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Old 02-25-2015, 10:36 AM   #11
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Location: Winnemucca, NV/Reno NV
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Year: 1980
Coachwork: Gillig 1980, 2003 Thomas E-350 shorty
Chassis: 636/E350
Engine: Cat 3208 NA/7.3
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The last years of Crown skoolies commonly had mid mounted DD 6-71's with both manual and auto trannies. Not sure if Gillig offered the DD also (I think so). They have both gotten harder to find though. I think the later, square bodied Crowns may have had DD V configured two strokes?
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:44 PM   #12
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DT466 is the one for me then, thanks so much for everyones feedback. especially charles_m I look forward to talking with you when I get ready to do a conversion, thank you very much for the offer.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:26 PM   #13
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Can't go wrong with the DT.
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Old 03-02-2015, 06:39 PM   #14
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Year: 1982
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Chassis: International S1800
Engine: DT466 Trans: MT643
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The DT is a fantastic engine. As close to a unanimous standard for MD Diesel applications as you will find. A block heater isn't going to do anything for you, in terms of WVO, unless you are going to retrofit it somehow to heat oil. The temp of the block is not important. It's about keeping that oil viscous and heated. Make sure that the DT has an "Inline" style injection pump. The rotary pumps (much older technology) are not as good with veg. My current bus has the rotary style which I will someday upgrade to the inline style, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it! Good luck out there, feel free to PM me or whatever with questions. I saved a lot of headache by having someone to bounce ideas off of for my first conversion, which was also on a DT466.
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