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Old 04-23-2018, 11:40 AM   #1
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Your dream bus.....

Hey! Newbie here seriously into a future conversion project. Been reading A LOT about all this conversion info, bus type, engine, transmission, brakes, suspension and it seems the more I read, the more I get confused.

Now mecanics is of upmost importance for me. I don't care Much at this stage about ceiling heights, floor plans, etc. I just want a good bus with a reliable combination engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, etc, to start to build up from the ground.no use in converting a rotten piece of metal or something with known sy stematic problems. Everytime I find what seems to be a "good" bus to buy, I read about that drive train or that one and read horror stories. And same thing repeats itself when it comes to suspension, transmission,etc....So confusing.

So....here is the question.... What is YOUR BEST bus combination. Engine, transmission, brakes, suspension,etc....what would be YOUR DREAMBUS and why? What would you systematically avoid and why? I know I can find bits and pieces of answers here and there but trying to have info in the same thread. Sorry if this is a repeat.

Thanks.... can't wait to read you.

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Old 04-23-2018, 01:31 PM   #2
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Too vague to give a pat answer. It really depends on your intended use of the bus. Size requirements may dictate engine and drivetrain requirements. Do you want rear access, then a rear engine bus won't do. Lots of variable that you need to decide if they work for you or not.
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Old 04-23-2018, 02:00 PM   #3
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Thanks! I get it. 72 Passenger bus. Will be using it as RV not a tiny full time house. Puller w rear access. Might be pulling a small car behind...not sure yet.

This helps?

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Old 04-23-2018, 02:08 PM   #4
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Thanks! I get it. 72 Passenger bus. Will be using it as RV not a tiny full time house. Puller w rear access. Might be pulling a small car behind...not sure yet.

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You want a DT466 or Cummins 8.3. Air ride and high headroom are also good to look for. Also hold out for a bus that has overdrive, or at the very least anything but a 545.
Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-23-2018, 02:22 PM   #5
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Thanks EastcoastBc,

And should I avoid any of the CAT engines?

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Old 04-23-2018, 03:07 PM   #6
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40' Pusher
Cummins 8.3 or DT530
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Oh hang on ... I got all that except the air-ride and the price
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Old 04-23-2018, 03:34 PM   #7
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Thanks. Great find then! Nice work!

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