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Old 06-25-2015, 11:35 AM   #1
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Bus newbie question: what kind of trouble can I expect from a 99 Cummins ISB?

Hi all, first post! I'm contemplating picking up a 1997-99 Bluebird if the price is right. This has the Cummins ISB drivetrain, with around 200k miles on it. Is there anything I should know regarding possible mechanical issues, maintenance concerns, etc.? I don't even really have a good idea of the cost to maintain one of these things in the first place really, so anything helps!

Please don't be too hard on me...not too easy to find this kind of info on the internet!

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Old 06-25-2015, 11:50 AM   #2
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:02 PM   #3
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Hey, at 200K miles I'd be sure to have those main seals checked! School bus mechanics always seem to talk about that being their first big job at around 120K.

While it won't be a big surprise if they leak, it would be good to know going in.

Also, i have cummins 5.9 (same size as in many dodge pickups) and often find useful information on dodge forums...
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:06 PM   #4
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Cummins 5.9 is a good base for a conversion....the key is to make sure the specs look good. Is it the ideal axle ratio? Transmission setup?

Also make sure you check the bus thoroughly for rust.
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Old 06-25-2015, 03:19 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! I'd be buying this in an auction that's out of state so I wouldn't be able to inspect closely, but it's a government auction (school district) so I suspect they're all in good shape (all listed as running/driving). I won't bid very high either, I'm not totally married to the idea, especially since I'd have to register it in Colorado since I'm a resident here until I move next year, and that could cost me another $800! Sure wish I could register it in OH or MI where my parents/in-laws live but I can't do a VIN verification if it's not actually there...

Regarding those main seals, are you talking about the rear main seal, or another one as well? I'm assuming I'll be able to see some service records on the bus to see if it's already been done.

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Old 06-25-2015, 04:17 PM   #6
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You can have any vin verified here in fl by any notary.
My want to look into that. Maybe you know a notary!
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Old 06-25-2015, 04:26 PM   #7
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You can have any vin verified here in fl by any notary.
My want to look into that. Maybe you know a notary!
I do probably know a notary, but most other states require VIN verification be done at a certified location of some sort...usually automotive shops and car dealerships. Sounds like you have a good deal going on in FL!

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Old 06-25-2015, 04:34 PM   #8
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I purchased my 1998( built in 1997) tc2000 fron GSA in Baltimore, Maryland and registered it in MI and they never required a vin verification. It has the older mechanical 5.9 engine.
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Old 06-25-2015, 04:47 PM   #9
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I purchased my 1998( built in 1997) tc2000 fron GSA in Baltimore, Maryland and registered it in MI and they never required a vin verification. It has the older mechanical 5.9 engine.
Interesting...searching the web doesn't produce too much that seems to confirm or deny, but it certainly doesn't look like Michigan requires VIN verifications...hmm...

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Old 06-25-2015, 06:31 PM   #10
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CO does for sure. But if you can get it done by notary for MI, go visit your bank.

How are you figuring $800 to register here???
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