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Old 03-17-2020, 07:56 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.
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Old 03-17-2020, 08:53 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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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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I said you were respectable.
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Old 03-17-2020, 11:44 AM   #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 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

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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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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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