Wow! Thanks for all the positivity!
From what the PO and the title says--it started life out as a 1970 Superior School Bus---although I haven't been able to find any flatnose ones to reference. The dash is the original--I did just restore it though--sandblast and some hammered look rustoleum. Took all the gauges apart and cleaned them and updated any electricals I could--sometimes just a good cleaning will revive some old technology. And there are a few switches and levers that "go to nowhere). There was a mount for the transmission retarder underneath the floor--and there is still an "push button" choke and mechanical pull to set the throttle anywhere you want (sorta of like a suicide cruise control
) Next to that plate is a switch for "slippery and dry" conditions. I've been underneath many many many (did I say many) times and did not see an actuator or box on the differential...although there is a GIGANTIC IHC stamped into it. The retarder on the old Allison-6-speed---MT-40 transmission. I've done my best in the short time to upgrade the mechanical--- rebuilt the holley carb (390 cmf), rewired entire engine bay, installed electronic ignition and new Accel coil, new Bosch iridium plugs and Accel wires. I re-designed the exhaust-PO had a set of Thrush turbos dumping out right under bus (under bedroom) so at any stoplights it would fill the back full of smog. Now it steps up from 2 1/2 inch from manifolds to 3 inch flowmasters---does a 180' turn and out the back of the bus. Out of the 40 some odd wires I had in a very old wiring harness--I ended up using 6. The rest were just old runs for ? . I want to do some converting of the intake--instead of the 40 foot draw from the front of the bus I would like to make louvers on the side--I'm thinking something more compact and efficient. (I would love to drop a diesel in..suggestions are more than welcome).
My plans are sink some cash in it over the next year---the main bases are covered. PO put new rubber and brake linings on before the trade.
I am going to go though and rewire /replumb the interior--update electrials and well...make this unit my "Arizona or Bust" machine for next year.....Yes a move is in the works.
So any thoughts? Anyone do the gas to diesel switch?