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Old 10-26-2016, 07:50 AM   #21
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Ewww, sorry to hear that. You know before everyone bought their (first) bus they had never converted one either. Some people had some skills (might know electrical and plumbing, but not carpentry, propane, mechanical, or welding). but most of us have been learning as we go. The title of my book is "Well...That Didn't Work"
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Old 10-26-2016, 10:04 AM   #22
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Hey! I had the spare metal... So, what's a guy to do???

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Old 10-26-2016, 10:18 AM   #23
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I guess one of the things turning us off is the fact that it's carbureted. We want to drive it out west which involves some pretty dramatic elevation changes. I don't know much about carbureted motors and dealing with having to rejet it how many times sounds annoying for both my wallet and I. I also don't know how I'd drive a manual in that terrain -- I live in miles and miles of corn fields, I can't even practice.
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Old 10-26-2016, 10:41 AM   #24
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Lots of people drive across the country never touching their carb jets.

Carb jetting is something drag racers do to tweak out extra hp when tenths of a second matter.

I used to drive a Nissan from Utah (high elevation) to California (sea level)
I did notice a whisker more power at sea level.


Many years ago i bought a motorcycle i really wanted, but then sold it because my girlfriend and i were broke and she didn't care for the motorcycle.

She and i had a rocky relationship. I suspect it had to happen because but whew it was tough. She and i later parted ways.
I regretted selling that bike for many years.

A year or so ago i bought an almost identical motorcycle and enjoyed it a lot, however i recently sold it and after looking back it wasn't so exciting as i had imagined it. Just another motorcycle. I no longer regret selling that bike when i was younger, i wasn't missing as much as fun as i had imagined it to be.

The greatest thing in life about getting older is that i give myself full permission to change my mind. It helps me release from decisions that are not serving me like i had hoped.
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:03 AM   #25
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Newer engines with computer controls will adapt to altitude but an older, non electronic carb will take some tweaking to operate correctly at higher altitudes. The air is a lot thinner which makes them run rich so you typically have to lean them out some. But be careful. When you come back down, the engine can be way too lean down on the flatlands and create a lot of excess heat. Older motorcycles seem to be especially sensitive for whatever reason and you could actually seize a two-stroke motor if it had been set up for the upper Rockies then went down to sea level.
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:12 AM   #26
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Lots of people drive across the country never touching their carb jets.

Carb jetting is something drag racers do to tweak out extra hp when tenths of a second matter.

I used to drive a Nissan from Utah (high elevation) to California (sea level)
I did notice a whisker more power at sea level.


Many years ago i bought a motorcycle i really wanted, but then sold it because my girlfriend and i were broke and she didn't care for the motorcycle.

She and i had a rocky relationship. I suspect it had to happen because but whew it was tough. She and i later parted ways.
I regretted selling that bike for many years.

A year or so ago i bought an almost identical motorcycle and enjoyed it a lot, however i recently sold it and after looking back it wasn't so exciting as i had imagined it. Just another motorcycle. I no longer regret selling that bike when i was younger, i wasn't missing as much as fun as i had imagined it to be.

The greatest thing in life about getting older is that i give myself full permission to change my mind. It helps me release from decisions that are not serving me like i had hoped.
This is inspiring. The elevation still scares me. In my area the elevation is about 1400', but the drive we want to make using I90 has several mountain passes. The Continental Divide, 4th of July Pass is around 3000', Lookout Pass is around 4700' and the biggest one is one in Montana at around 6300'. I can't find anything in my research for this sort of thing. I'm tempted to look around for a mechanic who knows something about carbureted motors and ask his thoughts.

Alternatively, is it possible/common for people to convert a motor like this to be fuel injected? I can probably get over the gearing and stuff if I had some way of dealing with it. I love the look of the bus, I just need to know if it's the correct one for me.

And towing? I'd like to get a car dolly for it, most likely to tow a 2006 Jetta like I have or my girlfriend's G6.

Sorry for all the questions, I am by no means a mechanic, a bus driver, or a skoolie owner...yet.
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Old 10-26-2016, 12:21 PM   #27
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Well the lady friend and I talked about it for a long time. I think we're just going to sell it... I'm really bittersweet about it. I've grown to really like it over the last few days... but it isn't for us.

If anyone wants it... lol
I had to ditch my first bus.
It wasn't for me, either. Better to get rid of it now before you spend money and time on something you're not diggin!
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Old 10-26-2016, 12:39 PM   #28
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I had to ditch my first bus.
It wasn't for me, either. Better to get rid of it now before you spend money and time on something you're not diggin!
This is what makes it so hard. I'm digging the bus. I'm just not sure I should've gone with the gas motor when it sounds like a diesel would be better suited for what I want. I didn't want a diesel because of expensive upkeep. And the price point of this bus was a score.

But I fully see that if this isn't the bus for me, I won't stick anything into it. I'm just not sure I can get rid of it either -- the school bus market isn't exactly hot.
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Old 10-26-2016, 05:38 PM   #29
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You can list it on eBay Motors.... decide what you want to get out of it (minimum), set a reserve at that amount (say, the $1000 you paid for it), start the bidding at maybe $100 or $500 and see what happens.

Just remember eBay will charge a fee to list it, so review the fee structure and see if you want to do it.... but it is an option. You could also put it on Craigslist and see what happens.

Either way, include lots of pictures, maybe shoot a short video showing it running so people know it will start and run.
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Old 10-26-2016, 07:36 PM   #30
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This is what makes it so hard. I'm digging the bus. I'm just not sure I should've gone with the gas motor when it sounds like a diesel would be better suited for what I want. I didn't want a diesel because of expensive upkeep. And the price point of this bus was a score.

But I fully see that if this isn't the bus for me, I won't stick anything into it. I'm just not sure I can get rid of it either -- the school bus market isn't exactly hot.
I think a diesel bus with an auto would be a better cross-country rig. That's why I went with one for my second and current bus conversion attempt.
I'd try Ebay. You may even sell it for a wee more than ya paid.
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