M1031 - i am starting to see understand all the stories ive read about people traveling far and wide for the right bus.
Seems like the ideal situation for what I want to do, which includes lots of long distance highway and steep grades through the mountainous west of the US, calls for at least the AT643 and the MD3060 would be preferred. Also if I want to go mechanical, at least, pre-1997, this gets my search smaller and smaller and more difficult to get all those check boxes.
So thats where I am right now, I think I am open to buying the E engine. If its in good shape, well maintained, im comfortable paying a little to have it serviced instead of always wrenching on it myself. Also opens up the selection a lot. So im thinking im looking for:
1. anything pre-2003ish,~
2. ~72 pax
3. dog nose
4. DT466(E or no E) or I have heard also the Cummins 8.3 is solid, but those are really rare from what ive seen
5. MD3060 preferred, but MT643,642 ok. Just not 545.(Also have been reading good things about the allison 2000 with the 466E? Would that be a good choice as well?)
6. NO RUST whatsoever and well maintained
7. Air brakes
Any feedback on this spec sheet?
and more importantly.....
Where do I find this thing? Any advice or help would be appreciated, I am willing to travel for it. I think its smarter to hold off and try to find these high-power specs so I don't have problems down the road or end up being a snail on the highways, especially the steep ones.
Thanks to everyone for the help, much appreciated.