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Old 10-23-2018, 03:07 PM   #1
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Some advice on picking a shorty!

Hello all! This is my first post here and I'm so excited to join the community and buy a bus! I'm definitely more interested in short buses (4-6 windows) and like the idea of having that back door and possibly also a side door (usually seen with the wheelchair lifts) but past that, I'm not really sure what I should be looking for. I know the style I want but wanted some advice on what engines I should be looking out for and such. I know brands (ford, chevy, etc) are kind of up to preference, but if anyone has any insight or anything it would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-23-2018, 04:05 PM   #2
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Hello all! This is my first post here and I'm so excited to join the community and buy a bus! I'm definitely more interested in short buses (4-6 windows) and like the idea of having that back door and possibly also a side door (usually seen with the wheelchair lifts) but past that, I'm not really sure what I should be looking for. I know the style I want but wanted some advice on what engines I should be looking out for and such. I know brands (ford, chevy, etc) are kind of up to preference, but if anyone has any insight or anything it would be greatly appreciated!
I'd look for a mid-90's to 2003 of whatever flavor you like. Cat, Cummins, International. Those three are good. Bonus points if you get a shorty with ANY transmission other than a 545.
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Old 10-23-2018, 04:14 PM   #3
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Thank you I'll keep an eye out! Any reason for the transmission being different than 545 or are they just impossible to find?
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The AT545 is not a bad tranny, it's just not ideal for hi speed interstate or mountain driving. A Van chassis shorty like a Ford E-series will not have an AT545. A full size shorty might depending on year and application.
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Old 10-23-2018, 04:25 PM   #5
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Oh okay! Cool that makes total sense thank you!!
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Thank you I'll keep an eye out! Any reason for the transmission being different than 545 or are they just impossible to find?
Most full size chassis short buses up to the early 2000's had 545's and lower powered engines. Usually rated less than 200hp.
The 545 is *ok* in a short bus. I've got a bus with one.
I LOVE this bus! Its got a combo that's a bit unpopular on here but LOW miles and low hours so I'm glad I snatched it up. It has a Cat 3126 rated at 190 hp and the 545 is a reman unit even though the bus only has 64k miles on it. The traffic moves FAST where this bus saw duty and I think thats what killed the first one.


I like 5 or 6 window full sized chassis short buses. My other bus is an International. 2004 with a DT466 and Allison 2000. That's a great combo I just wish the bus was a few years older. International had quality control issues from 2004 on.
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Old 10-23-2018, 05:04 PM   #7
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Super cool bus! Cool good to know...I'm not exactly mechanically inclined (lol) what do y'all think about the buses with the van fronts? I was looking at this: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...ion=1#question
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Van chassis is fine like the E-Series Ford, but really hard to work on due to limited room. Still a decent choice.
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Super cool bus! Cool good to know...I'm not exactly mechanically inclined (lol) what do y'all think about the buses with the van fronts? I was looking at this: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...ion=1#question
A stay away from van chassis stuff. Hard to work on and not built as strong.
But if you need to park in a van sized spot then nothing will beat a van.
I own one of those too.
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