Thanks for the info. Realistically, i cold probably buy a new used bus with a bigger engine and a better trans as cheap as i could swap a 13 speed into my bus.
why don't i just do that??
I've done a fair bit of searching for buses around here, and have not been able to find a good engine/trans combination. I would love a DT466/643 snub nose bus. Next fall one of the local school districts around here are auctioning off some DT466/AT545 dog nosed buses. This year all they had were DT360's. The disadvantage to these buses is that they don't have air brakes. I need air!
After swapping the trans in my current bus, it should be quite a bit easier to do it to the next bus when/if i find one with a bigger engine.
I'm confused, and don't really know what is the best course of action. My options are open. Eventually my school district will get around to selling their buses. There are about 10 of them that are ready for auction. Most are carpenter bodied 72 pass internationals with dt360/at545. I've started all of them, they all sound good (one needs an exhaust though)One of them has a bad trans and doesn't move. The rest all run and drive. I'm sure these buses will go for cheap: $500.00 or less. The bus with a bad trans should go for almost free. The DT360 gets less mpg than my 6.6 liter, but it's a higher performance engine. That would be a good candidate for the 13 speed eaton. IF i put the manual trans in my current bus, it should be that much easier to swap it into the "new" bus at a later time. I'm not doing any crawling around under my bus until the weather warms up.
I guess the options are: A new bus with the right engine/trans, my current bus with a different trans, or a new bus with a better although not ideal engine and the new 13 speed trans. The latter two options are convienent. I've been looking for about 6 months for the bus i want, and have been unable to locate one that's in my price range. I don't like the idea of spending over 1,000 dollars for a used bus. It would have to be something pretty special. Realistically, if the bus had a DT466 and the lock up/overdrive allison auto it would be worth 2 grand.
I don't know...i'm just a confused boy!
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will watch the watchmen?)