Idea For Resurrection (Sorta) Thoughts?
Hi all, I know it's a been a long time (and yes, my previous account was nuked due to gmail issues).
A lot has happened in my hiatus - I trained to get my Class A CDL and began driving tractor-trailers over-the-road in 2013. Lately, I have had thoughts of buying my own truck, but I'm not sure I want a full-on Class 8 road tractor.
There are a pair of International 3800-series buses available locally, my choice of the two for a reasonable price, and I am considering buying one to build into a multipurpose skoolie/LTL/RV transport rig.
What I know about them... They appear to be in good shape with T444E / automatics, air brakes, ten window rows (first one from front appears longer, I am guessing these are 65/66 passenger, which should be about 35-40 feet long. My understanding is the 7.3 IDI and the T444E are one and the same. Is there any way to know which automatic these have? I remember reading somewhere that the MT643 was only used behind Caterpillar engines, and if so, that would make this an AT545. Are they any good? If not, any alternative swaps?
I know a typical GVWR on these is between 25-30k, per my previous B700 having a rating of 24,100. I am curious whether the 10-12 foot frame section aft of the differental could support a fifth-wheel-type trailer, and if not, what effect shortening the frame in that area may or may not have on GVWR / axle weight distribution. Thanks in advance for any help!
"Cheese Wagon" <email@example.com>
Former owner - 1989 Ford B700 64-pass Blue Bird (Rest In Peace, Cheese Wagon)