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Old 08-09-2018, 07:10 PM   #31
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I bought it.... Boat anchor and all.... That is a great attitude. Good luck. I know a 9.0 in the junkyard
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:57 PM   #32
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Right on, thanks! Despite the sporatic oil drip l, it actually runs great, i can run about 62 mph pulling around 2700rpms..
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Mike...
I bought it.... Boat anchor and all.... That is a great attitude. Good luck. I know a 9.0 in the junkyard
Let me know if you need something.

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Old 08-09-2018, 08:14 PM   #33
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I had been thinking how ugly my bus is, but then i see other buses that are for sale..
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Old 08-11-2018, 12:30 PM   #34
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You mean because the bus isnt level? Im not following you.
Well, perhaps my windows are different than yours but no, not that the bus isn't level. I am interested in trying to cover the lower half of my windows, at least for the kitchen area, so that whatever counter is there will not allow crumbs or whatever to fall between the window and the windowsill, or counter, or whatever. I would like to see a closer picture of the windows in your bus taken from above the level of the wood that covers the lower half of the windows. I want to see how it's done.

If I put wood straight across the middle of my windows it will have a gap between the wood and the aluminum center. That just seems like an invitation for trouble with liquids or food crumbs getting back there and causing all kinds of problems.
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Old 08-11-2018, 01:02 PM   #35
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I stand corrected.. 89 is the last year the S series was made. It seems the 9L(551) was only put in later half of 89. And from what ive read the 551 wasnt made after 87..seems odd to me but thats what i found.

From what I've read, the 9.0 was discontinued at the end of '87 because in '88 emission laws went into effect that the 9.0 could not meet. By the same coin, the 6.9 couldn't meet them either; it was re-engineered into the 7.3 specifically so that it could meet the emissions in '88.
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Old 08-11-2018, 01:18 PM   #36
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there are still quite a few 9L equipped busses out there.. many of them in the jumnkyards due to rust in ohio / indiana / michigan.. with good 9L engines in them for parts or whole.. the 9L likes to rev.. so gear it such to let it rev a bit if needbe..



while the 9L doesnt get mnuch "love" in the skoolie community it seems to in the 'Bus-Geek' community.. since I am more the latter than the former.. i know of plenty who have their classic 9L's driving them all over the place.. the beauty of the S-series chassis though is you CAN swap engines and transmissions in them fairly straightforward.. a friend of mine swapped out a 7.3 IDI that was no good for a DT-360 in his S-series bus.. so if something should happen to the 9L you could swap in a 7.3 (yes they even still make the IDI as a reman engine).. or find a DT-360 and drop in.. school busses with operable drivetrains are pretty common in the midwest junkyards..

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Old 08-11-2018, 01:40 PM   #37
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there are still quite a few 9L equipped busses out there.. many of them in the jumnkyards due to rust in ohio / indiana / michigan.. with good 9L engines in them for parts or whole.. the 9L likes to rev.. so gear it such to let it rev a bit if needbe..



while the 9L doesnt get mnuch "love" in the skoolie community it seems to in the 'Bus-Geek' community.. since I am more the latter than the former.. i know of plenty who have their classic 9L's driving them all over the place.. the beauty of the S-series chassis though is you CAN swap engines and transmissions in them fairly straightforward.. a friend of mine swapped out a 7.3 IDI that was no good for a DT-360 in his S-series bus.. so if something should happen to the 9L you could swap in a 7.3 (yes they even still make the IDI as a reman engine).. or find a DT-360 and drop in.. school busses with operable drivetrains are pretty common in the midwest junkyards..

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Good to know thanks for the info..
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Old 08-11-2018, 01:43 PM   #38
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Well, perhaps my windows are different than yours but no, not that the bus isn't level. I am interested in trying to cover the lower half of my windows, at least for the kitchen area, so that whatever counter is there will not allow crumbs or whatever to fall between the window and the windowsill, or counter, or whatever. I would like to see a closer picture of the windows in your bus taken from above the level of the wood that covers the lower half of the windows. I want to see how it's done.

If I put wood straight across the middle of my windows it will have a gap between the wood and the aluminum center. That just seems like an invitation for trouble with liquids or food crumbs getting back there and causing all kinds of problems.
He just ran the wall higher. Up to the bottom of the top window. Framed it and slapped 1/4" plywood in spots. 1/2" in others and luaan in others..lol
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:00 PM   #39
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Well, perhaps my windows are different than yours but no, not that the bus isn't level. I am interested in trying to cover the lower half of my windows, at least for the kitchen area, so that whatever counter is there will not allow crumbs or whatever to fall between the window and the windowsill, or counter, or whatever. I would like to see a closer picture of the windows in your bus taken from above the level of the wood that covers the lower half of the windows. I want to see how it's done.

If I put wood straight across the middle of my windows it will have a gap between the wood and the aluminum center. That just seems like an invitation for trouble with liquids or food crumbs getting back there and causing all kinds of problems.
Maybe throw some reflectix and foam board insulation and seal it with something? Aluminum tape? But thats just insulation.
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