Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-30-2016, 08:31 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Posts: 40
Year: 2007
Chassis: Ford E450 Super Duty
Engine: V8 6.0
Rated Cap: 20 people
2004 International

Hey guys, I just bought a sweet rust free 2004 international 3200 from a church in South Florida, I still can't believe the deal I got and the low mileage.. Anyway, I'm going to replace the AC condenser and then move on to the trailer hitch. I'm thinking that I should get a weld on so I can increase my towing capacity. Does anyone have any insight? I can't seem to find any information on trailer hitches for these beasts! Thanks
sinapu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2016, 08:45 PM   #2
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 7,942
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
congrats!!! be careful running tyour VT-365 hard... it can be a very good engine but if you beat on it hard you can have issues... there are all kiinds of things you can do to bulletproof that engine to ensure ot gives you good longevity..

dont get it hot, keep its oil clean always!!

-Christiopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2016, 10:38 PM   #3
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Posts: 40
Year: 2007
Chassis: Ford E450 Super Duty
Engine: V8 6.0
Rated Cap: 20 people
Thanks Chris, I'm not really familiar with the engine so all the tips about it I can get the better. I'll be sure to do what you suggested, along with regular filter changes. Any ideas for a good trailer hitch?
sinapu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2016, 10:40 PM   #4
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 12,157
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Ward/AmTran
Chassis: International
Engine: dt466
Rated Cap: 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by sinapu View Post
Thanks Chris, I'm not really familiar with the engine so all the tips about it I can get the better. I'll be sure to do what you suggested, along with regular filter changes. Any ideas for a good trailer hitch?
Those engines have a pretty bad reputation. Truly not trying to scare you or anything, but seriously do look into "bulletproofing" your 365 or you will be very likely to regret not doing so. Get to know the ins and outs of your machine.
Take it easy, man, and enjoy bus ownership!
__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2016, 07:16 AM   #5
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 19
Year: 1998
Chassis: chevy
Engine: 366
Rated Cap: 36
Hi. Saw your post and that you are from north Conway. I live in new Boston down near manchvegas. If in area let me know. I have 2 skoolies.
freebyrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2016, 11:28 AM   #6
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Posts: 40
Year: 2007
Chassis: Ford E450 Super Duty
Engine: V8 6.0
Rated Cap: 20 people
Hey, yes North Conway is home base but I spend most of my time on the road transporting.. What kind of Skoolies do you have?
sinapu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2016, 05:41 PM   #7
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Posts: 40
Year: 2007
Chassis: Ford E450 Super Duty
Engine: V8 6.0
Rated Cap: 20 people
Update

Well, you guys were right.. Driving it across route 4 it overheated, I pulled over couldnt restart it even though I had compression, so I towed it to an International dealer in Daytona Beach who wants to charge me $25K for a reman engine installed the same vt365.. What a nightmare.. Does anyone have any suggestions??
sinapu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2016, 05:56 PM   #8
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 7,942
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
wow... first off, how hot did it get? how high up on the gauge?

2nd off if you are in daytona beach right now you got worse things to worry about than a dead bus... (a hurricane)

3rd off International dealers are Notorious for quoting replacement engines even when not needed.. they should tell you exactly why they think the engine needs replaced with a written breakdown of what tests they ran to come to that conclusion..


-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2016, 06:25 PM   #9
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 7,942
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
Quote:
Originally Posted by EastCoastCB View Post
Those engines have a pretty bad reputation. Truly not trying to scare you or anything, but seriously do look into "bulletproofing" your 365 or you will be very likely to regret not doing so. Get to know the ins and outs of your machine.
Take it easy, man, and enjoy bus ownership!

yo east!.. clean out your mailbox! and stay safe in the hurricane..!!
-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2016, 08:27 PM   #10
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Posts: 40
Year: 2007
Chassis: Ford E450 Super Duty
Engine: V8 6.0
Rated Cap: 20 people
Hurricane

Not worried about MATTY, I've seen a lot worse.. It got hot all of a sudden and continued to have compression once it cooled down, so I figured I was in the clear. Do you guys know of any reputable mechanics in Daytona? I've learned too many lessons hind sight and have had enough of them. Thanks for getting back to me !
sinapu 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 11:13 AM.


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