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Old 03-30-2015, 12:00 PM   #11
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just go to napa or oreillely.
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When hunting for school bus parts, remember it is a truck, if it is a dog nose it really is a truck from the firewall forward. Instead of say a dump body or cargo box, it has a long frame with seats. RE and FE buses are still trucks. You have to go to places that sell truck parts. The chain store parts stores as a general, rule employ people who don't really know much about cars and nothing about trucks. If they can't look it up by make, year, and model in a computer, it doesn't exist. NAPA is a chain, but they have truck parts and are usually, at least in my area knowledgeable about trucks. Old local autoparts stores, even though they may be some sort of buying/marketing group now will probably know trucks. At least around here the counter people either grew up in the business or were mechanics. Most of them know what the part is and at least what it is off of and what it does, when you lay it on the counter. As a general rule the web isn't a good place to look for truck parts. Heavy and medium duty trucks are still basically built one by one. They come down an assembly line, but each one has a build sheet telling what parts and extras are to be installed.

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You need to find out what kind of truck you have, if you have a dog nose it's easy, show us some pictures. There should be tags all over the place telling you what things are. On a truck, EVERY major component has an information tag, this includes axle,air compressors,etc. Find them all and make notes, I take pictures of them all, I then have the pictures on my phone. I also print them all and put them in my "build" book. Your camera/phone has the capability to take good clean close-up pictures. If you don't know how, LEARN. It's even possible to get a picture of a tag that you can't actually see, if you can get a camera pointed at it. Thomas, at least when I contacted them were quite helpful, you need the VIN# to do anything having to do with a truck.

Your original question was answered by people who know what they are talking about
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:14 AM   #12
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In a pinch, I was at a gas station once and as I fueled I could hear gargling or a hiss sound , so I broke the hood over to find my radiator cap leaking , explains the slightly higher temp my engine was running. So the gas station had chips and Pepsi but no cap! So I took one off of my 1990 gmc jimmy I was towing and swapped caps. So I can tell you a cap from a 1990 gmc with a 4.3 v6 will fit and work perfectly , I bought a new cap but I put it on my jimmy napa had it in stock . And I have logged another 20k miles sense I put that cap on and my 360 international has never run over 190 temp ever.
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:42 PM   #13
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I have the "pug nose" style bus where the engine is halfway inside and halfway outside. Apparently people aren't used to seeing those on here, but they're all over NC. The cap I bought hasn't given me any trouble, but then again the bus hasn't been driven for more than one or two miles at once because I won't put insurance and tags on it until I finish the conversion and chance the title. I'm going to try to take pics of the labels on everything I can find eventually, but all the ones I've seen are so dirty they're unreadable. When I try to clean them they either refuse to come clean or the information comes off with the dirt. Ugh. I'm also working with an antique flip phone because I refuse to get a smart phone. Some day I'll borrow a digital camera to work with.
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:54 PM   #14
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RE and FE buses are still trucks. You have to go to places that sell truck parts. The chain store parts stores as a general, rule employ people who don't really know much about cars and nothing about trucks. If they can't look it up by make, year, and model in a computer, it doesn't exist. NAPA is a chain, but they have truck parts and are usually, at least in my area knowledgeable about trucks. Old local autoparts stores, even though they may be some sort of buying/marketing group now will probably know trucks.
I'll add a couple extra real truck part stores:

Fleetrite

Traction Heavy Duty Parts (Canada)

Look for Cummins and International authorized service centers, as well. They'll have a parts counter and often deal with all sorts of trucks. Sometimes at shockingly reasonable prices! The International shop around here has surprised me on a couple of occasions.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:05 PM   #15
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O'Reilly's autoparts was the only place around me that could look up my bus by model and engine. I went with parts from them even though I could have cross-referenced and gotten them cheaper because the guy took the time and effort to find out what parts he had or could get. Other chains were not so helpful.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:57 PM   #16
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If you can find an old time napa I've found them to be quite helpful, most your new stores have no clue how to find older parts, if it's not in the computer it don't exist to them. I once went to the older Napa store here in town to get new brake lines for my 70 Ford motorhome, the girl behind the counter actually pulled out a book & found them, had them that afternoon, other stores told me they didn't exist.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:01 PM   #17
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I called Autozone once.... my exact words were "I need spark plug wires for a suburban"
the guy on the other end asked "who makes that?"
I hung up, and took them out of my contact list
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Old 06-17-2015, 03:08 PM   #18
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I used a cap off my 1990 gmc jimmy to replace the one on my 3700 international with a DT 360 we where on the road and no part store around so i just swapped it. its still on the bus today and works perfectly my engine runs 180 dead on always never runs hot.
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