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Old 01-13-2021, 07:21 AM   #1
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Hello! New here + new Intl 3800 bus!!

Hi there! I am Ben from South Florida. New here to the forums and to Skoolies. Going to do my first conversion this year. I just put a deposit on a 1998 International Bluebird with a 7.6L DT466E with 190HP (International 3800 Model) in great condition with 0 rust. From my research, I have read a lot about the DT466 and how much Skoolie folks love them. Any thoughts/opinion/feedback on this model? Is this model I put the deposit on the same as the revered "DT466" that I keep reading about on all the forums? I am a complete newb and I feel like the bus I put the deposit on is a total "score" but I want some educated opinions and feedback from yall.

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Old 01-13-2021, 11:39 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

That's the engine.

What about the transmission, auto, manual?

Length?

Pictures?
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Old 01-13-2021, 12:19 PM   #3
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Not sure exactly what you are asking but:


the DT466 is a purely mechanical injection engine, whereas the DT466E has computer controlled electronic injection.


Both are excellent engines, it seems.
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Old 01-13-2021, 05:17 PM   #4
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Thank you!
It is 30ft long outside, 21 inside
Its a 74in height inside. Allison Automatic Transmission. 109K miles

This is a link to a youtube video of the bus: https://youtu.be/40H44NGqA8Y



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Old 01-13-2021, 05:20 PM   #5
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Not sure exactly what you are asking but:


the DT466 is a purely mechanical injection engine, whereas the DT466E has computer controlled electronic injection.


Both are excellent engines, it seems.
Thank you! My version is the Electronic injection. Was basically just asking if this is a good engine.
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Old 01-13-2021, 05:51 PM   #6
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Thank you! My version is the Electronic injection. Was basically just asking if this is a good engine.
they're good.

But make DAMN sure the coolant is 100% correct. Must be the right type and must be in perfect condition at all times. The 2001-2004's had issues with some engines developing liner seal and timing cover issues due to the coolant. A 1998 should be ok in that regard, but keep your coolant 100% perfect and always make sure not to run it hot. Do that and it will last a LONG time.
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Old 01-13-2021, 06:21 PM   #7
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Just watched the video, looks like it's in very good condition.
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