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Replacing the Engine Parts

Well, I don't have all of the pictures back from the photo place just yet, but so far I didn't have to do as much engine work as I thought. I've been having fuel problems for a while, and it finally just up and died on me in Scott's driveway, blocking his car in the garage. Fortunately, he also rides a motorcycle. Since the bus was now a high priority for Scott, he immediately took out the carburetor and cleaned it. The seals and gaskets were all falling apart, so we went on a hunt for the correct gaskets for a Holley Carbureto model #135, I think.

Well, whatever model number it is, Holley doesn't make it anymore. They called it obsolete. So, I couldn't find gaskets and got a crash course in cutting them myself. Scott found a clog in the floater somewhere, so we replaced the gaskets and reinstalled it. It turned over, but the carburetor started leaking. Also, it has a govenor that I wanted to take off. The govenor keeps the bus from going faster than 55 mph. Most vehicles have a govenor that's been added to the carburetor, but I found out that mine has yet another special feature: its govenor is built in! That means I can't take the stupid thing off without replacing the entire carburetor and doing some major engine modifications to fit the new carb in place. Anyway, it had now been blocking Scott's driveway for over a week, so I gave up and called my mechanic. This guy is great! He comes to the house and works there, if it's possible and he's much more inexpensive than any other garage. I wish there were more service people like him!

Anyway, Chuck comes over, takes a look at it, scratches his head, and says "I know a good carburetor specialty shop. Just have them rebuild the darn thing." So I did. It's now back and installed, all shiny and new. I didn't know it was silver! Everytime I clean an engine part, I discover a new color! Here are some pictures of the carburetor, all cleaned and rebuilt:

I also had to replace the oil filter. It was pretty clogged and in bad shape.

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