Well, I had a couple different threads going...figured I'd bring it all together easily here.
So the bus...paid 3500.00. Shows like 128k miles and 2221.8 hrs on the tach
I left my house at 2:20 am Monday and did a combo trip...
Shuttle from my house to Atlanta airport...
MARTA train from atl airport to civic center (megabus pickup)
Megabus to Louisville
Arrived in Louisville at 2:25 pm
Guy picked me up, we wrapped everything up quick and I was off.
I'd looked at the bus briefly, while passing through Louisville some weeks back. It sounded good, seemed solid, but was on limited time and the auction was done anyway...so it was mine.
Immediately getting on the highway I was like WHOA...the front end is super sloppy. Definitely has some wear issues in the driver wheel...bushings, joints, shocks, etc...front end is going to need a little work.
Engine feels solid but...hours meter doesn't work
Tach works, but not the hours indicator within it. Tach seems accurate, but when the bus is off it doesn't fall from the idle position. Overall, the bus makes good power, is smooth, shifts pretty well, brakes are definitely good. Air pressure stays good, has an air seat, air door, etc...all works. Going down the road temps bounced between 205 and 215. Oil pressure is low at around 23-25 and real low at idle, but my searching of the CAT engine seems to indicate that's normal.
The trip went without any real issues. I rolled back into town and parked it at my shop around 3am...almost exactly 24 hours later. Position of the driver seat and pedals....HORRENDOUS. I GOTTA move back! Headlights suck...figured that would be the case...got LED action going to be happening there.
Overall....it's an auction bus...what can you do really. When talking conversion, you essentially have to take a chance on these buses being ok...what can you really do. The engine was clean, made a 500'ish mile trip with no hiccups. Tank was full when I picked it up and I drove home and still have 1/3 of a tank or so...tank must be monstrous...lol.
Suggestions/thoughts? Convert away!? I'm going to look it over more closely at my building now. Need to check oil, coolant, pull an oil sample, etc. I suppose before really diving in, the drivetrain should be confirmed, as that's what really matters here. 500 mile trip is a good start...just really hoping for good drivetrain health. It is what it is...