Originally Posted by WIbluebird
Any opinions on this batch of 1999 - 2001 Bluebird buses? They all have the T444E motor and the Spicer 2500 manual trans. Is the Spicer an overdrive unit or otherwise geared for highway driving? Seller mentions that the buses are currently governed at 55 mph.
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I've never heard of a Spicer 2500 and neither has Google. All the Spicer models I've seen start with a letter (or two) in the designation; ie. ES, CM, PS, HD. I've only ever seen one 5-speed Spicer in the 3800/T444E, with a granny gear and 1:1 top gear. I drove, I believe, the ES43-5. The granny gear is 7.00:1 or lower. Think stump pulling low. The jump from 1st-2nd was huge. I can't remember ever using 1st.
Overdrive required a 6-speed tranny, IIRC.