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Old 05-06-2018, 02:02 PM   #1
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Old 05-07-2018, 05:12 PM   #2
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:18 AM   #3
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No real work done since Saturday but i did find out some more info on the bus from a local dealer. I reached out to Blue Bird via email and they wasn't very helpful regarding build info. I have a Allison AT643 instead of a 3060 which i guess is better than a 545. I thought since it had the push button controls it was a 3060. I found a re manufactured tag on the engine so i am not sure if and when the engine was replaced. Speedo is 3-5 mph off but it will run 70 plus(GPS tested) easy with a 4.78 rear gear. Dealer also told me he had pretty much any parts i need minus dash parts and they carry parts back to 1994.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:35 PM   #4
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Also no plywood under the puke mat, one less thing to deal with and very little surface rust so i am happy. Couple of screws on the center aisle rails are being stubborn but hasn't been too bad so far.
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Tryonis,

When you are running down the highway does the display on the shifter show 4, 5 or 6?

I have never seen a push-button shifter on an MT series transmission. That doesn't mean that they don't exist but I suspect that you may indeed have an MD3060.

If your shifter goes to 5 or 6 then you definitely have the MD3060.

If it stops at 4 then you may have the first push-button MT643 that I have ever heard of.
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Old 05-09-2018, 05:05 PM   #6
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She goes to 5.
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She goes to 5.
well my MT643 shifter only has a 4, so you do indeed have a 3060 i would say. Possibly swapped when they did motor work? who knows.
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Hmm i wonder now because the Blue Bird email said i had a 5.38 rear gear but dealer told me i had a 4.78. So now i am even more confused. Maybe they swapped the tranny when they put in the reman engine or maybe it came with a reman engine new, not sure.
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Hmm i wonder now because the Blue Bird email said i had a 5.38 rear gear but dealer told me i had a 4.78. So now i am even more confused. Maybe they swapped the tranny when they put in the reman engine or maybe it came with a reman engine new, not sure.
You might need to do some crawling and digging under that bus and do some checking of your own...somethings off somewhere. I also have never heard a push button mt643, although I'm no expert. I couldn't actually read the plate on my trans, but i matched it up to pictures. I cleaned dirt off the rear end and got the gearing on that

edit - in the back, mine was near the top of the rear dif, facing the front of the bus. Different makes, but it might help
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Whatever i have i know it shifts smooth, i never feel it shift and only know it did by the numbers changing on the dash display. If it is indeed the 3060 i want that 6th gear!
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