First, I had a mechanic look into the gas issues. It ended up needing a new fuel pump, float, tank, and tank straps. Done.
Next I got it a tuneup. Which honestly I think it’s running rougher after.
Next weekend, it’s getting the fuel filter, blower motor and window motor replaced. So we will have heat and/or more fresh air.
After that, I’ll likely give it a rest for a while. I’ll have to address the exhaust issue next, and I’d rather wait until after the holidays. I’m not sure where the leak is, or how much it will be to fix it. But it won’t be cheap.
Also, I do know there are deeper issues now. The motor seems to have some sort of internal problem. May be a bad piston or something of that nature. Diagnostics need to be done to figure out exactly what. And once that’s diagnosed I face a choice: either fix/replace the motor even though the frame is pretty rusty (is it worth it?), or sell/trade it for something else. The whole purpose of getting a big ol’ van like this was for traveling. And as is, it’s not getting us very far. After an hour or two of driving, it doesn’t wanna keep going. I love this old van, I really do. It's sad to think the issues may be irreparable (or at least too expensive/not worth it).
I’d still like to get a bus. But my body isn’t so young anymore and I can’t do a lot of the conversion work I want, myself. I’d have to hire people and that would get expensive REAL quick. If I could find a bus that’s already converted, or well on it’s way, that would be preferable. But again, the expense of it could be barring.
There was a local guy who wanted to trade the van for his partially converted school bus, and we even did test drives. But that deal has sort of fizzled as the bus and the van both needed more and more work. It’s still a possibility, but I’m thinking likely improbable at this point.
Probly my wisest move right now would be to find something to replace my dying minivan (transmission is going out), and quit messing around with any hobby vehicle. Jarrod’s Jeep needs some work too. But I have no other big hobbies/projects right now since fixing up and opening the kennel is no longer an option.
I need to find something else to focus on, I suppose.