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Old 04-15-2019, 08:10 AM   #11
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I actually think I'm gonna pass. My main concern is actually the 55 mph tops speed limit. I have no doubt I could adjust the governor, but still would require re-gearing for extended highway use which is going to be it's main purpose and that's an expense I'd rather put somewhere else, even though it might be an issue i encounter with ANY school bus....i don't know as the bus world is all new to me. I also wanna find something closer that is easier for me to check out while being a sole proprietor /slave! Still a bit on the fence about gas/vs diesel and have weighed the pro's and cons of both....

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Old 04-15-2019, 12:10 PM   #12
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I would not bother was a gas engine in a full size bus. You'll average much lower fuel economy than a diesel counterpart (4-5 MPG compared to 8-ish).


A gas "cutaway" style bus is a different matter and a gas engine will serve you well in one.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:38 PM   #13
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I would not bother was a gas engine in a full size bus. You'll average much lower fuel economy than a diesel counterpart (4-5 MPG compared to 8-ish).


A gas "cutaway" style bus is a different matter and a gas engine will serve you well in one.
according to what I've read, the General Motors 366 with 4 speed automaic with lock up transmission comes close to diesel motors - I'm looking at getting the 366 because of the cold winter temperatures I plan to see in my travels - I'll be parked for hours, perhaps over night, where there is no shore power for block heaters - I don't want a diesel jelling up on me
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Old Yesterday, 10:23 PM   #14
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My 0.02

0.01) People say the strangest things when they're selling stuff. I try not to hold it against them, but do everything I can to block out what they say and just talk to the machine itself.

0.02) Diesels don't mind running, but they hate being neglected. Miles are less of an issue than poor care.

0.03) We used to have a bus that only barely hit 60, and now that we have a bust that does 68mph, well, we like that a lot.
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My 2000 International with the 7.3L Turbo diesel was governed at 55mph when I got it - but all it took was a really good guy with a computer to change it.
However, I rarely go much over 55mph on the highway. I am never in a hurry and I get better MPG at 55mph. (I average 10-14 MPG) But it is nice to be able to pass when needed.
I have the T444E engine - I am not sure if the 1995 T444 is electrical or all mechanical - or how hard it would be to change the governor.

My bus showed 8,000 miles on the odometer when I bought it - but was over 290K. The instrument cluster was replaced. The computer showed the actual mileage and hours. Right now, I am at 340K miles and the bus runs like a bus. It struggles up mountain passes - but always keeps moving.

I change the oil over 5,000 miles - and change the fuel filter every 10,000. It seems to like that.


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