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Old 02-15-2024, 09:26 AM   #1
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1991 366 w/manual transmission

I am looking for my first bus and came across a 1991 with a 366 gas engine and a 4 speed manual transmission with a split shifting axle.
I'm more interested in a gas powered bus rather than a diesel because I know more about them than a diesel. We're planning on doing full-time and slowly working our way around the lower 48, and staying 2 weeks at a time. Not planning to be driving for long periods of time.
That said pros and cons to this drive train setup?

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Old 02-15-2024, 11:52 AM   #2
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That is a good engine, designed for medium duty truck use. Forged crankshaft, and probably has sodium filled valves. The 4 speeds are tough, and having a two speed helps too. Unless it is worn out, I would not be afraid of it. But it will not be fast.
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Old 02-15-2024, 12:38 PM   #3
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That is a good engine, designed for medium duty truck use. Forged crankshaft, and probably has sodium filled valves. The 4 speeds are tough, and having a two speed helps too. Unless it is worn out, I would not be afraid of it. But it will not be fast.
Thanks porchdog ! Do you have any idea of how it would be in the mountains?
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Old 02-15-2024, 01:07 PM   #4
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I have been around a Chevy dealership all my life, so my experience with this powertrain was in Medium duty trucks. Since it is carbureted, it is going to get weaker with altitude. It will also be somewhat susceptible to vapor lock, more so because todays fuels are more volatile. Old buses had a 292 six cylinder with a 4 speed , and they got the kids hauled, but not very fast. I don't know if this even qualifies as an answer to your question...

It's just a simple, reliable, powertrain. But not very powerful.
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Old 02-15-2024, 01:14 PM   #5
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Thanks porchdog ! Do you have any idea of how it would be in the mountains?
Back in the early '80s I had the wild opportunity of driving school busses from NJ to Honduras and all my dad would buy back then, because that's all there was, he would buy mostly Internationals with the butterfly hood, gas and 4 speed.

They were reasonably loaded with at least 2 Perkins engines and 2 clark tranny's, not to mention about 20 assorted leaf springs and let me tell you, they were SLOW going up some moderate grades on the highways in the U.S. and even slower climbing any of the mountains in Central America.

Point is, don't expect to go fast at all!
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Old 02-15-2024, 06:05 PM   #6
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Okay thanks, I think that I will pass on the bus. Even though it's a reliable drive train I don't believe it is capable of getting up the mountains I eventually want to see.
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After having a 427 gas bus for years I know it will struggle to do anything especially climbing mountains so I would pass on a gas engine. Plus you would only get 5 MPG tops.
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