East TN Intro
I just bought a bus and I'm diving into the forum in an effort to learn more about what I bought. Sure, I should have done that first. But I didn't, so here I am. Here's what I know so far:
'99 Flat nose, front engine Thomas
5.9L Cummins 24vj engine
Allison MT-643 Transmission
Dana J-230 rear axle
Starts and seems to run great.
Top speed is 53mph (according to gps app, the speedo doesn't work)
Rear heater(s) removed.
Small window unit AC unit installed in a hole above the rear emergency exit.
Soft spot passenger side floor aft of the front wheel well.
Rust along the bottom of the rear wall, especially in the corners.
Rust around wheel wells inside (can see daylight).
All seats except the driver's seat removed already
Exhaust leak can be smelled as I drive
Headlight switch has a short in it that makes the red and amber lights on the sides flicker as I wiggle it.
I have no idea how to find out if the combination of engine, trans, rear-end are ideal.
I have no idea if I can get it to hit 65 mph somehow, and I have not attempted to drive up any significant hills yet. I'm trying to figure out if it is governed, and if so how.
I'm trying to get answers to these questions, and I'll spend some time searching the forums before I ask them in a thread. But right now, I'm just trying to "get to know" the bus so I can speak and ask questions intelligently. Any insights about what I have is appreciated.