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Old 04-12-2016, 04:11 PM   #1
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Hello Skoolie.net!

I've been lurking here for years, dreaming bus dreams. A week ago, the stars aligned, the clouds parted, the *insert metaphor here* and the internet showed me a deal that I couldn't resist.



Meet my new project, my escape from an unaffordable SF Bay area... meet ex-San Jose California Unified Bus 59! A 1981 Crown, with over 500K on the clock, a Detroit Diesel 671 under the middle (it's third? it's fifth? no one could remember), and a Eaton (probably?) 5 speed manual. Running condition? "Ran when parked." ... in 2007!

Winning bid from govliquidation.com? $500. I was the only bidder. $550 with all the fees, or $0.014/lbs. Yep, less then 1 and a half cents a pound for some stylish old american steel and aluminium.

"Must be towed." A condition of sale.



Cost of tow from San Jose to my workshop in Oakland? $750. Ouch.



Here's the heart of the beast. A turbocharged 2 stroke Detroit Diesel. "Screaming Jimmy."

So skoolie.net, got any tips for the first time you fire up a 671 after 10 years?

So far, I've pulled the batteries, 2x 8D's and put them on the desulfer battery conditioner thing, but am not holding my breath on that one.

There's oil in there, black as the night, but not "cloudy" or "milky". There's a half tank (50 gallons!) of ten-year-old diesel, but I'll start it off a jerry can with fresh fuel.

So Detroit Diesel fans out there, should I just crank her up once I get some batteries, or what? Pull and clean injectors? Drip some oil in the bores? Or just f-ing go for it?

I had a yanmar diesel run away on me once. No fun. I stopped that little guy from blowing itself up by putting my hand over the air intake. What's the emergency shut-down procedure on a 671?
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:00 PM   #2
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:41 PM   #3
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Awesome score! (I watched those bus's but was more interested in getting the tandem with the curved windshields as *gasp* a parts bus.) I still can't believe only a couple people bid on the 35'ers, one of which you ended up with. Gratz!

If those batteries end up being toast just grab any 12V large amp-output battery and wire it in. Take the air filter off and keep a large wet towel handy, click the switch in the bay door to start her up and if she ends up 'running away' throw that towel in the intake.

Looking forward to your build.

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Old 04-12-2016, 08:51 PM   #4
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Pull and clean injectors? Drip some oil in the bores? Or just f-ing go for it?
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:10 PM   #5
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How long did they say those had been sitting?
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:12 PM   #6
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I watched that auction too. It's just to hard for most people to buy something that big that doesn't run.
Congratulation. It's really cool that you're here and we'll get to follow your progress. Have any of the other crowns in that sale turned up in skoolie.net?
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:31 PM   #7
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At the risk of being banned from this site---go to Busconversions.com and learn what you need to know BEFORE you start that 6v71!!!!!!!!!!!! Then come back here and share your build. The DD is a great engine but it will kick your A$$ if you don't know what you are doing. Jack
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:42 PM   #8
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Hey now. Don't go making someone hesitate to hear the ol' girl run. After 10 years I doubt it will do more than 'burp' a bit before bellowing out a huge plume of black smog and then run like a 'top.' ;)

...yeah. I guess if you're not into fixing a ton of potentially major problems stray from taking action on my thoughts. Although I'll stick to my original thinking that it will probably fire right up after a few rotations.

Best to take a hit off the busconversions.com Detroit guys first to lighten nerves. ...I'd actually really hate to see an old Crown get tossed because of a unfortunate mishap.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:42 PM   #9
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Ditto!

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