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Old 02-01-2017, 10:00 AM   #1
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Transporting full size International fro TX to MN

Hello all! I'm new here and just purchased a bus in Austin, TX! Was going to drive it up but alternator failed and had to leave it behind and come home from work! Wondering though if anyone on here would be willing to transport it up as I can't take the time off work. Looking at full towing, otherwise, I can get the alternator replaced by the seller, and pay to have someone drive it up! Engine ran great and was fine once batteries in so I trust it being driven the 1,200 miles but yeah. Its a 2002 International 3800 71 Passenger bus with a T444e engine!
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:37 AM   #2
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on a T444E alternator is an Easy replacdement... most of them use the standard GM / Delco style SI alternator... its right aaccesible on the passenger side of the bus, a 1/2 inch ratchet to disengage the serpentine belt and just a couple bolts hold that on.. you can stand between the wheel and the frame... maybe an hour job?

how did you determine its the alternator and not another electrical issue? slowly losing voltage till it stalled out on you?

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Old 02-01-2017, 10:41 AM   #3
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You must have not made it very far if the seller can install a new alternator in it for you where ever it is.
If alt. just quit working, versus a seized bearing or fried) the batteries are likely dead.
So I am guessing it is still in or near Austin.
Where does it have to get to?
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:46 AM   #4
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If alt. just quit working, versus a seized bearing or fried) the batteries are likely dead.

Exactly what I thought- they jumped it and got it out the door.

Check and clean the grounds, too. loose/flaky ground will do same.
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Old 02-01-2017, 11:09 AM   #5
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It did just that, slowly discharged. After getting the new batteries in, fired right up, disconnected batteries while running and it stalled out so it hopefully is just that. Connectors looked good and everything and looked like an easy job. But sadly it was late at night and I had to get my girlfriend and myself back for school and work and couldn't take the night and next day to do it all. I'm a mechanic myself so diagnosis seemed straight forward. Maybe I'll just get the guy to replace it and fly back down and drive it home myself. But wanted to see if there was anyone out there to do it first as getting off time to do it is difficult.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:37 PM   #6
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check Allegiant airlines if they go from there to there.
might get a one way for under $100
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Old 02-02-2017, 02:08 PM   #7
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Towing from TX to MN will be painful. When I was putting out bids to get my bus from Maryland to Louisiana they were all $2500+
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Old 02-02-2017, 02:32 PM   #8
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Towing is very expensive, but when you see how much it costs to get a truck large enough that can tow a bus, insurance, inspection, fuel, tolls, Class A driver with experience...

I had my bus towed from auction last week, I could have worked on it a bit in the pickup lot and gotten it going, but after really looking it over I'm glad I towed it- found fuel leaks, radiator hose about to go. Little things, really, but it sure isn't pleasant when you are stranded on the side of the road in the middle of Texas. OP is a mechanic, but all it takes is one unfamiliar flakey interlock relay to fail. Texas is ... large.

That being said, I have a vehicle in Texas right now I need to get to Chicago. Shipping is high- more than I paid for vehicle. I will have a referred mechanic change glow plugs and give it the once-over before heading out.

Important note: If you buy a Southern bus to go North, make darn sure your antifreeze is up to snuff or you will crack that block when you get home and park it. Windshield washer fluid is also rated for temperature. Batteries that work ok in Texas are not always ok in Minnesota. School districts also spec bus for their condition- cold, hills, block heater, etc.
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:53 PM   #9
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Towing is very expensive, but when you see how much it costs to get a truck large enough that can tow a bus, insurance, inspection, fuel, tolls, Class A driver with experience...

I had my bus towed from auction last week, I could have worked on it a bit in the pickup lot and gotten it going, but after really looking it over I'm glad I towed it- found fuel leaks, radiator hose about to go. Little things, really, but it sure isn't pleasant when you are stranded on the side of the road in the middle of Texas. OP is a mechanic, but all it takes is one unfamiliar flakey interlock relay to fail. Texas is ... large.

That being said, I have a vehicle in Texas right now I need to get to Chicago. Shipping is high- more than I paid for vehicle. I will have a referred mechanic change glow plugs and give it the once-over before heading out.

Important note: If you buy a Southern bus to go North, make darn sure your antifreeze is up to snuff or you will crack that block when you get home and park it. Windshield washer fluid is also rated for temperature. Batteries that work ok in Texas are not always ok in Minnesota. School districts also spec bus for their condition- cold, hills, block heater, etc.
Thank you for the tips its much appreciated! Definitely ready to just get this thing up here and figured out. Found someone that will drive it up that has knowledge for a good price so hopefully that all goes smoothly!
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Old 02-02-2017, 07:01 PM   #10
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Thank you for the tips its much appreciated! Definitely ready to just get this thing up here and figured out. Found someone that will drive it up that has knowledge for a good price so hopefully that all goes smoothly!
Corps of Engineers park's rates are off peak season right now, if they need to stop-over anywhere along the route, if they don't use a rest area, truck stop, Walmart, Home Depot or the like...

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