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Old 06-28-2019, 07:02 PM   #1
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Hello! Currently looking at a '76 AM General. Help?

Okay,

So this is a partially converted bus, and this is what I know so far:
  • Runs (though I'd have a mechanic check it before buying)
  • 6'8" interior headroom
  • tires are good except for age
  • Detroit 8V71 engine Allison V730 automatic transmission
  • Air brakes
  • Already been registered as an RV (!)
  • $4k
  • Unknown total miles, but 60k since overhauling?

I'm going to look at it on Monday. I've seen interior and exterior pics and it has been gutting and partially refurbished, but needs modern TLC and a new paint job. Which, I'll happily do to make it my home.

So, those with experience, does this sound reasonable?
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Old 06-29-2019, 05:05 AM   #2
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good durable engine, although those who know about working on them are getting less commom. Age does matter on tires. If garage kept then you can go older and still be ok. Look carefully for any cracking or dryrot. I have 10 years or so in my mind for tire age as reasonable, at least in my experiance.
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Old 06-29-2019, 10:39 AM   #3
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From the pictures it looks like it's been mostly under a standing structure type thing, with the front sticking out. So kind of garage kept? Lol. But that's good to know. I'll definitely ask the actual age and inspect them.

Cracking I understand what that looks like, but any pointers on dry rot? That seems a little harder to spot to me.
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Old 06-29-2019, 01:37 PM   #4
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A good source of info for Detroit 2 strokes is the "Bus grease monkey" on youtube.

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Old 06-29-2019, 04:03 PM   #5
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Wonderful! Thank you! I'll have a look.
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Old 07-02-2019, 05:58 PM   #6
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Sadly, this bus was basically a rust bucket. There were sooo many pluses that this bus had. The guy had replaced things, engine had been rebuilt, custom water tanks waiting to be installed, new "normal" door with custom built door frame waiting to be installed.

But, just, so. much. rust. It just means more time to work on ourselves and get rid of excess belongings.
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