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Old 02-04-2013, 01:47 AM   #1
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Re: I like Newbies... and their questions!

i like the term Newbie, i guess that's me. not being much of a computer geek i am not sure if this is the right place to ask my question, but here goes. i have a 1974 Bluebird with a 366 gasoline engine. the bus has been sitting for 90% of the last seventeen years. The odometer is showing 56,500 miles. the engine has not been running for at least six years. i live in western Canada where there is very limited humidity, so therefore very limited rust. i put in a battery last September and the engine still turns over freely. my question is: i hope to start a simple conversion next spring, should i go with the bus that i have and fix it up mechanically, or throw down some cash and look for a newer bus that is still running? i probably will not be touring very much. Mostly just living in it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Re: I like Newbies... and their questions!

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i like the term Newbie, i guess that's me. not being much of a computer geek i am not sure if this is the right place to ask my question, but here goes. i have a 1974 Bluebird with a 366 gasoline engine... my question is: i hope to start a simple conversion next spring, should i go with the bus that i have and fix it up mechanically, or throw down some cash and look for a newer bus that is still running? i probably will not be touring very much. Mostly just living in it.
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Try "Conversion Discussion." Your question will catch more attention of those who have all sorts of rigs, including gas Chevrolets. Some are much older than yours. My feeling is that a Bluebird in hand is worth two in the bush - forgive the pun - especially since the body is in good shape and you're not going to rack up a lot more miles from what it sounds like. (Disclaimer: I know little about Chevy trucks/buses, so I might be way off base here.)
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:38 PM   #3
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Re: I like Newbies... and their questions!

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i like the term Newbie, i guess that's me. not being much of a computer geek i am not sure if this is the right place to ask my question, but here goes. i have a 1974 Bluebird with a 366 gasoline engine. the bus has been sitting for 90% of the last seventeen years. The odometer is showing 56,500 miles. the engine has not been running for at least six years. i live in western Canada where there is very limited humidity, so therefore very limited rust. i put in a battery last September and the engine still turns over freely. my question is: i hope to start a simple conversion next spring, should i go with the bus that i have and fix it up mechanically, or throw down some cash and look for a newer bus that is still running? i probably will not be touring very much. Mostly just living in it.
If you're not going to be driving that much, why drop the cash on a newer bus. Use the money towards your conversion. If you will be driving, expect about 5-6 miles per gallon or whatever goofy standard you and about 98% of the world uses. You should at least get it in good mechanical shape in case you need to go on a trip. Oh yeah, welcome.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:31 AM   #4
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Old bus or new?

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Would you rather put a lot of money into something and not be able to recoup it or put a lot less money in....and still not be able to recoup it?
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Re: Old bus or new?

Again as most people said here....search your soul as to what you want the bus to do. I have a older bus with the same 366 in mine so the parts are there if you need to redo one or even to swap it out. I think you need to look at how much you will drive it. If your going to do some miles on it probably a new one will pay off in mileage over time. If you doing a weekend here and there Id stick with the older bus.

Both of them you will tailor to how you want it to be so thats really a none issue in my book.
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