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Old 07-26-2017, 02:21 PM   #1
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My husband and I have been planning a school bus coversion for a couple years now. A school bus from my district may have come available. It's a 455 Detroit Thomas 5 speed diesel. It has a turbo and is a 1986 dog nose. What's a good price ? And any cons to this engine or body style?
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Old 07-26-2017, 02:31 PM   #2
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Welcome Cilina,

I would double check what engine it has in it.

I am a Detroit Diesel fan and have never heard of a "Detroit 455".

If you look about this site you will find MANY discussions of the merits of different body styles. The short version is:

Conventional (dognose): Easiest to service. Least living space for given bus length

Front engine (FE): Hardest to service. Most living space for given bus length. Can be noisy & hot in the drivers space.

Rear engine (RE): In between Conventional and FE as far as living space for given length and ease of service. Engine is far from the driver. Little or no noise & heat issues.

I love my RE.

Value of a bus depends significantly on condition & mileage. Tell us more about the bus?
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Old 07-26-2017, 02:41 PM   #3
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I suspect the engine is actually a Detroit DD15. It's a 455HP diesel that I've heard people mislabel as a "Detroit 455" before. Though, I know more about truck engines than bus engines at this point.
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Old 07-26-2017, 03:03 PM   #4
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It was just retired last year. I work for the district and have known the head of maintenance for 23 years. They are asking 2500
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I suspect the engine is actually a Detroit DD15. It's a 455HP diesel that I've heard people mislabel as a "Detroit 455" before. Though, I know more about truck engines than bus engines at this point.
I'd SO love to have 455hp of detroit under my bus' hood!
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:23 PM   #6
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That is so funny East Coast CB I was thinking that very thing when I read it that would be absolutely the cat's meow just as long as I got some long legs to use all that horsepower that would be awesome.
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That is so funny East Coast CB I was thinking that very thing when I read it that would be absolutely the cat's meow just as long as I got some long legs to use all that horsepower that would be awesome.
Speaking of cat's meow-
One day I'm determined to stuff a Cat 3406 in my shorty. Its listed as one of the available engines from the factory, oddly enough.
I never recommend Cats in buses, but the 3406 would be the one I'd have to make an exception for.

OP- find out for sure what engine is in this bus. Sounds like something awesome, possibly!
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:05 PM   #8
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I'm going with DT466 that's what I think she's got
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I'm going with DT466 that's what I think she's got
I love my DT466.
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Just went and checked it out. He was w
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