Originally Posted by lwharma
Thank you so much for your reply! I was able to get the information after looking at the bus. Down side is the roof leaks around the roof hatches, lots of water inside. I also noticed the rear engine was different as the engine access was on each of the sides of the rear and not around the very back. It also took up a ton of room inside the bus. Iíve never seen this type before. But I digress... The bus is a 2002 international rear engine bus. 211k Miles. We werenít able to see the engine or transmission but based on the model number, Wikipedia says itís likely a t444e engine and Allison 545 transmission or an Allison 3060 . (Is this engine powerful enough to handle cross country driving? Can it handle up and down mountain passes? ��)
Date manufactured 05/17/02
This is all I have for now. I may get more info tomorrow. I also found that the previous owner abandoned a second identical bus and may be able to get the computer component out of that...maybe. Yes, we can easily tow it to our property and fix it slowly over time. Weíd like to have it converted by next summer so we have some time. We would definitely love the help! Thanks again!
You need the VIN number and with the last 8 numbers of the VIN you call the local International dealer and ask for your line set ticket. That will have all the info on your original build, including the transmission. I have that same kind of RE but 1997.
A T444e with an AT540 is not going to run happily all over the Rockies in the summer, but if you don't mind going slowly it will make it over them. Mine is a T444e with an AT643 and we went pretty slowly over the mountains out West under 9K elevation.
Lots of them leak around the hatches but mine only did a tiny bit. If you have really rusty *ribs* and floor, plus the electrical issues, then maybe not worth it but if it's surface rust on the ribs and one or two sections of floor rusted that you can replace, that's not such a big deal. You need to get underneath and use a mallet or hammer to hit the cross members under the area where the floor leak is the worst and make sure *those* aren't rusted beyond surface rust.
Will you be able to get clear title on it though? That is an issue.
Seems like you could always just run new electrical? I say this, but I know absolutely nothing about electrical. I have helped electricians run wire before, but never watched them CONNECT said wire! Are the wires color coded at least? I can imagine it would be a huge, painstaking project, but it wouldn't be terribly expensive if you do it yourself or find a friend to help or someone that knows electrical to barter with maybe. Being able to snag parts etc off the other bud would be great and then they could just scrap it.
But they would need a clear title to let you take parts and and then scrap it. In the case of abandonment I'm sure they can get, but the question is how long would it take and will the other people help with that? There may be public notice requirements or something and I would want to make sure to follow the law in a situation like that.
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