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Art Maciel 10-02-2016 10:03 AM

New to the bus life
 
Hi everyone my name is Art, me and my girlfriend are in the process of selling our home in order to move into a bus in the Spring while working on wind farms on the road, I'm searching for a 21 or 28 passenger bus seems like the preferred engine is the 7.3L Diesel but I came across a gmc 6.5L v8 school bus 2002 with 126k miles that seems like a good fit, anyone familiar with this model? Your thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated as we make this life transition.


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EastCoastCB 10-02-2016 10:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Art Maciel (Post 165222)
Hi everyone my name is Art, me and my girlfriend are in the process of selling our home in order to move into a bus in the Spring while working on wind farms on the road, I'm searching for a 21 or 28 passenger bus seems like the preferred engine is the 7.3L Diesel but I came across a gmc 6.5L v8 school bus 2002 with 126k miles that seems like a good fit, anyone familiar with this model? Your thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated as we make this life transition.


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Are you looking for a van chassis or a bus chassis?

van
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...school-bus.jpg

short full size bus
http://www.schoolbusconversion.net/u...29970_orig.jpg

Art Maciel 10-02-2016 10:10 AM

Van chassis I think but I'm open to suggestions


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cadillackid 10-02-2016 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by EastCoastCB (Post 165223)
Are you looking for a van chassis or a bus chassis?

van
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...school-bus.jpg

short full size bus
http://www.schoolbusconversion.net/u...29970_orig.jpg

hey!! theres the same as what my OLD bus was!!! 5 window bluebird!!
-Christopher

cadillackid 10-02-2016 10:31 AM

the advantage to a van chassis is that any auto repair shop can work on the van portion.. the engine, A/C, transmission, etc are all standard ford of GMC full-size van just like you may see around..

on a van chassis, tires typically cost less and are more standard sized that you would find on say a chevy 3500 or ford F-350 truck.

a bus Chassis has to typically goto commercial repair shops for repairs...
of course you can get Bus chassis much bigger if you need more space. van chassis are all pretty much 4 window.. occasionally 5..

Bus chassis has more room typically underneath since they sit up higher, for locating things like water tanks, generators, etc

-Christopher

EastCoastCB 10-02-2016 10:33 AM

The full size chassis is gonna hold up better, but if you can live with the size of the van, it can be a decent way to go.

Art Maciel 10-02-2016 10:48 AM

I think the Bus chassis would be a better fit for us, what about engines? Any I should look for or any I should stay away from?


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EastCoastCB 10-02-2016 11:51 AM

stay away from 6.0's.

Art Maciel 10-02-2016 11:52 AM

That's what I've heard, also that 7.3s are the way to go


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cadillackid 10-02-2016 12:19 PM

theres a ton of discussions about engines on here... search and read..

if you are buying VAN chassis, you will find the FORD 6.0 and 7.3 diesels often, of the 2 the 7.3 is much better, unless you want to bulletproof a 6.0 then it , too can be a good engine.. (if you are engine savvy).

on the BUS chassis.. the 7.3 is called the T-444E under the International / Navistar name. also on the BUS chassis the 6.0 is called a VT-365 under the International / Navistar name..

for smaller International BUS chassis, the T-444E and cummins 5.9 will probably have plenty of power for you..

for a Big full length bus, a DT-466 or Cummins 8.3 will be the ones to go after..

again, search out all the discussions (some of them spirited) on engines and transmissions... everyone has their own opinions, there are definitely engines which have better and worse reputations...

and most of all in ANY diesel engine... keep the oil changed (and yes they hold oil measured in GALLONS.. ).. and dont overheat them.. they dont take kindly to sweating..

-Christopher


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