a coupla questions about this one bus
Two buses, actually. Basically twins of each other; up for auction at GovDeals.com. Go to "Buses, School and Transit", click the Location column to sort, go to Last page. Charlottesville VA. Two identical 2004 Thomas MVP rear engine pushers; just what I'm looking for. One has <100K; one has <90K.
Question 1 - Does anyone have any experience with or opinion on a Mercedes engine? I owned an 82 long-body Mercedes 126 chassis sedan with the 3-liter 5-cylinder in it and it was a good engine, but is that experience transferrable? I doubt it.
Googling around tends to convince me that it should be a 190 hp MBE 906, but I have the question in to the seller. Lotsa people on the InterWebs claim it's a Detroit Diesel in drag, also. I asked about make/model on tranny as well.
Question 2 - Any experience/opinions out there on those humongous interior ceiling-mounted AC units? Is there anything piped to them other than electricity? What sort of merry hell will I get into trying to do a roof raise on one?
Question 3 - Why would a school district sell a bus "in very good running condition" before it's 15 years old? We shall see if that fact alone drives bidding out of my price range. I asked the seller also, but they may not choose to answer that one.
Thanks in advance - Dan Fox