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Need info on bus engine Don 7-26-04  
Does anyone know which diesel engine/tranny (automatic) is most likely to be in a 1984 Ford B700 based Thomas Built bus?

The bus is a travelling kitchen for a drum corps on tour (1000 miles away) and they need a little help
Re: need info on bus engine Don 7-26-04  
If you are anywhere near DubuqueIowa on Tues, or Oklahoma City,OK on thurs or fri, or in denver next week the corps will be performing as they move toward denver for the 2004 championships
Re: need info on bus engine Don 7-26-04  
Thanks for the link it may help!, Problem is with the power steering tensioner(it seized as a tensioner put works as a pulley) it's adjusted manually for now about every four hours of drive time but it's a pain for the road crew
Re: need info on bus engine Phil Feinstein 7-26-04  
Don, you can find a local dealer or servicer for Thomas busses by going to

Hope that helps!
Re: need info on bus engine Phil Feinstein 7-27-04  
Funny you should mention that...I live in Denver! (Thornton actually, but close enough for Gov't work)

Where and when?
Re: need info on bus engine Don 7-27-04  
Go to: or

for all of the information about the championship schedule for next week I'm involved with the Raiders(Division III)
Re: need info on bus engine IHC Busman 7-28-04  
Im purty sure the older fords had a 8.2 V-8 detroit diesel, or a 5.9 liter inline 6 cummings with a alisson AT-545 automatic the best way to find out what type of engine you have is to look on the valve covers to see if theres a decal on them
Re: need info on bus engine Don 7-27-04  
Thanks Phil,
If you decide to go to a drum corps show, the tickets for Division II/III are a bargain. DCI hypes the Division I corps (premium prices) but Div II/III is every bit as good, just a little smaller.(Shameless plug) The Raiders are one of the best corps around.

Again, many thanks for your info and assistance

Re: need info on bus engine Phil Feinstein 7-27-04  
There's a place in Commerce City (not too far from downtown Denver) which services Thomas Busses:

Transwest Trucks
7626 Brighton Rd
Commerce City, CO 80022

Phone: 303-289-3161
Fax: 303-288-2310

Bus Types:
Commercial Bus
School Bus

Give them a call and they can help you figure out what you need and order it if they don't have it in stock.
Re: need info on bus engine Don 7-27-04  
Duh! I almost forgot!

Is there a good parts supplier or salvage yard in the area?

They still need to replace that bad tensioner on the power steering.
Re: need info on bus engine Don 7-29-04  
I'll have to wait until they get back, but the Detroit Diesel sounds right to me.
many thanks
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