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Old 07-29-2009, 07:52 AM   #11
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~giggle~ You don't sound bitter! LOL. Well, I'm no Martha Stewart so I think the Manly/girlie thing won't be an issue. I'm more interested the comfy cozy right now. If we're converting to full-timing it, I think mechanics will be most important. Besides, I want to learn how to WELD!! Though we won't really be traveling too much until after Mark gets outta school we at least have to be able to get it back to Tampa when the time comes. Key West is awesome and fun...but it's hella expensive. We're getting kayaks, scooters and learning to dive while we're here. Hmm..the roof deck's probably really not a joke we should consider it so we can mount the kayaks up there and a deck for the scooters on the back maybe? Not sure yet..but I want to be able to take all the toys with us when we travel. Ohh..and then there's the kids! Raising them here in Key West is probably not such a good idea..6months for an experience with nature, that's about it. T minus 13 days and counting... now it's down to days..
Okay..so i've spoken to my seller: she's saying that it'll burn tranny fluid on the way down and oil.. Actually told me to bring a case of each with us when we go. So, we're back to the 'leaking' issue... i'm wondering if i should pay a mechanic to go out there, do some diagnosing and top off fluids and clean her up for us.. what do you guys think about that idea?? Mark and I are definitely NOT diesel mechanics.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:28 AM   #12
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Okay..so i've spoken to my seller: she's saying that it'll burn tranny fluid on the way down and oil.. Actually told me to bring a case of each with us when we go. So, we're back to the 'leaking' issue... i'm wondering if i should pay a mechanic to go out there, do some diagnosing and top off fluids and clean her up for us.. what do you guys think about that idea?? Mark and I are definitely NOT diesel mechanics.
I would say ABSOLUTELY! You really don't want to ruin your first exerience with BigBlue by sitting on the side of the road because you decided to just drive it without any preventative maintanance! Take it from me, when we bought Buster in Tampa we were coming home to Sebring & made it to Bartow, about 35ish miles & he died at the red light on RT60, in the left lane, during rush hour! We sat for over 6 hours with a trooper behind us with his lights on in the hot sun with my pregnant wife who was at that point 2 days past her due date & our epileptic Border Collie Lucy without her pills... We had a huge triple axle tow truck pick us up & tow us about 8 miles to a diesel mechanic that then told us the air cleaner was completely clogged! That was all that stopped it from running, so if possible get the baby checked out!

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Old 07-29-2009, 08:49 AM   #13
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"Burn" transmission fluid?? They don't burn transmission fluid... It has to leak out somewhere. Have you already paid for this bus??
I am asking the same question... is it paid for yet? I would say beware, this sounds like it could be a nightmare waiting to happen... just my 2 cents...
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:13 AM   #14
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Burn oil...and leak tranny fluid! that's what i meant. I know I mis-typed.. Still, it's a concern guys this I definitely get.. We're hoping to have someone out to look it over for us before we get her. Bigblue can apply to any bus we eventually take possession of. I know that all older types of engines do have some leaky issues and do possibly burn oil at some phases of their lives.. all she said was that we'd be smart to bring a case of each with us for the ride home.. what that means in REAL life, i'm not sure. I'm thinkin' a 'tune-up' of some sort by a real mechanic would be well worth the investment before we dive in. I really didn't mean to give you guys a heart attack and appreciate you already looking out for Mark and I's best interests! I'll update if we can get a real mechanic out there to give me a real diagnosis in the next week or so.. She also says that it over heats occasionally as well. I know this engine/transmission was put into her 10yrs ago. They camped their as*ess off in it for a few years probably without much regard to eng/tranny maintenance. I'm hoping it's just gaskets and tune up we're worrying about here and nothing super huge and costly. Absolutely....I do NOT want to be sitting on the US1 hwy to Key West crying because i have to tow the damn thing home.
Air cleaner...this too an area of concern. I will make sure to mention that is something to be checked out. Like I said, the owner's daughter is the one actually selling it. Her dad was a mechanic for large engine machinery (like back hoes and such) so i'm hoping he knew what he was doing. The 10yrs that she's had it..let's hope they didn't do anything to it to ruin it. I'm glad i'm being naiive, and posting now: You might just have saved Mark and I from disaster!
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:09 AM   #15
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Steady leaking..if she's telling me to bring a case of tranny fluid, then that's probably the case. I think you're right. The bus is cheap tho: $1000 cash and she's already said she'd take less. IF it leaks like sieve, we could possibly get it for even less. In it's partially completed inside state, it still might be worth it...what do you guys think?? I know it's all about the mechanics..ya gotta be able to rely on the engine!
It is a given we'll be going over it with a fine tooth comb before handing over the moolah.. I know diesels are gooey messes usually.. We'll start it up, drive it.. watch to see if it overheats and leaks badly. hell, i'll park my as@ underneath it just to see what happens.. Of course you can't make a determination just on conversation alone. We'll make the trip either way.. just keeping my fingers crossed.
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:16 AM   #16
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Call around & see if you can take it to a mechanic where the bus is & pay them to check it out... Can't go wrong doing that & it is worth the $ you might put out if you have decided you want it either way!
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:23 AM   #17
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Call around & see if you can take it to a mechanic where the bus is & pay them to check it out... Can't go wrong doing that & it is worth the $ you might put out if you have decided you want it either way!
Welcome, I too think a mechanic would be a good idea. If one checks it out while you and the seller are there, it will save you heartache and give you some barganing power with the seller. It looks like a lot of the work is already done. Some big labor and time saved already, but you need to be confedent in the mechanics before you leave. Enjoy
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:25 AM   #18
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Ditto what papabear said... It is a great start to a conversion if it can be mechanically sound! I love the look of the bus!
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:29 AM   #19
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Each and everyone of you has given us the same advice! I think we'll be makin' a trip up there special just have seen by a mechanic. Besides, you are all right about the bargaining power. I think her Dad kept it in relatively good shape, we'll just see how the engine story pans out.. thank you all for the 'sane' advice.. we'll keep you posted. And yes, it's an awesome bus..lines, inside and all. I love the '60's curves to it.. fingers crossed!
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:13 PM   #20
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a properly maintained diesel or anyother engine should be relativly clean on the outside so that you can see if/what's leaking and any other problems that might be starting to rear their ugly heads, diesels are black oil engines due to the amount of carbon particles that get into the oil from the combustion process, but the oil should stay inside and the outside should be clean. a clean engine compartment, fresh looking filters and oil up to the full mark are all good indicators of a well maintained machine.

take a qualified diesel mechanic to look it over before you part with any money
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