Subject: 1989 Ford F700 6.6L Brazilian Ford with Allison auto 278,000 miles. Good warm oil pressure at an idle. Runs coolish it seems. 22.5 wheels; runs out good down the road and steers nice.
I label this thread as a transformation as it could be slow and may go down many roads before completion.
I finally got the bus to my location Oct. 11. The guy was using it for storage so I gave him a couple weeks to move his stuff and the shelves into another trailer.
Going after it was a hoot. My Sister's (Anita) husband died 3 weeks ago. She has been rattling around her house trying to figure out who she is and what she should do with the rest of her life(she's 51). I was on the phone with her; just listening. Finally I asked her what she was doing this Friday. She said she had no idea. I asked her if the wanted to go on a little road trip. She jumped on it.
So when she comes to get me she has another one of my sisters with her. So here we are three siblings in their mid lives; one sister with a recently dead husband and the other with a recently empty nest. All of us in our mid-life going after a pink bus 120 miles away in a rain storm! We had a blast. My younger sister was snapping pictures that, I'm sure, ended up on facebook for all my relatives to see (i,m not a facebooker; my sister insists I should be. . . OBVIOUSLY so I can see the pics!).
So the bus doesn't start and the guy isn't home from work yet. I tell my sisters I'll just nap in the bus til the guy gets home. Reluctantly they take off for home. I rattle around in the bus for a while then brave the rain to see if there is a battery in the bus. I open the compartment door and the battery is there but disconnected. I reconnect the terminals, jump in the bus, turn the key and it's running. OK, I've already got the title in my pocket from my initial visit; so we're good to go.
The trip back was a wet one. We received three inches of rain that day. everything on the bus worked from the blinkers to the wipers and radio
. The bus travels down the road good at about 58 mph. Good enough for me; I travel the back roads of America anyway. I actually got her up to 68 on the flat though. topping hills at about 48-52mph. A little slow; I may have to bump the pump a bit.
First day of work on the old girl. Rubber and floor molding out. Plywood half out.