. when motor power dies, I'm on pure leverage and prayers, she likes to konk out while going up hill this is because; some genius at GM decided, fuel tanks should be drained (intake) in the middle.
just curious, (in general terms), how much can these diesels tow? 7000#? and am I limited to an over ll lenght?
(like I'd need a short bus to pull a 24' enclosed car trailer)
Tiahaar wrote:carmatic wrote: hopefully you would have fixed it by now
hahaha. yes. hopefully. However things can move at a glacial pace at Tiahaar's Automotive and Starship Repair. Budgets get cut, other sparkly new attractions pop up...sometimes the ol' playa rig gets the short end of the stick. I assure you I have no intention of blowing up the fuel line, when pressure tested it will be in the 25psi range, and yes soapy water is part of my repertoire. I still have to install the gauge set sitting on my toolbox that will help with diagnostics.
In the meantime, my bus needs a deck. Nothing big, maybe 4'x8', but a nice shaded viewing platform. Made a bit tricky by the aluminum skin but I think bolting it to the frame ribs will work nicely. Busses are great for custom body work (get a bus...I mean motorcoach Captain! )
Elliot wrote:And when will Jason and his bride return to the Playa with a Jacuzzi Bus? And....
Tiahaar wrote:My 1960 GMC 5301 transit bus don't need no gears...it has a grand total of one. Uses a hydrostatic drive up to about 30mph then I pull a knob on the console that locks it into direct drive, good for 60mph. In theory it can go the same speed in reverse but...slow up hills. Get something with a V730 3-speed if you can when shopping for old GMC transverse engine transits.
Saw the most awesome bus drive by while I was mooping Tuesday, a dual-steer-axle articulated monster! Bigger than the base bus for Purple Palace. The folks inside did not wave back at me...kept eyes locked straight ahead and serious...as it passed the bold lettering of some Christian Ministry became apparent on the side and I nearly strained some muscles laughing, naked playa elf that I was at the time heheh
It looked like one of these rigs, Prevost H560s (think of having the whole articulated part as storage Elliot yowsa!
Elliot wrote:By the way, the gearing can vary a bit on school buses also. Some school buses are designated "activity buses", which means they are intended to go on field trips. These tend to have higher gearing and other beneficial features like taller ceiling and more luggage compartments. There are stories of football-team away-game buses with extra large engine, stick shift transmission, and other long-distance-swallowing features. For us, those rare hot rod buses are the holy grail!
SnowBlind wrote:And if you want to go all out, you can always go for a double articulated bus:
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