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Old 09-20-2020, 08:13 PM   #1
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Harvey

Well we finally found the one for us. It's taken a year of thinking and dreaming, then more than six month of hunting, but the hunt is over. I give you Harvey.

It's a 2001 International FE, DT266E, MD3060 (need to verify the trans), 189XXX miles and has already been stripped inside. To boot, it was only a little over a hour from home. There's minimal rust, it is a southern bus, just a bit by the stairs. I assume it's from the tire getting mud up in there. Other than that, it's pretty clean. The price seemed reasonable, our mechanic gave it a clean bill of health, so we pulled the trigger. It runs and drives great and we're super excited!

I'm not totally sure of the exact body type, but it does have Thomas markings in the electrical area, but is badged as an International.

Y'all get ready for a pile of questions. WE GOT A BUS!
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Old 09-25-2020, 12:25 PM   #2
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I was able to confirm with International that the transmission is an Allison 2000 series, not the MD3060.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:00 AM   #3
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Got Harvey home, about 75 miles from Harvey, La. up to Hammond. The first 15 miles was straight through the middle of downtown New Orleans, on Hwy. 90, it was a bit tense but I took my time and didn't have any problems. The bus ran great and the trans seems to be smooth and work perfectly. I talked to my local International dealer and found out I have 4.44 gears in the rear end, it does 55mph at 1500rpm and 65mph at 1800rpm. I can't imagine I would want to drive my house any faster than that. It's backed in next to my shop, ready for the roof raise, the last big hurdle before the fun part starts, the build out.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:40 AM   #4
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4.44 gears with an allison 2000 is a win.. it gives you the ability to run the speed up in 4th gear when needed to enter a freeway or climb a hill.. then drop into 5th for the cruise.. 1800 at 65 is right about whjere that 466E lieks to run... possibly a tad low but your tires look pretty large so you canm give it a kickdown and it should drop to 4 up to about 62 or 63.
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:16 AM   #5
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4.44 gears with an allison 2000 is a win.. it gives you the ability to run the speed up in 4th gear when needed to enter a freeway or climb a hill.. then drop into 5th for the cruise.. 1800 at 65 is right about whjere that 466E lieks to run... possibly a tad low but your tires look pretty large so you canm give it a kickdown and it should drop to 4 up to about 62 or 63.
That's great to hear, I thought it was a good combo. The tires are 11R22.5s.

Your response reminds me of a question I had while driving it. A couple of times when I had to slow down, I could tell the motor was lugging a bit so I just slowly increased the accelerator till it caught up. It made me think, should I be shifting more than in say a passenger car with an automatic? When I hear the engine lugging down, should I downshift?
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:57 AM   #6
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if the computer program in the allison is correct it should drop down when you nail it.. up to a point.. the allison usually wont allow a kickdown if your new RPM will be within 200 of the redline.



what is the redline shift RPM for 4-5.. (if you are getting uo to speed anbd you keep it nailed at what speed will it shift on its own into 5th? that a few MPH off of that speed and that will be the maximum speed you can be going and have it downshift when you floor it in 5th..



I will say that the downshift techniques for navistar and the 1000 / 2000 steadily improved from the late year 2000 onward.. when I swapped my '00 engine ECM for an '04 ECM my transmission downshifting got a lot better..



you can also go from D to 4 if you need to.. again making sure that the new RPM wont be right at the redline or the allison will deny the shift..


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Old 09-28-2020, 11:25 AM   #7
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Great, thanks for all the info!
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:44 AM   #8
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Made a little progress on Harvey over the last couple of weekends, although hurricane Delta tried to make a mess this weekend so we only got one day to work on the bus.

The roof and floor were demoed when we got the bus, but we still need to remove the side wall, interior (and exterior) panels to do the roof raise the way we would like. We're cutting below the windows and moving them all up, we want to keep the original windows. Luckily the interior panels are held on with screws not rivets, I was able to get them all removed over the weekend except for a few stubborn ones that stripped out, need a new wheel for my grinder and those will come out this coming weekend too. I assume that's where I'm going to find rust, when I remove the panels.

The day after we got the bus home, it wouldn't start. We also got that diagnosed over the weekend. It's looking like the ignition switch went out. Luckily again, I was able to get it where it will be for the conversion before the switch went out. I've got the new switch, so we'll get that sorted out next weekend. I'll get some updated pictures next weekend too.
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