Originally Posted by Rentfree
I have found 2 buses, for a price that is amazing. Are either of them good for a conversion that we will be living in full time?
1. 2002 Thomas Built, 110,888, mileage, 84 passenger Metro style, Caterpillar 3126 diesel engine, allusion transmission.
2. 2000 Amtran, 125,454 mileage, 71 passenger, Metro style, International DT466 diesel engine, Allusion transmission.
According to seller, they run good with good tires.
Are these front engined or rear?
#1 will be bigger. 84pax is probably 40'
#2 will be around 35'
Somebody correct me if I am wrong.
Without seeing them that's all I can tell you.
The Allison transmission: it depends on the trans model, the 545 is a 4 speed auto. The 2000/3000 is a 5 speed.
If you don't plan on hitting a top speed over 60-62 the 545 is pretty solid. The 2000/3000 are 5 speed auto and get a bit higher theoretical top speed and will get better fuel mileage with an overdrive (depending on rear gears).
Both have decent milage. Both motors are pretty solid and have thier fan clubs (I like the 466 because that's what I have had experience with in the past)
Once again I am sure if I got anything wrong someone will be able to correct me.
I am within a month of buying a bus. I spent days and weeks trying to find out which one was better... The answer is the one that works for you.
Hope that helps.
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