Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-17-2016, 10:02 PM   #1
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 148
My new Bus, ready to convert

Well, I am new here, I have been lurking and looking for a while. I finally found the school bus I have been looking for. I found an add for a 1985 International S1800, DT466 with Alison(unknown yet). It belonged to a Church and had been painted gray at some point. They had put new tires on recently and new tabs. It also came with a full tank of fuel. It is a 65 Passenger, 38ft with 29ft of usable living space.
The reason I started the search is because I have a travel trailer that is really nice, but is rotting away and sinking around the frame, but still looks great. So, I am going to pull everything and install it into the Bus. Well, mostly.
Anyway, all I have done so far is to pull the stop sign flipper and the bumper arm.
I plan to make this into a RV, but with the idea that it could be used long term or as a tiny house. For now though, it will be used as a mostly weekend RV.
I will post up pictures as I work on it.

Oldmopars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2016, 11:19 PM   #2
Bus Nut
 
Carytowncat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Richmond Virginia
Posts: 903
Year: 1984
Engine: 366 Big block Chevy! :) w/ Stick shift
Nice bus!
Plenty of room, and a sweet motor with new tires, awesome!

Welcome too.
Carytowncat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 08:24 AM   #3
Bus Nut
 
GreyCoyote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Danglebury, Tejas
Posts: 310
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: IH 3800
Engine: Navistar DT466E
Rated Cap: 72 passenger
Thats a cool bus! Welcome!

You'll love that DT466. Properly maintained that is a million mile motor, and you can work on it and still find a boatload of parts.

Cant wait to see what mischief you cause during your build!
__________________
"You can finally say you have enough horsepower when you leave two black streaks from corner to corner"
(Mark Donohue, famed TransAm driver)
GreyCoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 09:13 AM   #4
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 5,590
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Another Welcome! --- Ya...the mechanical 466 is a highly prized engine. Good luck on your build and keep the pix coming.
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 09:30 AM   #5
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Georgia
Posts: 629
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: IH
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 14
An '85 model with an Allison will probably be an AT545 (unless it was changed).
Brad_SwiftFur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 10:25 AM   #6
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 148
So far I really like it. It did OK on the ride home down I-5. I was able to do 65 or little over on the flats and it slowed to about 55 on the hills. I am sure on the back roads with steeper hills it will be much, much slower, but that's ok. I am not in a hurry.
I do love the classic school bus style and the DT466 was the engine I wanted. I looked at a bunch of buses with Cat engines in them, but just did not want the expense or the hassle of working on them.
The seat removal starts today
Oldmopars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 06:13 PM   #7
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 6,126
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
I also wanted the classic school bus style too... I looked at a lot of newer busses that were probably nicer but im with you.. nothing like the classic school bus style!!

beauty of a DT-466 is if you wear it out you can rebuild it without having to take it out of the bus!.

-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 09:33 PM   #8
Bus Nut
 
Carytowncat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Richmond Virginia
Posts: 903
Year: 1984
Engine: 366 Big block Chevy! :) w/ Stick shift
Quote:
Originally Posted by cadillackid View Post
I also wanted the classic school bus style too... I looked at a lot of newer busses that were probably nicer but im with you.. nothing like the classic school bus style!!

beauty of a DT-466 is if you wear it out you can rebuild it without having to take it out of the bus!.

-Christopher
Holy Cow; i did not know he dt466 could be rebuilt without removal. Talk about great engineering.
Carytowncat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 09:38 PM   #9
Bus Crazy
 
milkmania's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Oklahoma aka "God's blind spot"
Posts: 2,201
Year: 1989
Coachwork: 1853FC International/Navistar
Chassis: 35' Retired Air Force Ambulance
Engine: DT466, MT643
Rated Cap: 6 souls and a driver
Quote:
Originally Posted by Carytowncat View Post
Holy Cow; i did not know he dt466 could be rebuilt without removal. Talk about great engineering.
Just search "dt466 in frame rebuild"

Lot of good info out there... Plus getting a cherry picker (big enough to pull this engine) in my bus would be a bitch!


http://www.enginebuildermag.com/2011...-dt466-engine/
__________________
I once complained I had no shoes....
Until I met a man with no feet
milkmania is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 10:28 PM   #10
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 148
Got some work done today

So, I got the bus home yesterday and removed a few items, then today I spent the afternoon removing the seats, trim, and heaters. I also had a chance to do some layout of where I want things. I am leaving 2 seats in the front for my wife and daughter to ride in, and any other passengers.
I am also going to be using the parts from my Coachman trailer. It looks real good, but it is rotting internally.
I plan to use all of it but the shell.







Oldmopars is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.