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Old 03-15-2015, 06:53 PM   #11
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Hey--New Friends!

Hey-hi,

To Bro. Beno:

Thanks for the awesome tip and wow--you got a great deal!! Your pic's will be great, too! We're doing the same thing, setting up our profile as we grow into purchase, etc.

I am nervous about driving, but I know it's a mind adjustment; not allowing intimidation to 'crush' me--eh? Besides, once it's built and all the details worked out, all involved won't be able to hold me still!

To EastCoastCB:

Have you and yours checked out my tourist suggestions? What do you think?
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:42 PM   #12
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Yeah excellent...
If you're headed north from denver there is st mary's glacier and while I'd not take a bus up there, its worth it if you can get to it.
Coming from the east here, the mountains out there were amazing. We had a blast hiking many miles of trails out there.
Didn't see any snakes but heard a few which is a bit scary.
Our snakes get HUGE though. Rattlers well over six feet are very common!
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:36 PM   #13
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Rattlers!

6 foot rattlers--along with the cottonmouths and water moccasins!?? Gives me the creeps! We have rattlers but not 6' as far as I know.

Hey, I learned something about the above 'water-snakes'. If you swim without a group of people (less people, less noise) they, actually, hunt you--thank God for lifeguard training!

Tip: the silver lining in a flowing river that is moving upstream is not natural!

Hey--we are hunting advice, a how-to, video, something connected to the best bus to convert. I was just starting the research within the forum when I noticed your response.

Chuck is interested in a conversion that will incorporate the type of semi-truck engine and tranny he understands and knows will haul. He just mentioned it may become to much of a 'specialty' build of which he questions his 'aging-abilities'. He would like something along the lines of a
350 Cummins engine with a 10 speed Roadranger.

If all-ya'll think of an article, conversation, how-to we should check out; direct us, please and thanks?

Thanks EastCoastCB,

Anndru and Chuck
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:46 PM   #14
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Tell him Crowns have the most serious of running gear as far as school buses go.
For enough coin you can get an 855 Cummins in one of those from the factory.
Otherwise, a conventional with a big-rig engine and tranny would be a REALLY cool build to chronicle on here!
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:27 PM   #15
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Crown's

Hey-hi EastCoastCB,

Went to sleep thinking about converting a crown--perfect shape, classy bus.

Chuck was pleased to learn that an 855 Cummins will fit in a Crown. Does the year matter?
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:39 PM   #16
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Some Crowns come with them stock.
They are pancake engines.
Im not really a true "crown guy" but they will chime in soon enough.
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:44 PM   #17
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My 5.9 Cummins in my bus will not be close to enough power, so........

I don't skimp on anything. I always research.......

I have been looking at engines right from the N14 Cummins down to what I have. Here is my findings.

There is no need or gain for anything bigger than a 8.3 Cummins in a bus.
The older mechanical engines with the P 7100 injection pump can be pumped up to 400 hp and nearly 2000 ft pounds of torque.
Best part is they are only a few inches bigger height and width than my 5.9 Cummins.
The Cummins 8.3 is only 500 pounds more than the 5.9.

Any of the big 855's and other larger engines are much much heavier.

Best power to weight and size ratio is the Cummins 8.3.

Stick transmissions like the 13 and 18 speeds sound great, but make for a harder install in anything that's not a dog nose bus.

IMO the automatic Allison MD 3060 with 6th gear unlocked is the best of the transmission world for a bus. Again, best size, weight, and reliability.
They can be found behind the Cummins 8.3.


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Old 03-16-2015, 03:47 PM   #18
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A pancake engine? What do you mean?

Thank you
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:50 PM   #19
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Its lying on its side and mounted midship under the floor.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:28 PM   #20
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Hi--nat_ster & EastCoastCb,

Chuck agrees with you. He realized his mistake after he spoke. The reality is that a bus matches to bus parts.

What type of buses do you two have? Got a link to your stories?

Anndru & Chuck
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