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Old 07-23-2016, 04:30 PM   #11
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https://youtu.be/m3edBNqpNEc

Here's a link to a video of it. Let me know what you all think... Tia.

It's kinda rough, 27,500 GVWR. You'd need the special license. It probably has the Allison AT545... meh... Any holes or squishiness means the steel flooring is rusted badly and will need to be repaired... It has too much rust for my taste. If you're willing to deal with the rust and can get it for $1000-1500, it may be worth a shot. I would not personally buy it without seeing/driving it.

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Old 07-23-2016, 05:18 PM   #12
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I'm getting it for $1,000. It sounds like it runs really well. Although I don't know much about diesel engines. but it does sound good. And it's really only Squishy in that one spot I walk the rest of it and couldn't find any other areas there is some Rust underneath the bus but not a lot seems to be more surface rust than anything. the transmission you mention, is that a good one?
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Old 07-23-2016, 05:50 PM   #13
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The Allison AT545 is a workhorse, used in buses and trucks for years. It's major drawbacks are no overdrive and no lockup torque converter. These are not a worry when you drive a stop & go, 25 mile school route. Taking a 500 mile road trip or climbing the Rockies (and coming back down!), you'll probably wish for a different transmission.

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Old 07-24-2016, 08:05 AM   #14
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Those InT 7.3L engines last forever. It is the same as the Ford Powerstroke 7.3 engine made for Ford by International. For $1000 you could probably patch up the rust and have a good RV.
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:27 AM   #15
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The Allison AT545 is a workhorse, used in buses and trucks for years. It's major drawbacks are no overdrive and no lockup torque converter. These are not a worry when you drive a stop & go, 25 mile school route. Taking a 500 mile road trip or climbing the Rockies (and coming back down!), you'll probably wish for a different transmission.

Good luck!

ive already driven a few road trips on myt AT545.. total of 2500 miles in 2 months and ayt times a 643 or overdrive mught be nice but the 545 seems to kick me along just fine and it hasnt blown up
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:24 PM   #16
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ive already driven a few road trips on myt AT545.. total of 2500 miles in 2 months and ayt times a 643 or overdrive mught be nice but the 545 seems to kick me along just fine and it hasnt blown up
-Christopher
There is a reason why the 545 was still used long after the 643 hit the market. The 545 is a perfectly capable tranny and just fine for many people. On a long road trip, an extra mile or two per gallon can make a big difference; 15-30% difference. For those of us traveling 8-10k miles a year, that could be a significant savings. For those of us whose skoolie will barely see 10k miles in its entire life with us, not so much.

Towing adds another consideration, as does mountainous travel. I simply believe knowing what we're getting ourselves into before we jump is important.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:40 PM   #17
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Before you do much else. Crawl under it and hand feel every inch of brake line you can touch.
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:08 PM   #18
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thank you so much busfiend for all your help. I do have a question for you. Are the wheels supposed to turn real easy whenever it's sitting in park? I was wondering if these buses have power steering and if so are they supposed to turn easy while it's parked. also do you know how I would find out which transmission does bus have?
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Old 07-27-2016, 02:05 PM   #19
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thank you so much busfiend for all your help. I do have a question for you. Are the wheels supposed to turn real easy whenever it's sitting in park? I was wondering if these buses have power steering and if so are they supposed to turn easy while it's parked. also do you know how I would find out which transmission does bus have?
The bus shouldn't have a "PARK". To park the bus, you leave the transmission in neutral and apply the parking brakes.

That bus should indeed have power steering. It's been many decades now that power steering has been standard. With the bus running, the steering wheel should turn rather easily.

There should be a service tag on the tranny, identifying the model.

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Old 07-27-2016, 03:20 PM   #20
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thanks again. My mistake, you're right, no parking just neutral. So yeah my bus wheels do not turn very easy would it be safe to assume that the power steering is out? Any idea on what something like that would cost to replace?
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