Originally Posted by Pygmy Yeti
I know this is ABC-123's for you old timers/been all around this worlders, but some of us less experienced guys and gals might benefit from a compiled list of quick checks when looking at possible new prospects.
Some things might seem like a given to most of the regulars but maybe some of us new birds don't know that the "gizmo knob" on the International is a lot harder to find and replace than expected. I know to check the headlight fluid but I'm looking for an obvious/not-so-obvious compilation of hints & tidbits.
Tomorrow I will be looking at a '90 International 7.3IDI-AT454 and could use all the help that I can get.
Example: how does one know if the 7.3 IDI has SCA/DCA in it to ease cavitation? Are records the only way to tell or is there another cheat code?
...things a newbie needs to keep an eye out for
There are SCA
test strips to test coolant., make sure they are fresh (really) can get from Napa.
7.3 idi is a reliable dog that will burn anything oily. AT454 is really a AT545.
The stuff you want to check will be obvious, but people are emotional creatures and fall in love with a vehicle despite that inner voice.
1) Don't try to save a rustbucket. Move along....many buses in the Sea.
2) Desirable drivetrain- sure you can swap-out that AT545 for a lockup trans, but it's mucho work- see turf's thread- That motor will always be a dog, but it is simple to work on- I have one in a ambulance RV. Your rig won't tow nor be a mountain goat.
3) Tires are expensive. Even with a lot of tread, age kills them- they have a DOT date code- read it and weep. Wheel types
: Hub piloted or stud-piloted?
4) Stuff seller says is simple fix, usually isn't.
Welcome !! Pay-up initially for a good foundation bus and you will be happier in the long run. Many, many many buses out there with good life left in them.