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Old 02-06-2019, 09:47 AM   #1
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Coachwork: MCI 96A3
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1989 mci 96a3

1989 MCI 96A3

I did a 6 month search including many different busses Including a number of different Skoolies and a Scenicruser, (still want the Scenicruiser) I finally found the right bus with the right engine for the right price.

I purchased her in Nov 2015 From Horizon Coach in Arcadia Florida, very nice people to deal with.
This was the sales Video: https://youtu.be/VxpCoJof_jU


A friend of mine, Kevin, who is a professional Bus Driver with over thirty years’ experience gave it the once over and drove it and gave me the thumbs up, The wife and the dog liked it, So, after some negotiating, I bought it.

Made the 100 mile drive home to Tampa without any issue, plenty of Power, No unusual Noises, Air Conditioning worked.

Engine - Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
Automatic Transmission - Alison HT740

1998 MCI 96A3 8V92TA HT740



I rent space in a shop that I use to work on my Motorcycles, there is a large yard attached, the owner of the shop had no problem with my bringing in a bus to work on, even encouraged me and did not charge more rent (amazing) even had a concrete pad to park it on.

Bus at the shop



Three years later we are just getting to the point where it is usable (but far from finished).






I have created a series of Slideshow's that chronicle the build.

Hope you like them.


Bus Build Part 1 - https://youtu.be/JEq45DGANew
Bus Build Part 2 - https://youtu.be/WvftDKN_E10
Bus Build Part 3 - https://youtu.be/kwOYu-I8PVQ


There is still a lot of work left to be done.

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Old 02-06-2019, 10:00 AM   #2
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Very cool!
Nice to see so many Florida folks on here.

MCI is a nice coach.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:43 PM   #3
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I have created another in the series of Slideshow's that chronicle the build.

Bus Build Part 4 - https://youtu.be/7uIyhRxZUVk

Let me know what you think.

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Old 11-05-2019, 11:02 AM   #4
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Sweet MCI!

I miss my two stroke Detroit's. Be sure and school yourself, if you haven't already, on the proper oil for your 8v92. A good resource is Tejas Coach Works, Silver Eagle Bus Conversion, Motor Home Bus Conversion, Bus Sales, Repair
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Old 11-05-2019, 02:49 PM   #5
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Sweet MCI!

I miss my two stroke Detroit's. Be sure and school yourself, if you haven't already, on the proper oil for your 8v92. A good resource is Tejas Coach Works, Silver Eagle Bus Conversion, Motor Home Bus Conversion, Bus Sales, Repair

You are Definitely correct, Detroit 2 strokes are finicky when it comes to oil.

Has to be a straight 40W low ash and CF2 compliant.

I was using Delo 100,

The last oil change I switched over to Coastal from Fleet Pride.

Has the same specifications as the Delo 100 but sells for $11 a gallon instead of $18, makes a difference when you are using 9 gallons for an oil change and the Bus seems to like it.

These engines are designed to use oil as well, never meet a Detroit that did not leak, Like Harley's, Old Chevy's and Dog's they need to mark their spot, If they ain't leaking it means they are out of oil

I sure do like the way she runs, will do 70 MPH on the interstate all day long, Quite the smooth and quite ride.


Thank You for watching the Slide show, a lot of work and sweat went into creating those pictures.


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Old 11-05-2019, 08:30 PM   #6
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that is precisely why the call the "green leakers

My mechanic told me that to keep a freshly overhauled Detroit from leaking was simple. Don't start it and it wont leak.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:41 PM   #7
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that is precisely why the call the "green leakers

My mechanic told me that to keep a freshly overhauled Detroit from leaking was simple. Don't start it and it wont leak.
Yeah whut thou sayest!
LOL, don't start it and it won't leak... I've said that about others before but yeah DD are notorious foe leaving their mark and being a fuel toilet, atleast not a gutless fuel toilet though LOL.
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:08 AM   #8
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So glad I found this! Your bus is awesome! I just bought an 89 mci 96. I traded up (hopefully) from a bluebird all american. I pick up the mci next weekend.

I have a few questions if you guys don't mind.
So this bus hasnt been run in a year. I'm working with the owner (he's in Indiana and I'm in CT.) To get it ready for the drive back when I go and pick it up next weekend.

He tried to start it last night and it was dead.
I have a week to make sure its ready to drive about 900 miles. I'm a mechanical minded fellow but ive never had a DD bus and I'm not there with it!

Kind of an open ended question but what should be done to it to get it ready?
I'm glad I saw that it needs special oil!
It has a 6v92 says the owner.

Any help or advice would be appreciated!
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