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Old 08-01-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
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lots of work...
have a ball!
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:15 AM   #2
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lots of work...
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You so funneeeeee
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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How fast will it go?
the 545 transmission can be replaced with a 643 if it goes out.
look online in the diesel forums and at amazon.com and eBay for information on how to do the maintenance and so forth, on your engine, etc. Things like clean fuel filter, etc are very important.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:53 AM   #4
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Ya, LMAO! Lots of work no doubt. I can handle the enginering and wood work. It's the engine, and it's maintaince that I could use some advice on if there's any to be offered. Is this a good engine and trans?
Yes...it's the little brother of the legendary DT466. A little underpowered, but not bad. The AT545 is inefficient (never locks up, always slipping) but durable.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:26 PM   #5
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Great engine. Super reliable. The problems to expect are: the rubber elbow on top of the engine likes to crack and leak out boost pressure(makes a loud hiss), and the fuel lines around the injection pump start to leak from age. You can find repair books online, as mentioned.
The trans isnt too good, as already mentioned. When it starts to go out, swap it to the bigger MT643 or 653.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:51 PM   #6
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question one sounds like the old diesel engines where you turned the fuel on and off... even cars like the 59 mercedes.
On my bus... the low air buzzer sounds...
You need to read the conversion topics about the electrical and plumbing, etc for when you convert it.
hope this helps, but i dont have your type of bus.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:23 PM   #7
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That pull tab is to shut the engine down. It's a replacement to the shutoff solenoid. A little strange at first, but that's one less thing to go wrong.
That humming could be an electric water pump for the heater in the rear. Possibly someone added a cheapie fuel pump at one point. Just have to chase down the noise.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:55 PM   #8
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Thus far the info is great. Thank you all. I will trackdown that noise after cutting off the engine. What is the best way to get/hook-up electricity in the bus?
You probably want to start a wiring question thread in "Conversion Discussion" instead of "International Drivetrain." Wiring can be as simple or complex as you want. But to get started:

The simplest AC system would be a 12-gauge or at least 14-gauge extension cord for a 15-amp shoreline. You could plug this into a portable generator if you are boondocking. Install at least one permanent outlet box with an outlet in it. If you are not installing a load center (fuse or circuit breaker box), I would recommend a Ground-Fault-Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet with its own 15-amp breaker built in. Other outlets can be added to the protected side of the GFCI and share its internal breaker as the same circuit. DO NOT connect the safety ground together with neutral on the bus, as the bus is a sub-feed of the source you use.

The bus already has DC to run the motor and lights. You could tap off a few circuits from that. Or, you could add a "house" battery bank separate from your "chassis" bank so you don't run down your starting battery and get stranded. Then you have to decide on a way to charge the other batteries . . .

The beauty of a bus conversion is that it is all up to you how simple or complex you want to make it . . .
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