Originally Posted by cowlitzcoach
Model 1603 tells me that you have a 1600 series Loadstar Schoolmaster chassis with a gas engine. 1653 would have been a 1600 series Loadstar Schoolmaster chassis with a diesel engine.
1600 series is generally considered a 2-ton with GVWR in the 16,000 to 24,000 GVWR range. The differences in GVWR were determined by brake and axle groups.
Your bus with a GVWR of 22,000 tells me it is right in the middle of the model range and will have pretty standard and easy to find brake and axle end parts.
Where would I need to look to figure out which size engine is actually in the bus? the SV V8 came in like 4 configurations it seems.
- SV-266 (266 cu in (4.4 litres))
- SV-304 (304 cu in (5.0 litres))
- SV-345 (345 cu in (5.7 litres))
- SV-392 (392 cu in (6.4 litres))
The bus is equipped with a manual 5 speed with reverse on the left rear (in relation to 1st gear)
I saw on some other threads that the rear end should have some identifying marks to let me know what gear ratio is in them. (I have yet to crawl under and look) She seems to top out at about 48ish MPH.
EDIT: I may have answered my own question above about the engine size, stamped on the identification plate under the hood it states the Net Horsepower is 180.0 @ 4400 RPM. While googling I found a site http://www.binderplanet.com/forums/i...q-specs.94992/
that seems to tie HP ratings to engine sizes:
According to the above site I should have a:
Brake H.P. (Max) @ RPM 193.1 @ 4400
Brake H.P. (Net) @ RPM 180 @ 4400
Torque (Max) Lb. Ft. @ RPM 272.5 @ 2800
Torque (Net) Lb. Ft. @ RPM 262 @ 2400-2600
There was also mention of a boss near the fuel pump that should have some identification on it but I was unable to locate it.. Mostly because the gull wing hood on the bus doesen't let me get down very low inside the engine compartment.