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Old 03-03-2012, 10:51 PM   #11
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Re: So I brought my bus to a mechanic...

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I don't know how 1.500,- Canadian Dollars compares to US Dollars? Around here, that's a $250,- bus to my mind. Wish I could cheer you up.
$250?? It's probably worth over a grand in scrap metal if that what this situation comes down to haha. But I don't get the feeling that the problems with the bus are so serious as to make the bus worthless. They are serious enough that I will have to talk to alot of people and do alot of research before I will be able to solve those problems without going broke but hey that's life. Live and learn! So yea not quite ready to throw in the towel yet. Appreciate the input though!
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:20 PM   #12
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You have a good attitude. Yes, if you can get these bugs fixed on the cheap, you might pull this off yet.
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:43 AM   #13
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For that rear axle seal leak, I would take it to an independent truck repair shop. They should be able to replace that wheel seal in less then half the time. As far as the lights not working, first I'd check the bulbs b4 I start checking the wiring.
Replace the ones that don't work with new light bulbs. After that, the ones that still don't work, check for corrosion on the wiring and tighten up all the ground wires going to them. After that, for the ones that still don't work, it's time to start tracing the wires back to their source. You may find several broken or grounded (frayed) wires. Replace as needed.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:09 AM   #14
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Re: So I brought my bus to a mechanic...

Last axle seals i bought cost around $25 each, just some work, but not rocket science. any time you remove front wheel hubs, or take out rear axles (llike to tow or something) you should always change the seals.
U joints are not hard to change, especially if you have a shop press. They are cheap, and can be changed without one.
Master cylinder can be swapped out for a rebuilt one, and that's not hard at all.
Even brake shoes on busses are now cheap. My fronts for all 4 cost me $78. I think the drum i had to replace was around $90.
For exhaust extension just go to the parts house and get the appropriate exhaust tubing size, and maybe a crushable coupler, and some clamps and a couple of hangers and just drill holes for the hangers, or weld them.

There is nothing structurally wrong with the bus... after all it is a truck frame, and what's left of the body just sits on it. you could even drive the thing without the body...
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:40 AM   #15
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That's canada for you. Beautiful women, lying thieving skunk limpwrists for men. Except for a couple that post on skoolie.net,and maybe a few others here and there.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:50 AM   #16
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Re: So I brought my bus to a mechanic...

Im from Sask and the hours they quoted you are too long for each thing... was he going off his estimation or going off of a book value time for x project?
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:54 PM   #17
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So I went and picked up the bus from the mechanic today, and now the turning signals and brake lights are working again (the mechanic said none of them were working even though I had replaced the bulbs and made sure they worked before I brought it in). Drove it 20 minutes back to my neighborhood without any problems whatsoever. I'm having a bit of a hard time believing this situation is as hopeless as I've been led to believe. Going to post an add on craig's list and look for an independent mechanic to give me a quote on changing the rear axle seal, the driveshaft u-joint, and maybe some of the rusty brake lines. I will try to extend the exhaust myself as well as work on the electrical issues. Wish me luck!
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Good luck!
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Luck!

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