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Old 05-03-2005, 01:55 PM   #11
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ok, just what is/does the pryometer do? I should know this but I'm lost
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Old 05-03-2005, 02:06 PM   #12
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ok, just what is/does the pryometer do? I should know this but I'm lost
It is a gauge that measures exhaust tempratures after the turbo
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Old 05-06-2005, 12:16 AM   #13
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Well took the bus for a cruise around town today, it was fun. I saw a couple of friends & was honking at them, they were like "what the heck?" Everyone assumes it is a local bus loaded with kids. I went to the mill & weighed her. Pulled the front axle on & read 7,020, then whole bus 17,140 then rear axle 10,080. (off a little as it rounds to the nearst 20 lbs) I was surprised that she was so heavy in the back. It is a 65 pass blue bird. When I was shopping for a bus I was looking at a 71 pass same year/everything as this one. But it had a longer wheel base yet the bus was only approx 1.5 feet longer. Interestingly this bus had more feet behing the rear axle than the 71 pass by 1 foot. I will try to weigh her through different stages if I can.

So I brought her back home & decided to remove seats. My friend & I used impacts & had it all done in about an hour. Had to use hand wrenches above fender wells & heater Now I have heard people here mention they have wood on the floor. Mine looks like it's just thin rubber & steel. I think I will just leave the rubber & do the flooring over it. I didn't see any rust so I am happy. I will try to post some pics soon.
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Old 05-07-2005, 09:50 PM   #14
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Been working on the bus. Read several post concerning removing the rubber flooring or not. I decided to remove it & I am very thankful I did. I had some rust along the aisle where the rubber had cracked & alowed moisture/dirt in. There was no visible rust on my bus anywhere including underneath. The steel floor is galvanized but still was beginning to rust. I went ahead & wired brushed the whole floor with my industrial grinder with wire attachment. Then I painted the spots with POR 15. I may go back outside & paint the whole floor tonight?
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Old 10-12-2005, 10:46 AM   #15
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The DT 466 tachs out @ 2700 RPM's I wouldn't try to get that bus to go 70. You have a multitude of factors. Tire size, Differential Gear ratio, Transmission.
the other Automatic you are talking about is still a 4spd and may have a ratio that is slightly higher but is basically a heavier duty 4spd than the AT 545.
SALES Pitch. I have a 96 International THomas 3600 Vista with a DT-466
and AT545. This is a semi forward design. Basically it has a snub-nosed from end that looks like a standard school bus but shorter out front. It handles and steers nicely. It is white with some cool blue and orange stripes. It has 169,000 miles on it and is in great condition. Air Brakes, which are less expensive to maintain and repair. Everything is simple and easy to get to. I am soon to put some pics up. Basically I have done all the work to it and am still working on it. It has been fully sprayed with foam insulation and floored with another layer of ply wood. I am building extra tool boxes and an aluminum rack on top and nearing finishing the paneling. I have been set on making this a sweet bus but recent circumstances have led me to consider selling it. This is the first posting I have put up here. I have a whole list of info and research on anything you want to know about skoolies and how to find it. Equipment, prices etc. If I go through with selling, I will be posting it here first but likely looking to ebay with a minimum bid around $5500 as it is right now.
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Old 10-12-2005, 03:39 PM   #16
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Congratulations on the bus! The fun has only just begun! It sounds like you got a great deal.

What are you going to use it for? Camping? Living? Partying? Smuggling Canadians into the country? (Don't answer that one.)

One thing about the floor: I noticed a SUBSTANTIAL drop in interior noise after I installed flooring material. Depending on how much time you plan to spend riding in the bus, that might be a good investment. Road noise adds substantially to the fatigue that one may suffer on long trips.

I also second the motion about not pushing the engine beyond design limits. It would cost a whole lot more to replace than to buy a new bus, and that would be very bad -- especially once you get all the work done on the interior.
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Old 10-13-2005, 12:08 AM   #17
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A mechanical DT466, a 5+2 spicer, highway gears, and only 130,000 miles? You, sir SUCK! Seriously good find. That is essentially my dream bus. I have the 5+2 and the highway gears, but am stuck with a gas-sucking 460.
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Old 10-22-2005, 10:13 PM   #18
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I'm going to use the bus for some camping & I am going to tow my car to some events. I will have to see how it is going to be towing a 16' trailer. The bus seems very powerful. I don't see the need for the lower gear on the two speed rear I keep it in the upper gear and it still feels very low geared. It runs real comfortable at 65 mph at approx 2400 rpms. We'll see how it does while towing. It is going to take some time for me to finish this project (lack of funds) The seats are all out and so is all the rubber flooring. My wife & I painted some of it but still have some to go. We are incorporating the yellow & I believe we are going to leave the top yellow for now. Here some pics of the paint scheme, keep in mind I am not a painter.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v448/ ... 0_1286.jpg

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Old 10-23-2005, 05:40 PM   #19
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65 MPH @ 2400 RPM?!? I'm sooo envious! That's great!

The paint scheme looks nice. It made me think "happy" when I saw it. Obviously, it's not possible to accomplish more than you have $$ for at any given time, so if it's going to take some time, use that to your advantage. The time and care you put into the job will more than pay off in the long run.

Sounds like you're doing fine!
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