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Old 03-23-2015, 08:17 PM   #21
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If that oil analysis is correct and no repairs were made, you'll likely need much more than what you have budgeted to get the bus up to snuff.
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:54 PM   #22
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I say just cross your fingers and drive 'til she dies! Then you can worry about replacement engines. Just keep up on fluids and watch those gauges. If anything feels funny, pull over and investigate thoroughly.

I expected catastrophic failure at some point during our recent trip. My only hope was that it would occur in a warmer climate. Luckily, we had no major problems, but you might as well plan for them just in case!

EDIT: Oh, I just realized you're talking about coolant in the oil. How much is entering? Can you see the level rising on the dipstick? If the oil is being diluted then that is certainly an issue. Spun bearings is no fun...
If it seems minor you may just need to accelerate oil changes bad advice all around, I'm sure...
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:28 AM   #23
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I say just cross your fingers and drive 'til she dies! Then you can worry about replacement engines. Spun bearings is no fun...
If it seems minor you may just need to accelerate oil changes bad advice all around, I'm sure...
Drive it until she dies is definitely bad advice. You can multiply the damage and the cost of repairs.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:04 AM   #24
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How many miles you plan on driving this bus per year?

Most builds take years. My bus will not move under it's own power till the summer of 2016. Convert the shell into a home, and worry about the engine later. Just don't be starting and running it for no reason till you figure out a plan on how to fix it.

The DT 466 can be completely rebuilt in the frame of the bus at a later time.

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Old 03-24-2015, 07:09 PM   #25
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If your bus has spoke wheels you are limited to the size rim you can use.

If your bus currently has 20" or 22.5" wheels, that is all that will fit.

On those wheels you can mount many different sizes of tires going from little donut tires to as big a 315's (I doubt 315's would fit inside your fenders). The most common sizes are 10R22.5, 11R22.5, and 12R22.5. The 12R is considerably taller than the 10R and would be an effective OD.

The only thing you would need to determine is if the taller tire will have enough clearance to make turns or if the spacer between the duals is wide enough so that the inner side walls of the duals don't rub.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:56 PM   #26
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This was gonna be a quick build of about a month to be on the road. We're currently diagnosing the problem; gonna do a coolant pressure check and go from there. If I'm lucky it's the oil cooler. Less lucky if it's a gasket. Even less lucky if it's a head. Option 1: buy a kit and fix the engine. My dad's a mechanic, but hasn't worked on diesels. We'll figure it out. Option 2: Keep the good tires, part out anything that's good, salvage the metal for cash, buy a different bus.

It's probably safe to say that my on-the-road eta has been extended by at least a month, but that will be ok.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:58 PM   #27
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How many miles you plan on driving this bus per year?

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Last year we went 25k in four months, so I'd expect at least 35k this year.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:28 PM   #28
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This was gonna be a quick build of about a month to be on the road. We're currently diagnosing the problem; gonna do a coolant pressure check and go from there. If I'm lucky it's the oil cooler. Less lucky if it's a gasket. Even less lucky if it's a head. Option 1: buy a kit and fix the engine. My dad's a mechanic, but hasn't worked on diesels. We'll figure it out. Option 2: Keep the good tires, part out anything that's good, salvage the metal for cash, buy a different bus.

It's probably safe to say that my on-the-road eta has been extended by at least a month, but that will be ok.
Best to pull the oil pan when you do the coolant check, or at least on the second try(if the first time isnt successful). Leaky liner seals are easy to spot that way.
Your option 1 is good, because a full overhaul kit is around $1800 from IH, or around 1100 online(agkits). Big $$$$ savings by doing it yourself. A 360 is a fabulous engine, just a little under powered for a loaded bus.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:30 PM   #29
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Don't trash the bus, especially that 360. They only made them for a few years.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:43 PM   #30
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Keep the bus and the 360! It really is a small wonder
If you did an inframe, you'd have basically a new engine--one less BIG thing to worry about.
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