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Old 08-02-2014, 10:51 PM   #1
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Second time around

I'm Back at last!!!!
I am naming this thread Second time around till i come up with a name for my new bus. My first bus was a 1984 Bluebird all american diesel pusher. I chronicled that project in a thread called "Scotts First Bus" and had just finished the major deconstruction and was starting to build back up when health issues forced sale.
This was a few years ago and health has gotten a lot better and i am hoping to hook back up with some old friends here and make some new as i start on the new project.

New Bus is 1990 international with blue bird body. It is powered by Navistar straight 6 turbocharged, auto trans.
I will take some pics and post them along with more info soon.

Did anyone here ever figure out what happened with Smitty? He was a HUGE source of ideas and guidance to me, along with a lot of others, in my first build and hope he is well where he went.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:15 PM   #2
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Welcome back! Smitty was abducted by aliens a long time ago....apparently. Havent seen him in a long time.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:21 PM   #3
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Got the battery charged up today and tried to start. CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK!!!!
Well................., that's annoying.
Pulled out starter and will take it in and get rebuilt
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:50 PM   #4
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Kind of think it is still the battery--have you done a load test on it? Before you shell out good Skoolie money on a rebuilt starter maybe you'll get lucky and only need a battery.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:15 AM   #5
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Welcome back to the mad, mad world of school bus conversions. You are starting with more of a knowledge foundation than many of us on this forum, since you have some previous experience. The people on this forum are great and give great advice. My conversion would not be nearly as great without the sound ideas and advice from the fellow skoolies on this site.

Again, welcome back. Hopefully you remember, pictures, pictures, pictures!!!
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:18 AM   #6
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yes i remember .... pictures pictures pictures. I know the starter needs a rebuild, it feels like there is gravel in it when you turn it by hand. i am definitely looking at new batteries, the one that is in there is huge, old and i am not sure it is providing the cranking power i need. i went and looked at two logging truck batteries today at $99 a piece. payday can't get here quick enough.
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:23 PM   #7
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Ok, got some pics today. Still waiting on funds for two new batteries.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:22 PM   #9
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Success!!!
After sitting for four years beside the bus barn where i bought her, she is now sitting at my house. New batteries, rebuild starter and fresh fuel and filters.
All i had to do was stroke her ego a bit, appeal to her vanity (tell her if i had to tow her home she would end up as a chicken house) and pat her on the butt (close back door fully) and she fired right up and ran smooth. Now the fun starts.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:01 PM   #10
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Trying to find new headlight and bezel. Not much luck online so will start looking in wrecking yards.
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