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Old 04-10-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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Katy isd (tx) auction!!!!!!! June 2017

I just got the word this morning, Katy ISD South will be having an auction early in June sponsored by Houston Auto Auction. There are about 25 or so low mileage '98 to '01 BlueBird, Thomas and International buses going to auction. Now, when I say low mileage, I'm talking between 70K to 105K miles, NO JOKE!

For those who may wish a sneak peak, PM me and let me know what you're looking for. Most of the buses are conventionals. I suspect there might be 2 or 3 pushers in the lot, but not sure yet.

For official information, go to the Houston Auto Auction website and sign up for free. Bidding is both in-house and on-line when the auction begins. If you are looking for help with specs on a specific bus, let me know, happy to help.

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Old 04-10-2017, 01:37 PM   #2
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PM sent sir.
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Old 04-10-2017, 06:58 PM   #3
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PM sent sir.
Like you need more buses.

Id be interested in a pusher.
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Old 04-10-2017, 07:03 PM   #4
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Like you need more buses.

Id be interested in a pusher.
im always looking at Busses too .. another shorty like mine but with OD? heck yeah I'd bid on it
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Old 04-10-2017, 07:05 PM   #5
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Like you need more buses.

Id be interested in a pusher.
Like BGA needs any more? lol

I ALWAYS need more buses!
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Old 04-10-2017, 07:07 PM   #6
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Chili,

There are three or four pushers going up for auction. All are good runners with non-functional A/C units inside. Shop says the A/C systems are an easy fix (whatever that means). I'm not sure which pushers are going to auction, but I have my suspicions......

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Old 04-10-2017, 09:37 PM   #7
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Dont need ac around here anyway

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Old 04-10-2017, 10:32 PM   #8
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Hey, even in Oregon we need AC for about a week.
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:16 AM   #9
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I spend a lot of time on the road.. A/C is a MUST for me.. my typical drives are 500-1000+ mile trips.. while I enjoy windows down some of the time, after awhile getting beat to death with hot blasts of semi-truck air gets old...

ive never owned a pusher.. im assuming these are 14 row pushers?

almost all A/C issues are pretty easy fixes... as much as people like to Complicate A/C, its really rather simple to make work..

im assuming the exporters will probably bid the $$$ out of the pushers though..

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Old 04-11-2017, 12:09 PM   #10
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The pushers are 14 window 84 passenger buses. The last auction that was in February the average price for a running Katy ISD bus was around $3800, with the foreign buyers present as well. Some of those buses were also A/C equipped, and, surprisingly, didn't go for as much as I would have suspected. The best bus in the auction was #335, new engine, new transmission, new tires, new brakes, and fresh alignment, sold for the average of $3800..... Not sure why so low, but I already have my bus, so........ I can't afford another so soon... The bus that went highest was #339 for $4300, and the lowest was #222 for $1250, so I have heard....

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Old 04-11-2017, 02:48 PM   #11
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Exporters seem to prefer the conventional buses in my experience

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Old 04-11-2017, 05:03 PM   #12
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They seem to prefer ANY full sized bus in my experience.
Wonder why katy aint got no shorties for me though!
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:05 PM   #13
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Katy runs the shorties into the ground before auctioning them off.......
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Most places' shorties seem to be the least abused, least used. At least from what I've seen.
Oh, well. Good lookin out man!
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:05 PM   #15
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Well, we have special ed and esl programs that draw in students from other districts, thus the high mileage and rocky road abuse......
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up here in COlumbus, the shorties are by far the oldest busses on the fleet... now that many of the special ed programs are going to run through part of the summer they are starting to get pressure from advocacy groups to buy new ones with Air-Conditioning..(according to my school board pores neighbor... he asked me about adding A/C... their fleet manager said buy new busses dont add A/C..).. I said the same..

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there is 351, 390, and 391. that I see around... they are mid to late 90s / early 00s... all 6 row navistar bluebirds with full size tires.. none have the 444E markings on the hood.. so they may be cummins are DT466s.. if they are DT's i can see why the school would keep them forever.
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up here in COlumbus, the shorties are by far the oldest busses on the fleet... now that many of the special ed programs are going to run through part of the summer they are starting to get pressure from advocacy groups to buy new ones with Air-Conditioning..(according to my school board pores neighbor... he asked me about adding A/C... their fleet manager said buy new busses dont add A/C..).. I said the same..

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there is 351, 390, and 391. that I see around... they are mid to late 90s / early 00s... all 6 row navistar bluebirds with full size tires.. none have the 444E markings on the hood.. so they may be cummins are DT466s.. if they are DT's i can see why the school would keep them forever.
Happen to know if they're high or standard headroom?
I'll definitely jump at the chance to get a decent 466 shorty.
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:55 PM   #18
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all standard... they look just like Red but on bigger tires. and presumably on DT466's. , 391 for sure isnt a V8, it has that DT sound when it takes off
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Well, Katy's shorties all have the 444E engines, except some of the FreightLiners. Some have the MB engines, others don't. They all have A/C.

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I'm kind of into my 444E.. ESP knowing many engine parts are available anywhere, one with a 2000 Allison would be darn perfect shortie...
I may start looking at bus boneyards for one and see what I need to do to make the computers work.abd swap trans
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