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Old 10-18-2016, 10:36 PM   #21
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Ok-

So we're at the point now where we've ripped out most of the floors and sub floors. Couple of rust holes, but nothing crazy. I've sanded most of the surface rust off and now just need to cut out the bad pieces and find someone to weld in new steel for us.

The big barrier for us right now are the infamous rear heaters and their coolant hoses.

For the life of me I can't seem to find a valve on the engine to close... Would it be awful if I just cut the hoses and then top off the reservoir afterwards?

Also- I'm no electrician. Our switchbox looks like a rat's nest... Would it be so wrong to cut the wires leading to the two heaters in back and the one under the driver's seat and cap them?

Been taking lots of photos. Stills and video coming soon!
We dealt with that this past weekend. I wasn't there (at the Miami Dolphins game) and my son-in-love and his buddy cut the hose and coolant came out of the hoses into the bus, he was able to catch most of it in a bucket. But the coolant reservoir is empty. (I posted yesterday about what to put in there, haven't gotten a response yet).
That said, he bought a 4" piece of hose and clamped it off on Sunday and he's going to see what needs to be done with the rest of it.
Looking forward to the pics!
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:30 PM   #22
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You'll want an extended life coolant (ELC) like they use in big rigs.... you can tell the difference because ELC is red, as opposed to the sickly yellow/green of regular auto coolant.

You can get it at any truck stop, if your local Walmart doesn't have it.
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:35 PM   #23
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You'll want an extended life coolant (ELC) like they use in big rigs.... you can tell the difference because ELC is red, as opposed to the sickly yellow/green of regular auto coolant.

You can get it at any truck stop, if your local Walmart doesn't have it.
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:50 PM   #24
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You'll want an extended life coolant (ELC) like they use in big rigs.... you can tell the difference because ELC is red, as opposed to the sickly yellow/green of regular auto coolant.

You can get it at any truck stop, if your local Walmart doesn't have it.
Thank you, AlleyCat and Time Lord! This is exactly what I needed to know. And yes, the stuff that came out was a darkish red. Truck stops carry it?

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Old 10-19-2016, 01:25 AM   #25
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They may or may not have the stuff TimeLord was talking about in his post but yes, a good truck stop will have a couple of choices. I ran Shell Rotella ELC in my International ProStar+ back when I was trucking with no problems.

Just like in a car you'll want to cut it 50/50 with water, if you don't get the premixed solution. I still have a couple of gallons of it here from my trucking days.... looks like I'll finally have a use for it.
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Old 10-22-2016, 02:14 PM   #26
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Old 10-23-2016, 12:16 PM   #27
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And so it begins!

Today we won an auction on a 19 passenger AmTran Genesis Front Engine Bus. Tomorrow we're driving it home and getting to work. Dt466, MT643, 6'4" interior height (I'm 5'8 my wife is 5'5 so no roof raise needed), basically rust free, under 32' long, and 165k miles for $2,200. I almost bought a similar bus in Arizona (I'm in CO) for $6500 so I'm pleased as punch. Auctions are the best! Might be buying a Chevy colorado to tow at auction... now I've got the bug.
Hi!

I was wondering where do you go for an auction like that and how do you do it? I am also from Savannah! If you have some spare time I would love to see the bus and help with the conversation.

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