I've made a fair bit of progress on the bus, luckly the 455 was in good shape. a new carb/air cleaner, electronic distrubtor, some clean gas, a battery and an oil change and about 2 week of work, and i had the old girl where she would start.
First thing we did was gut the inside, then it was missing a drive line so i hunted for the pieces to make that up, next i tackled the brakes, as it had none. a new mastercylinder, 4 wheel cylinders, rebuilt hydravac brake booster, i did learn in this process that the rear axle has been replaced. one of the first things i ordered was an orginal parts manual for the bus. after realizing the wheel cylinders that i ordered for the rear of the bus wouldn't fit, i made do, took the new ones apart, pulled the old ones and rebuilt them.
back to the driveline, luckly we managed to find out out of an International truck of some sort from an old trucking friend of my dads, and i won a suburban dirve shaft from ebay, and had our local machine shop build the driveshaft out for me, bought a new yoke for the rearend to match the truck drivehsaft. once that was assembled, added some ATF to the turbo 400, and lookly there, it ran under its own power, and it even stopped.
While taking it around the look from our house (my wife was dirving) she is a former aTm bus driver, the tranny cooler fell from where it was placed in front of the raidator and drug until the bus bled out, and wouldn't move any more. removed the cooler for the time being and spliced the lines together, some more atf and a way we went!
oh i added an air compressor and an air ride drivers seat.
other major work, i've completely rewired the bus, with a new wiring harness, before she had 3 circuits, now she has 20! new lights all the way around, all LED, didn't do HID headlights, yet
That brings us to abount now, spend that last week working on a cracked exhaust manifold, almost have that all back together. my plans for the rest of the summer, work up the inteior to the point that it is useful, have come across some transit type bus seats, have to pick them up yet. as for the rest of the summer a generator, and rooftop ac unit is to come. paint and dressing up is going to have to wait until next year. i fully intend to have the bus at the first football game, even if it killls me!
if you have any questions please feel free to ask, i've had alot of fun working on the old gal!