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Thomasbus24
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USA
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Posted - 05/14/2013 :  10:15:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For those who don't use Facebook (that would include me), I wanted to be able to share this project with you and it progresses.

I'll post updates as they happen, but for now, here ya go! Enjoy...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83gmc/sets/72157633495274224/


Yeah, I know, I'm nuts for agreeing to this.

Sherm
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USA
521 Posts

Posted - 05/14/2013 :  11:46:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for sharing the photos! That's the newest bus I've seen with the old Baader Brown flasher control under the steering wheel. Please keep us posted on the progress. I'd love to try a bus restoration someday...
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Wolf0r
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USA
2177 Posts

Posted - 05/14/2013 :  12:20:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That looks to be in great shape. Definitely worth restoring. You going tube less in the future? I always wanted to on my Carp but never did.

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Thomasbus24
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USA
3285 Posts

Posted - 05/14/2013 :  3:49:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The original column switch was very worn out and didn't spring back like it should. I got a new one from Baader Brown, which cost dearly, but well worth it!

I've already put tubeless across the back, waiting on rims for the front, already got the tires.

This thing is amazing. New brakes, chambers and so forth on the rear. The body was unclipped and new rubber installed between the frame rails and flooring. This was the former owner's mechanic's pet project.

Worst trouble so far was the air compressor. It had been passing a lot of oil and antifreeze for a long time. Got a reman on it, reman AD9 and getting the tanks flushed out slowly. Lots of oil sludge in the cooling system...CAT cleaner in there taking care of that as I type!
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bwest
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United States
2228 Posts

Posted - 05/14/2013 :  6:34:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All I can say is, good for you. I can not imagine restoring one of these. I would love to have one from the 30s or 40s. But to each his own. This just reminds me too much of the old Carpenters I used to hate. I was so glad to see my last one leave.

Bryan
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Thomasbus24
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USA
3285 Posts

Posted - 05/15/2013 :  05:16:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carpenter had a heavy presence in NE Ohio because of a strong dealer-client relationship, for better or for worse. I didn't have a lot of nice things to say about the three that I ran in SW Ohio, and most people didn't say anything nice about them, so I know what you mean.

This is entertaining for me, to tear it apart and say "What in the He** were they thinking?!?". I'd MUCH rather be working on a late 60s Superior...but this is a fun project.
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 05/15/2013 :  7:28:49 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Is that bus a diesel?

"Hardybusman"
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Thomasbus24
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USA
3285 Posts

Posted - 05/16/2013 :  02:58:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes it is. 8.2 turbo. Start laughing now.
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bwest
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United States
2228 Posts

Posted - 05/16/2013 :  05:49:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The 8.2 turbo wasn't a bad engine. Just hold onto your wallet if you have any trouble. The non-turbo 8.2 couldn't pull the hat off your head with an automatic trans.

Bryan
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Thomasbus24
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USA
3285 Posts

Posted - 05/16/2013 :  06:12:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad it isn't my wallet to be held onto!!!!
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1983ChevroletWayne
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Canada
164 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2013 :  4:41:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love it. Good luck with your project!

Formerly "83ChevroletWayne"



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Jake
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USA
3516 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2013 :  2:15:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Good luck as well! Looks like a very neat project, I can't even tell you the last time I saw one of those old GMC's on the road.


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COLT
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Posted - 05/26/2013 :  3:59:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit COLT's Homepage  Reply with Quote
THE BUS IS LOOKING GREAT!!!
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