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Old 02-11-2012, 10:13 AM   #91
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as far as i am concerned, wal-mart sells good synthetic oil. they don't make it of course, and its been so long, i forgot where. Last year, i stopped by the place that makes oil around 70 miles from where i am (and where my dad used to buy thousands of gallons a month for resale to commercial accounts) and they still are running stuff a mile a minute, and not doing much to change from one brand to the next.

I have used wal-mart synthetic since the brought it out, except in the detroit engines which more easily can get diesel in the oil, so i wanted to keep it changed. My 4 cycle cat engine only takes something like 17 quarts, so i use synthetic and the truck z-max.

Doesn't hurt to send you oil in for testing either...even in a little run bus.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:48 AM   #92
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Doesn't hurt to send you oil in for testing either...even in a little run bus.
Any place in particular?? Any suggestions?
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:02 AM   #93
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there are several labs you can send sample to. one is something like oiltest.com. It will cost around 50 bucks or more, but the important thing is finding out what metals are in the oil - esp first after you purchase a bus, and hopefully they havent changed the oil just before that. well, at least thats what i look for.
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:51 PM   #94
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Nice looking couch. Your mom did a great job on the re-covering
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:52 AM   #95
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Ya looks nice and comfy!! haha great job you and your mom
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:25 AM   #96
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That vinyl tile looks good in the kitchen. Feels good to have something look "finished" doesn't it? I have to agree with the others re: the couch - nice job!
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:04 PM   #97
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rv toilet doesn't use a gallon of water per flush.

plastic milk jug uses less of the environment to make than a toilet...
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:49 PM   #98
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TOOK THE ORIENT ON A SMALL TRIP TO THE NEXT TOWN OVER. 15 MILES ROUND TRIP. THEN STOPPED AT A BP TO TAKE A GANDER AT THE UNDERSIDE. MAKE SURE THERE WERE NO LEAKS. ALL IS WELL.
If you did not notice, passenger side headlight out...
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:47 PM   #99
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So I was bouncing around my local junkyard today. Whilst I was rifling around some larger trucks I found a Dodge with a Cummins diesel that is the same as the engine in my bus. The engine is quite a bit newer than my bus engine but the parts in it have nearly no use to them.

The only issue is that is was a front collision, so the main components of the engine can not be used, the side parts can. turbo, pipeing, pumps, bolts. It should save me a large amount of money in the long run.
Believe me: You do NOT -- repeat NOT-- want to use a Dodge pickup engine in your bus. Though the block is basically the same, the pickup version has a lot more horsepower, and a lot less torque. They are designed for very different GVWR ratings. The pickup version also has a whole bunch of electronics stuff that is expensive to fix, plus a bunch of smog stuff.

Your skoolie version 5.9-liter Cummins will go 300,000 to 500,000 miles with proper maintainance. it can be set up easily for between 175-225 horsepower.
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:09 PM   #100
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Bunks look great! very good carpentry!!! keep posting

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