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Old 11-14-2013, 08:43 PM   #31
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Front engine bus....545, 643...NO! 10 spd Road Ranger!
Oops I stand corrected. I gotta change my vote to the 10 speed. Or any real manual for that matter. Is an 18 spd possible?
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:12 PM   #32
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18 for sure. Better yet, do a 13 spd with a 4 spd brownie!

For real, I think the 10 would be a pretty cheap install.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:37 PM   #33
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Re: Stuck in first, literally and figuratively

Wouldn't a clutch pedal and such need to be added as well? How much fabbing would be needed for that? Or is it a pedal set that swaps out, like in old VW bugs? Please explain why you think the install would be cheap.

I have a AT545 in my bus and as a general rule I despise automatics, so please give me some info to convince HER that it would be better....
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:20 PM   #34
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You'd need to get hold of a pedal set. 10 spds are a dime a dozen. A bell housing should be too. These are a rather old setup. I guess if you could get the whole thing as a package, it would be the best buy. If you had to piece it together it might not be as cheap.

No, you aint gunna convince her that driving a 10 spd stick is going to be better. You could get a RTOO9510 which is a double overdrive. You could really tailor your rpms for economy.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:28 AM   #35
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Re: Stuck in first, literally and figuratively

Man, hadn't even really thought about a manual! I've got 2 other cars here, both manuals - actually my clutch foot is killing me right now from sitting in LA traffic

I do like a good old fashioned manual transmission though. Food for thought.

The breakdown of costs I was promised via email today never showed up - guess they've gotta brainstorm how to explain it. In the meantime, I got in contact with a Nashville mechanic who's going to swing by and check out the bus tomorrow. Guy's been working on all kinds of diesels for 35 years, has done a number of transmission swaps, etc on school buses, AND sounds more than happy to work on thing. Fingers crossed that the pieces will come together soon. He's also going to check out the prospects of putting an MT643 in there. Whether it's a 643 or a manual, the consensus here seem to be NOT to put another AT545 in there. I'm right there with ya.

Sounds like it takes a bell housing, a cut down driveshaft, and 2 pints of unicorn blood. Shouldn't be a problem.

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Old 11-15-2013, 08:20 AM   #36
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Re: Stuck in first, literally and figuratively

It makes me sick to hear about things like this. Where are the days when people who purchased something and it had a pretty immediate problem they would at least help?

I know the 545 is not the best tranny in the world but seems to me you should be able to find a used unit to get it home at least? I don't think I would want a shop doing a tranny swap doing shop rate? Say they get it in and something goes wrong... they wont come to you and fix it. So you may be in store for more money down the road on that gig.

I hope this horror story have a happier ending. I just really hate hearing about this.

Keep us informed.
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:06 PM   #37
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Was in the bus today...with a manual the shifter would be behind me a couple feet unless I had a helluva linkage setup
Def. Need to look into it this winter
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:20 PM   #38
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Was in the bus today...with a manual the shifter would be behind me a couple feet unless I had a helluva linkage setup
Def. Need to look into it this winter
Or an assistant!
To help you plan I will offer this: If you want the position filled it MUST have a good title attached.... "shift Monkey" will not get many qualified or desirable applicants. "Master Shift Commander" may get a higher caliber.... or maybe "Turtle Gear Selection Specialist". I think you can take it from here! Please provide title choice and pics of applicants upon approval!
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I like the last one....get my turtle gear selection specialist to shift lefty from her seat its 2 feet behind mine....
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any updates on your status?
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