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Old 07-25-2019, 11:57 AM   #11
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If I could find a good private individual diesel mechanic or an affordable shop to install a used engine for me, I would probably do that. If anyone has recommendations in the Little Rock area, I would welcome them.
Maybe give this guy a call: https://littlerock.craigslist.org/ao...940265229.html (don't know him personally, just found this on Craigslist).

And it seems DT466s can be had on eBay for as little as 2 grand.
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:01 PM   #12
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A good running used motor is the way to go if you think the rest is worth saving. This of course has its own risks.
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:07 PM   #13
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Maybe give this guy a call: https://littlerock.craigslist.org/ao...940265229.html (don't know him personally, just found this on Craigslist).
Thanks so much for sharing the link. I contacted him and he doesn't do diesel
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:11 PM   #14
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Thanks so much for sharing the link. I contacted him and he doesn't do diesel
Oh, that sucks. I had hopes.
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:14 PM   #15
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Is the rest of the bus worth keeping? Looks like a used engine is almost $5K. You’ll also be paying someone to install it. Along with incidentals like fluids, you’re probably looking at 8K. Unless the bus is exceptional, your best course may be to walk away from it.
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:23 PM   #16
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Is the rest of the bus worth keeping? Looks like a used engine is almost $5K. You’ll also be paying someone to install it. Along with incidentals like fluids, you’re probably looking at 8K. Unless the bus is exceptional, your best course may be to walk away from it.
It could honestly go either way. The bus has an MT643 transmission, no rust, a high ceiling and 8 basement storage compartments. I'd keep it if I could get the engine replaced at a low enough cost, but I'm totally willing to walk away if I can find someone to take it off my hands.
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:39 PM   #17
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If you are thinking it’s worth keeping, probably the best course is to try to find a motor locally. If you can’t find local, then start searching adjacent cities.

I’m just doing internet research and don’t know any of these people or businesses

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Here’s a dt466 for 2500. Probably can get it for 2. Of course you need to make sure it’s the right motor and it is in good shape.

https://littlerock.craigslist.org/pt...937893920.html

Here’s a mobile diesel mechanic

https://littlerock.craigslist.org/ao...933522848.html
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:41 PM   #18
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Strip of all that can be yanked and has future value first, if you have to go the scrap route...
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Old 07-25-2019, 01:36 PM   #19
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Option B, then A

Option C is a waste unless you have family that is a lawyer and time to burn. Even then, the court won't do anything, it's merely a bully tactic to scare them into a refund.

At the end of the day, all sales from private individuals are usually as is. The seller has no responsibility to you, and is therefore not liable for any damages or refunds.

Only you can determine it's worth. Most on here feel that you can get a "new" bus for the cost of fixing what you have. I, like a few others, would rather spend the money on the repairs and know that I have something that's good to go. Then again, I do my own repairs so my cost is cheaper.
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Old 07-25-2019, 01:43 PM   #20
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Store it a farm etc to get a cheap rate. Go back to Tx and lick your wounds and think on it a month or so. Maybe farmers can set you up with a mechanic etc.
$14k is a lot of money to walk away from.
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