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Old 01-24-2017
Robert Britton Robert Britton is offline
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Default My 88 PT-38

In another thread Woody asked about my new to me 88-PT, so here's the scoop. Back in June I purchased the coach talked about in this thread http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ad.php?t=23785

I bought it from the original owner that worked with NASCAR. He had another Bluebird before buying this one (think it was an 83 PT) then ordered this one putting it in service from around 1989 until he retired in 2011. It has a little over 800K miles on it with an in-frame done about a year before he retired. Its a strong runner, looking at it and driving it you would never know that it has that kind of mileage on it. A true testament on how well these Bluebirds are built.

The coach was stored in his garage in the off season, but the rest of the time it was out running the highways. Most service work was Preformed by Coachcraft by McDonald including a few interior updates to keep it fresh and updated. Engine service was preformed a Detroit. Most everything on this coach works and is a pleasure to drive.

While the coach is nice, I am not sure how he came up with his asking price of 110K?? After much conversation, I was able to obtain the coach at a price point of other nice PT's of this vintage.

The coach is one of the last narrow body PT's built. It's a mechanical 8V92 with Jake brake and cruise-air.

Here's the twist that may generate some debate. Common wisdom is to run 40w oil in the Detroit 2-strokes... not in this high mileage coach. Amsoil Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel & Marine 15W-40 is the only oil ever used in this 8V92. I did contact Amsoil to find out what the ash content is on this oil and its just slightly higher than straight 40W (I don't have my notes handy with the actual numbers). I guess I'll continue using Amsoil as it seems to work fine over the last 800K miles and I got gallons of the stuff with the coach...
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Wow that is some impressive stuff, especially the mileage! I use amsoil myself in everything but the coach, been afraid to because of all the talk about needing the straight weight. But this certainly proves it is possible. Very interesting testament. Good to hear.
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wow just wow good looking bus and i am certain that it will always look that good with your ownership!!!!!!
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Robert what is your oil consumption? Thanks Dennis
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Very nice Robert! You done good. I was hoping I could see it and you two here at Q.
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Robert what is your oil consumption? Thanks Dennis
Oil consumption is around 1qt every 1K...might be a little more or a little less. It burns about the same amount of oil as any other coach I have owned, doesn't smoke, and no oil leaks.
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Nice looking coach!!
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wowsa! thats awesome!
Remind me to never park near you!
My stuff looks bad compared to yours!
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The first motor I ever seen run a million miles was a 90 model Freightliner with a 8v92 silver he hauled fuel and jet fuel he said the first ten gallons that came out was considered contaminated so he always put it in his truck and that probably helped but it ran a million one before he inframed it he always ran delo 400 40 weight
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It's not the 40w that's important... it's the low ash content and MOST importantly the CF2 rating. I believe the amsoil stuff is one of the few that qualifies... what does it say on the jug?
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