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Old 07-16-2020, 05:35 PM   #1
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35' MCI motor coach partially converted

https://rsymonds53.wixsite.com/mci-5c

Have some money invested in this bus. Need to sell it, too old to work on it anymore. Good bus for conversion and partially done. Looking for best offer. It is located in Tolland, Ct.
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Old 07-16-2020, 10:08 PM   #2
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Nice looking MC-5. That would a great foundation for someone to build on.

Nowadays people shy away from the '71 series engines, saying that it's hard to find someone that knows how to work on them, but those engines where designed to be easy to work on, even the V-engines.

Not that I'm going to buy another bus, but do you have a reasonable price that you would find acceptable?
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Old 07-17-2020, 12:18 AM   #3
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From the scrolling pictures, it looks like a good machine. Hard to tell since the images would go away about the time you looked at them.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:22 AM   #4
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A lot of folks should look hard at these MC5's.

Good luck with sale, OP. Sweet lil coach you got there.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:23 AM   #5
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Nice looking MC-5. That would a great foundation for someone to build on.

Nowadays people shy away from the '71 series engines, saying that it's hard to find someone that knows how to work on them, but those engines where designed to be easy to work on, even the V-engines.

Not that I'm going to buy another bus, but do you have a reasonable price that you would find acceptable?



having just acquired my very own '71 based bus.. ive been reading up alot and also hands on with reviving them and working on them.. everyone I talk to says parts are still readily available for them.. now some of the peripheral parts on some of the older stuff may be hard to find.. ie fan clutches, A/C parts, etc..



realizing just how easy it was to bring a 6V71 to life that had sat 37 years was just amazing and to me a testament to the quality that those engines were.. I used to be afraid of them.. now im really finding myself very much fascinated with them..
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:50 AM   #6
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71 series engines aren't rocket science or voodoo, it's just that they haven't been in mainstream use for so long that the mechanics who best knew them are a dying breed. It's kind of like at the beginning of the COVID crisis when states' websites were crashing under the surge of unemployment applications and it came to light that most of their modern technology has been developed on the back of legacy technology like COBOL and Fortran but almost no one working in technology these days knows those ancient languages. It's not like they're shrouded in mystery, it's just that no one wants to bother learning something with little practical application until it all hits the fan. I would put these engines in the same category because they're actually quite basic and practically bulletproof and if society as we know it collapses or there's a massive solar flare that fries modern technology or whatever I'm guessing those old Detroits will keep on ticking away and suddenly become 'essential infrastructure' to keep whatever remnant of society trudging along and likewise anyone who knows how to work on them will find themselves in high demand.
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Old 07-17-2020, 07:01 AM   #7
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71 series engines aren't rocket science or voodoo, it's just that they haven't been in mainstream use for so long that the mechanics who best knew them are a dying breed. It's kind of like at the beginning of the COVID crisis when states' websites were crashing under the surge of unemployment applications and it came to light that most of their modern technology has been developed on the back of legacy technology like COBOL and Fortran but almost no one working in technology these days knows those ancient languages. It's not like they're shrouded in mystery, it's just that no one wants to bother learning something with little practical application until it all hits the fan. I would put these engines in the same category because they're actually quite basic and practically bulletproof and if society as we know it collapses or there's a massive solar flare that fries modern technology or whatever I'm guessing those old Detroits will keep on ticking away and suddenly become 'essential infrastructure' to keep whatever remnant of society trudging along and likewise anyone who knows how to work on them will find themselves in high demand.

the most complex parts of a 71 are probably the roots blower and may be the injectors..



but of course anything 2 cycle will baffle a young guy fresh out of diesel school with his fancy laptop ...
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:35 PM   #8
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From the scrolling pictures, it looks like a good machine. Hard to tell since the images would go away about the time you looked at them.
Click on the pic and it will open in another window and you can view them as long as you want.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:39 PM   #9
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I'd like to get 7.5K, have over 20K invested over the years. We were going sell everything and full time in it and my wife got sick. It is a good bus. Runs excellent. Needs a headlight and someone to finish it. If I wasn't 67 I'd finish it and fulfill the dream.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:47 PM   #10
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Aw come on ... 67 is not old! My wife is well past that age and we are still working on our skoolie while moving from Texas to Florida.
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Old 07-17-2020, 09:08 PM   #11
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Those mission stickers in the bus are probably the best collection of them anywhere outside of Cape Canaveral. Ultra cool and irreplaceable. Maintianed as only NASA would, no doubt.


You have a piece of history there, and a flat out bargain at $7500, IMHO.


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Old 07-23-2020, 12:15 PM   #12
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Really nice build

Nice looking sheet metal work... best of health....
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Old 07-23-2020, 12:16 PM   #13
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Have all the side windows been removed? If so do you have them? What is covering the outside where they were?

Thank you for info in advance.
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Old 07-23-2020, 12:51 PM   #14
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I want it so bad
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Old 07-23-2020, 07:19 PM   #15
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sheetmetal

The windows are gone, the frame is framed for RV windows. 2 in the living room, 2 in the back bedroom.The outside skin is 16 gauge aluminum. (.064) About 3000 rivets total went into the sides and there is aluminum skins on the inside under the plywood with more rivets.
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Old 08-01-2020, 10:34 PM   #16
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Came back for a second look,, really nice job on the skin!
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