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Old 02-23-2020, 04:21 PM   #1
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“Dream Liner”

Okay all.
Upon some posts, some advice (both good and bad) I dove in and bought a bus.
Behold the 1996 international blue bird.
Has a mechanical 466 and a 6+1 manual spicer.
138k. Rescued it from the woods of Utah for $1000.
Was originally an Idaho bus, from the mountain valley school district.
The back story on it.
I’m on a ski trip and have been to 9 states and 16 resorts in the last 5 weeks. This popped up on the ksl classifieds and I went out, found the milky oil, dropped the pan, crank was good, and have banked on it being a bad liner. Hence the name “dream liner”.

Drove it 60 miles, and didn’t lose coolant until it shut off. Leaving me to believe the pressure and heat keep it somewhat sealed while driving. Oil stayed clean, and had minimal blow by out the breather tube while driving.
This will be a major mechanical endeavor for me, but I’m confident I can rebuild the motor, or at least the inframe side of it. I’ll be driving it 440 miles up to Montana on Wednesday and parking it there for a week, getting my truck from Michigan, and driving back out with my tools to start the process.
Planning on a time lapse video of the engine rebuild so stay tuned for that.

As far as the conversion, I’m going to go as minimal as possible once the engine is built, live in it bare bones, and draw up plans over the summer while I’m working. The real work will start sometime in the fall of this year when my job slows down, and I have some change to boot on the build.

I’m excited, scared, and hopeful.
At least when I’m done with the motor I can say I actually “built” the bus.

Wish me luck.
-Caleb.
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Old 02-23-2020, 06:30 PM   #2
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you got this
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Old 02-24-2020, 01:31 AM   #3
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This will be a fun thread t watch.
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Old 02-24-2020, 02:55 PM   #4
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Here is the thread from the purchase and what I had to deal with before I bought it. I have a four minute video I’ll link to YouTube from that day. Maybe you guys will get a kick out of it.
https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f14/p...tml#post373525
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Old 02-24-2020, 08:21 PM   #5
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Does it have a brake retarder?
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Old 02-24-2020, 09:58 PM   #6
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Does it have a brake retarder?
I’m not sure? How can I tell? The manual holds engine braking pretty well.
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Old 02-24-2020, 10:01 PM   #7
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Brake retarder goes between tranny and driveshaft. A definite plus and adds to value; safety and saves brake wear.
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Old 02-24-2020, 10:07 PM   #8
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It might have one. I’ll have to check tomorrow. I know when I’m going downhill I barely touch the brakes. Maybe it’s there? Any idea what it looks like?
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Old 02-26-2020, 12:00 AM   #9
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Ok boys, and girls...
I MADE IT TO MONTANA!!!!!!!
Total trip of 520 miles. I was averaging between 60-65mph in 6th gear at around 2200rpm. Seemed to be the sweet spot. Only clipped over 180 on the thermostat once, and used about 2 quarts of coolant.

All in all it was a successful trip.
Tomorrow she will go in the shop, and sit for a couple weeks until I get my tools out here from Michigan.

No brake retarder, but still held good going down the steep stuff. I am a happy man today!!!

Stay tuned. The real work begins soon!
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Old 02-26-2020, 02:47 AM   #10
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Congratulations on a good trip! What part of Montana?
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Old 02-26-2020, 09:44 AM   #11
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Contrats on your bus. I am in Townsend,MT.
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Old 02-26-2020, 11:05 AM   #12
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That's awesome! Looks like we have quite a few folks from MT!

We are in East Glacier Park, MT from April-October...

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Old 02-26-2020, 11:15 AM   #13
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Do you own land up there or do you rent a spot? Would not spending time up there my self



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That's awesome! Looks like we have quite a few folks from MT!

We are in East Glacier Park, MT from April-October...

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Old 02-26-2020, 11:21 AM   #14
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Do you own land up there or do you rent a spot? Would not spending time up there my self
We work there in the summer, and my employer gives me a free RV spot to Park the bus...

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