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Old 07-20-2022, 06:43 PM   #1
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Question help need repairs! andover, ma, usa

hi skoolie friends!

i have a 42' bluebird with a caterpillar 3126 turbo diesel engine. the conversion is complete, been in use for years. BUT with covid and all we haven't driven it in a few years.

my neighbors need better hobbies and have called the cops on this thing; apparently i need to get it running and inspected.

found a mechanic who gave me this list of "needs done":
. air filters in and out
. fuel filter
. oil filter, 15w40 oil, oil pan
. antifreeze
. brake drums, shoes, air cans front & rear
. battery
. tires

alas mechanic has since had medical issues and can't do the stuff ((

anyone know of someone who can do this kind of work in andover, massachusetts?

thanks for any help!!

cheers
--copper moon

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Old 07-21-2022, 02:30 AM   #2
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I would first get a second opinion about what needs to be done. You're looking at a lot of money
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Old 07-21-2022, 07:04 AM   #3
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If its been sitting for 2+ years and not run you'll probably need new batteries to start it. Brakes may have to be done to pass inspection depending on how worn they are. Everything else is a good idea before embarking on a new cross country trip but not necessary just to get inspected and moved to a new storage place.
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Old 07-21-2022, 11:15 AM   #4
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we got it to turn over with a jump, so def needs new batteries. (i can do that myself!)

i don't think i can manage the brakes job myself, so even if that's all that needs done i'd want help. am i right that i need an actual mechanic or other more-clueful person? my brakes experience was all on a '79 plymouth horizon with manual brakes that needed bled every five hundred miles, pretty different.

my storage place is fine (on my land) i just apparently can't keep it there without an inspection tag if my neighbors can see it, and their house is on a hill. //eyerolling//

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Old 07-21-2022, 12:13 PM   #5
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On my bus, the hardest part about changing any brake component is taking the wheels off. If you're comfortable doing that, you can figure out the rest with Youtube's help.

That said, brakes and tires are the most important safety features on your bus, so it's never a bad idea to have professionals do it.
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i'm very wary of lifting the bus -- it's parked on gravel and i'm not sure it wouldn't just sink if i tried
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A fence between it and your neighbors would be cheaper?
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Old 07-22-2022, 09:16 AM   #8
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hi skoolie friends!

i have a 42' bluebird with a caterpillar 3126 turbo diesel engine. the conversion is complete, been in use for years. BUT with covid and all we haven't driven it in a few years.

my neighbors need better hobbies and have called the cops on this thing; apparently i need to get it running and inspected.

found a mechanic who gave me this list of "needs done":
. air filters in and out
. fuel filter
. oil filter, 15w40 oil, oil pan
. antifreeze
. brake drums, shoes, air cans front & rear
. battery
. tires

alas mechanic has since had medical issues and can't do the stuff ((

anyone know of someone who can do this kind of work in andover, massachusetts?

thanks for any help!!

cheers
--copper moon
Please don't take this the wrong way but most of those things you can do yourself quite easily....and save quite a bit of money too!
. air filters in and out
. fuel filter
. oil filter, 15w40 oil, oil pan
. antifreeze
. batteries


As for the tires, a tire shop will handle that so no brainer.

Brakes, while very important safety issue, I would just go get the bus inspected. If it passes then your good to go, inspection-code enforcement issues.

If it fails then you will know exactly for what and then address that issue.
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Old 07-22-2022, 10:16 AM   #9
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LOLsob their house is on a hill looking over my land it would need to be like 40' tall!
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