Originally Posted by cowlitzcoach
The basic problem for those who own Crown or Gillig mid-mount engines is that nothing else uses radiators of those dimensions. They are significantly wider than most truck radiators and less than half as tall. They are also significantly thicker than most radiators as well.
It isn't helped by the fact that all of the Crowns that have been crushed have been crushed in a way that no usable parts are able to be harvested from them. The engine and transmission have to have holes drilled into them before everything is crushed.
I would like to know how we are saving the environment by crushing perfectly usable equipment.
its a "feel good" thing for some people.. just like a study was done years back and found that a Jeep wrangler had less impact on the environment than did a prius.. when looked at from the eyes of the greenies - a prius is green and good and a jeep is evil and bad.. the study looked at overall impact from the manufacturing to the disposal.. i think they used a standard 100,000 miles as the lifecycle for both cars..
never mind that crushing 25000 lbs of steel and plastics and wood, copper wire etc... requires that much new material be manufactured to build a new bus that Might put out less emissions through its tail-pipe.. again never mind the impact required to manufacture the additional emissions equipment , install ot, carry it around in weight, etc..
there is no common sense in regulations..they are all bnasedo n lab tests.. and yes from a purely single point of view the newer busses emit less from the tailpipes thus helping the smog in certain cities.. but its NEVER enough for the groups... an old bus couldnt be sold and relegated to church or individual use where its obviopusly goping to get much less hours of use.. and yet its metal and such isnt destroyed,..,. thats not good enough...
in effect california is "so good for itself" that they will destroy perfectly good busses in the name of the environment.. and in effect "we dont care about pittsburgh" where all the new steel has to be made for new busses... elite wpuld be the word..