Originally Posted by WIbluebird
Wish I could do that....Wisconsin basically requires that you go through the entire conversion process before re-titling as an RV.
It is a nice bus but personally I would've held out for something without the AT545. If you go post 2000 or so there's a fair amount of IC shorties with DT466s and the Allison 2000/MD 3060 etc.
my bluebird shortie with a T-444E and an AT545 runs 65 on the highway all day long.. it will max out about 73 or so.. I limited the RPM at 2600 and the speed at 70.. but it runs nicely at 65..
ECCB LIKELY has the 97 or perhaps 98 chassis.. if he HAppens to have a late 96 Chassis then he will have the ECM that can easily be cranked up Like a ford Power stroke. theres tuning available aftermarket for the 94-96 444E but in 97 they went to the Diamong Logic computers which no one made any aftermarket tuning for..
there is one guy out there I know of that put the ford computers on his T-444E and got it to run and has it turned up.. he did it on a 4700 truck, I think that truck is a spicer stick and not a 545..
in the later 545s its imperative to make sure the Electric modulator works or the pump pressure on heavy throttle is not high enough and can cause primary clutch-pack burnout.
super shorties are tough to find in a DT-466, the standard offered package was a 444E.. later on they started offering the allison 2000 standard but I think it was only 1 year, 2004 that the 545 wasnt available. and by 04 Most werre going to the ill-fated VT-365 (6.0). after the 6.0 came out you could find more shorties with the DT-466 as the VT-365 became hated very quickly.. IC released the BE series which was a lighter duty chassis and thats where they pushed alot of their super shorties.. the DT-466 IC shorties were usually then 7 or 8 window instesd of 6.. that extra 3 or 4 feet makes a big difference in driving / parking esp on a worksite. thomas seemed to be going freightliner / CAT about that time on everything...