Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-23-2004, 10:09 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 10
Send a message via MSN to David G. Send a message via Yahoo to David G.
gas milage and durabuility

i just bought a 1974 chevrolet bus,it is in fantastic shape. it came out of montana.no rust or dents to speak of at all. it has a 366 with what i think is a 745 allison tranny. it runs good but smokes just a little and leaks some oil from the rear seal. i just paid $450.00 for it and just had to put a carb. on it and drove it home. i would like to know what kind of gas milage i can expect to get from it on the interstate? i will do a complete rebuild on the 366 and all my conversions inside will be very lightweight to keep the weight to a minimum.any help would be appriciated.
__________________
When i was young,I didnt like busses becouse they were taking me to school.......Now that i am grown and have my own,....i love it becouse it takes me anywhere i want to go!!
David G. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 10:44 PM   #2
Bus Crazy
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 1,838
Send a message via AIM to Steve
This topic gives you an idea of what people have been seeing:

http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21
__________________
View my 1972 Ward: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1986 Blue Bird: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1960 GMC: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 11:17 PM   #3
Bus Geek
 
lapeer20m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: near flint michigan
Posts: 2,653
i have a buddy with the same engine in his bus. he only gets 4-6 mpg. The above link sais 7-10, but i think that is most unlikely for your bus. I have a 6.6 litre diesel and it only gets 8.5 mpg.

the mechanic at the school bus garage said that fuel economy nearly doubled when they started using diesel engines. At my local school district, previously they used the 366 gas, now they mostly use the dt 366 diesel.



There is more energy in a gallon of diesel than there is in a gallon of gasoline. That's the biggest factor in fuel economy between the two engines.

From my limited expierence, i've found that weight isn't a big factor in fuel economy for my bus. I get the same mileage in my skoolie with the jacuzzi full or empty. That's a difference of almost 4,000 pounds. Perhaps it'll make a difference with a gas motor?? I don't really know.

Hope this helps.
__________________
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will watch the watchmen?)
lapeer20m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2004, 10:01 PM   #4
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 10
Send a message via MSN to David G. Send a message via Yahoo to David G.
thanks guy's......i may look later down the road at sticking a diesel motor in there,would i run into much trouble doing that,as far as the tranny and wiring goes?
__________________
When i was young,I didnt like busses becouse they were taking me to school.......Now that i am grown and have my own,....i love it becouse it takes me anywhere i want to go!!
David G. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2004, 04:09 PM   #5
Bus Geek
 
lapeer20m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: near flint michigan
Posts: 2,653
For the cost, labor, and frustration involved, you would be much better off buying a bus that already has a diesel engine rathing than trying swap for a diesel.

as long as it's still running, you can always sell your current bus for more than the $450 you paid for it.

I only paid $775 for my bus (1991 Ford B700 72 passenger ward body with a brazilian made 6.6 litre ford diesel automatic allison trans) and i've driven just over 13,000 miles so far. The only big mechanical problems i've had to pay for: Rebuilt starter $200, and a new water pump $200.

Any of the DT series engines (DT360, 366, 466) are supposed to be excellent, and cheap to work on. From what i've read, the DT466 is probably the most coveted skoolie motor that's out there.
__________________
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will watch the watchmen?)
lapeer20m is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
366 gmc milage questions? captainkf GM | Chevrolet Drivetrain 14 06-29-2010 12:09 AM
Propane bus milage questions captainkf Alternative Fuels | Electric, Propane, Wood Gasification, etc. 6 03-25-2005 12:50 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.