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Old 02-15-2023, 08:08 PM   #1
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1993 Freightliner Questions

Hoping someone can give me some insight to my basic question of "is this a decent bus for a conversion"

1. Underneath I know there is some rust, as long as it is surface rust, is this acceptable to most of you?

2. 98k miles, unsure of hours on the engine, 7.3 powerstroke diesel. Recently was went through by a diesel shop local to me. Is this a good engine in anyones experience? I don't see anything necessarily bad about it online but would like more opinions if you have any experience.\

Thank you for the help, new around here but excited to get a conversion started.
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Old 02-16-2023, 05:49 PM   #2
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was recently went through by the diesel shop.
what did they go through?
doesnt look like it has been touched.
chassis rust not a deal breaker but the sheetmetal underneath looks rough.
is it close to you?
can you get under it with a screwdriver and poke around to see if you punch through?
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Old 02-16-2023, 07:19 PM   #3
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Uhhhhhh what's the deal with the tailpipe? If it was shot behind the muffler, is it good in front back to the manifolds?

As for the rust, if you're asking, you already know the answer. There are so many busses out there, start with the best one you can afford.
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Old 02-16-2023, 07:29 PM   #4
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You have surface rust everywhere on the underside, the result of being exposed to salt zone weather for thirty years. However, your real problems are going to come in areas wherever your roof, light openings and windows have allowed water inside the bus which soaks the plywood on the floor and eventually corrodes through the steel floor from the inside out (like in this bus that some idiot on this site actually bought). Your photos don't really show any of this potential damage and really they can't (your third photo sort of shows what seems to be the typical corrosion that occurs around the driver's seat), so the only way you're really going to be able to tell is by poking around the underside with a screwdriver like Jolly Roger suggested. Or you will definitely know how bad the problems are once you remove the seats and the plywood flooring. This sort of damage is usually concentrated around the wheel wells, the back of the bus, the driver's seat and the step well - all the places where water will tend to flow and accumulate due to gravity.
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Old 02-16-2023, 08:31 PM   #5
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As for the rust, if you're asking, you already know the answer. There are so many busses out there, start with the best one you can afford.
Yes...get the best platform you spent now will save plenty of headaches later.
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