have found my bus....1996 Int conventional, Thomas body 6 window, 115K miles, DT466, AT545 (yeah, I know
). However, there's a crack in the transmission housing, and I don't know how critical that is. It sure doesn't SEEM like a good thing.
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When I arrived at the site, there were no leaks at all under the bus (had been parked there for about 3-4 hours). First thing I did was crawl under to see which transmission it had, and saw the crack. I then asked to drive it. Couldn't take it out on the road (the school transportation director wasn't there, and the mechanic said he couldn't drive it because it wasn't licensed, but said I could drive it around the lot), so I basically did exactly 6 burn-outs on their 125-yard long paved driveway......parked at one end, then floored it from a standing start and kept it to the metal. The bus shifted very smoothly through at least 3 gears before I had to quit the gas and hit the brakes, and shifted into reverse smoothly as well (actually as smoothly as my Dodge Dakota). I then parked it and spent another 45 minutes inside and out, and there was still no leakage or even seepage from the crack.
I need thoughts from the experts, please. The crack is just forward of the transmission fluid pan. Could it be sealed somehow?