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Old 08-12-2020, 05:05 PM   #21
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466E if the rest of the bus is great.......rebuild.

Engine becomes a known quantity you can baby and should be good for the life of the bus.
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Old 08-13-2020, 11:52 AM   #22
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Ewo1... you make alot of sense in your thinking. Sometimes sadly, you have to spend more money than you want but in the end... it's better to keep the devil you know than the one you dont. You right a better engine will save future worries.
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Old 08-14-2020, 09:15 PM   #23
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For me the most important thing is to build off a solid platform. Number one would be rust free. Number two no frame or body damage and number three would be well maintained mechanical systems. I buy my busses recently retired from school districts. I know they’ve been looked after and certified right up until the end. I pay a premium because it’s worth it to me to have a rust free bus. Too much time, money and work goes into this to not have it solid to begin with. I’ve read of folks paying less but then spending more in the end. If you are looking for a bus as I have described I can help. I don’t make any money or commission. I have a great working relationship with an authorized dealer nearby and can put you in touch.
I am very interested in getting this contact info! We have been looking for a bus for our 1st build.
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Old 08-14-2020, 09:26 PM   #24
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I am very interested in getting this contact info! We have been looking for a bus for our 1st build.
You can reach me at 480.233.4306 or email info@rossrollinghomes.com. Happy to help.
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Old 08-15-2020, 02:23 AM   #25
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You can reach me at 480.233.4306 or email info@rossrollinghomes.com. Happy to help.
Thank you!
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Old 09-13-2020, 08:08 PM   #26
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I would find out what caused the bent rods...I doubt seriously that you need to rebuild the whole engine... unless of course you find major damage.
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Old 09-20-2020, 07:56 PM   #27
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https://www.capitalremanexchange.com/
This company has a wealth of information I would give them a call and ask them what caused the bent push rods... most likely there is a problem with the valve guides seizing up and not getting oil. Most likely if you removed the head on that engine ( 4 to 5 hours work) for average mechanic. and had the head rebuilt (new valves and guides) you could do it yourself for 1 tenth the cost of a rebuilt engine ...dt466 engines are some of the best engines in the business. Many go over a million miles without overhaul. Check out this video on YouTube
Good luck I hope this helps.
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