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Old 04-27-2016, 07:43 PM   #41
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4.33 isn't bad.
My 40 footer does ok with 195hp and my rear is 4.44.
Nice looking bus. Go for it.
Thanks CB, it's been really great to see a lot of these encouraging reponses. My only concern at this point is the size. It's a touch small (interior height and length) for our desires. So, we're trying to reconfigure our floor plan and see if it'll work.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:05 PM   #42
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If it's not the right bus you're not going to be happy with it, and it's a heck of a lot of work to do if you don't plan on keeping it. Like everyone here says, start with the right bus because it's more work than you're thinking and you want to get it right the first time.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:10 PM   #43
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for the bus size indeed I say look for the right size right off the bat... for me building things is no object so I tend to think of the drivetrain as completely fluid.. meaning I shopped for the body I wanted and fioguired i can build the drivetrain i want if the one my bus has doesnt work out..

however others do it opposite based on their skillset and buy the drivetrain and build the body.. (ie the roof raises we have seen here)..

Buy the bus that compliments your skill-set.. or the skill-set in which you most want to learn...

theres LOTS of busses all over the place.. dealers and private owners and auctions.. so if the one you are looking at doesnt fit.. trust me there *IS* a bus that will fit... as there were many different combinations of busses manufactured...

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Old 04-27-2016, 09:55 PM   #44
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Old 04-28-2016, 03:45 PM   #45
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Well, after taking everyone's advice to heart, I've decided to keep shopping. I really appreciated the great shape that bus was in, but the lack of space was like a thorn in my side. CB, go git'er boy!

Thanks all for the great feedback and insight! I will surely continue to pick your brains. Mmmmm... brains...

I digress, anyone know if there's already a thread discussing air vs. hydraulic brakes?
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I think there was one last week, and it's still dribbling. Keep reading the threads.
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Well, after taking everyone's advice to heart, I've decided to keep shopping. I really appreciated the great shape that bus was in, but the lack of space was like a thorn in my side. CB, go git'er boy!

Thanks all for the great feedback and insight! I will surely continue to pick your brains. Mmmmm... brains...

I digress, anyone know if there's already a thread discussing air vs. hydraulic brakes?
Air brakes are safer.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:20 PM   #48
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From some reading I've done, it seems that air brakes take some getting used to from a user standpoint...

Also, how much concern should we give the number of "hours" on a bus? We found another International, pretty much as clean as that last one, but it has several thousand more miles and almost twice as many hours.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:06 PM   #49
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Air brakes are safer.
having driven both I have to say I prefer air-brakes after i got used to them... I think they are quite safe as long as the owners learn how they work and perform regular checks (like any brakes should be checked)...

but air brakes, unlike hydraulic have the automatic mechanical parking / emergency brake apply should the system full out fail....

a falure with hydraulic, your pedal goes to the floor and you have to think quick to grab the parking brake handle and activate the mechanical brake..

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Air brakes lock the entire system up and the driver has no choice but to stop.
Liquid system's wait until you don't have any brakes and can't stop!
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