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Old 07-28-2017, 03:42 PM   #1
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Preference Bus set up for newbie

This could get heated however my intention is for experience and knowledge.
With so many different buses and engines it gets confusing.
What are the preferred set ups:
for example:
Does size matters. ;0)
Buses: International or Thomas or ext? Blue bird? why why not
married to what engine and trany? like 5.9 Cummings/or 8.3?
What to stay away from if you can help it.
What part of the country for buying?

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Old 07-28-2017, 03:52 PM   #2
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This is sort of an ongoing discussion. You'll get all kinds of responses.
I'd say just dig around in the various discussion here and on School Bus Fleet forum.
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Old 07-28-2017, 04:12 PM   #3
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Honestly, it depends on your intended use. I got a steal on a bluebird Ar3 with a 5.9
I don't intend to live in it or full time. I can take the smaller engine.
If you plan on traveling and encountering mountains, you may want to 8.3
I don't like CAT motors. It is based on what parts and service cost, not dependability.
A dt466 or 8.3 mechanical would be my choice if I were planning on full time traveling.
The coach work I have found are very similar in the 3 you mention... Thats like asking if you prefer Ford, Dodge, or Chevy.
Flat front fe busses give you the most floor room, but limit your under bus options, RE lose a bit of space, but you can use more under bus area.
Big, medium, short depend on you.

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Old 07-28-2017, 06:12 PM   #4
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What I'd prefer, and what I have are *NOT* necessarily one-and-the-same!

My preferred drivetrain is the DT466 and manual transmission. Air brakes. Body builder, I have no preference (this may change as I learn more about buses). Style, I like a hood out in front of me, and being able to see and work on the engine.

What I have is in my profile. 2001 IH/BlueBird with T444E and Spicer 5-speed manual. Air brakes, 5.38 rear (change is planned). 6 window shorty with wheelchair lift (which is planned to stay). Built with seating for 14 (6 seats + 2 wheelchairs).
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