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Slow 1975 Loadstar 1600 bus! Dave 5-20-05  
I have a 1975 Wayne body bus built on a International Loadstar 1600. It is powered by an International 345cid V8 with an Allison AT540. I just bought the bus so I have no idea what to expect form it in the way of top speed and hill climbing ability. It will reach 50 MPH on a stright flat road in about 1 mile of road but the slighest grade change will bring the bus down to 30MPH. Shouldn't the 345 be able to maintain 50 MPH on modest hills? Should I expect more from the 345 or replace it with a 427 tall deck I happen to have? Any input would be appreciated.

Re: Slow 1975 Loadstar 1600 bus! Phil Feinstein 5-23-05  
Your bus is geared for a 50MPH top speed, but I would also expect it to be able to holdd that speed up just about *ANY* incline since it is geared low.

I say run basic diagnostics on the engine and tranny to see why you're losing so much power. It could be something as simple as making an adjustment on the transmission or low fluid in the transmission.

Far be it from me to dissuade you from installing the big-block, but if you want to keep the stock set up, then start with the basics. If you aren't emotionally invested in the drivetrain, don't bother and just install the big-block. Keep in mind that replacing the engine will also (probably) mean replacing the transmission.

Hope that helps!
Re: Slow 1975 Loadstar 1600 bus! Donald Decker 6-5-05  
Would anyone know where I can get lens covers and etc for the 1600 bus? I live in Las Vegas
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