New Vintage Bus Owner, Lots of Questions
My name is Max. My wife and I have recently purchased a 1984 MCI MC-9 Coach. For the purposes of this post, I will put all the questions I have in order, and thank you in advance to all of you lovely people who respond to this newbies questions! Questions will be in bold.
On the MCI MC-9, what should we have inspected before a long road trip?
What is your preferred oil type on this vehicle? I have seen some people prefer straight 40w Delo, and some I have seen use 15w-40 with no issues, although there is controversy on that oil type if I remember correctly.
Secondly, this may seem an odd question, but I cannot find an answer in the manual. There are 2 T handles running into the engine block, but the manual does not mention which of these is the oil fill. One is larger and one is small with a 90 degree angle. (Can post picture for reference) Which of these is the oil fill?
How did you go about laying flooring over heating vents, etc? My bus has all major heating routed through the floor, and I want to make sure that I can lay over the heating "holes" without issue. There is also a small ramp at the front of the bus with vents there. Did any owners in a similar situation leave a small vent for air when laying flooring over that ramp?
When framing your bus, what tools, drillbits etc did you find the best for drilling into the side panels, and the metal framing above?
On that same note, we plan to drill through the floor of the bus to have access for plumbing, electrical etc in the bays underneath. If anyone has done similar, what was your preferred tool?
This coach also had a Lavatory in it, and more importantly an air activated door lock. When I uninstalled the lav, the air line had to be cut for removal. It was a dead end line for adding rigidity to the lock, and I was wondering anyone else's methods for "capping" that off permanently. (it seems odd that a line in the Lav can make the whole bus not want to come up to pressure due to air leaking) I currently have a pressure fitting with flex paste around the base doing the trick.
Sorry for such a long winded post, and if this belongs in another forum please let me know! Thank you for your time.