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Old 11-09-2019, 11:03 PM   #61
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:43 AM   #62
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I am new to the Skokie Community. I am looking to do my own conversion as I am very handy with carpentry, plumbing, electrical, solar, sheet metal etc.
Unfortunately, I donít know anything about diesels or if this bus is a good candidate long term for a conversion to a full time RV. I am not concerned about the initial cost as 1or 2K at this point is minimal considering the overall conversion cost. The long term maintenance and repair costs are more of a concern.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-10-2019, 10:19 AM   #63
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Hu Jim,
I guess first of all you need to ask yourself what works best for you? Some of it is preference do you like a flat nose or long nose? a long bus or short bus? And then ofcourse is it mechanically sound? For me mechanically sound was top priority. I was lucky enough to met with the maintenance manager for the school district and we really hit it off. He was there when the bus was originally purchased so he knows its life and history better than anyone. He gave me the files on the bus basically everything that had ever been done to it and when. His back ground included he worked for Detroit Diesel for 20 something years so he knows a lot more than me haha. He also gave me Original Detroit Diesel shop manuals as well as original wiring Schematic drawings, real blueprints over 10 sets for that particular bus plus so much more. It really gave me peace of mind. I hope that helps there are some people on this site that are really in the know when it comes to buses and doing a nice conversation on one. For me I started in construction and than operated cranes the last 21 years for local 12
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Old 11-10-2019, 10:32 AM   #64
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Sweet lookin bus, powertrain rebuild before 120k miles huh?
If you would like to check out my website that has all sort of information especially for the T444E/7.3PSD engines check out I've got helpful downloads and articles as well as a link to my YT for other how to videos mainly on the F series trucks.
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Old 11-10-2019, 10:56 AM   #65
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Old 11-14-2019, 02:17 AM   #66
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Year: Gill
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I know everything about Crowns and Gilligs, also Ford F600, B700, F800, F900. I have manuals, schematics, many many many many parts, engines, trannies, diffs.

My advice is free 24/7. I know more about Gilligs than anyone on the West Coast, maybe the U.S. I've owned 40 Gilligs, 35 Crowns, every possible configuration, and have dismantled about 30.

I've been a mechanic for 53 years, buses for about 28 years. There is very little I do not know, and if there is I can find it out quickly.

Patrick Young FRESNO, CA (559) 251-3814 Once again FREE advice 24/7 anytime. I've rebuilt two engines so far, owned 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 cylinder diesels to include Nissan, Lister-Petter, Cummins, CAT, Detroit Diesel, IHC, Isuzu, Mercedes, Hercules and a few more I've probably forgot.
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