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Old 06-04-2012, 02:51 AM   #1
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1997 AmTran International DT466

My new blank canvas. I will be picking it up in a few weeks. I get the pleasure of visiting Tennessee and driving back to CA. Details of the bus are as follows,

1997 AmTran Genesis
DT466, last year of mechanical injection pump. woohoo!
AT545 transmission. Bummer
13.2k front axle
19k rear axle
211k miles
wheelchair lift

I spoke at length with the bus mechanic and it doesn't sound like this shop cuts corners with maintenance. The longer buses had MT643 transmissions but I didn't want a long bus. If I can find a good used 643 in the future, I will upgrade the trans.






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Old 06-04-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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the 545 will work fine. almost all schood dist's keep busses maintained very well.
let's see from tenn to ca will prob be about 250 gal of fuel or prob around 180 more u gotta purchase . thats what i figure for ore to alabama...
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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I really wanted the shorter bus. Having it come with the 545 is just part of the deal. I hope I can get at least 8 mpg out of it on the way back. That 5 speed/2 speed combo in Washington would have been great but the price was way too high. I look forward to seeing a little bit of Tennessee.
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Looks like a nice ride...have fun on your road trip
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Remember to cover the red lights and "school" word so you don't get hasseled over it. Sounds like a great trip--have fun!
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Re: 1997 AmTran International DT466

Nice bus... Congrats...

I wish mine would of had the lift at the rear like yours, I would have kept it if it did...

Looks like it's 4-5 feet longer than mine, otherwise it's pretty close... I wouldn't mind having the 466 either...

Good luck on the trip and keep us updated...
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:47 AM   #7
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Re: 1997 AmTran International DT466

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Looks like a nice ride...have fun on your road trip
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Remember to cover the red lights and "school" word so you don't get hasseled over it. Sounds like a great trip--have fun!
Got that covered. I bought an E350 school bus in NY earlier this year. I showed up with a roll of duct tape. I covered the stop sign, red lights, school signs before I left the dealer. I sold it a few weeks ago since it wasn't going to work the way I had planned.

When traveling through different states, I try to make it obvious that my intention is to remove any signs of a school bus other than the yellow paint.
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Nice bus... Congrats...

I wish mine would of had the lift at the rear like yours, I would have kept it if it did...

Looks like it's 4-5 feet longer than mine, otherwise it's pretty close... I wouldn't mind having the 466 either...

Good luck on the trip and keep us updated...

I thought I read yours was a 466. I'm glad I found one with a lift. My BB has one emergency door that is so narrow, I think I would get stuck in it. I'm just bummed about a 545 trans. I was looking online and saw that the MD3060 has a double overdrive. If I could get one of those to work behind the 466, that would be awesome. Hitting the road and going broke buying fuel at the same time is no fun.
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Do you guys see the pictures or is it just me?
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I see pictures in your first post, nice looking bus.
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