good engine? 1999 Bluebird TC2000
Getting ready to buy my bus. Cruising Craigslist. I am looking for feedback on bus engines. I am not mechanical and got great advice here to get a very reliable mechanical system. Yes, I know that any engine can go bad at any time. I am looking for general trends and any red flags. Here is Bus option engine #1. Thanks. From the ad (i am including the sellers opinions but I trust this group's more).
1999 BLUEBIRD TC2000 RE ARIZONA NO RUST BUS (Rear Engine which is very desirable for over the road cruising. Very quite driving.)
8.3L CUMMINS TURBO DIESEL (Highly desirable "mechanical" engine that is free of the electronic emission control gear that plagues more modern buses and causes expensive failures and breakdowns. If you research school buses, you will find the Mechanical Engine is preferred and 1999 is one of the best years. The 8.3 Cummins is also a very well regarded power plant.)
ALLISON MT-643 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (A rock solid automatic transmission. Much better than the MT545 which is geared too low for RV use. The MT-643 is a well regarded transmission for a skoolie conversion.)
I purchased the bus from Arizona in late June of last year and it made the trip from Arizona to Los Angeles to Las Vegas in July through the sweltering desert heat with no problem. It is a solid bus that starts and runs perfectly.
4 UNDERBODY STORAGE COMPARTMENTS. (The bus has 4 lift up doors to access huge storage compartments that go from side to side under the bus. These are hard to find. They make the perfect place to put tanks and provide very valuable storage space for gear.)