Well, I guess some things, like power, driveability, and desireability, are mastercard priceless
Did you end up tuning the engine to 450hp?
No using the small Cummins out of a Dodge PU in a bus would make a mastercard priceless for the future tow/repair bills.
Sorry Roy, I'm not bashing you. And I have always thought that the Dodge/Cummins was an awesome set up!
But I feel it's too small to be pushing a full size fully converted OTR coach down the road very far without troubles!
I understand that they work great in "schoolies" but a schoolie don't weigh near as much.
And I do in fact have proof that one in a heavier coach will cause problems.
I had a customer that bought a "Party bus" that was an ex-military bus with one in it. He then had it "professionally" converted to a "party bus" by a company up in OH (I don't know the company) but they did a nice job of converting it to his specifications which used a ton of granite and lots of extra stuff and it broke down on the way back to Paducah, KY from OH and was towed into the Frieghtliner dealer in Calvert City, KY.
Once their RV/Bus shop repaired it he started chartering it. About once a month something else broke and it was again towed to CC. Once when I was there dropping it off I asked the guy in charge of the RV/Bus shop "Man this guy sure bought a worn out lemon, huh?"
And he replied "No the bus was/is in really very good shape. The military took excellent care of it. It's just all this extra weight they put in it converting it and then putting 30 people and a bunch of booze in it, is more than it was designed to haul!
They pulled that engine out and put a CAT engine in it and he still runs it today! Last I heard he has only had one failure in 7 yrs compared to 9 in one yr with the old engine.