Originally Posted by frank-id
From your post, your knowledge maybe very limited about govenors. I think your knowledge and any gain in any way shall be limited. Get a tach and connect it, observe the speedo. What engine does the bus use? What trans. Do ya know anything about driving a bus? I am not being a jerk, just trying to point out there is more to driving a bus than owning a bus. Get some milage and some experiences. Some times things are as they should be. Miles per gallon is important, not top speed. Now if ya want a drag bus, this is a different situation. Ya gotta walk before ya run.
Old guy, Frank
Old Guy Frank,
Well, it's a bit hard not to take your message as not being just a wee bit condescending, but if you want some clarification:
I've owned the bus for over 4 years and driven it on a number of long distance trips (800-1000 miles round trip). While it is my first Skoolie, it is by no means my first vehicle or my first time working on a vehicle, although I am doing more with this Skoolie in terms of vehicle mods and engine work than with any of my previous 10 vehicles.
As it is my first time owning a vehicle with a governor of any kind, I posted my question because I am looking for any guidance related to it. My main reason for asking about removing the governor is that I am planning on installing a new wiring harness and if the governor is not needed (which, since I am not clear on why it would be), then I would just as soon simply the process. My understanding was that governors were governmentally required on school buses at some point, not that they were necessary to run the vehicle safely.
The bus is a 1979 Ford B600 Shorty, with a Ford big block 370 2V engine. In the first year I owned it I focused mainly on interior modifications (seating, painting, etc.). Over the last year I have been working on getting it running as well as it can and updating some of the mechanics. I've already put in a new carburetor and alternator and am getting ready to install an HEI module and ultimately the new wiring harness that I noted above. In the process of investigating the current wiring, I came across the governor unit (which I ID' by doing a lengthy part number search and only found it referenced on a government parts website with no info other than it was a 'governor') and am trying to determine whether I need it and if not, how to remove it without negative consequences. I will post the part number when I get back home if that helps in any way.
So, yes, I am LOOKING to learn more about the bus, If you have some HELPFUL information to share, would love to hear it.