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meldy 10-04-2016 08:51 PM

Bus stats: thoughts?
 
Ive got a line on a 6 window 1997 international 7.3L diesel with a 5 speed tranny. 320K
Needs a new battery and solenoid but otherwise mechanically sound.
Theyre asking 1000$
Thoughts?

Im basically trusting this guy as I have no clue what Im doing as far as mechanical stuff goes. He's part of a group of guys who planned to make a party bus(so they've moved most of the seats and removed the rest already) and then they all lost interest, I am really good friends with one of the guys wives which is how I found out about this bus.
It's been sitting on a lot for 2 yrs, unstarted for at least one of those.

cadillackid 10-04-2016 08:56 PM

is it a mechanical 7.3 or a T-444E? 320K is a lot for a V-8 diesel, however if it was well taken care of originally it could still have a ton of life left in it..

-Christopher

meldy 10-04-2016 09:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cadillackid (Post 165753)
is it a mechanical 7.3 or a T-444E? 320K is a lot for a V-8 diesel, however if it was well taken care of originally it could still have a ton of life left in it..

-Christopher

They got it at an auction....Im hoping, because they're all tradesmen who had big plans in the beginning, that they looked it over etc pretty thoroughly.
The guy Im talking to, whose property it's on, is pretty open about what might be wrong with it....I think? He gave me the impression that he almost might think the starter solenoid would turn me off

meldy 10-04-2016 09:11 PM

He believes it's a mechanical 7.3L
I have no idea what the difference is.

cadillackid 10-04-2016 09:20 PM

the mechanical 7.3 is a lot easier to diagnose issues with because it does not have all of the computer modules attached to the fuel injection system.

the T-444E or electronic 7.3 has a lot of different computer modules attached.. its easy to tell when you open the hod, the left side valve cover will have it stamped on it.. and the 'E' version you'll see lots of wires and modules on top of the engine..
-Christopher

meldy 10-04-2016 09:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cadillackid (Post 165758)
the mechanical 7.3 is a lot easier to diagnose issues with because it does not have all of the computer modules attached to the fuel injection system.

the T-444E or electronic 7.3 has a lot of different computer modules attached.. its easy to tell when you open the hod, the left side valve cover will have it stamped on it.. and the 'E' version you'll see lots of wires and modules on top of the engine..
-Christopher

So of the two Im hoping for a mechanical?
He's going to check for me =)

SDR76 10-04-2016 10:19 PM

yes.
 
Mechanical if you the choice... the above post is right, 320k is alot of miles for a v-8 diesel. Is it miles or KM?

meldy 10-04-2016 10:29 PM

KMs (Canadian) So 198K miles? I think...

cadillackid 10-04-2016 10:56 PM

better but still quite a bit for a V-8.. I was thinking we were in miles.. .. better than 320 though... and ive seen them go 250 - 300 before but it has to be well maintained to do it...
-Christopher

Geo Jeff 10-04-2016 11:38 PM

I'd spend double to get lower miles its way cheaper than fixing later.


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