Steel lines would probably be cheaper. You can usually cut off the old line near the fitting and attach the new ones with rubber hose and clamps. Otherwise, the best fix is to just replace them with new lines and fittings. Not terribly expensive. We run long lines in my stock car to place a cooler up front and we attach them to the cooler using rubber fuel line and clamps and I have never had one come off or fail.
Where do you get your info on the Chevroelt bus powertrain.
I have heard nothing but good reveiws for the at545 from guys at the truck shops that I know. They say that this trans always shifts firm and almost never slips. As for the 8.2L detroit it does have its problems as in headgaskets and other minor problems but that engine has been in marine aplications for years.
I was just wondering if you had experieance with this powertrain or if your just a die hard Ford fan.
In search of Bus #2
(Sold)1989 Chevy Thomas 8.2 Detroit Allison AT545 Custom 3rd door added in back.
GM Service Tech
I think he is refering to the torque converter which in that allison trans is designed not to lockup. Just get a BIG trans cooler since slipping torque converters create heat. Lots of people are iffy on the 8.2 but the only bad thing I have heard from bus mechs is the head gaskets going. What kind of speed will it do on the highway?
I've heard NOTHING good about the 8.2 other than "it's cheap to replace when it lets go". The higher-HP turbos (over 200) are complete disasters; the low-power versions are...well, better. Don't overheat it, don't run the oil low, & DON'T OVERREV IT!
Edit: No experience with an 8.2/545, but plenty of miles in shuttles with the Allison 545 (behind Cummins B's & IH T444E's). Reasonably durable, but a huge power hog.
And my favorite bus is International.
Optimism is a mental disorder.
Today I went to the courthouse to re-title as a motorhome and get the bus registered. Way easier than I thought. The hardest part was waiting for the staff to figure out how much to charge me. All I had to do was fill out this paper saying what modifications i did, 110V power, alternate heat or air source, etc. No pictures required. $102.50 later I have a new title that says I have a motorhome and new plates to but on the bus. Sweet day. All thats left is getting it insured. Going to put that off for a while since its winter, if I decide to take a trip its a simple phone call to the insurance agent.
Its finally painted, tonight we will be painting on the graphics and lettering, I'll have more pictures when I'm done with that.
Lookin pretty good. Can you share with us more on how you painted your ride... did you have professional equip, or a pro there to help... what type of paint/primer did you use, did you have a small portable air compressor? Things like that. I am about to paint mine and I have been back and forth on either spreying it, or rolling it...