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Old 02-21-2017, 09:27 AM   #11
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Yeah based on what I heard about the MBE900 I did some more looking and called a few bus companies that didn't have anything listed online. I seem to have struck gold with a couple of Bluebird TC3000s (Canadian version of the All-American) with Cat 3126 engines and Allison autos. These also have the high ceiling and are flat nose like I originally wanted, best part is he'll let them go for $1000 each but I do have to dig them out of 5ft of snow if I want to test-drive (which is a must for me). The other snowed-in option is the best condition TC2000 that I've seen with a Cummins 5.9 and AT545 but it doesn't have the extra height. Wish me luck...
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Old 02-27-2017, 05:53 PM   #12
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So after taking everyone's opinions to heart and a lot more searching we located our bus and put down a deposit while the owner attends to some servicing items for us (conveniently he owns a fleet garage). We tracked down a 2003 FS65 with the 6'6" headroom that I wanted and a Cummins 5.9 ISB and MD3060 plus storage lockers underneath and around 200k. For $1800 we get the bus with new front tires installed, oil change, and the few parts that were pirated from the bus re-installed so everything is safe and usable. Owner said this was the best bus he had until it was too old to use (NL has a 12yr max for student transportation use). We'll be starting our build thread shortly!
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:20 PM   #13
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Sounds like a nice deal! Post some pics when you can.
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:40 PM   #14
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Here she is in all her snowy glory (I honestly don't know why we live on this island sometimes...)
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:48 PM   #15
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When we clicked on this thread and that pic popped up, I said "aren't you glad we don't live like THAT!". That white cold stuff is gnarly, man.
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:04 PM   #16
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thats a nice lookin bus... im definitely glad to be lookin at that bus pic while the sweat runs off my diet-coke bottle onto the floor of my Balcony....
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Old 03-16-2017, 02:40 AM   #17
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We got 19 inches of the white stuff day before yesterday. And man it's cold out!

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