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Forum: Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 06-11-2019, 03:40 PM
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Posted By cowlitzcoach
Lind-Ritzville Schools are an eastern WA state...

Lind-Ritzville Schools are an eastern WA state school that consolidated two smaller in population school districts into a fairly large in square mile school district.



It would appear as if...
Forum: Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 06-08-2019, 01:50 AM
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Views: 419,298
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Prevost made a small handful of the H5-60 buses...

Prevost made a small handful of the H5-60 buses (Prevost H-series buses nomenclature=the number next to the H is how many axles and the last number the length of the bus). It was a five axle bus...
Forum: GM | Chevrolet Drivetrain 06-05-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 465
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Can you post a photo of the dash and driver's...

Can you post a photo of the dash and driver's area?


I suppose BB can't tell from the information you have as to whether or not the bus has a BB chassis or an OEM vendor supplied chassis.
Forum: GM | Chevrolet Drivetrain 06-05-2019, 02:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 465
Posted By cowlitzcoach
A 1975 Blue Bird RE is going to be an All...

A 1975 Blue Bird RE is going to be an All American. It may or may not have a Blue Bird chassis. It may or may not have an OEM vendor supplied chassis.


If it is on an OEM vendor supplied...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 06-01-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,022
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Solar panel degradation is very hard to quantify...

Solar panel degradation is very hard to quantify due to exposure to sunlight, how many miles they have been shaken and stirred, and the quality they were when they were new.


What I know about...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 06-01-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,368
Posted By cowlitzcoach
School buses like a Collins has plywood on top of...

School buses like a Collins has plywood on top of a metal subfloor. Commercial buses like an ElDorado just has a plywood floor on top of the frame and outriggers.



If you pull up the plywood...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 06-01-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,022
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Without doing a power inventory and an idea of...

Without doing a power inventory and an idea of where you are going to be it is hard to know if you have enough capacity.


If you are in the desert SW you might be more than adequate. If you are...
Forum: International | Navistar Drivetrain 06-01-2019, 02:04 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,685
Posted By cowlitzcoach
This may be too little and too late but I had a...

This may be too little and too late but I had a problem with an IHC bus with the T444 (I don't remember if it was new enough to be an 'E' model or not).



The bus ran and I drove it like I...
Forum: Mechanical and Drivetrains 06-01-2019, 01:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By cowlitzcoach
The mileage doesn't concern me as much as what it...

The mileage doesn't concern me as much as what it has been doing since it left the school district.


The DT466 is a good half million mile engine in a school bus if it is taken care of properly. ...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 06-01-2019, 01:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 394
Posted By cowlitzcoach
We have AAA Platinum Plus RV coverage. ...

We have AAA Platinum Plus RV coverage.



We have had to tow our Suburbans more than once each. One time it was from the house to a repair shop. More than once from the side of the highway. ...
Forum: Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 06-01-2019, 01:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By cowlitzcoach
I have a Gillig with a DT466/MT643 for sale. ...

I have a Gillig with a DT466/MT643 for sale.


Good engine, good transmission, recent brakes, decent tires, and many other upgrades and repairs.


The bus will cruise easily 60-65 MPH even...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 05-21-2019, 11:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 909
Posted By cowlitzcoach
I think you will find most of the propane powered...

I think you will find most of the propane powered buses that were built up into the 2010's are all pretty limited in go power and very limited in range. Unless they are a dual fuel and then they...
Forum: New Member Intros - Say Hello! 05-21-2019, 11:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 507
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Welcome to the madness! Here is a great...

Welcome to the madness!


Here is a great bus for sale! It has 79" headroom in the center of the aisle, enough HP and gearing to cruise all day long at 60-65 MPH while getting 7-9 MPG.

...
Forum: Mechanical and Drivetrains 05-16-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,064
Posted By cowlitzcoach
One does have to remember that the vast majority...

One does have to remember that the vast majority of school buses spend 95%+ of their service life on route at speeds less than 35 MPH. One does not need every bus in a fleet capable of going highway...
Forum: New Member Intros - Say Hello! 05-16-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 647
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Shortening the distance between the rear bumper...

Shortening the distance between the rear bumper and the rear suspension is not very difficult if the engine is not behind the rear axle.


Your problem is going to be the power package. The vast...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 05-07-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,139
Posted By cowlitzcoach
My 1990 E-350 mini-buses had a dual compressor...

My 1990 E-350 mini-buses had a dual compressor A/C system. The one compressor worked on the Ford through the dash A/C system and the second compressor worked the rear A/C unit (it has been so long...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 05-02-2019, 11:32 PM
Replies: 821
Views: 179,196
Posted By cowlitzcoach
You might try Harlows Bus Sales. They are not...

You might try Harlows Bus Sales. They are not only an IC Bus dealer but they have recently picked up an IHC truck dealership. Which should expand their parts inventory.
Forum: Mechanical and Drivetrains 04-27-2019, 11:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,101
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Sticker shock is par for the course when you...

Sticker shock is par for the course when you purchase a bus. $500-$1,000 per tire mounted and balanced. Batteries $150.00+ per battery and you will most likely need at least two. Oil changes that...
Forum: International | Navistar Drivetrain 04-24-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,277
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Hub piloted wheels will have single lug nuts with...

Hub piloted wheels will have single lug nuts with a built in washer. The wheels will have a flat face against which the washer will seat.



Stud piloted wheels will have single lug nuts up...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 04-24-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,744
Posted By cowlitzcoach
In WA state the official price quote for a brand...

In WA state the official price quote for a brand new BB Type D FE bus with 48-pax seating with an average of center-to-center seat spacing of 27.5", with a lift, with hydraulic disc brakes, 200 HP...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 04-24-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 821
Views: 179,196
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Not sure exactly what you are hoping to achieve...

Not sure exactly what you are hoping to achieve by swapping axles, axle ends, or going to ABS.


In my experience the ABS in most buses was not much of an improvement over the non-ABS brakes. You...
Forum: Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 04-22-2019, 12:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 788
Posted By cowlitzcoach
You are correct! Thanks for the heads...

You are correct!


Thanks for the heads up!


I went back and re-read the listing. The listing said the MT-643 replaced a 5-speed manual. I changed it to read replaced a 5-speed manual with...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 04-22-2019, 12:18 AM
Replies: 821
Views: 179,196
Posted By cowlitzcoach
I would swap the 24/30 chambers out for the very...

I would swap the 24/30 chambers out for the very common 30/30 chambers. Most brake chambers that work on 'S'-cam air brakes have similar mounting points. As long as the stroke is the same and the...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 04-21-2019, 03:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 791
Posted By cowlitzcoach
Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge is an old discussion...

Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge is an old discussion that rarely is backed up with good reasons.


I like Mopar products but I think I would not choose a Dodge simply because the newest Dodge B-series...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 04-21-2019, 02:46 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,972
Posted By cowlitzcoach
My first thought is to remind you and everyone...

My first thought is to remind you and everyone else the you NEVER, EVER, NOT FOR ANY REASON EVER get under a bus with full air suspension without first blocking the bus up. It is really hard to...
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