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Re: 1974 FORD BUS by Phil Feinstein
Post New Message First off: Black is Fuel, grey or "Blue" is oil and white is coolant. If you see black smoke, that's a "fat" carb or a cylinder that isn't firing right.

A 30 year old bus is about as depreciated as it gets and the conversion will only add value. With a need for new exhaust and all the work needed to make it road-worthy I wouldn't suggest spending more than $400 acquiring it. You might just want to offer the owner that you'll remove it for free ;-)

Parts will be hard to find for the body and chassis (this means brake parts as well), but getting things for the engine won't be an issue and being a 1974 model year you have a pretty free hand with what type of fuel and fuel system to run. You won't find anyone to work on this vehicle cheaply and if your mechanic's skills aren't up to snuff, you may just want to avoid this purchase altogether. Repair of this bus will require a great deal of fabrication and retrofitting and you should keep that thought in your mind at all times.

Don't attempt this if you don't have the skills, don't have the tools or don't have a *HUGE* spot to work in. Spend a little more money up front for a bus in better condition and you'll have more success.
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