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Old 02-24-2016, 11:03 PM   #1
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1970 prevost

What does everyone think? Is Detroit diesel a good route to go?

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Old 02-25-2016, 12:29 AM   #2
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2-cycle Detroit Diesels are great engines and the pre-DDEC mechanical ones are still being built for military service.

Two real problems with 2-cycle DD's:
  1. They usually use about twice as much fuel to go a mile as a 4-cycle will use.
  2. They are really old school and finding anyone in a regular truck shop who really knows (versus saying they know) how to work on a 2-cycle DD is getting pretty difficult.
Prevost buses of that vintage did not overheat as readily as MCI's of the same vintage. One big radiator mounted at the bottom of the skirt works a lot better than two little ones mounted way up on the sides.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:27 AM   #3
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Just to let you know, I've done business with 50 Hwy Cycle Salvage in the past. They were stand up people to deal with. Very honest and straight forward. I was looking for a obscure charging system part for an old Kawasaki and they just turned me loose in their used parts stockroom with a flashlight till I found the specific part I needed after I couldn't find one in their bike graveyard.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:39 AM   #4
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Unless you are WELL experienced in 2 cycles, it would be a bad move. Cowlitz hit it on the head.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys, the search continues. I am not diesel savy, and would rather get something that's easily repaired
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