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Old 06-02-2010, 06:03 PM   #11
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Re: Comments on the Cummins 8.3?

Good luck. If you can't score an 8.3 Cummins, an Intl DT466 is a great motor also. Try to get one with mechanical injection and a MT643 trans.
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:07 PM   #12
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Re: Comments on the Cummins 8.3?

Pushers around here dont have the DT's. They will have the 8.3. I'll find one, just going to have to have patience I guess.
I wont have anything unless its the 466 or the 8.3, no question there.
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Re: Comments on the Cummins 8.3?

First Student, the old Laidlaw I think, must have a deal with International around here because all their pushers are Intl's and I bet they don't have a Cummins in them.
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Re: Comments on the Cummins 8.3?


First Student bought Laidlaw a couple of years ago.

There should be no risk of getting the small tranny with a 466 or an 8.3. These engines have more power than the AT545 is rated for.

More and better pushers with 8.3... wondermuss!
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To me, 8500 equates to about 500k miles. Would that be correct, taking an average of 50 - 60 mph?
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Re: Comments on the Cummins 8.3?

I think it means a lot of idle time. I couldn't tell you if that is harder on an engine than freeway driving.
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The average speed of a school bus is extremely low. I would not be surprised if a school bus came up with a single-digit lifetime average speed.

Even driving 18-wheelers cross country, I often had averages around only 45 mph.

So the numbers on that bus can perfectly well be correct.
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