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Old 04-28-2016, 02:46 PM   #1
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What do I need to know about a cummins 292 before I buy?

I have zilch for diesel engine experience. I did rebuild a mopar 360 but those are pretty basic. Is this a good engine or should I stay away from it?

What should I be on the look out for when I go to inspect the bus? Its a 1991 bus, with 250k kms.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:56 PM   #2
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There are a bunch of "292" engines, both gas & diesel. What make do you have?
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:57 PM   #3
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Its a cummins diesel, I am waiting for the owner to give me more info.
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Old 04-28-2016, 04:11 PM   #4
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Hmmm, interesting. The only Cummins I know of that go by "292" are the ISLe290-30 & ISLe-40. Both new generation electronic motors with quite a bit of HP. Can't recall ever seeing one in a skoolie before but I could be way off base. While I am not personally a fan of any engine with an "e" attached, those are considered to be outstanding motors.
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Old 04-28-2016, 04:51 PM   #5
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If you have the VIN, you might try plugging it in here to see what THEY think is under the hood: Gates VIN Decoder
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:46 PM   #6
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If you have the VIN, you might try plugging it in here to see what THEY think is under the hood: Gates VIN Decoder
They said mine had a cummins, and it's a cat. But everything else was correct. Kinda cool!
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1991 is probably a 5.9. What type of bus is it, school bus?
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