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Old 10-16-2015, 06:59 PM   #21
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If that's the original engine, it is probably approaching the end of it's life. The trans behind a 7.3 is probably an AT545. If it is original, it is on borrowed time.
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Old 10-16-2015, 10:57 PM   #22
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I have so much to learn. Here I thought that diesel engines were good much longer. *sigh*

Thanks VERY much for the info! I might have jumped in head-first and had regrets. Y'all are awesome.
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Old 10-16-2015, 11:24 PM   #23
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I have one for sale about 2000 miles from WA
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:06 AM   #24
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Oh awesome!!

Ok, folks... What do you reckon about Kubla's bus?
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:19 AM   #25
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DT 466e, 190 HP, at545 allison, might include the MT643 i bought to go in it, rear end changed to a 4.10 ratio, 126 k miles I think, need to check, handicap lift tires have 90%tread left
That is a much better bus. A real truck engine. It has air suspension. This is a huge plus. Miles are 1/3 of the other bus. It has a very desirable rear end ratio. Good rubber. I don't like the AT545 but if the MT643 is included, I would say that you would have a solid bus. I think the price is fair if it doesn't have a ton of rust.
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Old 10-18-2015, 04:21 PM   #26
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it has a little rust, there should be pictures of it in the links, the MT 643 can be included, the TE444 in my other bus seems to work fine with the AT545 in it and if I change that one, I am going to a manual transmission
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:33 PM   #27
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So up until this point I've been staunchly against cutaway shorties but I realized that I'm not entirely certain why I feel so strongly about that. What are the cons of a cutaway style short bus with a diesel engine? Given that I'm looking to put highway miles on my rig (and significant amounts of them) is that a viable option? There are certainly many more of them listed than non-cutaway shorties, although most appear to be gas.
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So up until this point I've been staunchly against cutaway shorties but I realized that I'm not entirely certain why I feel so strongly about that. What are the cons of a cutaway style short bus with a diesel engine? Given that I'm looking to put highway miles on my rig (and significant amounts of them) is that a viable option? There are certainly many more of them listed than non-cutaway shorties, although most appear to be gas.
Having to live with a garbage quality diesel engine, with no better models to chose from.

In full size chassis buses, you can get almost any engine you want.

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In full size chassis buses, you can get almost any engine you want.

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Alas, because of my current living situation I can only accommodate a bus up to 37ft (length of my driveway). Technically our city code is 'nothing longer than 22ft' but I have neighbors that store their RV's (~40ft) in their yards so I doubt anyone would give me flak unless my bus hung out into the road.
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Just because your neighbors can have a pretty RV in their driveway and the city looks the other way doesn't mean the city will do the same for you when you show up with a 37 foot yellow submarine. Having dealt with some of that BS before, don't poke the eye of the tiger. Fly under the radar if you can.
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