Howdy y'all! My wonderful girlfriend Erin and myself (Ivan) started our schoolie journey over a year ago. We purchased a 1993 Navistar International Harvester Thomas Built Carpenter Classic Style 7.3L IDI School Bus... (that's a mouthful)
As far as progress I'm going to keep this part short and sweet. We've completed most of the major carpentry e.g. framing, flooring, walls, cabinets. We've insulated the floors and walls with R30, laid romex for the electrical, and installed both EZ top bubbles. So far engine wise all we've had to do is get some new EverStart H8 900 CCA batteries, replace a very faulty and elusive glow plug relay, and that's the bulk of what we've done so far.
Just gotta say that Erin is the master carpenter and planner of this project, and I take care of most of the grunt work, heavy lifting and detail work. She's the brains and I'm the brawn some would say.
Now onto what we're working on. We are currently deciding where to put our ecotemp on demand water heater so we can decide the most efficient way to do the plumbing. Then we'll be installing the stove top, sink, water tank, and pump. After that we'll install the breaker box, outlets, and lighting. We have acquired some solar equipment and are waiting to purchase our inverter to install everything. So far we have 2x100W renogy panels, a bayrite digital current meter, and a renogy digital charge controller. We are going to purchase two more pannels for a total of 400W. Oh yeah, and we have a fantastic fan that we need to install as well. And that's basically where we are.
Aside from all that, I do come to these forums with a problem...
We believe we may have blown a head gasket during our last trip. During the 8hour long trip, around the 5 hour mark, the engine started to heat up past 230. I was driving behind the bus in our car and noticed that every time she would hit an upward incline, the tailpipe would put out white smoke. So fast forward a few weeks when it's time to make another trip. We've topped off our fluids and oil this time, changed a fuel filter, and went on our way. Less than 20min in the engine starts to heat up real quick. Erin had the good hunch to turn around, and I'm glad we did because that tailpipe was putting out more white smoke and was doing it as soon as the key was turned.
Help y'all! We would like to know of ways to troubleshoot this so we can know for certain if it's one of the gaskets.
Muchos gracias amigos!