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Old 03-31-2016, 04:42 PM   #11
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:59 PM   #12
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:01 PM   #13
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Greetings to all!

Today marks the first day of bus ownership for me: a 1999 International 3800 with a DT466E and AT545. Blue Bird did the coachworks, 71 seats, conventional bus with air brakes. Absolutely rust free, too. 165k miles and 8300 hours on the meter.
Where did you end up buying it from?
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:15 PM   #14
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Schoolieosis: Oh. My. God. You MUST warn us before you crack these puns off! Thank heavens for waterproof iPhone cases. Now let me just blow the rest of the Diet Coke out of my nose...

As to where I got it: Marble Falls ISD, Marble Falls, TX. I went up there yesterday and looked at several. They had four long busses which I examined carefully, and two short busses that I didnt have any interest in. Today I purchased bus #71016 which was the one I REALLY wanted. The auction was on GovDeals.com and closed about 2 pm Central Time.

And yep, I paid more than I wanted, but the bus was completely rust free and had an excellent history. I was also impressed as all heck in regards to the ISD folks. Really nice, no-BS folks who were very kind and patient. A gentleman named Michael Phillips was in charge of the bus inventory and he spent about an hour with me chatting and going over the inventory. He didnt have to do that, but he did... and his efforts and complete candor won me over. Just a SUPER guy with a big heart for busses.

These auctions are now over, but in the future, anyone looking for a rust-free and well-maintained bus should seriously consider these folks.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:50 PM   #15
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Well, since I finally got all the paperwork handled yesterday (registration, title, insurance, etc) today I got to drive my bus for the first time. Whoo hooo!!!!

I loved it, but man... these things are just... pigs.

Mind you, I wasnt expecting a sports car, but there was this moment going down SH-35 at a whopping 60 mph and 2600 RPM where I was thinking "what the heck were these designers ON when they concocted this thing?!?"

And then I remembered this was a school bus, and a more zen-like mood appeared shortly thereafter.

As most of my miles will be on the highway, I'm thinking this bus could use another 50-80 hp and an overdrive transmission. And a "real" radiator too, not that "halfsie" critter presently sitting up front that looks seriously overwhelmed at 60 mph.

So let the evolution begin! Anyone have any interchange info on swapping-in a full-sized radiator and remounting the intercooler on a 1999 IH 3800 with a DT466E?
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:44 PM   #16
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Have you determined for certain what transmission it has? If it's the AT545, you have reason to replace it, and then you might as well go with a 6-speed, where at least one gear is overdrive.
There are photos of both AT545 and MT643 as a Sticky post here somewhere.

Changing the rear end ratio is possible, but I wouldn't, because there are places, such as steep driveways, where you need all the stump-pulling-oomph you can get.

There are 2-speed rear ends out there, but word is they are fragile, and require absolutely correct use merely to survive. (The "extra gear" in 2-speed rear end rear end is an underdrive, not overdrive.)

I have not compared the ratio of First Gear in a 6-speed to a 4-speed. That would be good to know. I'm a bit busy today, though.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:44 PM   #17
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I think you missed the intercooler conversation about three weeks ago. I read it, but it was a learning process so like 50% of it stuck. I think I probably need an intercooler too especially for hill climbing.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:50 PM   #18
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About radiators....
I learned something after I installed a manual switch on Millicent's radiator fan clutch: On hills, I can keep the transmission temperature down by running the engine fan. It doesn't make much difference on the engine temperature, because the thermostat controls that. But "down below", where the engine water cools the transmission oil, it makes hecka difference.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:56 PM   #19
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About intercooler.... You are talking about the Charge Cooler, right? The Turbocharger Boost Cooler. After Cooler -- after the turbocharger. Cools the slightly compressed air going to the engine, thus making it denser for more oxygen molecules per piston stroke = more power.

Larger is better, no downside, best I understand.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:59 PM   #20
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I thought we were talking about transmission coolers. Isn't there an extra radiator thing that can be added to keep the transmission cooler?
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