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Old 06-29-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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Re: looking at getting new to me skoolie....

it might be.. depends on what you actually want to use it for. you should find out the hours of operation, transmission type and so forth. the price looks to be normal for that type of bus sold by a dealer.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:26 PM   #2
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Re: looking at getting new to me skoolie....

The new motor is certainly a big plus, but I'd also want to know the condition of the tires, brakes and transmission. Those are pretty expensive to replace. A new set of tires alone can run near $2000. Ask whether the seller can show you the maintenance records. If it's been well maintained it could be a winner.

Diesel engines generally have a much longer service life than gassers, but the bolt-ons (alternator, water pump, transmission, etc.) don't live nearly as long.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:53 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard. Looks like your bus has a great engine. Lots of pictures please.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:25 AM   #4
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If you buy 12-22.5 tires and put them on, you will go faster than 55, cause the circumfrence of the tire is larger...
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Re: looking at getting new to me skoolie....

Your red racer mower looks like it will fit in just fine! Go ahead--put a bath towel around your shoulders, drink lots of water and get a move on! Some of us old guys would like to see what you do to your bus while we are still on the right side of the grass!
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:37 AM   #6
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Congrats on the GREAT start! See, it wasn't that bad and it looks like your helper had a good time! Keep the sweat--er I mean pictures comming.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:08 AM   #7
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I just called my wife "Midnight Special" and got hit...
don't try that at home...
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:17 PM   #8
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Furnaces, stoves, and roof air conditioners are not cheap when you buy them new.

I would snap them up. A lot of roof airs are 13000 BTU. They are good enough to cool your bus, provided that it is not 100 degrees outside. Parking in the shade helps a lot.
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:34 PM   #9
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It might work for a "zone" say bedroom....skoolies have a lot of realistate in them unless your spin 8 foot 2x4's
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:47 PM   #10
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if they have been sitting a long time, the orifices can be plugged up, and possibly things like connectors in the circuit boards corroded. that is a chance you have to take if something is free. if you can test them before removal it would be best as parts are sometimes more than a good used one that works on cl., and you should always insist on seeing a cl item work before you buy.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:07 AM   #11
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if i brought a buss full of car parts home i would probably get killed...
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:42 PM   #12
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Good score. I'm a little confused by the picture of the engine. The ribs on the valve cover, are they raised? If they are, I think you have a DT360. The badge says DT466. The 466 has the ribs indented.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:23 PM   #13
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Whatever engine you have, if you got 12 mpg in a 71 passenger bus, that's the engine I'd want.
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Whatever engine you have, if you got 12 mpg in a 71 passenger bus, that's the engine I'd want.
It's not a big deal until you're buying parts. Both engines are good.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:22 PM   #15
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i just use semi gloss and flat enamel from wal mart.
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I stopped using flat because it stains to easy,since it's not really "sealed" we paint trucks all the time with satin or semi-gloss enamel
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #17
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i havent checked minnesota, but you should be able to check online at the state site... or just ask dmv.
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