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Old 04-29-2017, 05:16 PM   #1
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We got our first Bus!

We got a 1983 International Harvester Wayne Lifeguard school bus.

It's in great condition. Low miles!!

Does anyone know where to find some documentation on these buses?
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:32 PM   #2
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Congratulations, and it's already painted. That saves a lot of work.

It's getting increasingly harder to find documentation on the older buses. Best bet is to get a copy of the available literature from someone with a similar bus. Someone should speak up in the near future.
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply! I will wait and see who speaks up. haah
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:21 PM   #4
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Cool...A Wayne named John.
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Any IC Bus or Navistar Truck dealer should be able to get you the Line Setting Ticket for the chassis. The LST is the birth certificate for the chassis under your bus and will list everything that was used to make the chassis. Ask for the LST by the VIN.

Wayne/Wayne Wheeled Vehicles went out of business quite some time ago. Unless someone out there has access to the OEM paperwork I think you are going to be SOL in regards to the body.

One nice thing about Wayne buses is by the time the Lifeguard body was in production there was very little that Wayne used that was OEM only. Practically everything was supplied by OEM vendor suppliers. The heaters, fans, blower motors, flashers, switches, relays, etc. were not made by Wayne. About the only thing I can think of that is Wayne specific would be the window frames and latches. But since all of the glass is flat finding any replacement glass is as easy as going to your neighborhood glass shop that deals with automotive glass.

Which engine and transmission does your bus have?

That vintage could have been an SV or MV gas V-8, or one of the diesels-- 9.0L V-8, DT360 I-6, 6.9L/7.3L V-8, or the DT466 I-6.

Transmissions could have been a 4-speed, a 4-speed with a 2-speed rear end, a 5-speed, a 5-speed with a 2-speed rear end, a 5-speed with 5th OD, or an Allison AT540 series or MT640 series automatic.

If it has hydraulic brakes it most likely has hyrdraboost off of the power steering with an electric override. It may or may not have disc brakes at all four corners as discs were still optional in the early '80's.

All in all, it looks like a pretty nice bus.

Good luck and happy trails to you!
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Any IC Bus or Navistar Truck dealer should be able to get you the Line Setting Ticket for the chassis. The LST is the birth certificate for the chassis under your bus and will list everything that was used to make the chassis. Ask for the LST by the VIN.

Wayne/Wayne Wheeled Vehicles went out of business quite some time ago. Unless someone out there has access to the OEM paperwork I think you are going to be SOL in regards to the body.

One nice thing about Wayne buses is by the time the Lifeguard body was in production there was very little that Wayne used that was OEM only. Practically everything was supplied by OEM vendor suppliers. The heaters, fans, blower motors, flashers, switches, relays, etc. were not made by Wayne. About the only thing I can think of that is Wayne specific would be the window frames and latches. But since all of the glass is flat finding any replacement glass is as easy as going to your neighborhood glass shop that deals with automotive glass.

Which engine and transmission does your bus have?

That vintage could have been an SV or MV gas V-8, or one of the diesels-- 9.0L V-8, DT360 I-6, 6.9L/7.3L V-8, or the DT466 I-6.

Transmissions could have been a 4-speed, a 4-speed with a 2-speed rear end, a 5-speed, a 5-speed with a 2-speed rear end, a 5-speed with 5th OD, or an Allison AT540 series or MT640 series automatic.

If it has hydraulic brakes it most likely has hyrdraboost off of the power steering with an electric override. It may or may not have disc brakes at all four corners as discs were still optional in the early '80's.

All in all, it looks like a pretty nice bus.

Good luck and happy trails to you!
cowlitzcoach: Thanks for the info. I believe it is the 7.3L V-8 with 5 speed manual w/2 spd OD rear end. The motor and trans and all electrical seem to be in pretty good condition. Everything works! The only thing I would love to swap out is the 2 piece_tube style
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Thanks! We are so excited. We already have the seats out and center strip.. on to pulling the rest of the rubber!
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