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Old 04-14-2016, 02:20 PM   #31
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If you were buying it to park and live in it, it would be worth it. If you were traveling with it forget it. You would go broke pretty fast. I bet the buyer will put a diesel in it.
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:03 PM   #32
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I know I'd only drive it home with that engine, if I got it. That does sound a little nice than my minimalist bus, I mean van. I had my chance at it, so now if the other sales fall through and I end up getting it I'll know it's providence for me to have a WanderLodge sitting beside my Maxi-Van.
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I know I'd only drive it home with that engine, if I got it. That does sound a little nice than my minimalist bus, I mean van. I had my chance at it, so now if the other sales fall through and I end up getting it I'll know it's providence for me to have a WanderLodge sitting beside my Maxi-Van.
If it runs you could probably buy it, clean it up and flip it for a profit.
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Going from gasoline power to diesel involves more than the engine swap. Special fuel tank with connections for return, special fuel filters, lots more gauges, room for an intercooler if turboed...just a few off the top of my head.
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Going from gasoline power to diesel involves more than the engine swap. Special fuel tank with connections for return, special fuel filters, lots more gauges, room for an intercooler if turboed...just a few off the top of my head.
not to mention either a different transmission or at least adapter plates / bell etc.. and then you may have a transmission with shift point settings that were much higher RPM on a gas motor than on a diesel so you may have valve body work / governor to do unless its a unit completely controlled by the shift cable.. not to mention rear end gearing that may also be too short for a diesel...

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Going from gasoline power to diesel involves more than the engine swap. Special fuel tank with connections for return, special fuel filters, lots more gauges, room for an intercooler if turboed...just a few off the top of my head.

Very true but much easier than what you are doing. I would buy an existing school bus with the desired drivetrain, then sell and scrap out the rest. No need to invent the wheel.
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Eggzactly, my sentiments. Yeah I could have bought it to flip, but it might have been a while because you know how motor homes sell these days, unless you're giving them away like this one.
He didn't say it, but it's the maintenance while the bus isn't actively being used that seems to be motivating him. He did say it was his second one. How long have they been making those things?
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Very true but much easier than what you are doing. I would buy an existing school bus with the desired drivetrain, then sell and scrap out the rest. No need to invent the wheel.
there are a lot of busses from the rust belt that run super but have really crappy bodies on them...

alot of people in the ohio / michigan / indiana area work in the automotive industry so they often keep things up mechanically but all the rust and salt gets the best of them... great for a donor bus..

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"Wanderlodge is a high end brand of Class A motorhome recreational vehicle that was built by Blue Bird Body Company (now Blue Bird Corporation) in Fort Valley, Georgia, from about 1963 until 2009. Production started with a 31-foot (9.4 m) gasoline-powered forward control (front engine) model and expanded to include larger diesel engine powered pusher (rear engine) models up to 43 feet (13 m) in length. They remain highly prized by their owners[1][2] and have an extensive service network.[3]"

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