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Depends. Up to the 1980s, there were still a lot of school buses with gas engines, and those would have big block V8s. The diesel school buses tend to use an inline six diesel engine - the I6 is a naturally balanced engine. Even though they're only six cylinders, you're still talking about an engine displacing between six and nine liters.

The Powerstroke diesels, which are in V8 configuration, are available for buses built on Ford chassis, although the Cummins engines are the default for the medium- and heavy-duty Ford trucks (take that, Powerstroke afficiandos!).

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