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Old 01-11-2021, 04:18 PM   #1
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Help me please somebody!

Before I tell you what kind of "bus" that I need help with, I would like to state that there isn't a forum for half breed, or mutated vehicles that I'm aware of. And since "it" is built out of mostly school bus parts, here we go.
I have a 1995 F350 Super Duty one ton that used to earn it's grits from a power company here in Florida that I use as a service truck/equipment hauler. It has a reman 7.3, and is a real heavy duty truck all the way around. I lost my second zf 5 speed, and replaced it with a 545 Allison. It does pretty good considering. I need a new flexplate, and as you all know, you have to have a serial number for the boys at IHC to even think about finding your part. Can anyone out there supply me with a GOOD part number, or even the last 8 digits of a vin number for a bus that was dressed out with the same engine/tranny combo so I can fix my truck and get back to work before a go broke? I would even be willing to buy an old used flexplate if one of you guys could turn loose of one.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-11-2021, 04:25 PM   #2
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there is a thread up now in the recent thread 545 to a 2000?
but his 545 is/was mated to a 444e/7.3.
havent had time to catch up on the thread so i dont know where he is at?
but check with him and look at the other threads of tranny swaps and one of them might have one available?
another one to maybe check with would be johhnymullet he is a rsident 7.3 man.
wish you luck
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Old 01-11-2021, 04:47 PM   #3
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ok i didnt go back far enough in the 545 to 2000 thread to see if he still has his 545 stuff but he is still trying to get his 2000 wired so if it were me all my old stuff would still be setting there until i am happy with my new stuff.
your double post should be surrounding that thread now
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Old 01-11-2021, 04:51 PM   #4
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Flywheel or flexplate? In an IH, the flexplate bolts to the torque converter, followed by a spacer, then the flywheel, then the crank. So which one do you need?
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Old 01-11-2021, 04:52 PM   #5
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Cadillackid I believe had a at545/t444e flexplate for sale/free.
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Old 01-11-2021, 04:57 PM   #6
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If you aren't sure of what you need, this post HERE Has what I'm referring to. You can see the flexplate, spacer and flywheel w/ starter teeth.

Thanks for the pictures rolesvillemarina, they came in handy and kept me from having to take them/upload them myself.
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Old 01-11-2021, 06:04 PM   #7
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the original post said it was for a 7.3 in an f350 that had a zf5 tranny and he swapped/trying to swap a 545?
was trying to help but no response yet.
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Old 01-11-2021, 06:26 PM   #8
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:40 PM   #9
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the original post said it was for a 7.3 in an f350 that had a zf5 tranny and he swapped/trying to swap a 545?
was trying to help but no response yet.
I assumed he already had the swap completed, and was having or discovered some sort of issue that required a new flexplate.
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:42 PM   #10
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First off. the 95 came with the IDI or powerstroke. For the flexplate and adapters call allison, not ihc. Is your flywheel housing an sae#2 or 3? If its a 2, You will need a flywheel, flywheel spacer, drive plate, and a adapter ring for the trans. I need to check but I may have most of these parts somewhere for thr idi..
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:47 PM   #11
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Forgot to mention, you will need to fabricate a trans mount for the 545 and find a compound starter to fit. the regular mt delco will not fit.
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Old 01-12-2021, 10:22 AM   #12
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Those are my pics of the stuff in the Link Booyah posted

the big heavy flywheel and adapter came from MY vista and the 7.3 which had the AT545

the other set of flexplates and what have you were on the 7.3 with the A-2000 trans.

my motor is a 99
the donor bus was a 2002

as you can see both were 7.3 engines but the plates/wheels/adapters were different, and it has to do with engine balance. If you read further you see I ALMOST screwed the pooch on both engines had I swapped those parts to the other engines.

in the end the only thing I removed in regards to this was the trans... I put all MY original stuff and flexplate back on MY bus. the a-2000 mounted right up

with that in mind I can give you the last 4 of my vista vin if it is those parts you need to look up if it will help

the donor bus is long gone now so I dunno it's vin

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Old 01-15-2021, 12:33 PM   #13
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Before I tell you what kind of "bus" that I need help with, I would like to state that there isn't a forum for half breed, or mutated vehicles that I'm aware of. And since "it" is built out of mostly school bus parts, here we go.
I have a 1995 F350 Super Duty one ton that used to earn it's grits from a power company here in Florida that I use as a service truck/equipment hauler. It has a reman 7.3, and is a real heavy duty truck all the way around. I lost my second zf 5 speed, and replaced it with a 545 Allison. It does pretty good considering. I need a new flexplate, and as you all know, you have to have a serial number for the boys at IHC to even think about finding your part. Can anyone out there supply me with a GOOD part number, or even the last 8 digits of a vin number for a bus that was dressed out with the same engine/tranny combo so I can fix my truck and get back to work before a go broke? I would even be willing to buy an old used flexplate if one of you guys could turn loose of one.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Thanks for all of the response!
To clear a few things up; I have already done the swap. I have all of the correct parts, but the flexplate had a bad spot when I put it in the truck. I just need to replace the flexplate with the correct one. I bought the parts online, so I don't have a vin number, or oem part numbers, and you all know how the so called part guys at international are.
Guys, I am broke over this ordeal. I have deadlines that are soon approaching, and I am just in a 9 line bind! If anyone has one that they could turn lose of cheap, I would put you on my Christmas list, and sing at your next wedding.
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Old 01-15-2021, 12:58 PM   #14
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what was the bad spot on the flex plate all about?
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Old 01-15-2021, 01:01 PM   #15
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Thanks for all of the response!
To clear a few things up; I have already done the swap. I have all of the correct parts, but the flexplate had a bad spot when I put it in the truck. I just need to replace the flexplate with the correct one. I bought the parts online, so I don't have a vin number, or oem part numbers, and you all know how the so called part guys at international are.
Guys, I am broke over this ordeal. I have deadlines that are soon approaching, and I am just in a 9 line bind! If anyone has one that they could turn lose of cheap, I would put you on my Christmas list, and sing at your next wedding.
That's great. But we asked questions that you didn't answer, and it's hard to help you without them answered.

I guess first one that should be answered is whether this is a 7.3 powerstroke/t444e or an idi. I assumed it was the powerstroke, but I guess it could be either.

Did you swap the IH sae flywheel housing in the truck and used that with your at545, or how did you do it?

What exactly are you looking for? You say flexplate, but how does your flexplate have a bad spot? Is it broken or something? If it's missing teeth, in my experience, the flexplate in the t444e/at545 doesn't have teeth, the flywheel does, so you would need one of them instead.

I'm sorry to hear that you're broke because of this. But help us help you, we can't give you what you're after if we don't know what it exactly is that you're after. As others have said, they have one that they'd probably sell cheap/give you. But we don't know if that's what you're after.
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Old 01-15-2021, 01:44 PM   #16
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T444E flywheel/flexplate

In response to your questions: it is a 7.3 powerstroke, and what it did is as follows: I bought a flywheel housing from a truck salvage yard online. It came with the adapter/reducer ring that is what actually bolts the the transmission. I had to put a body lift under the cab for clearance for the bellowing. I bought the balancer looking thing that has the little tube spacer that centers the torque converter online. I bought the outer spacer that bolts the torque converter to the flexplate and is what actually turns the torque converter, again online. And lastly, the flywheel came from a different online salvage yard, and it had some damaged teeth because of a previous starter problem. I had to use it and hope for the best, and it worked for a while, but is starting to cause me problems, and eats starter bushings.
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Old 01-15-2021, 02:14 PM   #17
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I thought that might be the problem, ya know you can weld those teeth up and grind to size ,it works I've done it, keep your heat low and don't get the ring too hot or it will fall off.
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Old 01-15-2021, 03:18 PM   #18
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Yes, I have done that on other ones. I just really don't have the time and patience right now. And I just bought a brand new starter for it. So, I kinda want to start off fresh so I shouldn't have any problems with it for a while.
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:00 PM   #19
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1800777C1 lists for ring gear
1818212C91 lists for flywheel

This is for a 1995 t444e with an at545
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Old 01-16-2021, 11:50 PM   #20
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Talking T444E flywheel/flexplate

Does anyone have one that they want to sell cheap?
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