Originally Posted by La Camioneta
Good idea, not the ideal engine.
The 6.0 PSD busses are also unloved and cheap, and have a ready supply of bulletproofing kits in the aftermarket. But you'll still spend >$5k to get that done at a diesel shop.
ill buy a VT365 (in currently running order) any day... a little work to those and they are some of the most solid engines out there.. a lot of the 6.0's failings came with poor coolant and oil maintenance and inherent issues in way too small passages in the oil / EGR cooler.. the VT365 didnt suffer the head bolt issues near as often as the ford counterpart simply because they were so de-tuned you didnt blow head gaskets.. now if you want to tune it for some decent power (which it needs) then studding is a given..
the one thing I WOULDNT buy in regards to a 6.0 is a van-chassis bus.. just WAY too crammed in there to actually perform any of the work needed.. conventional IC CE or IC BE? all day long.. you can find these even with factory A/C for pretty good deals