to solve. I started up the bus and let it idle for maybe 15 minutes and noticed the temp gauge was reading 230 and rising slowly. I turned the motor off immediately and now I'm pondering what could be happening in there. Any ideas?
I would post some pics but they aren't uploading for some reason, I'll figure it out before the next post. So happy to join this community and share the story with you all, Cheers!
-Don't sweat the petty and things, and certainly don't pet the sweaty things.