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Old 10-09-2019, 04:02 PM   #1
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12v upgrade

OK, so I originally purchased a 77 passenger 1999 Blue Bird with a 24v 5.9 Cummins with a AT 545 tranny for a good price and just turned around and sold it (wasn't sure if I wanted to do this conversion). Changed my mind and want to take the plunge so I purchased another 77 passenger 1996 Blue Bird but this one with a 12v 5.9 Cummins with a AT 545 tranny. One of the reasons I bought the 1996 is because I know it is pretty cost effective to upgrade the engine (modified fuel plate, governor springs) so it pulls better and I already got a KDP kit to take care of that, too. I also acquired a MT 643 tranny to go behind it (got it for $400). Haven't started work yet but will try and keep ya'll up-to-date. If you have any tips I am open for that, also!
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:53 PM   #2
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Engine: T444E 7.3L
Let us know how the tranny swap goes.
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