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Old 03-10-2019, 12:16 PM   #11
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WV surplussed a few of 'em a couple years ago. McDowell County, to be exact. They still had a bunch when I picked mine up. Wouldn't hurt to give 'em a call and see if any are coming up for retirement.


A word of caution - mine had 5.38 rear gears and a top speed of 55 (by RPM's, not computer governed). I will be regearing mine soon to 3.91, which should give me a top end of 75, or lower RPM's at lower speeds.
With that combo you will lose all you bottom end performance. I would only go that high if my plan was to spend many hours on the road at speed.
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How did you get something like that shipped or were you close.
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Old 03-10-2019, 12:19 PM   #13
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How did you get something like that shipped or were you close.
"They still had a bunch when I picked mine up."
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Old 03-10-2019, 12:54 PM   #14
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With that combo you will lose all you bottom end performance. I would only go that high if my plan was to spend many hours on the road at speed.

It already has a very low first gear, considering it was driven in the WV mountains. I do, in fact, plan to make it a highway cruiser.


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"They still had a bunch when I picked mine up."

Had someone drive me up to get it (I'm in GA). McDowell is in the very southern part of WV. Made the round trip in one day, but with a 55 top speed, I did get home pretty late.
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The only auction sites Iíve dealt with were Ebay and Gun broker.
Well looks like Iíll see how it goes.
Will bid on one in EatontonbGa. 6 windows.
I reckon Iíll see how I do.

I did learn one thing from my Missouri State Troopers. All these years I thought I had to have air brakes if I bought a air brake vehicle.
Go figure not if for a personal vehicle.
So I can now bid on whatever. Brake system
That 6 window has quite a bit of miles and wear showing and its already close to a couple grand.
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With that combo you will lose all you bottom end performance. I would only go that high if my plan was to spend many hours on the road at speed.
I've got extreme highway gearing and have never noticed any lack of bottom end pull. I do have a fairly powerful Cat in a shorty but I'd not really be too worried about the bottom end. These things REALLY suffer on the highway with the low school route gearing, typically.
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It already has a very low first gear, considering it was driven in the WV mountains. I do, in fact, plan to make it a highway cruiser.








Had someone drive me up to get it (I'm in GA). McDowell is in the very southern part of WV. Made the round trip in one day, but with a 55 top speed, I did get home pretty late.
My 3.42 rear sure is nice on the highway. 3.90-4.44 is a nice range of ratios for most school buses being repurposed, IMO. I've had a range of buses with everything from 3.42-5.38 and the highway gearing is THE cat's pajamas. especially for those of us with no OD.
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Yeah. Hard to say what price will be in it.

I keep looking for 6-8 windows. Not many in my part of the country it seems.
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Yeah. Hard to say what price will be in it.

I keep looking for 6-8 windows. Not many in my part of the country it seems.
I've gotten one from CO, one from TX, and one from GA.
I'm in "bus country" here in FL but its best to buy elsewhere and sell here.
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I've got extreme highway gearing and have never noticed any lack of bottom end pull. I do have a fairly powerful Cat in a shorty but I'd not really be too worried about the bottom end. These things REALLY suffer on the highway with the low school route gearing, typically.
If you had the lower gear and then changed I think you would notice a big difference.
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