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Old 03-15-2019, 05:57 PM   #11
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John Honestly as far as the on off thing goes I have yet to see any two converted busses that are the same. As far as my buss goes I think it's just not popular. The gm "new look" busses are what was common for the time. Am general didn't stay in the buss biz for long. Honestly the gm looks cooler so I understand. I basically got the GM's ugly fat cousin. Lol.
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Old 03-20-2019, 03:28 PM   #12
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The 8V-71 in a V-drive is a left turning engine. All of the peripherals are identical to a right turning engine except for the fact the drive gears are reversed.


Make sure that if you are purchasing any parts to mention the fact you have a left turning engine.


The V-730 is a very stout transmission but is limited in capabilities. With only three speeds forward you will discover climbing hills will require using 1st gear a lot of the hill is steep enough or high enough. Some were geared with 2nd direct and 3rd OD. The OD version meant you could really fly but it really limited the hill climbing ability.


Good luck!
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Old 03-20-2019, 04:01 PM   #13
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Easy 2-stroke driving tip - DON'T LUG IT!
Keep the revs at about 1900 when climbing grades, manually shift down to 2nd (if you have a V730 transmission), and use a 3/4 throttle. Never floor it uphill. There's only one gauge that will save your butt, and that's for engine coolant temperature. Watch it like a hawk, especially when climbing. If the temp gauge doesn't work or isn't trustworthy, fix it before driving anywhere.

John




PS - don't lug it.
Donít lug it at alll


If it is a stick slam your hand in the door to get the right mind set.to drive it. Rev it till it hits the governor shift and repeat.

As siad before donít lug it.

Watch the temperature

And donít lug it.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:13 PM   #14
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Don’t lug it at alll


If it is a stick slam your hand in the door to get the right mind set.to drive it. Rev it till it hits the governor shift and repeat.

As siad before don’t lug it.

Watch the temperature

And don’t lug it.
Like I always say. Drive 'em like you're mad at them. Most folks don't even understand what I'm talking about, or believe me, they think I'm nuts.....and they're right. Nuts about Detroit 2-strokes. Stomp on the throttle, full fuel, after shifting, and keep it revved up above 1900 and on the governor if you need the road speed. Won't hurt a thing. Smashing my hand in the door is counter productive, I usually need it to shift the damn thing. But I DO have a lead foot and it's planted on the throttle. Do this, and they last for many happy years. Oh yeah, don't get it hot, and don't LUG it. Shortest path to the rebuild shop, and paying for your mechanics' Hawaiian Golfing Vacation.
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Old 03-22-2019, 06:24 AM   #15
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Yah well every truck driver I met that started driving them told me the same thing.
It is amazing when I drive the farm truck some place how many old timers walk over and ask if it is a two stroke.

The other comment is if it starts and runs away ( air box full of oil) go get a cup of coffee till it calms down. If it’s running your gonna haul if not. Well lol.

Oh yah drain the air box every time you start it.
Otherwise it could get exciting. Co2 fire extinguisher to shut it of if the emergency stop doesn’t work.

And don’t lug it.
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