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1988 Hino RB145 rainbow bus engine conversion

Postby Rockbreaker1971 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:58 am

I would like to know if their is a later model hino turbo engine I can use to replace the wo4ct engine that is fitted?What other gear(gearbox,tailshaft,etc;) would I have to change to achieve this?
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Re: 1988 Hino RB145 rainbow bus engine conversion

Postby boronia » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:41 pm

No doubt a later model truck engine and gearbox could be made to fit, just what are trying to achieve? What has to be changed depends on what engine you want to put in. All these things cost money, esp when you start engaging engineers to certify the work.

The RB145 is no powerhouse, but they do run reasonably comfortably at highway speeds.
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Re: 1988 Hino RB145 rainbow bus engine conversion

Postby Rockbreaker1971 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:44 pm

I'm just finding it difficult to find another WO4C-T for under $5500(untested,not guaranteed).I am just looking for alternatives.If I could find a engine about half that price I wouldn't even be considering this.Even if I could find another block,I would rebuild the blown one.Yes your right.All those other changes would no doubt cost a lot more.Anybody got a cheap WO4C-T Engine?lol.
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Re: 1988 Hino RB145 rainbow bus engine conversion

Postby malcoach » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:28 pm

Hi,
You had post last November, so not sure if I can help you now but I have a WO4CT engine with a bent crankshaft the block ,head and pistons etc are still in good working order .If this is of any use post reply.
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Re: 1988 Hino RB145 rainbow bus engine conversion

Postby Bubba » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:03 pm

I’m after wo4ct engine/head or complete engine if anyone knows of one
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Re: 1988 Hino RB145 rainbow bus engine conversion

Postby boronia » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:44 pm

Those Rainbows were quite popular in their time. I'm sure there would be a few around in scrap yards.

Have you tried Googling?
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