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Old 04-14-2019, 12:56 AM   #21
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And they don't salt roads in Auburn very often, if at all, do they?

The bus has some very small patches of light surface on the body, mostly in seams on the body where dust caught, nothing that a good prep job before painting won't take care of.

There's more rust underneath of course, but it's fairly light and sure doesn't look like what I saw when I lived in Canada, especially 30 or 40 years ago. New cars would get holes in 3 to 5 years. No point in buying a new car as far as I was concerned.
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:46 AM   #22
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Could it possibly have the caterpillar 3408 engine?
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:26 AM   #23
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Haven't seen a automotive 3408 in 15 years. A friend of mine drove a late 70's Kenworth 3408 with 15 speed double over. Don't remember gear ratio. But truck was stupid fast. 80,000 pounds was nothing for that truck. Trans would get warm if you didn't pay attention.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:33 AM   #24
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Yeah I've found a lot of lower mile buses, but had really high hours. It usually can tell you what the bus was used for. High hours, low miles means it was used in a town or where the pickups were really close together. Low hours and high miles usually means it was a more rural area bus where the pickups were farther apart.

Looking up hours on google says that 1 hour is equal to about 33 miles of wear and tear on the engine.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:11 AM   #25
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Yeah I've found a lot of lower mile buses, but had really high hours. It usually can tell you what the bus was used for. High hours, low miles means it was used in a town or where the pickups were really close together. Low hours and high miles usually means it was a more rural area bus where the pickups were farther apart.

Looking up hours on google says that 1 hour is equal to about 33 miles of wear and tear on the engine.
School most buses have higher hours. Lots of stop and go, lots of idle time, and long warmups all add to that.
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Old 11-07-2019, 12:14 PM   #26
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No, it's not a Cat engine; it's a Cummins 12 valve, which are quite recognizable. And one reason that it has such low miles at that age is that it was a spare for quite a while.

Perhaps this is typical of 12 valves but it actually starts easier when it's been sitting for a while. If it's been a while since it was started, like 2 or 3 weeks, it takes about 5 seconds cranking before it starts. If it was just started the day before, then it takes 10 to 12 seconds of cranking before it starts.

I still think I got a good one, and I do not care that it doesn't have an hour gauge.
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Could it possibly have the caterpillar 3408 engine?
Definitely not.
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