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Old 06-29-2015, 02:22 PM   #1
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What engines and transmissions to avoid

Hi Everyone,

I'm getting ready to purchase my first Skoolie and in doing so I'm thinking it would be easier to ask "what should I avoid" engine and transmission wise? As opposed to asking what is the best.

I realize that there may be bits and pieces of this info already on the forums but instead of reading every post in every thread for the next 3 months I'm hoping that it would be just easier to ask.

All I know so far is:

1. Stay away from Cat. engines because their parts are proprietary and expensive.
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:24 PM   #2
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I've been told to stay away from Allison 545 transmissions if you plan on driving in large hills or mountains, as they don't have any lockup...basically means the engine won't help you when you start going downhill.

Also, gas engines are probably not good unless you like getting 3 MPG.

(I've just learned all this from reading here so far...)

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Old 06-29-2015, 03:09 PM   #3
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The list is shorter if you stick to what you should get.

Cummins 8.3
Cummins 5.9

International DT466
International DT408
International DT360
International 444E if not a huge bus

Transmission to get.

MT643
MD3060

Don't know about the newer Allison 2000 series Trans.
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Old 06-29-2015, 03:15 PM   #4
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Perfect. These are great starting points. Appreciate the info.
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:36 PM   #5
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awesome thread! this would have been one of the first questions I posted myself, but now, no need. thanks!
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:49 PM   #6
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HPD,

The only time to even look at Cat is IF you know it's either well taken care of, or, its had a reman/replace. That's the reason I pulled the trigger on my baby.... Replaced 32K miles ago.
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Old 06-29-2015, 07:42 PM   #7
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CAT engines are usually a bad idea because the parts are proprietary and as a result the prices are jacked up very high.
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Don't forget to avoid the GM 8.2 detroit diesel. Not a bad engine if running good. But don't plan on making any more power then it already has. It does make its name as a penny pincher, fuel usage wise, until it needs repaired.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:24 PM   #9
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I'd get preatty much any manual trans....
The most common seems to be spicer 5 speeds, but I have seen 6/7 too.
I like manuals... I could rebuild one. Auto not so much.
Most of the busses from the mid nineties seem to have manuals around here.
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If you want a flat nose, or rear engine bus, you won't be getting a manual trans.

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