Originally Posted by blissout
I just bought a 1999 International 3800 DT466E on eBay and the seller says the bus has the following mechanical issues:
1. Needs new o-rings on the cylinders (not sure which/how many)
2. Blows white smoke when starting
3. Engine overheats unless the radiator cap is off and filled with water (may need replacement?)
Otherwise it runs fine and the lights and switches all work.
Do any diesel mechanics know what could be wrong with the radiator, and how much these jobs should cost?
Also, if any mechanics in the Daytona area can do the work let me know.
The o-rings on the cylinders are kind of a big deal man. I'd pass, unless you've already picked it up. If you're not a mechanic or can't do that work yourself it will be thousands.
These engines can get eaten from the inside out by the coolant.
The actual o-ring seals are terribly expensive but with that many miles it would be a waste not to in-frame rebuild the engine all the way. You have to remove the pistons and cylinders to get the seals replaced.
The radiator cap thing sounds like its probably more serious or the seller would have already put a new $10 cap on it.
I'd rather take the bad feedback and bail than sink 5 grand or MUCH more into an old bus that's been neglected. this bus sounds like it has lots of symptoms and signs its going to need a TON of work and parts. Even if you are an ace at engine building and have all the special tools you're looking at thousands in parts.
If you already took possession- I've been there and I feel your pain. I ended up selling the bus to a rich guy. Got a bus 5x nicer for less than half what I paid for the problematic bus.