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Old 02-23-2015, 03:38 PM   #1
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1981 International Model 1600

Hello all, I'm new here and to the world bus conversions. I recently found a 1981 International Model 1600. It has a 366 Chevy Big Block with 103,000 miles.

It has already been converted, but I want to redo the inside and make it nicer. I'll mostly be using it for camping during the summer.

Is this a good bus? Or should I stay away?
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Old 02-23-2015, 03:48 PM   #2
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Every bus is a good bus.
The price is how I determine if it's good for ME!
The deck- it looks like aging wood. I also don't like gas engines for driving any distance as they really guzzle the fuel and don't have the torque of a good diesel.
If I were going to have a gasser, I'd want an IHC engine in it, not a chevy.
There's my two cents, but only cause you asked.
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Old 02-23-2015, 03:56 PM   #3
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The asking price is $3300 Obo.
As far as the wood - I looked at it yesterday and the wood doesn't look/feel aged in person like it does in the pictures. The seller said the deck is ~2 years old.

When you say "driving any distance"...is that 100, 200, 500 or more miles? My guess is that I wouldn't drive it more than 150 miles at a time.
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at about 3-5 mpg they can be a bit pricey to operate. If you aren't doing any long distances then the drivetrain matters a bit less I suppose. Are there mountains there?
How old are the tires, and how much conversion work was done?
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:15 PM   #5
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Relatively flat ground. A few large hills, but definitely no mountains. All four rear tires were replaced with retread tires this past summer and the fronts looked to have plenty of tread.

The bus has been completely converted...Bunks, refrigerator, microwave, electric ran, TV, and a few dividing walls. A hitch was put on and the seller said he pulled an enclosed trailed with his side by side in it. Also claimed to get 7 mpg.
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Does it have a generator, a toilet, or any ac/heat?
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:58 PM   #7
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A generator underneath, but it doesn't run. Seller just uses home generator instead. No toilet or water. A window AC unit, which is supposed to cool the bus plenty on an 80 degree F day but if it's 90, it won't keep up. No heat, but I won't ever use it when I need heat.

I'm thinking about trying to get it for $2800, but I don't really know what a good deal is for this.
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That's more reasonable than a lot of bus "conversions" I've seen for sale.
But I'd personally try to use a lot of things about it as bargaining leverage.
The gas engine would be one negotiating point. The generator not running would be a BIG one. I don't like when something doesn't work. Makes me wonder how capable the owner is of maintenance in general and I start to wonder what else may not be working.
This is all just MY opinion.
I'm a blue collar working guy laid off of work so I'm very careful with spending.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:23 AM   #9
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Thanks for your help! I'm going to offer $2500 and plan to put at least $1000 (probably more) in basic updates...flooring, paint, generator, deck sealant, etc.
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Yeah thats a lot more reasonable to pay- in my opinion.
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