View Poll Results: What kind of fuel are you using?
Gasoline 50 20.08%
Diesel 162 65.06%
Propane 17 6.83%
Veggie Oil 17 6.83%
Other 3 1.20%
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Old 04-09-2006, 02:25 AM   #21
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It's funny. When I first started looking for a bus I wanted a gasser with a 4 or 5 speed. I figured I could fix a gasser myself since that's what I have experience with and the 4 or 5 speed would be just about bulletproof. Now I own a diesel with an AT545

I guess it just comes down to personal preference, but as I read I quickly learned that a diesel was probably the best bet in terms of mileage and such. I won't use the bus often, but when I do it will be for long distances. I also like the resale (not that I ever would sell it) value of a diesel. There is no doubt in my mind that I will get what I paid for it should I ever decide to sell.

As for the auto....well.....a 4 or 5 speed is hard to find. On top of that, I drove a buddy's bus (he bought his the same week as mine coincidently...we had not talked about it previously) up Minnesota's infamous Highway 38 from Grand Rapids to Marcell. It is a narrow, windy, hilly road frequented by logging trucks mostly. In 14 miles it goes around 10 lakes (we are the Land of 10,000 Lakes after all). I got so annoyed with shifting that crashbox and 2 speed rear after that one trip that I decided that I would have an auto. I've never looked back.

For as much hate as people seem to have for the AT545, it's not a bad tranny IMHO. It was used for well over a decade and for millions and millions of skoolie miles as well as in other medium duty trucks. Sure it has its flaws, but they are reliable and hold up. When they give up the ghost they can be replaced cheaper than the 4L60E in a half ton Chevy truck. On top of that, anyone can drive a rig with one. Anyway...enough ranting....
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:52 PM   #22
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In 14 miles it goes around 10 lakes (we are the Land of 10,000 Lakes after all). .
Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes, and more shorline than any other state in the lower 48......and 1/5 of the worlds fresh water.....


ok, i feel better now
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Old 04-10-2006, 01:02 AM   #23
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When your state is bisected by something called a "Great Lake" I hope you have a lot of shoreline .

I'm not sure what the actual definition of a lake is in Minnesota, but I believe the actual number is something like 15,000 lakes. Land of 10,000 Lakes just sounds better.
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:57 AM   #24
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cheap veggie kits

The simple veggie kit for my bus includes:

svo tank - found at the dump. A Jaccuzzi sand filter tank.

fittings - $30 only for fuel

solenoid valves - $140 One supply, one return

fuel line - $30

wire - scavenged from bus accessory lighting

switch - $4

filter - $12

filter head - $17

fasteners - $10

TOTAL $243 Canadian And it works great!
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:09 AM   #25
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that's great!
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Old 08-12-2007, 04:55 AM   #26
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Re: What kind of fuel are you using?

Mine runs on propane. Awesome way to go in my opinion compared to diesel (buck a litre) and gas (little more than a buck a litre). My bus is roughly 7m long with a 350hp Chevy Manual.....the same they push the bigger buses. so it uses a lot of gas, but accellerates pretty quickly for a bus. Anyways! back to propane.
I bought it when prices were about 45 50 cents Canadian a liter, but they rocketed to 65.9 right after i bought it. so im paying through the nose in my opinion. On the bright side, i have mileage comparable or maybe a little more than an Ford F-350 pickup, diesel or gas. So im about twice the size, and can compete.
Propane itself burns cleaner, and leaves less soot and carbon material, extending engine life, has a higher octane value, its cleaner burning (no sulfur, low C02) and burns so hot, it heats the bus really fast (it'd call that our own 'Canadian Dream').
One thing i do need is better fuel efficiency....anyone got any suggestions on conversion, like adding gas or diesel to the mix?

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Old 12-24-2007, 03:01 PM   #27
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Re: What kind of fuel are you using?

Currently I am using diesel but hope to convert to WVO as time and funds permit.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:48 AM   #28
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Re: What kind of fuel are you using?

wvo filtered through 10 micron into bus wiith electric pump then 5 micron heated filter prior to engine. Super smooth at the high end, a little chuggy at the idle but relatively the same power. A small drop in mileage but at 8miles per gallon and 150 gallons of wvo who's counting right. 3000 wvo miles this summer lots of mountain passes and i still have the same diesel i left with in the tank(have since topped off). word
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:00 AM   #29
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Re: What kind of fuel are you using?

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I am living on a 76 international full size bus I have morphed into a micro brewery and traveling the states.
The micro brewery puts out the fuel I'm interested in!! Got pics of your setup?

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Old 11-21-2008, 01:54 PM   #30
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Re: What kind of fuel are you using?

How do you keep the beer and sediment from mixing while you are going down the road? I am bidding on a bus tomorrow that I am planning to convert to a microbrewery. What are the legalities of that, can one serve homebrew from a bus and charge money for it?
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