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82 GMC RTS II Lee 10-17-02  
I am looking at a 82 rts to buy.it has a 6v 71 engine witch i would like to know about along with a mpg rating.also i would like to see any other input or idea's on converting it.

thank you

lee
Re: 82 GMC RTS II Tom 11-1-02  
Hello. The bus is made of stainless steel which is under fiberglass panels that are replacable. The roof and front end just before the front tire is stainless steel as well. The only thing that isn't stainless is the bulkheads and the suspension framework. In salty areas they will rust out but are replacable/repairable. It is a STRONG bus bullet proof as well,with styling. There are two airbellows in front and four in the rear. 10 ton Trane airconditioner. The 6v71 is a great engine though lacking in power compaired to a 6V92, but it is a dry sleeved engine and that is a plus in some instances. I like RTSs I own two of them plus one Flxible Metro. I like the RTS. The RTS is built with five foot modules welded together and the ribs are stainless steel tubular square stock that goes up the wall accross the ceiling down the other wall and there are stamped stainless steel sheet stock between the tubular structure. I would also look at where the bus is from and if it has stainless steel bulkheads grab it. the bulkheads are replacable but, at a cost. the transmission is a three speed transmission including an overdrive, Allison V730. You most likely will be going 60ish and that is about it unless it is geared higher. with a 6V71 you are most likely going to be geared at around 5.3 to 1. Any other questions ask me shaneperch@aol.com
If I were you and you want a "transit bus" get it it is the easiest transit bus to convert to a limo/motorhome or the like... Tom.
Re: 82 GMC RTS II Steve 12-30-02  
I have many parts for the RTS buses from body panel, lites and new motor parts. Let me know if I can help.
Re: 82 GMC RTS II mark decormier 11-19-02  
HI my name is mark.I own a 1982 rtsII it has been stripped of all the seats. I had a bad vibration in the drive train so I reached through the acces door in the rear and felt the drive shaft had some play,Ithought it was the U joints WRONG, It was the pinion. The nut had came completely off and the pinion had lost tooth contact with drive gear.Have you had any vibratin problems with yours? Mine also has the 92 turbo with a blower.Iheard if you drop a tire size you will gain some speed.
Re: 82 GMC RTS II Mike 8-31-05  
8/31/05 Hi gang.., just bought two (2) RTS II's in Mesa, Arizona (T7H203A059 and T7H203A065) and I'm picking one up today and driving back to San Bernardino.., both run good and both have rebuilt trans's..!! I'm up for sharing or selling one of them.., Okay??!! Cell (909) 556-0309
Re: 82 GMC RTS II mark decormier 11-19-02  
If anyone has an RTS please send me pictures and some info regarding your RTS, like how much you paid, how many miles on it, how it runs, how many rattles it has and where there coming from I want to convert mine into a limo. for partys and weddings that sort of stuff. Please send me all photos of RTS and Ideas or what you have done to your RTS. Thank You send to marksrts@webtv.net
Re: 82 GMC RTS II lee 12-12-02  
I just won a bid at a city sale on a 40 ft. rts 83 model with a 6v92 turbo. it has great tires on it but they have taken the power steering oil tank and some part off of the air compresser.i paid 500 dollars i am using it for a parts bus. I am tring to buy a 35 ft. with solid windowes. I like the looks and the size better for myself,and they make great looking Limo's
Re: 82 GMC RTS II Ed Lane 12-28-02  
I,m intrerested in buying a rts in fair shape thats not to far away from boise Idaho.It dosen,t need seats I,m willing to pay fair price but don,t won,t a rusted piewce of junk that some one has striped andcut wiring and ect
Re: 82 GMC RTS II Scott Rotge 4-3-03  
I have a 1977 rts I have taken the seats out other than that its in great shape runs fine from S.A., Tx so no rust, Im asking 3900.00

Thanks,

Scott
Re: 82 GMC RTS II david 8-5-03  
Steve, please email me ref rts parts. thanks
Re: 82 GMC RTS II Bruce 2-19-03  
Hi

I got a 1979 RTS and it rattles alot
when driven..It seems it has too much air in the tires and I'm feeling every
bump on the road..Does anyone know how
I can verify if it has air suspension
and if it does how can I check it for
proper operations. Anyone has pictures
of conversions and technical advices would be appreciated. Also, does anyone know why I smell diesel fumes in the rear of the bus even though all the windows and doors are closed?

thanks

bruce
Re: 82 GMC RTS II Wayne 8-15-03  
Bruce, Rattles are very common in the early RTS. ALL RTS' are air suspension. The series'01,02&03 had independant front suspension. The '04 and later models reverted back to the square beam front suspension. The tires are supposed to be set to 85 lbs front and all rears. If it is lower the tire temperture rises and causes blowout. Orginally equipted with radials in transit setup, it was found the stop and go traffic (to much heat from the brakes) was too much for radials and they would blow out the sidewalls. DO NOT PUT RADIALS ON THE RTS. The fumes are from a pair of hatches behind and under the rear bench seat. Use a closed cell high density gasket material 1/2" to 5/8" thick to seal them. They are a super bus, I worked on the for many years. I am retiring next year and am going to spend the first two years turning one into a motor home and travel.
Re: 82 GMC RTS II gary 3-5-03  
I HAVE A 79 RTS II AND HAVE FOUND ALL RTS II BUSSES HAVE AIR RIDE IF YOU TURN THE FRONT WHEELS AND LOOK INSIDE YOU WILL SEE THE AIR BAG ITS IN THE SAME AREA THAT A COIL SPRING WOULD BE ON A CAR
THE EXHAUST YOU GET IN THE REAR OF THE BUS COULD BE COMMING FROM THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD ON THE FRONT SIDE OF THE ENGINE YOU CAN REMOVE 2 COVERS UNDER THE REAR CENTER SEAT AND LOOK IN AT THE FRONT SIDE OF THE ENGINE
Re: 82 GMC RTS II Tim 9-29-03  
Wayne, We just purchased an 82 RTS II in Detroit, we live near Seattle. She ran fine coming home (190 - 200 water temp). We were told it had 6V71 but we believe it has the 6V96 (turbo & blower). It has a bad radiator leak (we used 12 gallons of antifreeze coming home) - (we've just ordered a manual from Faxon so I can work on this thing) and the right rear (above the Allison transmission) is leaking oil bad. I think it's the backside of the air compressor. Do you know how to get new air pressure tanks? (the ones on this rig are rusted bad). We restored an international bus 5 years ago, have outgrown it and now we're going to do it again with this bus. We like it, even though it came with a bunch of problems. Any suggestions, wise counsel or words of encouragement?

Sincerely, Tim
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