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Old 05-09-2015, 05:13 AM   #1
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1990 International 3800

Good morning, everyone! I'm the owner of a '90 Intl 3800 WVO conversion. As of yesterday I'm finally legally allowed to drive it (I had an insurance hangup for the past two years).

I'm looking mostly for advice and input on getting her ready to hit the road after being in storage for a couple years.

Aside from servicing it with new engine oil and filters, trans oil, and coolant (?), what do you all suppose I should check or service before taking it out? Does skoolie have any basic guides to servicing this model bus?

Any advice on tires would help, too. Mine are surely due. Plenty of tread and minimal cracks but my steer tires are 2002 and the drive tires are old enough to be missing the week-year manufacturing designation that I hear I'm supposed to look for (so I figure they're quite old). I'd like to think I can drive around Ohio, at least, seeing as the bus can't push much above 60 mph, but any advice is appreciated, especially advice on where to hunt for used tires (city school system?).

I'll post pics, soon, but it's still dark out, here.


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Old 05-09-2015, 09:02 AM   #2
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:35 PM   #3
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photos attached. one from the driver's seat. The guy I bought it from is a diesel mechanic turned agricultural worker (not a carpenter). He downsized to a pickup running on some kind of newfangled power source. I do plan to make upgrades

The WVO tank is hidden in a surround behind the driver's seat. The centrifuge, oil pump, 55 gallon barrel, and other refining equipment is hidden inside the surround covering the utility/handicap entrance.
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:44 PM   #4
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