Engines & Transmissions

Engines & Transmissions

Once you’ve decided on a body style, it’s time to look at engines. There’s not much reason to get a gas engine if you have a choice. Diesel will get better mpg (usually between 7-12mpg vs 4-8mpg on a gaser) and will usually last longer. For that reason, we won’t go into the details on gas engines, but will focus on diesels. If you’re mechanically inclined, and want to do your own work on it, you might want to try to locate an older pre-electronics engine—that’ll be easier to work on and parts will...

Choosing the best bus body style for your build

Choosing the best bus body style for your build

Choosing a body style of a bus depends on YOUR preferences, and what pros/cons are important to you. For some people, the classic look of a traditional dog-nose bus is the only option. If you're going with a short bus, you'll be limited to a conventional dog-nose or front-engine flat-nose. The rear-engine (and older buses with mid-engine option) are only found on 37-40ft buses, and are always on flat-front.