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Old 12-19-2017, 03:51 PM   #491
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Sorry so many troubles lately ECCB. If you were in VA id roll u one!
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Thanks, I'm admittedly a bummed out mess!



When I get the bus fixed, we fully plan on a run up to the est coast to see the mountains and we'll hit you up for that!
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Old 12-19-2017, 04:10 PM   #492
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MAYBE i will have made up my damn mind by then and actually be building mine
Im not near the coast unfort......im 20 mins from Skyline Drive( to west)45 mins from DC(to North). Almost dead center between I-81 and I-95. But any schoolie people travel nearby are welcome. The church behind me have given me permission to park there once I buy one. They have a HUGE fenced/ barbed wire parking behind church. So atleast somewhere to park.
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Old 12-19-2017, 04:10 PM   #493
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Well the good news is I've found a nice, competent, trusted community diesel guy.
I walked in, he climbed down from a Pete he was working on, and we talked about my bus' engine and the coolant leak.
When I described the leak he knew right away what I was talking about! FINALLY!
That's where the good news ends.

The bus is LIKELY going to need a new front and rear timing cover and the associated gaskets. I could tell he knew what he was talking about when he asked if my engine had "the updated cover". I'm pretty sure it does not, which means I need to find the front and rear cover used (but the updated parts) or buy brand new and the parts alone would be $3000. A couple grand in labor.
So 5 grand to have it fixed right. 3 grand to maybe fix it with used parts.
Even the mechanic said I could do the front cover. But that rear one he said is a real PITA, especially if you don't have the shop, the tools, etc.

I drove over to the bus, looked all over for the "nail in the tire" and couldn't find it. Climbed into my van, popped open the roof vent and took a nap on a couch I'd just picked up from my moms. I awoke to Shauns highly medicated dad pressure washing my van all high and telling me just to over torque the cover bolts and hope for the best. The next suggestion was to run it with the rad cap off. THe next suggestion was to try to sell it to "a woman on Craigslist".
At this point I'm a bit frustrated, my head is spinning. So I headed to Starbucks for a coffee, grabbed a pack of smokes, and headed back to my house.
Buying any used vehicle is a crapshoot. Hell, Subaru taught me even a brand new vehicle is a crap shoot.
I've crapped out a few times, this ones the biggest gamble I ever crapped out on.

I have no way of paying for this even if I did it all myself, so now I'm going to have to do some fund raising. With the wedding coming up I don't think I'll be driving this bus for the next year or so.
Sorry to be so bummed, but damn.

Would it be cheaper and easier to just replace the whole damn engine?
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Very sorry to hear this after you were so good about the sale of Roll Your Own, and so excited to get this one.

Take a breath ...

SPend some time trying to find the updated covers at a reasonable price. One way would be a newer engine being scrapped for other reasons, or a cheap scrap bus with a blown engine of the right type. MidWest had one going for $2000 a little while ago. Something like that could be had, even from MidWest, for $1500. Drive it to the nearest salvage yard, have them pull the engine and give them the scrap.

Then you have the covers you need and a van to get them home in. You can do the engine pull on the shorty. Once out the work is much easier. It takes time but between you and your mates you can get this done.

Or sell it, and buy another.
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Old 12-19-2017, 04:12 PM   #494
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Hey CB, hang tough man! All of us reading here are feeling your pain and yes, you have had a tough few months, no doubt. This is just a bigger test than most troubles, but fixable, so DO NOT GIVE UP.
There are things you can do in the meantime. I tend to agree with Christopher that this might not be as bad as first appears. However it will take some patience and skinned knuckles to do.
Not sure what tools you need but suggest a really good torque wrench that will do any job you run into in future.
Seeing as you are really into buses you might as well find or make a gantry if you can't find an engine hoist. Pic below of what I suggest. That will take care of a lot of heavy lifting.
When I look at the pics of the cover front and rear, it looks like the weakest part in the whole engine design. This is something every one owning one of these engines might give extra attention.
Get that front cover off and make that bus useable by cleaning up what you can and reassemblee using the best gasket shite you can find for high temp. Being a high point on the block you can bet that gets pretty hot.
Just get it back to a dependable runner, don't aim for perfection this trip.
I looked at that engine in Miami and it wasn't a rebuild at all. Just pulled from some other vehicle and may not be any better than what you have down the road.
Lots to consider for sure..one step at a time man, we are all pulling for you in this. We want to see you go honeymooning in that baby...
Roll on,

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Old 12-19-2017, 04:32 PM   #495
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I agree with Chris in the use of JB Weld. It would be better to have a hillbilly fix on that cover and be able to use it than to just park it and wait until you can afford to do it "the right way."

I also thought everybody would laugh, but JB weld has saved my but more than a few times.
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Old 12-19-2017, 04:38 PM   #496
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I agree with Chris in the use of JB Weld. It would be better to have a hillbilly fix on that cover and be able to use it than to just park it and wait until you can afford to do it "the right way."

I also thought everybody would laugh, but JB weld has saved my but more than a few times.
Ouch! You might want to rephrase that Robin. Did you suddenly sing soprano after using that on yer butt?

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Old 12-19-2017, 04:40 PM   #497
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I just found out today my engine computer took a crap on me. They decided to mount it on the side of the hot engine, then act surprised it failed??? **** happens, but there is only 1 direction- onward.

You gotta listen to Chris and do it on the cheap ( I'm scrounging boneyards for ECU).


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Old 12-19-2017, 04:42 PM   #498
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I agree with Chris in the use of JB Weld. It would be better to have a hillbilly fix on that cover and be able to use it than to just park it and wait until you can afford to do it "the right way."

I also thought everybody would laugh, but JB weld has saved my but more than a few times.
Well I'll just have to respectfully disagree. No way am I putting JB weld on this. NO WAY.
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:02 PM   #499
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:03 PM   #500
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I never used JB on anything buy my own personal vehicles. Never on things I sold. I've patched gas tanks and lots of other things. Like Chris, I was broke and needed my vehicle to work. I couldn't afford to park it. I never had a JB weld fix break, even years later.

You're letting a gap about the thickness of a fingernail make you park that bus. You can always fix it right later.

Ssssssssh. We won't tell anybody if you use it. Or if you have the cover off, you could go roll one and Chris might accidentally drop a blob of JB on the cover.
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