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Old 01-23-2019, 07:10 PM   #1
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Flat nose front engine

Hi all , brand newbie here. My name is savageyote and have a question if someone would be kind enough to answer.
Iím retiring soon but havenít bought my bus yet so here we go. How much of a pain in the buttski is it to work on a international DT466 mounted in a flat nose front engine bus ?. Could an in- frame rebuild be done if need be ?. How bad to do general maintenance? I am a NYS certified maintenance machinist by trade but if you have to drop the engine to change an injector .....just kidding but you get the idea lol.
Thanks in advance for anybody with advice on the subject.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:08 PM   #2
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Front engined transit-style buses are an absolute pain to work on the engine. You're better off with a rear-engined bus. Plus, the noise and heat factor in massively on a front-engined bus.
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:38 PM   #3
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Front engined transit-style buses are an absolute pain to work on the engine. You're better off with a rear-engined bus. Plus, the noise and heat factor in massively on a front-engined bus.
Agreed. Except I'd say you're better off with a conventional "dog nose". BEST engine access.
But I will say I'm not as set on what style a bus is as much as what running gear it comes with.
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:45 PM   #4
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Thank you very much on your opinion, I will heed your warning lol .
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:51 PM   #5
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I’m looking to live in a bus once retired as long as I can take it so the extra room of a flat nose would be nice. Thank you very much for your time .
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:59 PM   #6
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I worked with one of my friends who worked on DD's in the driveway at his single wide. Mostly on coaches. Rear engine is easy to work on as long as you pull the panels needed out of the way. Engine dropping is much easier than a front engine no matter the configuration. I quit working for him when we did a crank replacement and it turned out the crank journal was too big and wouldn't spin.We had to pull it back out and have a replacement sent that he just went ahead and started putting it in. I asked if he plastigaged the first one and he said no, I said did you plastigage this one, again no. I walked.
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