So the International FE's were a little too small. They are a no go. I think i want a 13 row preferably, or up to 15.
Has anyone here converted a Crown/Carpenter FE? Im looking at this one on ebay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1997-Crown-Carp ... 5&pt=Buses
From a vin decoder it looks like it has the 5.9 Cummings engine
Unfortunately it has the AT545 Transmission
This is a nice large sized bus. I bought it late last summer from a nearby district and am just now getting around to selling it. I had to put front tires on it but I bought used ones that apparently aren't in very good shape. The tread is pretty unevenly worn so I would recommend replacing them. The bus is very low mileage for the age. While it isn't in mint condition with a little work it would be really nice. I took the bus out and drove it a few weeks ago and it starts right up. It has a 6 cylinder Cummins engine. The engine seems to have plenty of power at lower speeds but the bus will not go much over 50mph on the highway. I asked the bus mechanic about this and he said that possibly the turbo was stuck open and not kicking in. Whether this is true I don't know but I am letting potential bidders know that 50 or so is about as high as it will go. Transmission shifts well. This bus has been in Arkansas its whole life and has little if any rust.
Im a little worried about the 50MPH speeds. From some googleing it looks like it is the turbo wastegate that must be open. I think that effects boost pressure but not overall speed that much. Any idea if that will effect the speed that much? And has anyone ever had this problem before? Im thinking its probably going to be fairly expensive to fix, but I like the bus, and I would like to say I own a "Crown".