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Old 12-12-2020, 04:57 PM   #21
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I have a 1969 Crown Supercoach in Tennessee I am thinking about selling or putting an interior in and a paint job. It has a cummins that was rebuilt shortly before I got it. Allison semiautomatic transmission. 40 foot. I'm near South of Knoxville. I can take some pics tomorrow if you are interested.
The OP is talking about engine and transmission swaps, how is this post relevant? Perhaps start a post about your bus and if you're looking to sell, give all the details on your post.
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Old 12-12-2020, 05:04 PM   #22
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I thought he was saying he was looking for something to do a new build on as well. I am trying to make the decision about whether I want to put the time into the one I have. Why else would he say he was putting out feelers?
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Old 12-12-2020, 08:25 PM   #23
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Yup, he did say he wanted a "new platform rig" as well as one for a driveline swap.
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Old 12-13-2020, 10:21 AM   #24
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Look up Blackstone Labs. You send a sample of your oil in and they can analzye it for contaminants and other things like viscosity. I've been meaning to do it on mine for some time now.
I bought a 2004 International from AAA Bus, and asked Tony to send off fluid analysis samples on the oil, transmission, and coolants before he did an oil change. Not a problem for him. It took a few weeks to get the results, and he did a coolant flush as well. Ill post the details for feedback, but I wanted a baseline since there are no maintenance records available.

CheeseWagon drove out to Phoenix last weekend in a rental car, picked up the bus, and is now one day from New York. He found an oil leak from the air compressor on his famous pre-check about 60 miles out from Phoenix, and after some phone conversations with me took the bus back to Tony for repair. CW checks everything over constantly, we text and talk daily, and I am grateful for his experience and the education he is patiently giving me. The cost difference between CW vs me doing the trip is the rental car (I would have flown on free miles), and his reasonable daily fee. Id have still had hotels, food, fuel, and likely a few repair shops due to my inexperience. Money well spent.

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Old 12-13-2020, 10:50 AM   #25
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Not sure what I did to earn the ire of the bear there. I just reread the posts and I see several that have less relevance than mine. It would never occur to me to tell someone their post on a PUBLIC FORUM was irrelevant. I don't post here much, but enjoy reading and have always had a good experience. Again it baffles me why the bear would come after me! The reason I haven't posted mine for sale is because I am kind of attached to it. I'm always curious if someone else wants this magnificent beast more than I, but I also don't want to jerk anyones chain with a false offer to sell. When I see someone saying they are looking for a new project... I just want to see this thing reach it's potential. Crowns must make bears jealous.
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Old 12-13-2020, 04:58 PM   #26
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I have a 1969 Crown Supercoach in Tennessee I am thinking about selling
Don't leave us hanging here. Post some pictures!

never know who might be interested, OP or maybe others....
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Old 12-13-2020, 05:59 PM   #27
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Not sure what I did to earn the ire of the bear there. I just reread the posts and I see several that have less relevance than mine. It would never occur to me to tell someone their post on a PUBLIC FORUM was irrelevant. I don't post here much, but enjoy reading and have always had a good experience. Again it baffles me why the bear would come after me! The reason I haven't posted mine for sale is because I am kind of attached to it. I'm always curious if someone else wants this magnificent beast more than I, but I also don't want to jerk anyones chain with a false offer to sell. When I see someone saying they are looking for a new project... I just want to see this thing reach it's potential. Crowns must make bears jealous.
This is going to be the last time I interact with you on someone else post buddy. First: I didn't say your post was "irrelevant", what I did do was ASK you to explain it relevance, which you did, after which I let the topic drop. You wanna troll me, go for it, but I'm done responding on this guys thread. Go to PM or start a new thread to troll me from. You clearly need to "reread" my thread because it didn't do what you're freaking out about bub.
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Old 12-14-2020, 12:01 AM   #28
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What sort of cam shaft failure at 9000 hours does the Cummins 8.3 have?

Cam lobes? Snapped shaft?
Lobe wear, lifters.
Food for thought here.

9000 hours averaging 60 mph = 540k
9000 hours averaging 45 mph = 405k
9000 hours averaging 30 mph = 270k
9000 hours averaging 15 mph = 135k

So you see, 9000 hours really isn't that bad.

The problem is that most school route buses average below 18 miles per hour of engine runtime. The one I transported this summer had 260k and had averaged 29 mph.
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Old 12-15-2020, 02:24 PM   #29
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Yup, he did say he wanted a "new platform rig" as well as one for a driveline swap.
I've been busy for the last couple of days. To clarify: I am looking for two buses- one for an engine swap, and one for a new platform. SteamJunky's post is in the clear here.

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You clearly need to "reread" my thread because it didn't do what you're freaking out about bub.
Seems to me at least that you're the one freaking out, he's just responding to you. Chill! Clearly he's just being funny as well:
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Crowns must make bears jealous.
LOL

Unfortunately I don't think a '69 Crown is what I'd like to build on at this point, thanks for bringing it up here. I've been looking around at MCI Coaches, too, so there's a wide array of possibilities. Right now I'nm chasing down that local RE with the DT466.
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Old 12-15-2020, 04:14 PM   #30
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My local school district is selling 2 MCI coaches, '89 & '90, both are manual. They are selling them on their own through some sort of bid process, but I don't know the details. Both do run and drive. Starting bid is $3500. A couple of my kids spent many hours riding these busses. They claim both have over a million miles, but kids like to talk, so I really don't know. I did look at one of them in the dark and can tell you the engine is shoehorned in the back, but I have no idea what engine it has. I can get you contact info if you want it.
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Old 12-16-2020, 07:18 PM   #31
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I know you currently have a T444E and they're a love/hate type of thing, but Fairfax County Public Schools in VA spec'd T444E/MD3060 drivetrains in a lot of their buses. We recently bought our Amtran RE from a local auction who acquired a couple and I have no complaints. The 6th gear unlock will be icing on the cake as well.
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