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Old 02-18-2012, 07:30 PM   #21
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yep thats what mine is too 4.78 rear top speed on the road is 58 mph flat out u must have the sister to mine lol...so may i ask from who u got the bus from in tenn....???? iam needing parts
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:36 PM   #22
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yep thats what mine is too 4.78 rear top speed on the road is 58 mph flat out u must have the sister to mine lol...so may i ask from who u got the bus from in tenn....???? iam needing parts
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And what's the towbar from?m113 modified?
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:32 PM   #23
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(dennis) bus came from taylor buses. The old man that owns the place gave us a really good discount over the phone, in fact he picked it out for us. It was the best bluebird in the lot, other than the newer ones.

Looked at a Thomas re, 5.9. It had a better ceiling height. But price was a grand more.
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This one is has about 6'2" in head room, which is enough for Dan. Not so much for me, I'm 6'8".

Couple of trade offs compared to the AA. Shorter, and little lower, smaller engine, and more miles.
But newer, nice shape. And 5.9 is a good engine. May set the gov up a couple hundred at some point.

Towbar is a standard military medium towbar. I use it on my military trucks. Little overkill, it's rated 83,000lbs. Built some adapters for the Burb's framerails. Pintle on the bus has a plate behind the bumper to reinforce it.

It needs a tie rod end, and wipers are loose. One arm falls apart.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:21 PM   #24
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The data plate says 4.78
Trans must be a non-lockup AT545, then? Bummer.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:14 AM   #25
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Allison makes great trannies, but the MT545 is a notorious gas sucker. I have a perfectly good one that came with my Cummins but I'm hunting for a non-computer 5 or 6 speed OD manual at this time. The gas mileage is about 25% better on any given engine than the 545. Anybody in the market for a good used Allison?

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Old 02-19-2012, 11:34 AM   #26
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now that your dash is done... come and do mine...

change out tranny to at least a 643...
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:58 AM   #27
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ill be in Huston in july or aug i charge $75.oo hr +paint LOL

also if he changes to a 643 u best put a diff pump or u will be wasteing is money and change the rear to 4.43.
i know that that p71 fuel pump can't be turn up,i took mine to cummins and they say no can do.so if his pump ser# start with a p71, every thing he' do's come down to the pump.So iam liveing with mine,a rebuild pump is around $2000.00
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:22 PM   #28
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(dennis) Sounds like he's going to live with the 545 for now. Dream is to put a 5-speed od manual in it, I have access to the spicer 3053's that were in military trucks. Only problem I see is setting up a remote shifter. Could probably sell the 545 and cover the install price of the spicer.

Trying to convince him to put a garage in the rear, but with 5 kids he needs all the living space he can get.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:09 PM   #29
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pm me when u want to sell the trans,ill come an pick it up
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Yesterday we started pulling seats. Starting from the back we got about the first quarter of them out. They are through bolted at both legs and the chair rail. I used a air ratchet underneath until I got to the gas tank. Barb held the bolts up top with a ratchet.

For the seats directly over the gas tank, I removed the sender cover plate and was able to hold the nuts with a wrench while she used the ratchet to pull the bolts.
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