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Old 08-23-2016, 11:22 AM   #41
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For actual travel you kinda NEED a diesel. The gasser I had got around 3mpg. That's totally NOT a fun way to see the country!
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:16 PM   #42
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For actual travel you kinda NEED a diesel. The gasser I had got around 3mpg. That's totally NOT a fun way to see the country!
Wow, that's quite the number. There's pretty widely varied experiences with gassers, but the sticky poll here seems to indicate that most folks are in the 5-7 range, which is fine with me. If I can improve that with my skills, great. If not, the cost of gas vs diesel roughly makes up for it, in my mind at least.

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Old 08-23-2016, 01:44 PM   #43
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I think I had 3.5 on average.. maybe up to 5 on my old 454 Gasser.. decidedly I had played with the engine a little being a BBC.. so I possibly dropped its MPG in favor of better TQ / HP..

I think i read somewhere that the fords do a little better than the GMC's when it comes to MPG..

believe it or not going to a 4 BBL carb HELPS MPG out if you tune it right... Tune the front 2 barrels to be a bit leaner for many cruise situations... adjust your vacuum secondaries to come in a little sooner anf richer which eleminates detonation associated with lean and advanced timing...

ive done quite a bit with DIY EFI on hotrods and I think you could probably do some really good stuff with it on a gasser Bus and the array of sensors that are available now to use as inputs..

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Old 08-23-2016, 05:19 PM   #44
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Two notes i can share on here;

First is that i am not a big traveler, so the gas motor probably fits my needs better.

Seond is the comment if we sell the house, go crazy...
It really reminds me what a gift these bus are (busses?)
I was at Home Depot last night and saw a 8x12 shed for $3k...
and spoke with a gal this morning who bought a house in the crappy side of town, for a steal ($100k) and here i am playing on Skoolie.net from my cozy bed in a 200sq ft rig that costs less than both, and if the neighborhood goes to crack... i will drive away. lol wow, I am so grateful for this Skoolie bus option.
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:48 PM   #45
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Everybody has opinions but as gas bus does not make sense. If you drive it very slowly and on flat ground then maybe if you are lucky you will get 4-5 mpg. Any kind of after market FI will be very expensive.

Also good luck finding a gasser bus made in the last 20 yrs. 99.5% of buses are diesel for a good reason. You may find a 87 Blue Bird bus with a BB chevy but that old there goes your reliability (due to age and not maintained probably).

Buy what you feel comfortable with and what you want bottom line!
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Old 08-24-2016, 07:05 PM   #46
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Two notes i can share on here;

First is that i am not a big traveler, so the gas motor probably fits my needs better.

Seond is the comment if we sell the house, go crazy...
It really reminds me what a gift these bus are (busses?)
I was at Home Depot last night and saw a 8x12 shed for $3k...
and spoke with a gal this morning who bought a house in the crappy side of town, for a steal ($100k) and here i am playing on Skoolie.net from my cozy bed in a 200sq ft rig that costs less than both, and if the neighborhood goes to crack... i will drive away. lol wow, I am so grateful for this Skoolie bus option.
This 10x20 rent to own for $149 a month after tax has served me very well for last 13 months.... Pay while I need it, free delivery... Tell them to pick it up when I'm done, free pickup



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Old 08-25-2016, 07:47 PM   #47
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Two notes i can share on here;

First is that i am not a big traveler, so the gas motor probably fits my needs better.

Seond is the comment if we sell the house, go crazy...
It really reminds me what a gift these bus are (busses?)
I was at Home Depot last night and saw a 8x12 shed for $3k...
and spoke with a gal this morning who bought a house in the crappy side of town, for a steal ($100k) and here i am playing on Skoolie.net from my cozy bed in a 200sq ft rig that costs less than both, and if the neighborhood goes to crack... i will drive away. lol wow, I am so grateful for this Skoolie bus option.
Cary,
I just noticed that you have a gasser similar to what I'm looking at. Have you calculated mileage?

I definitely agree with you on all points. It seems like the most cost-effective economic insulation anyone can come by, plus numerous other benefits. Glad to hear you in the midst of enjoying yours.

So, Saturday I am going to look at an early 90's Bluebird on a GM chassis. It's auto (a little bit of a bummer?) and the owner feels pretty confident it's a small block! Cool... I can either mod it to suit, or yank it out for a Gen III 6.0L. It's in real good shape, and the asking price is more than fair.
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