Originally Posted by Journey42
Hi, I'm looking for a shop that can swap an at 545 for an mt 643 or a 1000? My bus is located south of Bend OR. Its been sitting for a few years but i finally have the money to fix it. I'm going to have to do some assessment on it and Im looking for someone in the pnw to look it over with me and see if its still viable. I'll pay for someones time of course. Any leads on dudes/shops who might be interested in a swap project?
doing a 1000 / 2000 swap is going to be somewhat involved unless you can do what another member did and that was he found a donor bus with a 2000 series in it and moved everything over.. unless you can find a custom diesel shop willing to do it then it will get tough as most regular shops or dealers stick to whats in the books..
the other member bought a 2004 T444E bus and found that IH had made the wiring and electronics for the 2000 series completely separate of the main wiring.. he moved the computers right iover to his older bus and ended up with a great working bus.. even swapped his pold At545 ovewr to the donor bus and sold it as a running / driving unit..
thats going to be your most economical..
my swap 5 years ago was done with new parts and a special purpose in mind (im sure youve read redbyrd Transformation thread).. I bought a specially built trans, harness and a couple different TCMs and software / interfaces to program my own shifting.. this will be your most expensive route.. in my case I ended up with exactly the build and driveability i wanted..
if you want a shop to do it, the best bet is going to be to look for custom diesel shops.. I have no idea whether your bus is a full-size, shorty, etc. a shorty will be easier as a shop can easier fit them in their bays..
you also need someone with experience in electronics as getting the wiring correct is the hardest part.. programming-wise, going 5 speed is the easiest as you can simply buy a TCM from another school bus or buy a custom TCM using a CIN from a bus..
jason at transmissiontuner dot com is an option for a 6 speed TCM.. but he is backed up for a few months, however he is top notch... if you buy a 6 speed TCM from him im more than willing to share my EFIlive capable shift calibrations whiuch work well in my bus..
hopefully some PNW centric folks can comment on a shop.. im way out in ohio and rarely go to the PNW(I dont like cold or wet) or id help you get everything running electronically.