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Old 07-19-2017, 12:07 AM   #1
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Streamlined bus

S.O. And I have been looking for a bus for a while and spotted this a few weeks ago. Anyone out there on the forum know who the coach maker is? Guy at the bus company told us its from IHC but I'm having trouble tracking it down.




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Old 07-19-2017, 01:07 AM   #2
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IH built the cab and chassis, and most likely the engine as well. Another company built everything behind the doors and above the frame (I am not sure which company, however). If you get to check it out, there should be a plate/sticker somewhere indicating the builder.
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Old 07-19-2017, 06:51 AM   #3
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That thing looks new enough to have a ton of emmissions equipment and computers.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:18 AM   #4
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That thing looks new enough to have a ton of emmissions equipment and computers.


According to the guy at the bus co. It's an 2007 model year. I think with a 466 or 444 if memory serves. Should all the computerized stuff be avoided?


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Old 07-19-2017, 10:39 AM   #5
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Manufacturers went to computer controlled engines at different times but most any engine built after 1999 is computer controlled.

Some years later (2005-2007) we started seeing additional emissions gear added. EGR, DPF etc.

All mechanical engines are the simplest.

Computer controlled are what most of us drive and are more complicated but entirely serviceable.

It is the added emissions gear that is most problematic.
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According to the guy at the bus co. It's an 2007 model year. I think with a 466 or 444 if memory serves. Should all the computerized stuff be avoided?


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THe emmissions equipment ruins them.
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:28 PM   #7
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its a MaxxForce label on the side.. all Maxxforce engines had the updated emissions packages
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Yup. So avoid like the plague.
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Yup. So avoid like the plague.


Ok so I'm moving on past this bus and am now looking at a 2002 Thomas 30' bus. We were hoping for a 6 window bus so this is a bit larger than we wanted but the price (3500) and mileage (138k) make it very appealing. Owner doesn't seem to know what engine and transmission is in the bus but my guess is the engine is a Cummins —which is exactly what I was looking for. No idea what the trans is though. Likely an Allison 545? What are your thoughts on this buy? Good? Bad? Indifferent?


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VIN decoder shows 3126 Cat engine, 78" headroom "cab". Air brakes. No idea the transmission. Photos show rear tires looking a bit worn.

What part of the country you from? There's a "dealer" near me who is looking to move the last of his inventory because he's got about 100 buses coming in soon; he needs to make room for 'em. Some may need a little work but he's willing to wheel-and-deal. Late 90's/early 2000's IH buses for $1000-1500. He's close to Atlanta. I need to get down to him and see what he's got (I don't need another bus but I do want to re-gear mine and he may have parts I can use).
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