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Old 01-05-2018, 08:00 AM   #1
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Buying bus from the north?

So, got a couple grand put aside now, and came across a bus I got my eye on right now....its a 9 window 96 blue bird diesel with 260k miles, up in Oregon. Pictures of body look fine, can't see underside though.

My question is, what should I expect as far as condition of the bus and rust from an Oregon bus? Is it gonna be so bad it's not worth the headache or something more manageable to fix up?
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Most of the OR buses seem real solid, but I've never been out there in person.
I know most of their buses seem well equipped and well maintained.
There may even be a forum member or two out there who could go check it out for you.
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Also, can you tell motor / tranny off the vin or will I need to call them and ask?
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Also, can you tell motor / tranny off the vin or will I need to call them and ask?
There are online vid decoders that can help. Or you can call the builder with the vin or serial number.
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Awesome, thanks. About to check that right now.

If anyone is around bend Oregon and feels like taking a peek at a bus, let me know


Edit: is there a certain site to use for bus vin? Each site says something different, and all say my vin has wrong characters...blue bird diesel shows on all, seen year range from 2000 to 2015 (it's a 96) and one site that said it was 2015 had 6.7L listed...iunno, maybe they put vin on there wrong 1BAHBCSA1FU071663
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Also, can you tell motor / tranny off the vin or will I need to call them and ask?
The VIN is your best friend

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It didn't do me much good, says invalid characters in the vin given on auction site
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It didn't do me much good, says invalid characters in the vin given on auction site
Yeah...I saw that...did they post a pic of the VIN? If not they probably transcribed it wrong...worst case they made it up...

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Yeah...I saw that...did they post a pic of the VIN? If not they probably transcribed it wrong...worst case they made it up...

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Good call. The u is a v, and it's in wrong spot. Still saying 2 characters are wrong (position 4 and 7), but after correcting that issue I found it's a 1997 blue bird tc1000 with 5.9l diesel, came from a plant in Georgia originally
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Good call. The u is a v, and it's in wrong spot. Still saying 2 characters are wrong (position 4 and 7), but after correcting that issue I found it's a 1997 blue bird tc1000 with 5.9l diesel, came from a plant in Georgia originally
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