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Old 08-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #11
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Re: The Mothership - Our Skoolie Tour Bus

only other thing then big name shop is to find a little guy shop or even some guy that works out of his garage. second option is to use U-ship etc to get someone to haul the bus back home so you can do it or get someone you know to do the repairs.

the bus is a bit over 12 hours driving from where i am.. the wrong side of Montana lol.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:37 PM   #12
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I am not an expert, but I have been involved with buses for a while.

The 1966 GMC is very cool. Kind of pricey though. Also you can expect various parts of it to be worn out now or getting worn out soon

My pick is the 1980 with the DT466 motor. Those are purported to be the best diesel engines out there. The under storage bins are very handy as well.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:33 PM   #13
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Check out Harlows, they are in Whitehall but the head shop is in Bismarck.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:17 AM   #14
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The GMC coach hands down-- providing you're not afraid of a wet-sleeved 2-stroke engine.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:32 AM   #15
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From experience, skip the 4107. Sorry but going the coach route is going to be pricey. Parts are expensive and getting rare.
With that said, they are surely the sexy way to go!
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:09 PM   #16
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the 4107 is the best buy if you can document the drivetrain mileage...
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:46 PM   #17
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guessing that 80's international. probably find the most parts readily for that one.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #18
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The Birds are almost 20 years newer than the IH, and being flat-fronts, will be MUCH more comfortable, maneuverable, and will probably use less fuel. (The 5.9 Cummins is the mileage champ.) Also, they were in service until recently, are being sold by the bus company, and have full service records! (Note: they are NOT All-Americans. Those are TC2000's.) 176,000 miles isn't that much for a skoolie.

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