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Hey all!

First post here. I am a lurker, and possibly soon to be owner.

One concern that’s brought to mind is the lack of exterior access to the engine on the breakaway model. How would one do a engine replacement if the time came? Surely it would be pretty tough to carry a engine block in through the front door!
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I replaced the engine in mine. Place the Barth over a pit, lower the old engine, move the coach off the pit, swap the old for the new, back over the pit, hoist the engine into place.


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'94 28' Breakaway: MilSpec AMG 6.5L TD 230HP

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I modified the radiator access. Even though I haven't had to replace the engine yet (290,000 miles) It will be relatively easy.
Remove the radiator door, remove the rear bumper, remove the radiator assembly, all necessary connection and then come in from the rear with a big cherry picker, lift the engine/trans off the mounts and bring straight back. There is lots of room above the engine to lift it.

Depending what engine and transmission one would have determines what size cherry picker is needed.

As Rusty said the other way is to drop it out of the bottom, that could be done with a pit but probably easier on a truck lift.

94 30' Breakaway #3864
30-BS-6B side entry
230 Cummins, Allison 6 speed
Spartan chassis
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On our '93 Gillig Regency the engine and transmission are on rails that are moveable. Open the rear doors and remove bolts on each side rail and slide the whole thing out. The bumper comes out with the rails. Of course lots of cables have to be disconnected and the hoses to the radiator and inter cooler have to be removed, but the accessibility is great. I think this is a feature of the Gillig bus on which this chassis was built. Perhaps all the Gillig's have this feature. When we had the bell housing spacer fixed to stop leaks from loose wet bolts, the shop was happy for the feature and our bill was over one thousand dollars less for labor.

1993 32' Regency Wide Body, 4 speed Allison Trans, Front Entry door, Diamond Plate aluminum roof &
1981 Euro 22' w Chevy 350 engine and TH 400 tranny
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The Spartan chassis under the Monarch also has engine and trans on rails, to be pulled/slid out to the rear. Great feature for major work Mechanic

"98" Monarch 37
Spartan MM, 6 spd Allison
Cummins 8.3 300 hp
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