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Old 06-25-2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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Looking at four buses this week but I have questions.

Can anyone gimme a source and rough idea of what batteries for buses cost?

Can a 5 speed do 65 on the highway? What about a 4 speed?

More to come as I find more buses! Hope it doesn't take all summer

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Is this an actual government auction? Some of these buses are looking pretty good
http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Ma ... &mycat=94H
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:28 PM   #2
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Great, thanks Smitty!

Anyone have views on this one:
1979 International, Manual Transmission, 366 cu.in. gas motor
They want $2k which I think is a bit much. How hard would parts for that be to get?
The tires are some 8 years old so no doubt dry rot and need replacement fast.
The bus is already an RV conversion (most of which has to be removed, doesn't fit what I need). The electrical and plumbing already in there is plus, I know nothing of wiring/plumbing my own.
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:03 PM   #3
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Great, thanks Smitty!

Anyone have views on this one:
1979 International, Manual Transmission, 366 cu.in. gas motor
They want $2k which I think is a bit much. How hard would parts for that be to get?
The tires are some 8 years old so no doubt dry rot and need replacement fast.
The bus is already an RV conversion (most of which has to be removed, doesn't fit what I need). The electrical and plumbing already in there is plus, I know nothing of wiring/plumbing my own.
Hold-out for a better deal.....and unless you can re-use nearly 100% of what's there, why pay for it from someone else's conversion?

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The tires are the big red flag in my mind. If they don't care about the basics, what kind of maintenance do they do to the rest of the bus? I'm always suspicious of someone else's wiring unless they are a licensed electrician selling with a warranty.
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:22 PM   #4
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Yeah, think I'll pass on that one. Guy won't do a few hundred and swears the tires are great for 8 years sitting on concrete uncovered.
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A few buses on eBay. Any comments?

1986 International School Bus (37 feet bumper to bumper, 27 interior he says)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... K:MEWAX:IT
thedieselstop.com forum has a post saying that 6. plus engines are less hardy and eat more fuel than lower litre International engines and that parts are more expensive.

Not sure about this one, he doens't list much nor show many pictures.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... K:MEWAX:IT

1996 Blue Bird GMC School Bus Tinted Windows Air Brakes (65psg, 36' he says)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... K:MEWAX:IT
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I think the first one appears to be a decent deal- it's got the factory raised roof and the mileage (if accurate) is relatively low.
Also the price isn't horrible, yet, with only a couple more days of bidding. Don't know diddly about diesels in general, though, other than what I pick up here and there.
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#1 should be your best bet. The International diesel is a strong running engine. The only drawback to this one is the Dayton rims. I've never been a fan of Daytons for many reasons, but some like them.
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Well... I just can't make myself do the air brakes thing. Darn it.

I did find this unusual thing. Not sure how well it would work as a skoolie but someone here might like it?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ABIA-bus ... 43a05a0f83
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Don't be afraid of air brakes, just learn about them. There is a reason big rigs have air brakes. Another advantage is you don't have to change fluid, or bleed air out of 'em.
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I've come across a lot of these little buses, not sure what they are called. Thinking of driving down to check this baby out. She fits most our needs, minus I've no clue where the tanks (water, propane, black) would go. Is there a downside to have thing these compared to conventional skoolies?
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