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Old 03-08-2018, 12:09 AM   #1
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Looking at a potential bus- is this too much rust?

Hi folks, this is my first post here. We are looking at this bus for a conversion. How much rust is too much? Do these pictures make you wince, or should we go for it?
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Also, anyone got any thoughts about this 2000 Cummins 5.9 24-valve?20180306_103233 (768x1024).jpg
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Old 03-08-2018, 12:19 AM   #2
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Lots of threads on here about the engine - I have one in my 1999 Blue Bird. It's no power house, but as long as you recognize its limitations when you're operating it you should be OK. I would probably keep looking if you plan extensive mountain driving though.
The rust doesn't look too bad from what I can see - it looks like air ride suspension - that will give a much smoother ride than springs, although it will require slightly more maintenance.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:00 AM   #3
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Hi folks, this is my first post here. We are looking at this bus for a conversion. How much rust is too much? Do these pictures make you wince, or should we go for it?
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Also, anyone got any thoughts about this 2000 Cummins 5.9 24-valve?Attachment 19716
Doesn't look all that bad...I personally like Cummins...but yeah that bus Looks pretty clean

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Old 03-09-2018, 12:31 AM   #4
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Thanks for your thoughts. I am surprised by your answers, but pleased, because other than the rust, we like the bus. Now to make some decisions.
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Old 03-09-2018, 11:22 AM   #5
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2000 would have the dreaded "59" block.
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Old 03-09-2018, 02:26 PM   #6
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The only Cummins block "to fear" is stamped "53"...not 59. The 53 was cast in Brazil and did indeed have a host of well documented cracking issues as noted in the following statement from Cummins...

"Between 1999 and 2001, the Cummins 24v engine blocks with casting # 53 were manufactured by the Brazilian company, TUPY. The # 53 block casting has inherently thin water jacket walls that are susceptible to cracking."
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The only Cummins block "to fear" is stamped "53"...not 59. The 53 was cast in Brazil and did indeed have a host of well documented cracking issues as noted in the following statement from Cummins...

"Between 1999 and 2001, the Cummins 24v engine blocks with casting # 53 were manufactured by the Brazilian company, TUPY. The # 53 block casting has inherently thin water jacket walls that are susceptible to cracking."
My mistake, site won't let you edit your posts. what's with that?
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Odd, I can edit my posts.

Edit: also, the 53 block prolbems tend to happen before the 100k mile mark. If you find one with 150k it's probably kosher.
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Odd, I can edit my posts.

Edit: also, the 53 block prolbems tend to happen before the 100k mile mark. If you find one with 150k it's probably kosher.
After a short period the edit option goes away. Go to any of your previous posts and see if you still can?
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