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Old 04-11-2019, 06:24 PM   #1
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Thoughts on buying bus needing work.

Hello all I am new here but I have thought about doing a Skoolie conversion for a while and a bus has been posted for sale that fits my ideal size (24 feet) and fuel type (diesel).
It has a few costly issues. Currently only able to travel 15 mph due to mechanic saying turbo fins are damaged and more than half of the injectors are ďbadĒ.
Itís a 1999 international T444E,
Allison transmission. Under 140,000 miles
Planning on paying less than $2000.
I am mechanically inclined so I think itís something I can take on.
Any feedback would be appreciated. I am concerned with possible underlying issues, is it normal to have this expensive maintenance with the amount of miles?
Cost of parts is $2,000 without labor costs.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:29 PM   #2
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Hello all I am new here but I have thought about doing a Skoolie conversion for a while and a bus has been posted for sale that fits my ideal size (24 feet) and fuel type (diesel).
It has a few costly issues. Currently only able to travel 15 mph due to mechanic saying turbo fins are damaged and more than half of the injectors are ďbadĒ.
Itís a 1999 international T444E,
Allison transmission. Under 140,000 miles
Planning on paying less than $2000.
I am mechanically inclined so I think itís something I can take on.
Any feedback would be appreciated. I am concerned with possible underlying issues, is it normal to have this expensive maintenance with the amount of miles?
Cost of parts is $2,000 without labor costs.
I'd pass it up
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:37 PM   #3
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There are better buses that aren't broken out there for that price. I'd keep looking.

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Old 04-11-2019, 06:37 PM   #4
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Typically injectors on the T444E last about 250k but that's taking a few things for granted. It's not a hard job but as you note it is expensive. I would expect to find a bus in that same price range that doesn't currently need 2k worth of injectors.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:44 PM   #5
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Hello all I am new here but I have thought about doing a Skoolie conversion for a while and a bus has been posted for sale that fits my ideal size (24 feet) and fuel type (diesel).
It has a few costly issues. Currently only able to travel 15 mph due to mechanic saying turbo fins are damaged and more than half of the injectors are ďbadĒ.
Itís a 1999 international T444E,
Allison transmission. Under 140,000 miles
Planning on paying less than $2000.
I am mechanically inclined so I think itís something I can take on.
Any feedback would be appreciated. I am concerned with possible underlying issues, is it normal to have this expensive maintenance with the amount of miles?
Cost of parts is $2,000 without labor costs.

I'd not pay more than 500. You're looking at a replacement turbo which will be more than a couple hundred bucks (some turbos go for over a thousand); I'd expect this one in the 4-500 range or more. And injectors, there's 8 of them which are north of $200, *EACH*. I'd figure a couple thousand for that job, as you'll want to replace the valve cover gaskets/glow plug wiring harness (they're kind of made together), and that's just for parts alone.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:47 PM   #6
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The mileage is likely not correct, as 90% of buses this old have had the dashes replaced and they don't correct the mileage when they do. The money you are looking to repair would easily buy you a bus that doesn't need repairs right up front. Walk away from that one.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:52 PM   #7
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Pretty premature for the injectors to be bad at that mileage. If you can get the bus for scrap value, then go for it. Otherwise keep looking.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:58 PM   #8
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Wow thanks to everybody that responded. Seems like a definite no. The search continues.
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Old 04-11-2019, 10:40 PM   #9
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Unless you can pick it up for almost free, I would keep searching.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:01 AM   #10
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Hello all I am new here but I have thought about doing a Skoolie conversion for a while and a bus has been posted for sale that fits my ideal size (24 feet) and fuel type (diesel).
It has a few costly issues. Currently only able to travel 15 mph due to mechanic saying turbo fins are damaged and more than half of the injectors are ďbadĒ.
Itís a 1999 international T444E,
Allison transmission. Under 140,000 miles
Planning on paying less than $2000.
I am mechanically inclined so I think itís something I can take on.
Any feedback would be appreciated. I am concerned with possible underlying issues, is it normal to have this expensive maintenance with the amount of miles?
Cost of parts is $2,000 without labor costs.
You can buy one that runs and drives for that.
Offer em scrap price.
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