I haven't visited these forums in a long time but I thought of you all today..
I've been looking for a box truck to convert but I went and had a look at a 2006 Orion VII diesel-electric bus today. I was hoping to hear from anybody who knows anything about these?
The one I test drove had 7200 miles on it, and I actually am worried that's too few for the year?
The engine sounded like it was surging moderately and before we took it out there was a fair amount of white smoke from the exhaust. When we got back and looked at the engine there was a constant 18inch puff of white vapor coming from the blow-by tube.
I'm just entering the world of big diesels, and I don't feel equiped to decide if that's normal or not?
We looked at another one with more miles, 45,xxx thereabout, but that one was having some wiring redone because of rats. It may be ready to compare with tomorrow..
They were both won at an auction within the last couple months and had been in the care of San Francisco Transit their whole lives prior (I don't understand why they have so few miles)
I'm planning on having a mechanic look it over and read any codes tomorrow, but otherwise I may well pull the trigger.
Having any online community around this type of bus would make me feel much better though.. so whad'ya know?