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Old 03-11-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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1989 bluebird 24 pass chev 366

Considering a 1989 bluebird with a chev 366 gas engine. Standard transmission. Body in good shape, runs and drives well. No rust. Going to offer $2500 Canadian dollars. Thoughts on what to look out for in this bus? Tomorrow is the day to make the final decision.

Having little luck with Google for info on this bus.

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Old 03-11-2017, 01:57 PM   #2
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Engine: 366 Big block Chevy! :) w/ Stick shift
I drive the 86 GMC with the 366 gas motor and standard trans. I love it. I am not a big traveler, so i don't need a diesel. I also love the simplicity of the old gas motors; block, alternator, carb, distributor... Did i miss anything?

These get about 6mpg. Not ideal for a heavy traveler, but i adore this motor and trans. love shifting down the road, makes the kid in me as happy as a clam.



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Old 03-11-2017, 02:00 PM   #3
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I drive the 86 GMC with the 366 gas motor and standard trans. I love it. I am not a big traveler, so i don't need a diesel. I also love the simplicity of the old gas motors; block, alternator, carb, distributor... Did i miss anything?

These get about 6mpg. Not ideal for a heavy traveler, but i adore this motor and trans. love shifting down the road, makes the kid in me as happy as a clam.



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Old 03-11-2017, 02:10 PM   #4
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Check the steel brake lines and the rubber ones as well.
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:47 PM   #5
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Hydraulic brakes?

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Hydraulic brakes?

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Old 03-11-2017, 05:14 PM   #7
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My 1974 Chevrolet bluebird has 4 wheel drum hydraulic brakes, vacuum boost, twin vacuum boosters, twin vacuum tanks. Been thinking of a way to upgrade without going to air brakes.

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Old 03-11-2017, 05:18 PM   #8
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My 1974 Chevrolet bluebird has 4 wheel drum hydraulic brakes, vacuum boost, twin vacuum boosters, twin vacuum tanks. Been thinking of a way to upgrade without going to air brakes.

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Because of the insurance here in BC, it's preferable to have hydraulic brakes. Lots of hoops with air.


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Old 03-11-2017, 05:22 PM   #9
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Yup I have an inspection that needs to be done.

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Old 03-11-2017, 07:45 PM   #10
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Yup I have an inspection that needs to be done.

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Air brakes require special licensing. And ICBC does not like to insure conversions with air brakes. They'll insure factory RVs, no problem. Skoolies, not so much. Or so they tell me.


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Old 03-11-2017, 08:05 PM   #11
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I'm thinking of getting the inspection before the conversion. Then get it inspected as an RV after the conversion. Hopefully that plan works out. I may have to get systems installed by a RV tech at work.

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Old 03-11-2017, 09:19 PM   #12
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I'm thinking of getting the inspection before the conversion. Then get it inspected as an RV after the conversion. Hopefully that plan works out. I may have to get systems installed by a RV tech at work.

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Ya, I thought about that too. I'll stay tuned to your channel to see how it works out. At times like these I wish I still lived in Alberta!


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