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Old 06-13-2023, 05:07 PM   #1
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What a great resource this platform is. I've already gotten lots of good information here.

I'm in the market for a midsize bus (from 25-30 feet).
I know the DT466 and Allison 3060 are a good combo but probably mostly found in full size buses.

After a ton of research I'm down to maybe looking for a Cummins 5.9 (maybe a 8.3) and a compatible transmission (but trying to avoid the AT 545).

I also understand the T444E might be a good choice. Maybe an Allison 1000?

Any suggestions or insight for a good engine/transmission combo for a midsize bus? And what about fully mechanical as opposed to one with electronic components. Will parts be available for the next 10-20 years for these old robust diesel engines?

Thanks so much!

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Old 06-13-2023, 09:15 PM   #2
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Year: 1954
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Chassis: old f500- new 2005 f-450
Engine: cummins 12 valve
Rated Cap: 20? five rows of 4?
Mechanical

Cummins 5.9 and 8.3 - cat 3116 - dt360, dt408, dt466, 6.9-7.3 IDI, - gm 6.2 and 6.5 mechanical engines—- I would expect to be able to find parts in tens years from now.

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Old 06-13-2023, 09:40 PM   #3
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Thank you. That’s a great list. Do you have a few favorites? And do you have recommendations for transmissions to pair with these? (excluding the AT 545).
Appreciate it!
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Old 06-14-2023, 11:39 AM   #4
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Chassis: old f500- new 2005 f-450
Engine: cummins 12 valve
Rated Cap: 20? five rows of 4?
Long list of possibilities

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Call? 785 207 7600

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Old 06-14-2023, 12:07 PM   #5
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Gotcha, I will try to find some time. Thanks!
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