Today i had a look at a bus. The back 4 tyres need replacing, badly. There's an oil leak and a lot of work to be done but the basic bus seems sound. I'd post more but im on my phone now and won't be back to my computer for a few days. Meanwhile i blogged about it here... http://schoolbushome.blogspot.com/2014/ ... t.html?m=1 i hope nobody objects to my non commercial link.
That platform is vanishing with the aid of an angle grinder if i buy the bus. It has metal fatigue. My bigger worry is the tyres. Theyre 10R22.5. The wheels have split rims so i assume it should be easy to change the tyres with just a spanner. This is all new to me.
Are you sure you have split-rim wheels? If you have 10r22.5 tires you probably don't. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think split rims are only for tubed tires. 10r22.5 would be tubeless, no? You do, however, have Dayton style rims instead of Budd style.
If it does turn out that you have split-rims DON'T DO THE TIRE CHANGE YOURSELF!! Take the bus to a professional. Those things have killed people.
The rims have two sets of nuts. One in the very centre and one at the end of some apparent spokes, just before the rim. I suspect this is where the wheel comes apart.
They are 10R 22.5. The 4 back tyres seem to be worn on one edge indicating poor toeing. The outer tyres have cracks where they have rotted. Good job the front tyres look in better shape!
If I can get low cost part-worn replacements, this should at $4k be an acceptible bus. I kinda like this one - the engine sounds good. There's a lot of work to be done - ripping out somebody else's conversion etc but the body and chassis are solid.