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Old 09-15-2016, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hey all! Just started researching for our big project. Right now I might have a bead on this guy... A 1990 Chevy, 454 gas dude. VIN says it's a B6P402. $2500.00 still need to find out milage. A church owns it. Thoughts? I'm aware a Diesel, T444, or 466 would likely be better, but the price is attractive.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:46 PM   #2
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I got the 366 Big block and it rolls 65mph no problem, i bet that 454 is superb!
Love a motor with a carburetor, alternator, and distributor. Not difficult to tune up
ps. It is uncommon to see the 454 in a bus...
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:51 PM   #3
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Hey! Thanks for the quick reply! It's a shorter bus, maybe a 33 passenger. I like the idea of starting with something smaller for our first Skoolie. Just a bare essentials Spartan kind of ride.
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Old 09-16-2016, 06:27 AM   #4
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I had a 6 row bluebird (86) with a 454 in it and an AT545 automatic.. that bus flew!!

even moreso after I put in an RV cam, a 4 barrell carb and a better intake...
-Christopher
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Feeling a little better about it now. Thanks guys.
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:57 AM   #6
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:30 AM   #7
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Terre Haute.
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:31 AM   #8
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The 454 is a pretty good motor but I really have to wonder what kind of MPG and lifespan it will get it in a bus (from a "diesel guy").
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:41 AM   #9
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when I had my 454 with it stock and the 2 barrel i got about 3 MPG average in a short bus...

after I put in the 4 barrell I went up to about 4 MPG... (a properly adjusted 4 bbl will get better MPG than a 2 bbl.. as tyou run the front 2 lean but let the secondaries come in a little earlier than would in a performance application)..

after RV cam, true dual exhaust, flowmaster 50s and 4 bbl and ignition upgrade / bosch platinum plugs id get 4.5 or so.. that was driving 65 on the highway... that bus had what i believe is an AT545... acts just like the trans in my current bus.. I never payed attention to the trans since it worked..

when I drove my bus spirited and got loud i got something like 2 MPG or so lolol...
im not sure what my TQ / HP readings were for sure but i know it was alot of fun to kick it to the floor and sounded good too..

-Christopher

P.S. that bus was more fun to drive than my current bus but on long trips my current bus rides so much better and gets much better MPG's..
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Old 09-16-2016, 10:28 AM   #10
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Holy gas guzzles Batman! I could live with 8-9. But 3?! Wow.
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