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Old 07-06-2019, 05:01 PM   #1
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I'm in love with a '61 MCI

Hello, I am new here and we are looking for our first conversion. We have not ruled out skoolies but I ran across a retro 1961 mci bus that has had a partial conversion. The bus has 40k miles on a rebuilt engine,new axels , tires, work on the transmission and a bunch of other random small engine stuff. Does anybody know what other mechanical factors that we need to consider with this bus? We don't know anything about these coach buses but I am really leaning towards this idea. Thanks in advance!!
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:07 PM   #2
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Would really need to know specifics of the drive train, what engine and trans is in it?
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:25 PM   #3
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Hello o1marc! Thank you for your reply! Below you will see the copied text with the engine info from the ad:
The bus underwent a major rehaul in 1970 after a short life as a Canadian tour bus. It has been well maintained and has many new parts, including: a new 6V92T engine with jake brakes, a 10 speed Fuller transmission with overdrive, and Ross Intergal power steering. The rear axle has been rebuilt, and new front windshields and mount rubbers have been installed.

I dont know if this helps? I do know that there are 50k miles on the new engine.
Thanks again!
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:32 PM   #4
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Hello o1marc! Thank you for your reply! Below you will see the copied text with the engine info from the ad:
The bus underwent a major rehaul in 1970 after a short life as a Canadian tour bus. It has been well maintained and has many new parts, including: a new 6V92T engine with jake brakes, a 10 speed Fuller transmission with overdrive, and Ross Intergal power steering. The rear axle has been rebuilt, and new front windshields and mount rubbers have been installed.

I dont know if this helps? I do know that there are 50k miles on the new engine.
Thanks again!
Put 10k miles on it since your first post? That helps tremendously. Everything you listed now is more important than anything in the OP. Sounds like a nice bus if the price is right.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:53 PM   #5
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Hello o1marc! Thank you for your reply! Below you will see the copied text with the engine info from the ad:
The bus underwent a major rehaul in 1970 after a short life as a Canadian tour bus. It has been well maintained and has many new parts, including: a new 6V92T engine with jake brakes, a 10 speed Fuller transmission with overdrive, and Ross Intergal power steering. The rear axle has been rebuilt, and new front windshields and mount rubbers have been installed.

I dont know if this helps? I do know that there are 50k miles on the new engine.
Thanks again!
Sounds dreamy!
It doesn't get any better than that.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:54 PM   #6
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Apparently.�� When my husband read the ad to me last night I thought he said 40k ( optimistic thinking I guess..)
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Old 07-06-2019, 08:00 PM   #7
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Word to the wise: "Canadian" might well be a red flag for hidden rust!
Hopefully your new find is structurally solid, and well maintained body wise as well...
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:08 PM   #8
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Word to the wise: "Canadian" might well be a red flag for hidden rust!
Hopefully your new find is structurally solid, and well maintained body wise as well...
Ontario and parts of Quebec are bad for rust - southern BC eehhh? - northern BC and the prairie provinces produce some rust free or almost rust free vehicles
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:44 PM   #9
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Is there a way to tell which part of Canada it's from? I have e mailed the seller but I'm not sure if they would know since they aren't the original owners. Also, it's hard to tell from the photos I have received so far but it looks like there is some damage to the chrome side panel on one side. It looks a little warped in spots. I realize that it is pushing 60 yrs old so i would expect some minor stuff. I dont think it's a huge deal ( unless it was in a wreck or something) but it almost looks like good sized door dings..I have no idea how hard that would be to fix. Obviously I would consult with a body shop..just thinking aloud here. I am going to need to travel 500 miles to look at it. I'm expecting more photos so I will try to post a couple. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:49 PM   #10
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Ontario and parts of Quebec are bad for rust - southern BC eehhh? - northern BC and the prairie provinces produce some rust free or almost rust free vehicles
Makes sense I guess, but I'd still go over it carefully. Do they not use any salt on snow covered roadways in BC?
No clue where this one was mostly used though, from OP's posts...?
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