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Old 10-07-2018, 09:52 AM   #1
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Help a newbie

Good Day,

In our research for our own RV build, my wife and I are considering a small skoolie. While I am sort of literate regarding drivetrains in vans, I am not when it comes to buses and shuttles. A few questions:

Will a Chevy gas drive - for lack of a better word - normally at highway speeds?
Is there an optimum engine/transmission/rear end ratio I should look for?
How do shuttles differ? Are they also reasonable platforms for conversion?

Here's a local bus I might consider:

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Old 10-29-2018, 10:20 AM   #2
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Engine: 6.0L 366 Chevy Big Block
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I have a Chevy bus with a Chevy 366 engine with a 4 speed manual transmission . It has a 2 speed rear end . In high it can go up to 70 on a flat . However on a hill it can lug back to 55 on a good grade. Don't know if I'd take it thru the mountains but I live in Iowa so a majority of my driving is flat .
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