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Old 03-01-2005, 10:21 AM   #1
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1991 Chevy With 366 Gas Need some input

It has the origanal 366 with 115000 on it it is a 5 speed manual no rust runs and drives great



Is this a good bus for conversion?

How about that motor I see it in alot of bus's??

Anyone own a bus like this if so what kind of milage do you get and what deos a bus like this weight i think it is a 54 passanger
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:52 PM   #2
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By the way the guy wants 1500 is that a pretty good deal i plan to live in this bus this summer
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Old 03-01-2005, 10:09 PM   #3
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I just purchased an 85 gmc w/366 converted to propane. It has 466K KM's on the odometer. This is the 2nd or possibly 3rd motor on this bus. It sounds good and the mechanic figures I have alot of life on it. Hope this helps. -Richard
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Old 03-01-2005, 10:59 PM   #4
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4-5MPG, tops, & it probably won't break 55MPH--like the Ford 370, it's just not enough engine, resulting in it always running WOT trying nto keep up with traffic.

115K should have plenty of life left, though. When it does go, a truck 427 bolts right in, & a 454 or 502 will work with some minor changes.
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Old 03-02-2005, 05:45 PM   #5
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should i wait and find another bus

how does that propane conversion work do u get cheaper milage per dollar or is it about the same
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O K I Have heard of all the engines to avoid

Like i know that the

345 gas
383 gas
6.6 deisel
7.3 deisel pre 95
and the dt406

Are all engines to avoid yes i say the dt406 because it has limited parts availability.

So what are some engines that I should be looking for and what body what is a good platform to start with i want the most reliable engine i can find as well as tranny i dont care if it is a Stick shift

I also need this to be a cheap bus

Yes this is alot to ask is it possible
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:30 PM   #7
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I have a 345 International gas burner. It seems like a strong motor but is slow on hills. Otherwise OK. It gets about 7-10 MPG. I didn't know they are supposed to be avoided. Can you enlighten me as to why?
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:52 PM   #8
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ya know that is a good question how many miles do you have on it

I was emailing a bus ''guru'' and this is just what i was told

My dad had a international scout2 with a 345 in it and it ran good too for a long time

i dunno i just want to know what engines to look for for a good runner with above 6 mpg maybe the 345 is one i should look at
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I think you might want to visit http://www.binderbulletin.org/forums/? and read up on what some people have done with the 345 & 392 etc. For myself, I find Internationals to be a strong motor.

Hope this helps. Barrie
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Your guru needs his status revoked. The 304/345/392 Internationals are strong, tremendously durable engines, though any 304 & a 345/auto are a bit thin on power.

If the 383 is a Dodge engine, it's fine (if not, I have no idea what he's talking about).

The Ford/New Holland 6.6 is a good engine. It's a bit underpowered with an automatic (especially an Allison 545), but very durable, & can easily be turned up for more power.

The 7.3 International (aka the 444 V8; also it's smaller brother, the 6.9/420 V is another durable engine--as used in 82-94 Ford trucks. The only weak spot is coolant: not using the correct additive can result in cavitation eating through the cylinders. If kept up, they just keep running and running.

Also, I've heard nothing bad about the International DT408 (no DT406, AFAIK), except that it's a bit thin on power, especially with an automatic. IIRC, it's a smaller version of the legendary DT466.

The only "avoid" list I'd have would be:
8.2 litre Detroit diesel (GMC, the occasional Ford)
9.0 litre International (IH only)
AT545 automatic transmission (any make or model)
Lucas-Girling hydraulic brakes (late-80's to early-90's Fords)

That's about it.
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