8.2 L Detroit Diesel "Fuel Pincher" - running, but what to do with it?
Hello Skoolie folks. I've largely been a lurker on these forums, but as I move toward working on my skoolie project a little more seriously I figured I might as well ask a few questions about my engine.
I have a 1991 Bluebird B-series school bus with a 8.2 L Fuel Pincher(per the title) in it. The engine runs, though I have not ever driven it more than about 30ft...not since I got it, at least, and even then it was only a 15 minute drive home. The bus has been sitting in a field since May 2016, and I've been living in it since 2018. The interior is partially done, but I'll be finishing that up this fall(hopefully); the thing I'm not real sure on how to handle is the engine.
Shortly after I got the bus, I found a maintenance manual for the engine online and bought it($120 or so) in anticipation of working on it. I've done some research since then, and I'm not entirely sure which way to go with it...try to spiff up the old engine, or look for a replacement. Most of the forum discussions I've seen about the 8.2 say dump it; it appears that there are a number of design flaws and some not-very-available specialty tools that were needed to disassemble parts of it. I'm also not much of a Diesel mechanic(as in I've done almost no work on Diesel engines) so I'm not sure if this is a great place to start.
So far it doesn't seem to have any issues. I replaced the thermostats after I got it, which seems to have settled down a "Swelling" problem in the RPMs I was having. It's running pretty nicely right now - so far as I can figure.
I guess I'm just looking to solicit general thoughts on the engine and maybe get some ideas on potential replacement options, if it seems that I should replace it. Any takers?