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Old 08-06-2013, 02:40 PM   #11
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Re: To buy or not to buy? 2001 Amtran low oil pressure

where are you?

There are several at my local school system for sale right now for a lot less $$
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Re: To buy or not to buy? 2001 Amtran low oil pressure

I'm in VA. It seems difficult to pick out a bus on my own from a school system when I know so little about buses at the moment. I've done lots and lots of research but I still would like the confirmation from an expert that a certain bus is going to last me a long time...especially for my first bus. I am willing to pay more money for that confirmation in hopes that the extra money up front would keep me from spending less money in repairs down the road and give me a longer bus life. I don't think that this dealer would send me off with a bad bus because it would make him look bad...its hard to know who to listen to right now my brain hurts...I just keep see sawing back and forth on what to do. Thank you everyone for your input.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:57 PM   #14
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I'm in VA. It seems difficult to pick out a bus on my own from a school system when I know so little about buses at the moment. I've done lots and lots of research but I still would like the confirmation from an expert that a certain bus is going to last me a long time...especially for my first bus. I am willing to pay more money for that confirmation in hopes that the extra money up front would keep me from spending less money in repairs down the road and give me a longer bus life. I don't think that this dealer would send me off with a bad bus because it would make him look bad...its hard to know who to listen to right now my brain hurts...I just keep see sawing back and forth on what to do. Thank you everyone for your input.
You will get better info from the school maintenance people then you will from the bus dealer. The school maintenance people are very friendly and helpful. They seem interested that the bus is going to be used as an RV.

I'm next door in Maryland. I still talk to the manager to get info on my bus.
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Re: To buy or not to buy? 2001 Amtran low oil pressure

Hopefully you got the message, but I am 100% a car guy...

There are very few things that will make me walk away from a deal. Low oil pressure is one. Seriously. Unless I can hear the connecting rod hammering while it runs I just won't buy something with low oil pressure.

Have you priced out removing your engine, buying a crankshaft, buying bearings, getting it all installed, and getting the engine put back in the chassis? Good, now be realistic and price out removing the engine, dismantling it, washing it, getting it line honed, buying a crank and bearings, getting the engine re-assembled, getting the engine dyno tested to verify the repair, and getting the engine re-installed in the chassis. Don't forget the misc. stuff like gaskets, fluids, etc.
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...the dealer also says that after a final recheck, if any of those problems suddenly turn up then they will be fixed before me driving it off of the lot. . . . .
And as soon as you make it to the next intersection, you're on your own.

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Old 08-09-2013, 04:52 PM   #17
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Re: To buy or not to buy? 2001 Amtran low oil pressure

Best not to buy a "pig in a poke" search more for a sounder bus they are out there and cheaper, as in cost less.

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Old 08-09-2013, 10:23 PM   #18
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Amtran low oil pressure, maybe

Most buses use an electric powered 12volt oil gage. After many, many years, the sending unit is almost always the defective part.
Go to any parts place and buy a 12 inch brake hose with 1/8th male pipe threads at each end. Also buy a 100 psi oil gage and a 1/8th
pipe coupling. Install all parts together and go to the place where bus can be seen. Ask nicely to remove sending unit and install the hose and gage. In less than one half hour, the oil pressure will be known to all. Usually oil pressure is at a high number when cold so allowing the engine to warm up is also good. Frank
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Better yet, push your luck and grab an oil sample!
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Re: To buy or not to buy? 2001 Amtran low oil pressure

What was the outcome of this thread?? Did you buy the bus, or wait for something better??
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