Originally Posted by TyeDyeMama
So I am looking at a bus I am really interested in but I am already feeling overwhelmed.
It is a 1994 B7T042, I know the bus is a gas engine and I believe there is a fuel pump issue. It has 9 windows but I can't find anything to tell me the length. I need to make sure it will haul a car.
Is anyone familiar with this bus who could maybe share some insight into the length, tow capacity and costs I'm likely to incur to replace the fuel pump?
Typical buses are about 27.5" from rib to rib, so multiply that by 9 and then add maybe 8 feet or so for the cab and engine (and another foot if one of the windows is extra-wide). Your bus is probably 28' to 30' long.
Your towing capacity will be determined mainly by the engine and transmission, but almost any skoolie could tow a car assuming a strong-enough hitch is installed. Buses can haul a very heavy load of children - 65 kids might weigh between 7,000 and 10,000 pounds - so unless you build out your interior with depleted uranium, you'll have plenty of towing capacity.
I would assume you would want to avoid towing with an AT545 transmission, but apparently many people have done this without any problems.