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Old 10-09-2017, 05:13 PM   #1
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Buying a bus help

My wife and I looked at two buses today
http://ncschoolbussales.dpi.state.nc.us/ And
http://ncschoolbussales.dpi.state.nc.us/ The Thomas for $2500 uses some oil. The other just has more miles than I'd like one is re other is fe the fe has four wheelchair positions so less seats to take out and an extra door. Are these cat 3126's at the end of their lives or am I just paranoid? lol
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:00 AM   #2
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My wife and I looked at two buses today
http://ncschoolbussales.dpi.state.nc.us/ And
http://ncschoolbussales.dpi.state.nc.us/ The Thomas for $2500 uses some oil. The other just has more miles than I'd like one is re other is fe the fe has four wheelchair positions so less seats to take out and an extra door. Are these cat 3126's at the end of their lives or am I just paranoid? lol
The one that uses oil is a crap shoot, to be honest. CAT parts are a bit pricey, and a rebuild needs to come out of the bus and runs in the 5-10k range.
High mileage on a non-sleaved diesel engine that was serviced properly is north of 200k (my opinion, some will say higher or lower). I don't believe a 200k engine will last another 100k without a rebuild or major work.
If you can find out why it uses oil, or how bad blow-by is, it may help you determine if you want to take that gamble.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:47 PM   #3
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Well..... I bought the freightliner today we'll have it home around 10pm tonight I might have jumped the gun as I was overly excited.... oh well it's just money right??
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Well..... I bought the freightliner today we'll have it home around 10pm tonight I might have jumped the gun as I was overly excited.... oh well it's just money right??
Welcome. How did it do on those hills?
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:08 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, I drove from Greenville nc to Sanford Nc at 40mph 😐 Not fun at all step one will be to fix that asap!!!
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:15 AM   #9
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the bus's top speed is 40 on flat lands or going up hills? is it revved out or perhaps computer limited speed?
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:47 AM   #10
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40 on flat land or hills. The bus seemed to have plenty of power makes me think it has computer speed program. Any ideas of how to get that checked?
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:11 PM   #11
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What year model is your new project? If it is an electronic model then it is probably just getting into the computer program.
If it's aged before the computer then like mine it is a combination of rear gears,tranny and motor Horsepower. I think my 49mph bites but 40 would drive me crazy?
I bought mine directly from the school district and the mechanics have no problem talking and giving advice to me so I would start with talking to yours.
I have also seen a huge school district repair shop off of I40/85 just east of Graham on the east bound side.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:15 PM   #12
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how many gear did you shift through.. and when you reached 40 what were your RPMs.. if you have abn AT545 trans did your RPMs drop off when you reached 40 or did they stay the same?

if it is geared VERY low you could run out of gears.. sounds ,ore like a computer program.. but you can tell by how it acts when it hits 40.
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:22 PM   #13
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It hit 40 then rpm dropped until it was up hill. So I'm guessing it must be the computer I'll have to get that fixed. I need at least 55mph out of it so I may even need to regear I'd definitely be taking it somewhere for that. Start on the floors tomorrow tho all seats are out!! What do you guys suggest for type of insulation? And to cover the holes where the bolts used to be?
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:09 PM   #14
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sure sounds like its computer limited. unfortunately my scan tools wont reprogram a freightliner, though you can probably take it to a freightliner dealer.. pay them a hour of shop time and have them reprogram any parameters you would like changed..
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Old 10-14-2017, 03:32 PM   #15
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What do I do about the coolant lines that runs on the left side of the bus where the heater vents were?
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Loop them together with an elbow.
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Old 10-14-2017, 05:14 PM   #17
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does it matter how much of the hose I cut? Can I cut and loop it right by the front heater? do I have to drain any fluid since there's less hose?
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does it matter how much of the hose I cut? Can I cut and loop it right by the front heater? do I have to drain any fluid since there's less hose?
There will be coolant in those lines. Have a bucket handy. If you have shut off valves, shut them before to save draining the engine as well.

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does it matter how much of the hose I cut? Can I cut and loop it right by the front heater? do I have to drain any fluid since there's less hose?
You can loop them anywhere you want. Right by the engine if you have access.

No, you don't have to account for less fluid, but try to collect any that comes out of the hoses, and don't let your cat drink it.

Run the engine up to temp, check the coolant level, top off as necessary.
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Old 10-14-2017, 07:14 PM   #20
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No, you don't have to account for less fluid, but try to collect any that comes out of the hoses, and don't let your cat drink it.
My cat loves antifreeze- so sweet. He takes a loooong nap after drinking it.

I like barbs on the U-whatever you do. Smooth pipe with chinese hoseclamp scares the bejesus out of me on a hot day in the mountains.
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