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Author Topic: Van Hool  (Read 1656 times)
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« on: May 30, 2007, 09:06:45 PM »

Is there a general reputation this manufacturer has??  I know most people say MCI is the best bus out there, and Eagle makes a great conversion, etc.  Is there that sort of broad-based opinion for Van Hool??
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007, 11:46:06 PM »

JT -

Lots of VanHools out there, primarily due to ABC Bus Company's creative financing, which is much more liberal than MCIs.  (ABC is the importer of these Belgian coaches.)

IIRC, they use a birdcage construction, similar to Eagle.

Not sure about their dependability, perhaps Busted Knuckle or Luke can provide some additional input from their perspective.

Plug-type front door could provide some very interesting challenges compared to the simple sedan doors on non-commuter MCIs and Prevosts.

Have a long rear overhang, lots are seen with crunched rear quarters.

Finally, IMHO, they're ugly.   Shocked

FWIW & HTH. . .


RJ Long
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S13406 1978 MC-5C Converted
S14947 1980 MC-5C Shell
Cheney WA

« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2007, 03:42:08 AM »

One of the good things about Van Hool is they almost always used four stroke engines.  MAN engines for the real old ones, Cummins L10 for the olders ones, and a combination of Cummins M11/ISM and Series 60 on the newer ones. 

Disadvantages for conversion include dropped aisle, low headroom, plug type door, and one source for parts.  Advantages for conversion are fairly inexpensive for four stroke motor and unique european styling.

Van Hool didn't use a stainless steel frame until 1995.  They rust badly when used in the rust belt!  I saw one at ABC Companies that was totally rusted out.  The engine door was held on with baling wire as the hinges were rusted through!  (Don't ask me how ABC thought they would ever sell that one.)  I don't recall if the body was steel or not.
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