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Old 07-29-2015, 07:52 PM   #11
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:12 PM   #12
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Thanks for the vote of confidence!
You guys just made my day!

I have been going back and forth in my head between ...
how cool this will be and ..... what am I thinking?!!...
but... mostly the cool part...!

No going back now! Starting out the adventure tomorrow..
Flying into Fairbanks from our home off the road system. 2 more planes and one train and a car ride to get there, then bus all the way home...
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:36 AM   #13
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Righteous looking shorty!
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:46 AM   #14
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cruising speed around 45~50?
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Old 08-18-2015, 03:42 PM   #15
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More detail later, but a quick rundown of the (super fun, highly successful) trip:
-Bus sold in 1997 with 97,000 miles
-Sold again in 2015 with 98,000 miles
-2 weeks after purchase 3700 miles had been added to get to Fairbanks!
-Cruising speed: happy spot at 45mph @2500 RPM and another at 52 mph @ 3,000 RPM
-Worst gas mileage day 9 miles per gallon. Best gas mileage day 12 miles per gallon. Trip average was right at 11. -- go 304 2bbl!!...
-One flat tire in inner city Oakland
-Lost alternater in Cache Creek, Canada... "Lordco" parts store to the rescue! Sunday afternoon... part in stock!...
-2 oil changes, plugs, cap, rotor, air filter, belts.... loooots of gas...
-Thumbs up, smiles and "the nod"... 1,000's .... Everybody loved this thing.. minus the dudes that couldn't pass.... .... some of them were haters... not that I blame them!
Pics to come.
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Old 08-18-2015, 05:52 PM   #16
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That little darlin' is worth putting a 5.9 Cummins into. That and a rear gear swap and you could roll with the best of them.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:25 PM   #17
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304 was a great engine. Put a lot of miles on a IH 1600.

Sounds like a successful trip to me!
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:44 PM   #18
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I have had several of all the SVs and 304 is my favorite. 345 and 392 are great, don't get me wrong, but i just love the good behaviour of a 304.

This one in particular ran so smooth that I had to look down at the guages at stops to see if it was still running!.. Reached for the key a few times thinking it died, but no... just smooth and quiet.

GREAT trip. Bus people, truckers, hippies, red necks, kids, parents, car guys, RV dudes all loved this thing. Swarmed us at every stop.
People wanted their picture taken with it or in one case wanted a picture of them in the drivers seat.. (former school bus driver)...

Soooo much fun and what a good view with tall seats and glass all around.
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Old 04-15-2016, 05:34 PM   #19
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Update on winter progress

Turns out the 20' bus fits nicely into my garage. Several inches to spare!..
Sure clogged it up for other projects, but sooo much fun!

Winter progress includes:

-New radiator hoses (3x). The smallest bypass hose was original.
-New spark plug wires
-New oil pan gasket
-New valley pan gasket - fresh yellow paint
-New intake gaskets - fresh yellow paint
-New valve cover gaskets - fresh yellow paint and lettering
-New carb. gaskets
-New flexible fuel line and oil pressure line
-New fuel filter inside pump
-New heater hoses (red)
-New tranny gaskets, rear seal, shifter rubber - kit from Novak (NP435)
-NEW RING AND PINION!! with differential rebuild
-----changed from stock 6.16 gearing to 5.29 gearing!
-Packed front wheel bearings and adjusted brakes
-Adjusted steering box

Coming soon is the driveshaft carrier bearing and new u-joints. Had to order the 3-1/4" socket for the rear axle and waiting on this now to do the rear brakes and wheel bearings. Just hoping to inspect the bearings... and re-install. It is my understanding that they need not be packed as they share lubricant with the differential...

Also ordered 2 new electric blower motors for existing cab heat. Heater box was gross. Dirty and full of candy wrappers, pencils, dust and lint along with a bit of rodent poo... yuck... Core is good, but one blower was seized and another had been replaced previously and was a CCW motor instead of the CW it called for!.. Cleaned and painted the heater box parts and reassembling. Re-wiring switch box at the same time.

Other items on the wish list... mini-hi-torque starter... upgraded headlights... but may wait till the interior is farther along to buy these..

Working on insulation ideas and thinking to build another wall inside that is even with the chair rail. Flooring and under-floor tanks are probably next.

New fluids all around including a massive amount of brake fluid to fill the double brake system...

Rambling now, but ... you get the idea. Long ways to go, but making progress!
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Old 04-15-2016, 05:55 PM   #20
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Sounds good. It kills me when someone says they'll be finished in two months.
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