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?