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Old 03-17-2020, 08:56 AM   #101
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Thank you so very much for the info. if you hear of a rust free, 40ft, rear engine with those engines please let me know. I am willing to pay premium.
People post buses they spot for sale on this thread: https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f14/n...ead-11256.html

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Old 03-17-2020, 09:53 AM   #102
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Navistar's DT466 and Cummins engines (from 5.9L to 8.3L) are in high regard pretty much universally. CAT engines are more controversial, perhaps due to the lesser availability of mechanics to work on them, but a number of respectable users stand by them. Mercedes-Benz engines are spit upon by all.

This assumes the engines are from 2003 or earlier. From 2004 onwards, they all have issues thanks to emissions control devices (which do, in fact, reduce smog-causing particulate and NOx emissions, but cause reliability problems and are very expensive to repair).
I'm having 100% better time owning a Cat vs any other bus engine I've dealt with.
ANY mechanic who deals with medium duty diesels can fix a Cat in a school bus.
Now finding a mechanic who knows what he's doing to replace a DT timing cover- that's a difficult ask.
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Old 03-17-2020, 09:54 AM   #103
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I'm having 100% better time owning a Cat vs any other bus engine I've dealt with.
I said you were respectable.
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Old 03-17-2020, 09:56 AM   #104
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I said you were respectable.
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Old 03-17-2020, 12:44 PM   #105
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Thank you so very much for the info. if you hear of a rust free, 40ft, rear engine with those engines please let me know. I am willing to pay premium.
Unfortunately, so is everyone else. Start doing your own research; it's all part of the learning process. Govdeals and Public Surplus are the 800 lb gorilllas in the skoolie auction world; check them every few days. Also, this:
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Old 04-13-2020, 03:08 PM   #106
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Old Ford Shorties?

Hey there, Im looking for a short bus and found a listing for a 1988 Ford Econoline with a 5.8L and C6 trans. I have zero experience with this motor/trans combo. Is it worth looking into?

Seller states that it runs well, and has 71k miles on it. I highly doubt that as the odometer only counts up to 99,999

Thanks for any edjumacation that can be provided!
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:38 AM   #107
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Is 9000 dollars to much for a 2007 blue bird 30 ft front begin 7.6 Cummins with 150.000 miles
No rust good tires always serviced by Cummins
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Old 06-03-2020, 12:17 PM   #108
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Is 9000 dollars to much for a 2007 blue bird 30 ft front begin 7.6 Cummins with 150.000 miles
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I think so.
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Old 09-07-2020, 03:28 PM   #109
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I live out west but never heard of a retarded. Please explain. There is noway to drive around Arizona or leave the state without confronting a mountain.
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Old 09-07-2020, 04:08 PM   #110
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A retarded bus is one bought for $14,000 to have a $6,000 raised roof, and $10,000 transmission swap, and $2,000 in dumpster dived interior, with $1000 poop bucket.

A bus retarder is an extra braking system that does not use friction like normal brakes,
one I know of (Telma) uses electric magnets as I tried to buy one to use a power absorber for an engine dyno, although I understand there are different ones.

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Old 10-15-2020, 05:46 PM   #111
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As part of my bus purchase education, much of it included following bus, van, tiny house and other alternative housing builds. I follow a young man from upstate NY who has converted at least two of his own buses and helped build out several others. His latest YT video goes over what he looks at in buses he finds for sale ln FB marketplace, etc. Although, I drive a school bus and purchased one from my local district, I did learn a coup!e of bus tidbits from his video....and remember, many school districts only advertise buses for sale in their local media.



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Old 10-15-2020, 06:50 PM   #112
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A retarded bus is one bought for $14,000 to have a $6,000 raised roof, and $10,000 transmission swap, and $2,000 in dumpster dived interior, with $1000 poop bucket.
OH... NO... THEY... DIDN'T... But they're not lying...
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:20 PM   #113
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Hey there, Im looking for a short bus and found a listing for a 1988 Ford Econoline with a 5.8L and C6 trans. I have zero experience with this motor/trans combo. Is it worth looking into?

Seller states that it runs well, and has 71k miles on it. I highly doubt that as the odometer only counts up to 99,999

Thanks for any edjumacation that can be provided!
5.8L is the 351 Windsor. Good engine, C6 trans is good as well. True mileage that low is unlikely, but not impossible. Private school, activity bus, it's possible. The bus' visual condition should verify this, however.
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