Working! You can go here to see a short video. I was trying to run the throttle and get a shot at the same time. A little shaky, but the sound is obviously a Detroit. I’m running straight pipes for the time being. The old mufflers were so big, one side by the oil cooler would not fit.
It has been quite a project to undertake. I have learned a lot and worth the experience! I removed the old engine and transmission on January 30th and fired it up yesterday, April 12, 2012. Had to before Friday the 13th! lol
I picked up our new shorter drive line the day before and attached it yesterday. I had Potter Webster in Portland, OR do the work. They came highly recommended from a good bus buddy. After thinking through the process I felt it was ready to give it a try. Since my rear start has never worked, I had Becky do the honors while I watched from the rear. I had primed the fuel so felt it was as good as time as any. It lit up after about 5 revolutions, stumbled a bit then smoothed out to the normal sound of a Detroit two stroke! The smile on my face couldn’t be slapped off! I felt so good to finally realize all of my hard work.
I have the front grill off and will be replacing it with one that came off a Silver Eagle 01 in Texas. I have never liked how it looked and was done very poorly. After I get the new grill and round headlight bucket assemblies on we can take the bus out for a test drive. I’m anxious to see how the Allison 740 shifts and hopefully see an improvement in the feel of a clean fresh motor.
You can go here to see the pictures I took along the way.