Hey everyone, just here to ask a few questions. I've browsed these forums quite a bit over the last few months, but my school bus conversion project is getting pretty serious so I figured I would ask some more experienced folks a few questions.
As a little background information, I have a 1992 Bluebird B-series 72-person school bus. It has the Diesel engine, I believe the 8.2L Detroit Diesel. I've heard that it's kind of a crappy engine, but I've yet to experience any problems. As of right now, it has been sitting on a friend's property for nearly a year while I work on it. I start it up every week or two and run it for a while to make sure it's still good to go. It has a temporary panel with electric run to it, wired up for 110AC with the potential for 220AC. Otherwise, all I've done to it is tear stuff out.
My first question comes from the radiators. I took the back one out, as per usual, and I have also removed the one next to the door(the small one) and put a U on both of them. I also want to remove the one next to the driver's seat, as I don't really want any of them and am willing to just deal with the cold if I ever have to drive it anywhere during winter.
So, the question(s): Is it OK to take all of these out? Can I just yank all three and be OK? I have seen a few people suppose that in certain buses, especially older ones like mine, these extra radiators were actually necessary to keep the bus from overheating while driving. Also, if I yank them out, how do I fix the cooling system on the engine so I don't have hoses full of antifreeze running into the cabin still?
Sorry for these questions. I know they've been asked a thousand times, but I haven't seen a solid answer to the above questions.
Also, secondary question that will probably be controversial: Do I need to remove the ceiling panels and re-insulate? I know there is fiberglass insulation up there, but I don't know how good it is. I also plan to add a roof rack, which should help with cooling(my main concern in Arkansas).
Anyway, thanks in advance for any replies.