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Posted: 06/01/15 02:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good point lvylog


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Common in school buses,dead reliable and preferred over the 444


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yeah, that's where I first found out about them. THey're the most desirable motors in the school busses. I've kicked around the idea of a school bus conversion, but I want to hit the road sooner than later.

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OP, in looking at your blog, I think you need something like this with a Cummins engine:
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That's cool

We checked out a local school bus conversion tonight. It was about 15% remodeled. I realized a school bus conversion would be tons more work than I expected. It was ptetty daunting to think of building one from scratch.

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Look for a International 7200 7300 7400 or 7500 based truck they all had a DT466 or you could find a HT570 that had 380HP 1200FTLBS of torque and all of them would take a MP8 chip tuner. I had a CXT7400 4X4 as a puller that had a HT570 and I will tell you it would out pull anything up a grade. I had a 22,000lb trailer behind my rig and it would pull any grade at 65+ and still had power to spare. I miss it as I currently have a ISC 360 that is a dog in comparison. Good Luck with your search.


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I've read a lot of the comments. Written I think by many
Who have never made a living with a truck. I ran 466 for years.
Best engine out there and my last LOG truck was an
Extreme duty 1981 international live tandem tagged
54000 lbs. 250 hp with 8LL tranny. Sure, not as much power as the
Cummings or Cats but to rebuild an Int 466 in frame kit is
$1000. Try that in a cat or Cummins, of course I do my on work.
The all mechanical engine pre 94 is best.
So I too am looking for such to replace the tag camper.
I suspect I'll have to find a Class A with a blow engine
And convert.
I sold my 81 and wish now I'd kept it and built a motorhome with it.
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WanderLodge built many of their coaches with Detroit diesels. I haven't seen one in years since Blue Bird closed their plant in middle Georgia.

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RockingM your right,I too have put plenty of miles in trucks/tractors powered be DT 466 motors,reliable is what they're known for,surprised more MHs weren't powered by them.

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I was a diesel tech for Saunders leasing when the dt466 came out. I was sent to IHC school to learn to build them as we had a whole fleet of rental box truck with them. Love that engine! Almost bullit proof!


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