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Silver Eagle 8 71 not going mechanical help needed

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Silver Eagle 8 71 not going mechanical help needed

Postby tedtor » Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:37 pm

Hi Bus experts
I have a Silver Eagle Bus powered by 8 71 Detroit, 4 speed manual
The bus has been not going for over 10 years
Can anyone suggest what should be done / looked at / checked to get the bus going?
The bus is located in Thornbury, Melbourne if anyone can suggest a mobile diesel mechanic in the area that would also be appreciated
regards
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Re: Silver Eagle 8 71 not going mechanical help needed

Postby boronia » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:07 pm

Assuming it was running normally when last used:

1) drain oil from sump and replace with fresh oil to correct spec.
2) replace oil filter(s)
3. Drain fuel from tank and lines,
4. replace fuel filters. bleed system
5) Replace coolant
6) get a decent set of batteries
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Re: Silver Eagle 8 71 not going mechanical help needed

Postby DiAmOnD T » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:39 pm

Per Boronia,

Change the oil, being a Detroit you need to get MONO-GRADE 40W oil (don't let anyone tell you that you can use European 15/40 oil) and fuel filters, maybe even run the pick up hose into a drum of fresh fuel

Have a look at/ join and ask around the HCVC (historic commercial vehicle club) forum, lots of old members on there with plenty of back ground on detroit motors.
I would want someone to check the fuel rack/linkages, don't want to hit the key and have the old girl go full noise till the inevitable big bang while you just stand there helpless.
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Re: Silver Eagle 8 71 not going mechanical help needed

Postby Denv12 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:09 pm

There's a forum catering for them.

http://eagles-international.net/forums/
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