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Old 05-04-2019, 06:16 PM   #1
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Spirit of the North

decided to take the plunge on this 1980 GMC 34.5' long bus - it has the motor and transmission I want and hopefully it's already registered as an RV - even if the motor needs repair or replacement, and some other things need R&R, I can't go too far wrong on this high ceiling bus for $600 - now if I can just get hold of the owner and iron out a couple of details before he sells it to someone else - ( The title of 'Spirit of the North' is what the bus will be named - my kennel is named 'Spirit of the North Kennels' - might as well keep the theme going ) I think I'll paint it royal blue and a creamy white, with some art work showing running sleddogs on the sides
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:34 PM   #2
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The reincarnation of "SILVER WOLF!" Congratulations,



Sounds like a good plan, will be watching. Good luck with her...


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Old 05-04-2019, 06:36 PM   #3
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Sounds like a good plan, will be watching. Good luck with her...


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thanks - this old man is feeling some youthful enthusiasm
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:40 PM   #4
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Is it the 366 tall deck, big block, Gas engine?
Looks good from pics. Hopefully there's not much rust on her...?
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:40 PM   #5
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Dang! You beat me to that reference!
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Sounds like a good plan, will be watching. Good luck with her...


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That...
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:45 PM   #6
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Ahh shucks, t'weren't nuthunn!....lol


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Old 05-04-2019, 06:46 PM   #7
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Is it the 366 tall deck, big block, Gas engine?
Looks good from pics. Hopefully there's not much rust on her...?
366 on propane - l may look into what it needs to be dual fuel - l like the split rear end too - from what l could see of the interior, it looks like it had a couple of leaky windows, so there is likely some rust - not too much l hope
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:01 PM   #8
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Saw that when he 1st posted the bus.

Seemed to me, at the time, destiny took a hand.

Or a paw...
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:10 PM   #9
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366 on propane - l may look into what it needs to be dual fuel - l like the split rear end too - from what l could see of the interior, it looks like it had a couple of leaky windows, so there is likely some rust - not too much l hope
At least there won't be much carbon buildup internally, being run on propane. Hope you have good LP suppliers in your area? Your previous idea of carrying 20# "spares" is good.
Gasoline vs LP cost, as well as the ease of refueling in more places on the open road, might make a worthwhile dual fuel powered engine conversion. Although it won't be cheap!...
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:25 PM   #10
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At least there won't be much carbon buildup internally, being run on propane. Hope you have good LP suppliers in your area? Your previous idea of carrying 20# "spares" is good.
Gasoline vs LP cost, as well as the ease of refueling in more places on the open road, might make a worthwhile dual fuel powered engine conversion. Although it won't be cheap!...
I have an old Ford van on dual fuel - I'll take a look at that and see what I need, or if it will do double duty on a GMC
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:52 PM   #11
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congrats on your new project. Looks great.

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Old 05-05-2019, 12:42 AM   #12
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:28 AM   #16
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There was a thread recently where a member detailed his propane to gasoline conversion.

From what I recall, it was pretty straight forward.

Fuel tank, pump, line and filter installed to support swapping the intake manifold for a TBI package.

I wasn't entirely sure but I think that the factory wire loom had the TBI connections in place.

Just a thought
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There was a thread recently where a member detailed his propane to gasoline conversion.

From what I recall, it was pretty straight forward.

Fuel tank, pump, line and filter installed to support swapping the intake manifold for a TBI package.

I wasn't entirely sure but I think that the factory wire loom had the TBI connections in place.

Just a thought
sounds good - it can't be all that complicated
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Old 05-05-2019, 04:51 PM   #18
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can anyone 'read' this VIN# and tell me what it says? T16PEA5555455
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:21 PM   #19
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anyone have some advice?
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can anyone 'read' this VIN# and tell me what it says? T16PEA5555455
My best understanding is that VIN's on modern vehicles are 17 digits and the first digit (WMI) indicates country of manufacturer.: 1- US, 2-Canada and 3- Mexico..

If the vehicle is mid 80's or newer, I suspect that you have an incomplete VIN.
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