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Old 11-08-2004, 10:40 AM   #1
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1984 Chevy / Wayne conversion

Well I took the plunge. A friend and I just bought a bus on ebay and will be working on it this winter.

first things first, did I get a decent bus? I would have preferred Diesel but $810 seemed like a pretty good deal. ebay link below.

I have a digital camera so as soon as I go get the bus the pictures will start to flow in.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...RK%3AMEWN%3AIT
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Old 11-08-2004, 10:50 AM   #2
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I payed more than what you did for yours and my bus is over 10 years older.
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Old 11-09-2004, 02:07 AM   #3
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I paid more for mine also and mine is a lot shorter
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Old 11-22-2004, 10:32 AM   #4
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I finally picked up the bus. I have some photos on my website and the rest will be added later today.

One question for everyone, can steel transmission cooler lines be replacced with standard hydraulic hoses?

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Old 11-22-2004, 11:54 AM   #5
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Steel lines would probably be cheaper. You can usually cut off the old line near the fitting and attach the new ones with rubber hose and clamps. Otherwise, the best fix is to just replace them with new lines and fittings. Not terribly expensive. We run long lines in my stock car to place a cooler up front and we attach them to the cooler using rubber fuel line and clamps and I have never had one come off or fail.
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Old 11-25-2004, 09:25 PM   #6
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1989 Chevy Bus

I picked up my 1989 Chevy Thomas bus for 800
It has a 8.2L detroit deisel
Alison at545 auto trans
70k miles
66 passenger.
IT runs and drives great
I bought it from Chicagobussales.com
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Old 11-26-2004, 07:02 AM   #7
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I had one set up like that last year....great bus for traveling....we made a 5000 mile trip out west and averaged 8.5 mpg...course it was a slow trip...
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With an AT545 Allison (and you have my sympathies), get the biggest trans cooler that will fit behind the grille. This trans is ALWAYS slipping--it never locks up.

And a Detroit 8.2 litre? Again, you have my sympathies.
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:12 PM   #9
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Jarlaxle where did you get your info.

Where do you get your info on the Chevroelt bus powertrain.

I have heard nothing but good reveiws for the at545 from guys at the truck shops that I know. They say that this trans always shifts firm and almost never slips. As for the 8.2L detroit it does have its problems as in headgaskets and other minor problems but that engine has been in marine aplications for years.

I was just wondering if you had experieance with this powertrain or if your just a die hard Ford fan.
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Old 11-29-2004, 09:59 PM   #10
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This trans is ALWAYS slipping--it never locks up

I think he is refering to the torque converter which in that allison trans is designed not to lockup. Just get a BIG trans cooler since slipping torque converters create heat. Lots of people are iffy on the 8.2 but the only bad thing I have heard from bus mechs is the head gaskets going. What kind of speed will it do on the highway?
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