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Old 08-27-2018, 07:15 AM   #1
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Start of the TC1000

Came across this on CL and grabbed it.
To start with it needs a new radiator, side mirrors, front and rear frame cross braces (these were bent and broke during a previous tow I presume), front sway bar bushings, and may be more once I get that going. After that is done the aim is to build a small shower, kitchen and some type of sleeping accommodation. Its a 2002 model. Paid 4k. Probably too much but oh well. Mostly wanted it to tow the race car to the tracks around the area so my 3 year old daughter and wife can come along and don't have to suffer outside during the Florida summers the whole day.

This thing has air tanks everywhere. I've counted 4 so far. Engine runs. Not sure about transmission yet. Seems one of the rear air bags has colapsed but we'll see once it gets some air if it doesn't inflate.

I'll do some searching but if anyone can point me to a good place where I can source spare parts for the TC1000 I'd be deeply grateful.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:44 AM   #2
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I believe the TC1000 with 5.9 always had an AT545 transmission. For the sure the front engine TC2000 was that way.

i think my TC2000 had 3 air tanks, plus I added one for helping to run air tools. Make sure to bleed your tanks in case there's water sitting in them!

Your bus was a Florida bus so don't skimp out on rust treatment or try leaving the floor in place! Also, it's in the year range of the 5.9 that you need look check your block casting for the 53 block.

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Old 08-27-2018, 08:05 AM   #3
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I believe the TC1000 with 5.9 always had an AT545 transmission. For the sure the front engine TC2000 was that way.

i think my TC2000 had 3 air tanks, plus I added one for helping to run air tools. Make sure to bleed your tanks in case there's water sitting in them!

Your bus was a Florida bus so don't skimp out on rust treatment or try leaving the floor in place! Also, it's in the year range of the 5.9 that you need look check your block casting for the 53 block.

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Where on the block can I find that? Is the 53 a reference to the blocks cast in Brazil?
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:17 AM   #4
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That's exactly the issue, yep! It's on the passenger side of the block, probably covered in oil and grease.

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Old 08-27-2018, 08:19 AM   #5
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ok thanks. I'll take a look next time I am down there.
Wasnt' there something also about once they pass 100K miles that the risk of cracking is no longer an issue? This baby has 250k on the clock.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:32 AM   #6
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ok thanks. I'll take a look next time I am down there.
Wasnt' there something also about once they pass 100K miles that the risk of cracking is no longer an issue? This baby has 250k on the clock.

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Old 08-27-2018, 11:12 AM   #7
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Guess I got lucky.
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High mile 53 blocks are usually OK but these things are generalizations not actual rules... I'd still avoid them if possible!
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Old 08-27-2018, 04:43 PM   #9
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Nice bus, a younger version of the one were currently building.
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Old 08-28-2018, 05:42 AM   #10
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Oh I wish mine had sliding windows like that.
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