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Old 04-09-2004, 02:53 AM   #1
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Ford 7.9L Diesel?

I am new the the board, and new to conversions. I have driven school buses for about three years part-time, so driving one will be no problem for me. I have a couple of questions that (hopefully) somebody will be able to answer.

I am going to go look at a '91 bus that is based on the Ford B700 chassis. The person selling it says it has a 7.9L Ford diesel in it. I have not been able to find any information on this engine. Do any of you know anything about this engine and whether it is a reliable one? Any special areas I need to take a close look at on this bus? Any advice or words of wisdom are appreciated.

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Old 04-09-2004, 08:13 AM   #2
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I'd be surprised if he didn't mean 7.3.....

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Old 04-09-2004, 08:32 AM   #3
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I am wondering if maybe he was mistaken and meant a 7.8L. When I last talked to him I specifically asked if it was an inline 6. He said that yes it was an inline 6 and it is turbocharged.
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Old 04-10-2004, 12:50 AM   #4
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I wonder if it is that brazillian engine for has built for them? If it is the 7.3 it is the Navistar/International engine. I have heard some not so good things about them.
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Old 04-10-2004, 12:55 AM   #5
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Well I do know the 7.3 Navistar and 7.3 Powerstroke engines are both V8, so no worries there! From what I've read on the net, the 6.6L and 7.8L I6 engines are both brazillian and based on the same block. (I think)
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Re: Ford 7.9L Diesel?

Jason has had several buses with them. I think he liked them. Some other members have said that parts are getting harder to find.
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Re: Ford 7.9L Diesel?

A 7.3 wasn't an option in that chassis. A 6.6 or 7.8 Brazilian was for sure, as was a Cummins. A 3208 Kitty MAY have still been an option. My money is on a 7.8 Brazilian.
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Old 06-14-2010, 09:29 PM   #8
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I dont think they started putting the cummins in until 92 and the 7.8L I dont believe was ever put in the B700. I'd bet anything it is the brazilian new holland 6.6L, I think it was the only option in 91 for a diesel. The 3208 was way back in the day in the medium duty and some Fords had the 8.2 detroit but I think it was also before 91.
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I might be wrong about the 7.8, just saw a takeout for sale that came out of a bus.
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Re: Ford 7.9L Diesel?

I KNOW the 7.8 was an option. In '89 (the year of my bus) the 6.6, 7.8, 8.2DD, 3208, and B-series Cummins were options.
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