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Old 07-26-2018, 10:50 AM   #21
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Yep the 8.3 was an option in the RE but every FE bus has the 5.9 .
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Hello! This subject is still very new to me, so please forgive the newb question:
Once a skoolie has been converted, with all the interior cabinetry installed and possessions loaded etc etc would that 5.9 engine still work well?

What if major modifications were made, such as a roof raise and maybe a roof deck?
Depends. How high is the rating of the 5.9 in question? What transmission and gearing.

The 5.9 is a great engine, but a 190 hp version with a 545 is not going to be a fun machine to drive long distances if loaded down in a 40 footer.

I'd take a bus with a 230hp 5.9 and 3060 trans any day!
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Yep the 8.3 was an option in the RE but every FE bus has the 5.9 .
One bus I bid on when I bought the Ward was a 1993 BBAA and it was a FE with 8.3.
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Old 07-26-2018, 02:37 PM   #24
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The BBAA and the TC2000 are similar looking but otherwise very different beasts!
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The BBAA and the TC2000 are similar looking but otherwise very different beasts!
Yeah, but BB did build FE's with 8.3's.

So are you saying the TC had NO option for FE with 8.3? Seems like they'd gladly sell you anything they have in their parts bin.
But yeah the TC was Bluebird's cheaper economy model so I'd imagine the 5.9 was a natural since it was their entry level engine.
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Depends. How high is the rating of the 5.9 in question? What transmission and gearing.

The 5.9 is a great engine, but a 190 hp version with a 545 is not going to be a fun machine to drive long distances if loaded down in a 40 footer.

I'd take a bus with a 230hp 5.9 and 3060 trans any day!
Amazing how opinions change when you are using internet info as your yardstick and then when you actually own one they are better than sliced white.
Shows how dangerous the internet is.
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The TC2000 FE was only produced with the 5.9 and a short lived 427 gas engine. The 5.9 was the base engine for the RE but almost all of them will have the 8.3. You can look at any TC2000 and if it has a back door, it has a 5.9.

There were a lot more options available with the BBAA.
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Amazing how opinions change when you are using internet info as your yardstick and then when you actually own one they are better than sliced white.
Shows how dangerous the internet is.
Dude what are you on about now?

I've got a big bus with a 5.9 sitting out at the "bus yard" right now.

I have my opinions- you have yours. Its not a contest or an argument.
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The TC2000 FE was only produced with the 5.9 and a short lived 427 gas engine. The 5.9 was the base engine for the RE but almost all of them will have the 8.3. You can look at any TC2000 and if it has a back door, it has a 5.9.

There were a lot more options available with the BBAA.
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I've spent more than a reasonable amount of time learning about the TC2000! I still haven't found my cold start aid though.
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Dude what are you on about now?

I've got a big bus with a 5.9 sitting out at the "bus yard" right now.

I have my opinions- you have yours. Its not a contest or an argument.
You were one of the ones I kept hearing about how undesirable the 5.9 was when I first got here.
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The 5.9 isn't the desirable engine for a 40 footer, i don't think there's any real debate to be had there. It's grand in a short bus and thus far it seems adequate in a 32 foot bus but I don't have any problem saying I'd want something bigger above that!

Same with the T444E. After a lap of the US in my short bus I feel like I'm well educated in this one.
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You were one of the ones I kept hearing about how undesirable the 5.9 was when I first got here.
I've been ACCUSED of hating on the 5.9 but never actually HAVE hated on it.
Is it the BEST? Absolutely not. But ANY decent engine with a decent hp/tq rating can do the job. Gearing and transmission matter much more.
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The TC2000 FE was only produced with the 5.9 and a short lived 427 gas engine. The 5.9 was the base engine for the RE but almost all of them will have the 8.3. You can look at any TC2000 and if it has a back door, it has a 5.9.

There were a lot more options available with the BBAA.
That is my understanding as well. Reading the Wikipedia page and talking to the local Bluebird dealer confirm.
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Let me add my 2 cents or no sense. I'm converting a TC 2000RE (1992) and (walked off) its a 50' bumper to bumper. Its a 5.9 has about 200k on it. Even with the metal seats still in it it would make 70mph on level ground and figuring after build will be lighter. I am curious as to whether the 8.3 would be a bolt in.
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Let me add my 2 cents or no sense. I'm converting a TC 2000RE (1992) and (walked off) its a 50' bumper to bumper. Its a 5.9 has about 200k on it. Even with the metal seats still in it it would make 70mph on level ground and figuring after build will be lighter. I am curious as to whether the 8.3 would be a bolt in.
You sure, man?
Who did the measuring?
I've NEVER ever heard of a 50 foot school bus.
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You sure, man?
Who did the measuring?
I've NEVER ever heard of a 50 foot school bus.
Because they never made one.
must be Canadian feet.

Wait, I understand it now and he is correct. He "walked" it off at 50'. He has a size 6 shoe.
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