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Old 09-23-2018, 07:38 PM   #1
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6 Cylinder bus?

Hey! Thinking about getting a 1964 bus that is in good shape but has the original 6 cylinder motor in it. The owner says it still runs good and doesn't smoke or burn oil. He wasn't sure how fast it would go down the highway, he was thinking somewhere around 55 miles an hour. Does anyone know if it can go faster and what the mpg would be? I would appreciate any help. Any advice on this bus too? Should I go for it and look for something newer?
He lives about 8 hours away and said the bus would not have any trouble making the trip.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:42 PM   #2
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Hey! Thinking about getting a 1964 bus that is in good shape but has the original 6 cylinder motor in it. The owner says it still runs good and doesn't smoke or burn oil. He wasn't sure how fast it would go down the highway, he was thinking somewhere around 55 miles an hour. Does anyone know if it can go faster and what the mpg would be? I would appreciate any help. Any advice on this bus too? Should I go for it and look for something newer?
He lives about 8 hours away and said the bus would not have any trouble making the trip.
Thanks for any help.
Can't compute with such limited info.
I can say one thing for use Going faster always result in less MPG. (unless you are in neutral going down hill idling the engine)
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:56 PM   #3
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I would bet on closer to 45 mph than 55mph. Really depends on how big the bus is. Need more details. by the way, where is home base for you

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Old 09-23-2018, 08:47 PM   #4
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If it runs on gas (not diesel) I would expect a realistic fuel economy to be somewhere around 4-6 MPG (assuming it's a full size bus).


I would expect a diesel to get around double that. Not to mention much easier to find parts for and a much longer life expectancy. Watch out for the diesels above 2004, though. Emissions hardware is not something you want to replace and some engines newer than 2004 had some serious issues. Research before buying.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:47 PM   #5
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I was hoping it would go at least 65 mph as I need it on the highway a lot. It's a cool looking bus that I would love fixing up. I live in Lansing.
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I like the aesthetic of older buses myself. Whether restoring the original engine or transplanting a diesel is another matter - personally, I'd want the torque and fuel economy of a diesel.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:13 PM   #7
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I was hoping it would go at least 65 mph as I need it on the highway a lot. It's a cool looking bus that I would love fixing up. I live in Lansing.
If you need to be on the highway a lot you need something modern and more powerful in my opinion.
The old buses are nice for collections or restorations. Also great for building custom creations as Tango has shown.
But for highway cruising a more modern diesel with a good non-545 transmission is what I'd be after.
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:19 PM   #8
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Size of engine and gear ratio in the rear will tell a lot more. Must agree with the others for a lot of highway driving this is not likely to be the one, unless you can re power it. Depending on size of the bus the Cummins 5.9 might be a good candidate to put in it.
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Old 09-23-2018, 11:00 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the help. Here's my situation. I'm going to likely have to work in Omaha, NE this winter (construction) and I don't like hotels. So, I'm looking at a bus to live in during the 6-9 months I'll be working there. But I also plan on going back to KC several times a week also to watch my son play basketball. What do you think would be the best economical bus to get. I know I don't need a full size one, but they seem to be about the same price as a mini. All I'm needing is something to sleep in as I will be showering at the local gym. I would like to insulate it before I go up there.
Would I be better with a camper van? I don't know?
Thanks again for all the great advice, I'm listening!
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Old 09-23-2018, 11:43 PM   #10
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Man tough order to fill. I would say a cutaway chassis and small front wheel drive car. You are going to be running in winter with some snow, probably. The fuel mileage for "several times a week" is going to be ugly, fast.

Consider living in bus or box truck, but not driving it back and fourth.

If you are gonna drive it too..... I would tell you look for what is called a "van cutaway" bus. diesel will net you better fuel economy but gasoline cutaway will be cheaper for parts, a v8 350 chevy van is about the cheapest thing on the planet to buy parts for.

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