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Old 07-08-2002, 09:31 PM
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I have a flathead with the tranny and the parking brake drum along with the lever out of 1948 Schoolbus. I was considering selling it and was wondering what they were going for? It ran when it was parked and is complete. I was also considering restoring the bus and keeping the engine in the bus since the engine is the original. Any input?
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Old 07-10-2002, 07:38 PM
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It depends on the demand in your area. You won't get anywhere close to what you'll spend to replace it. I'd leave it in place and create a real conversation piece instead of a bus with just-another-something-or-other under the hood. Besides that, they sound great and are dependable.

According to the shop manual, the tranny is a 4 spd spur gear - double clutch city! Only restorers are looking for those and there are lots out there.

The flatheads I've bought have ranged from $50(parts motor) to $500('51 merc that is powering my '48 pickup as a daily driver). Testing for cracks would help sell it, but it means tearing one down and having it magnafluxed in the critical areas. Without that it is a real risk for the buyer who is looking for a good block and drives down the price.

You might watch ebay to get a feel for the market out there. Good luck with it and let us know what you decide to go with. - Tim
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