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Old 03-19-2010, 08:13 PM   #11
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Re: Introducing my first bus

be careful of that 3116 cat motor its made in japan,,and mexico,,,,not to scared you but its not like its amercan brother 3208 cat,check it out good,,,ask for the service records on it,,,we had 4 in our bus fleet, ,the bluebird body is good one,but after two yrs we got away from them,,only because of the motor....
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:08 AM   #12
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Have a Caterpillar tech giving it a good look over. Seems the 3116 engine is a love/hate kind of thing from all the web searches I did. But both the tech looking it over and the research I did seem to suggest that if it was one with the soft block or valve issues it would have failed and been fixed or replaced by now. Guess the real draw back is the special tools needed to work on some stuff.
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:50 PM   #13
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Well picked up the bus and took it to a big truck service center to have looked over and get my Safety insecption. The bus seemed to top out at around 60mph @2700 or so rpm. Was hoping it was going to do a little better than that being a short bus and all.
If it's topping out at 2700rpm I wonder if it has some sort of governor on it that is restricting the speed. Seems like if it were a gearing issue or engine size issue then you would be screaming down the road at 3500rpm and 60mph.

You might want to ask the mechanic checking it out about that, and what would be involved in disabling the governor, if in fact it has one.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:11 PM   #14
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Well talked with the repair shop and good news is engine is in great shape. Bad news is the left front caliper is sticking and needs replaced along with brake pads on the front axle. Also one of lines to the transmission coller is leaking and needs reapaired as well a small exhaust leak. Having them change the oil and replace fuel filters as well so total cost is going to be around $1700. Had that money put aside for a good paint job but guess that can wait or will try and do it myself.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:15 PM   #15
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Well picked up the bus and took it to a big truck service center to have looked over and get my Safety insecption. The bus seemed to top out at around 60mph @2700 or so rpm. Was hoping it was going to do a little better than that being a short bus and all.
If it's topping out at 2700rpm I wonder if it has some sort of governor on it that is restricting the speed. Seems like if it were a gearing issue or engine size issue then you would be screaming down the road at 3500rpm and 60mph.

You might want to ask the mechanic checking it out about that, and what would be involved in disabling the governor, if in fact it has one.
They said the gearing is what is keeping from going much over 65mph but the sticking front brake was dragging me down some as well.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:26 PM   #16
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I agree with Smitty- for those relatively simple repairs, it seems to me they're gouging you a good bit. I don't know who you're going to and what kind of relationship you have w/ them, but I'd at least get a few other estimates before settling for that price- if you're able to, that is. Good luck!
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I took it to a Heavy duty truck service center/Ford dealership because they where one of the few places around that had tech's certified to work on the cat 3116. I realize dealers are always on the high end but they do really good work. I had them do a DOT and MO DMV inspection and correct all the issues found. Being a computer geek and not having any experience working on something so big feel better having a shop do it. Since being in a crash 15 years ago because the breaks failed always a little paranoid. At least when it's all done I will know the bus is safe and in good working order. Once I sell my class A RV should have another 3k for my conversion so not too worried.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:34 PM   #18
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Got my bus back from the shop and got it all legal as a shuttle bus. It did have this weird issue about 3 times while driving it home from the shop where the whole front end started shaking real bad until I applied the brakes. It only happened at slower speeds and seemed fine on the highway, talked with the repair shop and they didn't know what could be causing that but asked me to bring it back and have the shop foreman take a test drive with me, which I will do Saturday morning. Also hoping to start prep work on the bus for the paint job. A good friend has a buddy that works at a body shop that is going to paint it for me after I remove all the stickers, letters, and refective tape. It still is going to cost a nice amount for the paint job but the buddy deal is $1000 to $1500 lower than the other 4 estimates I got.
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:26 AM   #19
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So leaning towards a floor plan kind of like a Transvan for my bus. Might move the bathroom/shower to the other side so plumbing is all together. Even saw a link for some shower/toilet pans that have a built in holding tank which would be really nice if I can make it work in the bus.


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Old 04-10-2010, 06:24 PM   #20
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Got the seats out and started on the plywood. The impact wrench snaped most of the bolts so only had to hold the nuts from under the bus on a few. Posted pictures on my blog.
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