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Old 08-08-2012, 11:51 AM   #11
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Re: Meet Edison - 1979 GMC/Blue Bird shortbus

The Drive home from Vancouver to Victoria ran about 85km according to the odometer, and that doesn't include a 95 min. ferry ride.
Edison runs flawlessly.. took the back roads then highway, she runs at 90km/h (55mph) easily. The engine speed govenor is still connected.
Detoured to a truck wash and gave it a good clean-up. No Leaks!
Treated us to $91 CAD for 75ltrs of 87 Octane gasoline.. guage reads full (for now) then continued final 25km to home.
Only slightly alarmed that the guage now reads less than 7/8.. yikes.

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I guess 8MPG is an average: bad for a car but pretty good for a cabin.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:27 PM   #12
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If you decide to get really serious about all this, you could always transplant a Cummins 6BT diesel into that puppy. Your mileage could be more like 15-17 if tuned right and the 6's are cheap and plentiful. Good for a solid 500K miles as well. Just a thought.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #13
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If you decide to get really serious about all this, you could always transplant a Cummins 6BT diesel into that puppy. Your mileage could be more like 15-17 if tuned right and the 6's are cheap and plentiful. Good for a solid 500K miles as well. Just a thought.
I see.
I see also that you have a 350 Chev (for now)
guessing at what my MPG is until I actually venture forth for a drive. maybe I'll get better than 8MPG?
94,000km on the engine should mean alot of life so I don't forsee a repower.. service label says: 250 hour service due @ 99,000kms
basically, I plan to make a summer cabin that is able to change venue occasionally.. if I really feel the urge to roam, I have a 1968 VW bus for that.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:03 PM   #14
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Progress report:

Lovely Green Seats, no wear or tear
GOING!



GOING!!



GONE!

now the dreaming begins..

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Old 08-08-2012, 04:07 PM   #15
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Destination, Nowhere.

rear window 'curtain' made from an original 1940's Tram destination Blind from Adelaide, Australia.

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If you decide to get really serious about all this, you could always transplant a Cummins 6BT diesel into that puppy. Your mileage could be more like 15-17 if tuned right and the 6's are cheap and plentiful. Good for a solid 500K miles as well. Just a thought.
I see.
I see also that you have a 350 Chev (for now)
Tango's will fit inside your bus tho'
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:40 PM   #17
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Actually, it's a 350 Chevy that I am replacing in mine as well. About the same at 6-8 mpg. In my rig I'm looking at dang near 30 mpg with the 4BTAA hooked to a six-speed Allison. That was my goal/motivation on the transplant.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:49 PM   #18
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update:

click link to view the finished interior:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60137763/the%20 ... 0riley.pdf
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Very homey interior and excellent photography.
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