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Old 09-25-2008, 02:21 PM   #1
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Looking for a MV404 for my 1981 international bus

Anyone have one laying around that works or know of a place where i can buy one with a warranty? if so hit me up at thanks 5spd tranny

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Old 09-26-2008, 10:54 AM   #2
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Re: Looking for a MV404 for my 1981 international bus

check with your local auto/truck parts house, most of the major chain parts houses have access to factory remanufactured engines with a nation wide warranty,Jasper and Fred Jones come to mind as factory engine remanufacturers,but I'm sure that their are other ones also.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:45 AM   #3
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Re: Looking for a MV404 for my 1981 international bus

Are you sure it is worthwhile to buy a fresh MV404? I had one, and it was rather gutless (even before I bent the pushrods ), and it drank gasoline like a bathtub drain.

You might consider buying a newer bus with a diesel engine and be done with it. My current Cummins 5.9 pulls hills at a much better speed, and gets around 10 M.P.G. when driven gently.

Of course, if you have a completed conversion that you don't want to abandon, and plenty mechanical skills, it is even possible to put a diesel in the old bus. Or, as a sensible compromise, a 454 Chevy, which is much easier to find and get parts for, including hop-up parts.

I'd just hate to see you spend three grand on a replacement gasser, and be disappointed, when you could buy a ten year newer bus with a diesel for four grand.

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