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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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 04:01 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Iceni John View Post
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.


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 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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