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Old 05-21-2008, 10:41 PM   #1
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6.5 turbo bus

Anyone know how hard it'd be to find a turbocharged 6.5 Diesel Chevy mini bus? For the price, I'd probably be better off with a larger (full size bus), but then I'd have to worry about air brakes, even though a mini bus is a bit small for me.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:12 PM   #2
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Not all full size buses have air brakes...
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:51 AM   #3
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And why are airbrakes a concern? I use them everyday..they are relaible and safe.
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Air brakes are awesome. Except when you need to tow your bus and the motor doesn't run, then you need to put air in them via something else.
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I know not all have them, and IMHO, they are the safest brakes out there, but I cannot find a definitive answer on what PA requires for them. And, not being able to drive air brake-equipped vehicles would limit the avialability, but I do plan to get a CDL in the future.
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Air brakes are awesome. Except when you need to tow your bus and the motor doesn't run, then you need to put air in them via something else.
No, you just need to put caging bolts in them to disable the spring brakes before towing.
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Anyone know how hard it'd be to find a turbocharged 6.5 Diesel Chevy mini bus?
I don't think there was such a thing in a van body for a chevy 6.5 turbo. I thought the turbo was only on the trucks. The vans that I know of had a 6.5 but no turbo. I could be wrong though.
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I'm pretty sure they made turbo vans, with a center-mounted turbo, like the Hummer H1. Might not have though. Even an N/A would be good though. Little less power, but more than makes up for it with fuel milage. I'd love to find a larger bus and drop a 6.2/6.5 in it.
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:32 PM   #9
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why a 6.2/6.5. all i ever hear about them is there terrible?
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:32 PM   #10
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why a 6.2/6.5. all i ever hear about them is there terrible?
Sorry for the (very) slow reply. My internet access isn't the most reliable.

Why you ask? Because they aren't terrible. I love them. I have a 1994 Chevy K1500 with a 6.5 turbo, and I would not hesitate to get another.

On a side note, I have found speak of 6.5 turbocharged bus. So they are out there, I just need to find an affordable one when I'm ready...
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