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travelinwithus 06-07-2013 10:49 AM

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Congrats on the purchase! Hope everything works out good for you with it. There is always plenty of labor to do to the bus prior to spending money on it so you will have a little time to build up the bank account.

Tango 06-07-2013 11:38 AM

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Second the Congrats --- Looks/sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. And having access to the maintenance logs is worth its' weight in gold. You can get a head start by Googling the engine and transmission to see what kind of track record they have. Just take some time to think through how you want to use a ton of research regarding conversion ideas (and this is a great place to start)...then do it your way. And don't forget to have fun with it. Why else would any of us take on such insanity?

Diesel Dan 06-07-2013 11:54 AM

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I third the congratulations! You've got the same size bus as me, except I've got a Thomas body. So I know you have an International chassis, but is International also the body manufacturer of that bus? The shape of the front/windshield area is reminiscent of a Carpenter.

I have the same 7.3 liter engine in my Ford F250 truck. It definitely has some advantages, but I consider the rotary injection pump to be it's weak point. I prefer the inline Bosch pumps, which I think are hardier. But then again, I have been tinkering with alternative fuels and that may well have caused my problems. :?

Tango 06-07-2013 11:58 PM

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Hey Dan --- I doubt it's you. The old school inline pumps are a lot hardier while the rotary pumps are super twitchy. Same with the lift pumps. The old mechanicals would last forever it seems while the "new improved", computer controlled, high-dollar versions are a RPITA. More planned obsolescence or just stupidity?

crazycal 06-08-2013 11:02 AM

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Congrats on your purchase. That's a nice size. Much easier to get around. I imagine a 90 would be a non turbo IDI. You won't win any races but parts are dirt cheap. I think new injectors and a pump would run about 6-700 bucks.

Diesel Dan 06-09-2013 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by crazycal
...I think new injectors and a pump would run about 6-700 bucks.

Actually, I've replaced all that stuff. The injectors were about $200 for all 8. The injection pump was about $1,000 parts and labor (I did the injectors myself but had a shop do the pump).

Tango: The lift pump on this one is actually mechanical. I replaced that as well, and I don't think it cost too much. I have an old diesel Mercedes that ran all the same fuels as my F250 and it has the inline Bosch pump. The Mercedes pump has not flinched, but the truck pump has crapped out twice! I'm selling the truck now. If I get another one, I'll get a Powerstroke.

Malkieri: I don't mean to spook you about the engine you got, but I would definitely recommend you be very careful about your fuel. Make sure you have a water separator, keep your filters changed, and I would think twice about running biodiesel or straight veggie oil.

lornaschinske 06-09-2013 01:50 PM

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Prioritize in writing what you need to do and what you want to do. If you are building out of pocket like we are, you will need to get your basics in. Then you can upgrade handles,hardware to fancier more expensive models later. Repairs first. Start with solid frames/skin then put in your basics first. Fix your windows first. Pull, clean , then reinstall the windows/blanked sections so you have leak free. Better now than later when it involves ripping out a wall or cabinets. Seal your roof too for the same reasons.

bansil 06-09-2013 02:49 PM

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congrates like ugh 9th :mrgreen:

Tango 06-09-2013 10:15 PM

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I absolutely agree with building a house, get it closed and weather tight first...then onto the fun stuff inside.

bansil 06-10-2013 02:05 PM

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good luck on the journey home, pics will be just fine

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