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Old 06-14-2017, 11:41 AM   #21
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I absolutely understand being cautious with the fluid changing but I've done old gas vehicles so many times that I couldn't wait. And typically I had a harder time than this. I'm actually going to pick up an RV today and start that battle with its 454 BB Chevy that's been sitting about 10 years also.
The brakes feel great and the tires look good too. All of them were still fully aired up. I am eager to take it around the block one time.
Yeah, I've burned 6 yr old gasoline before. Didn't so much as hiccup. Fuel I wouldn't worry too much about especially in a diesel. With their compression, you can burn rocks.
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Old 06-14-2017, 12:36 PM   #22
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My two year old diesel seems to be ok. I've been running my RYO bus more lately to burn up whats in the tank.
Gonna refill it with some fresh fuel and some Diesel Kleen.
Maybe even a dose of HotShot's Secret, instead.

Not surprised it fired right up. Like I said- my bus had icicles inside it in a cold KY winter and one used battery fired it right up without hesitation.
Now get that sucker all cleaned up and decrustified and keep the pics coming, man!
CONGRATS!
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:18 PM   #23
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Really happy for you she fired up. Good for another life now. She'll be pretty all gussied up I bet.
As far as the 454 BB I have all or most of the specs and diagrams if you need help too.

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Old 06-14-2017, 08:55 PM   #24
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Thanks again to all who replied.

I appreciate all the input and I guess it's time to back out of this thread.

I am not really accustomed to the proper etiquette of message boards, so forgive me if it's normal to reply to each person individually, I will hopefully get there. I really don't sit down at the computer too often.
For now I am on a tight budget and unsure if I'll even be able to keep this for a project but I sure want to as of now.
I'm sure I'll see you all in future posts as I drool over some of your Skoolies.

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Old 06-15-2017, 07:07 AM   #25
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I am not really accustomed to the proper etiquette of message boards, so forgive me if it's normal to reply to each person individually,
That depends entirely on how bored you get. I have a lot of free time at work so ... I reply more than most. I'd rather be working on the bus but still need a paycheck.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:11 AM   #26
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My two year old diesel seems to be ok. I've been running my RYO bus more lately to burn up whats in the tank.
Gonna refill it with some fresh fuel and some Diesel Kleen.
Maybe even a dose of HotShot's Secret, instead.

Not surprised it fired right up. Like I said- my bus had icicles inside it in a cold KY winter and one used battery fired it right up without hesitation.
Now get that sucker all cleaned up and decrustified and keep the pics coming, man!
CONGRATS!
Brings another question to mind. I've been a long time fan of Lucas additives. I don't know anything about these additives you mentioned but had planned on dumping Lucas into my tank, as their claims include Diesel engines.
Again I'm on a budget but prefer quality in preventative maintenance.

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Old 06-15-2017, 08:22 AM   #27
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Brings another question to mind. I've been a long time fan of Lucas additives. I don't know anything about these additives you mentioned but had planned on dumping Lucas into my tank, as their claims include Diesel engines.
Again I'm on a budget but prefer quality in preventative maintenance.
Someone claimed that the additive he mentioned (HotShot) was an instant success. Engine ran smoother, better mpg, etc. on the first tank full. Don't remember who it was tho. It was one of the old timers that doesn't believe in snake oil so ... The stuff is not cheap; something like $100 for enough to do an 8.3L. I need to decide when I'm going to do a fluids change on mine. Probably do it when it hits 180,000 miles.
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Old 06-15-2017, 10:29 AM   #28
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I'm also a Lucas fan. My engine ran noticeably smoother and quieter almost immediately. Lucas is what the truck drivers in this area use and I think they've got the practical experience to say what works best. It's also much less expensive than some of the new brands.
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Old 06-15-2017, 10:37 AM   #29
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only lucas ive ever run is I always run a couple quarts of Lucas engine oil stop leak in both busses.. not sure if it works but both of them only seep a little oil.. I havent tried hotshot secret oil treatment yet..

I run 1/2 bottle of diesel Kleen in every other tank of fuel (mny tanks are 25 gallon).. and i have to say my busses run great with it..

my DT-360 has no plugs and wasnt plugged in but still started up in 0 degree F weather.. my T-444E in the same weather with just one glow-plug cycle started like it was a warm day..

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Old 06-15-2017, 10:45 AM   #30
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I want to say it was Dred, Oldfart, Millicent... one of those guys that tried the Hot Shot and fell in love with it.
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