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Old 09-14-2017, 06:08 PM   #1
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My husband and I joined skoolie about a month ago. We were looking at a school bus from my district. We now have the opportunity to purchase a different bus. It is a 1990 International Eaton Fuller 5-speed with reverse,A navastar DT466c with air brakes. Has about 160,000 miles on her. I need to know the pros and cons of this bus in your opinions. SO go let me know what you think
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:16 PM   #2
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My husband and I joined skoolie about a month ago. We were looking at a school bus from my district. We now have the opportunity to purchase a different bus. It is a 1990 International Eaton Fuller 5-speed with reverse,A navastar DT466c with air brakes. Has about 160,000 miles on her. I need to know the pros and cons of this bus in your opinions. SO go let me know what you think
Any rust? whats the rear axle ratio?
Sounds like a GREAT bus.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:29 PM   #3
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My husband and I joined skoolie about a month ago. We were looking at a school bus from my district. We now have the opportunity to purchase a different bus. It is a 1990 International Eaton Fuller 5-speed with reverse,A navastar DT466c with air brakes. Has about 160,000 miles on her. I need to know the pros and cons of this bus in your opinions. SO go let me know what you think
An Eaton Fuller 5-speed *WITH REVERSE*? Oh No! Whoever would want a reverse?

All kidding aside, it sounds like an excellent drivetrain. I have long believed the DT466 can be a million mile engine if properly cared for. They don't like being overheated but can be rebuilt in-frame if needed. Very common engine and parts are widely available.

Pros: DT466 engine. 5-speed manual transmission (some might see this as a con, YMMV). Air brakes (again, some might see this as a con).

Cons: Unknown interior height (irrelevant if you plan on a roof raise anyway). Unknown rust condition. Unknown rear-axle gear ratio (a low ratio [higher numerically] will limit your top speed. A gear swap can be done for somewhere between $1000-1500 if you do it yourself).
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:29 PM   #4
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Sounds like a great start, as long as you don't mind shifting gears. Like ECCB said inspect carefully for rust, check fluid levels take it for a spin. It may top out at 55! For some people that's okay others have the need for speed (65) lol.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:37 PM   #5
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We will be looking at it Tuesday, so dont know about the rust, but that is funny because my last name is rust haha. Not planning on raising the roof (again funny ) because we are both pretty short folks. I will see if I can find out tomorrow about the wheel ratio, however we live in the mountains and this school bus is from a school here in the mountains.
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You would want a mountain bus for driving in the mountains. If it has lower gears in the rear it would be better for mountains, not as good for freeways.
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:06 PM   #7
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A manual transmission can be beneficial in the mountains as well. I hope the bus is in good shape for you.
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I really wanted a manual transmission in my bus. Then I drove through Fort Lauderdale.
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:12 PM   #9
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Manual transmissions are still a great choice for some. Big city stop and go not so much. I avoid that kind of driving unless it is absolutely necessary I have lived in a small town for too long and the only thing that would be better is outside of a small town.
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I really wanted a manual transmission in my bus. Then I drove through Fort Lauderdale.
Yep, I thought the same, then went through Atlanta!
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