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Old 05-01-2017, 11:16 PM   #1
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All set to buy!

I have finally found a shorter blue bird flat nose bus and I started it up today.

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Poor picture I know but it's an 8 window, 48 passenger 2001 blue bird.
5.9 24v Cummings

I plan on gutting the bus and using it as a camper.

Any last advice? Tomorrow morning I am going to do the final test drive. The gas pedal was a little sticky and also the service engine soon light is on the dash.

I'll have to drive it about 200mi home, crossing my fingers.

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Old 05-02-2017, 12:00 AM   #2
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I have finally found a shorter blue bird flat nose bus and I started it up today.

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Poor picture I know but it's an 8 window, 48 passenger 2001 blue bird.
5.9 24v Cummings

I plan on gutting the bus and using it as a camper.

Any last advice? Tomorrow morning I am going to do the final test drive. The gas pedal was a little sticky and also the service engine soon light is on the dash.

I'll have to drive it about 200mi home, crossing my fingers.

Thanks



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If the battery was dead, it will throw the service engine light.
Good luck and safe travels!

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Old 05-02-2017, 09:15 AM   #3
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Congrats

That bus looks kind of familiar.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:55 AM   #4
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Does the "code 53" block affect skoolies? I love the cummins 5.9 but have read all about the tuppy block.had one in a truck once...never had any problems with it though.
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:36 AM   #5
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Does the "code 53" block affect skoolies? I love the cummins 5.9 but have read all about the tuppy block.had one in a truck once...never had any problems with it though.
I would imagine it could. I hadn't heard it was a Dodge only thing. most of the Skoolie Cummins had a different front cover to allow for an extra gear in the timing case for the air compressor, but I don't think that would make a difference. All the blocks are the same I think. On a side note, they kept producing motors with the Bosch vp44 injection pump in med duty 5.9 engines for up to 5 years after Dodge went to common rail injection.
And the research I have done has the medium duty applications having different hp and torque ratings than the Dodge of the same years (usually higher)


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Old 05-02-2017, 01:39 PM   #6
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I have a 1998 Tc2000 and My throttle cable was also a little sticky. You will probably have to replace it to solve the problem. Its a little tricky but doable. As the mechanism under the gas pedal is more complicated than you would expect, and you have to bend yourself into a pretzel to reach everything. I managed it though.

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Old 05-03-2017, 07:25 PM   #7
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Well the bus is mine, we are on the road now.

Had to stop once bc I lost power, the battery was fried, swollen smoking and leaking. Road crew installed a new one and we were on our way, now it seems this one is about to blow.

Please help. I have to drive about 2 more hours home and the voltage + amperage meters are both way too high while driving.

Could be a voltage regulator issue? Any tips?


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Old 05-03-2017, 07:26 PM   #8
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Well the bus is mine, we are on the road now.

Had to stop once bc I lost power, the battery was fried, swollen smoking and leaking. Road crew installed a new one and we were on our way, now it seems this one is about to blow.

Please help. I have to drive about 2 more hours home and the voltage + amperage meters are both way too high while driving.

Could be a voltage regulator issue?


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Old 05-03-2017, 07:32 PM   #9
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Well the bus is mine, we are on the road now.

Had to stop once bc I lost power, the battery was fried, swollen smoking and leaking. Road crew installed a new one and we were on our way, now it seems this one is about to blow.

Please help. I have to drive about 2 more hours home and the voltage + amperage meters are both way too high while driving.

Could be a voltage regulator issue?


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It seems it is overcharging. Be careful, it could very well blow.
I think a regulator issue is a good assumption.
Where are you? Never know a skoolie could be near by to render assistance.

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Old 05-03-2017, 07:33 PM   #10
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Right outside Bethlehem PA on 78. Any ideas for how to keep moving home?


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