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Old 04-02-2015, 10:39 PM   #11
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Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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Year: 1997
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: B3800 Short bus
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 36
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Originally Posted by Elliot Naess View Post
It has Budd wheels --- that is, it has normal lug nuts, and that is good.
Good? I suppose that depends on who you talk to.

Dayton wheels (spoke wheels; wagon wheels): tires can be changed with a breaker bar and something on the ground to check trueness of wheels. Carry a spare on a lightweight rim. Recommended dry torque of 200-260ft.lbs.

Budd wheels: 3/4" air impact wrench to remove. Always true unless bent. Carry a spare on an effin' heavy rim. Recommended dry torque of 450-500ft.lbs.

I've removed and replaced most of my tires. It's really not a big deal. For my independence, I'll take Daytons.

http://www.webbwheel.com/pdfs/litera...ochure0409.pdf
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:43 PM   #12
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Year: 1997
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: B3800 Short bus
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 36
Just read this from previously posted link: "He claimed it was possible for the flanges holding a spoke style wheel to break loose effectively neutering any breaking power as the wheel was no longer really connected to the drums! Tall tale to scare the rookies? Very possible."

I'm not sure about all school buses, but this is a near impossibility on my rig. The inside of the rim has metal "stops" welded on to be sure that the wheel can't spin beyond the spokes. Also note that the rim would only spin if improperly tightened.
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Old 04-04-2015, 05:58 PM   #13
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I passed on this bus.
Left early as this is at a dealership and wanted to get there when it opened. The dealer gave me a call as we were about to pull in the lot, he said he would go get it warmed up for us, I asked him to leave it cold until I got there.
Nice looking clean bus with minimal rust, even though he said NO RUST, the back door hinges were rusted stiff and when I got the door open I noticed runs all around the door frame, he had to jump start so we could start it, then the air would not pump up past 60 pounds because it kept popping off at 60 pounds, he wanted me to take it for a test drive but I declined.
From the ground I noticed that about 30% of the seams on the roof were sealed with silicone.
I could not get the doors open to check the antifreeze either.

anyway it was a nice trip.

bus for sale all the time, one will come along I like soon.

BUDD and Dayton wheels, When I was growing up my family did domestic water well drilling and repair so I got acquainted with both styles of wheels on our trucks.

Thanks everyone for the advice
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