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Old 04-09-2019, 03:32 PM   #1
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Don't Try This At Home

So I'm looking at Craigslist for buses after telling myself to stop, don't need another until this one is done. But no, I see a 97 TC2000 with 4-100w solar panels, a 32" TV, inverter, for sale for $1150. Hmm, sounds too good to be true, but lets check it out. Seems the owner was traveling from Tn. to south Ga. and a cop ran his tag and pulled him for no insurance, yep all on computer now. Impounded the bus. Seller is in Va. in a motel. Wrecker service won't even open the gate to look at it without proof of insurance. Which kinda sucked as I at least wanted to walk around it and see what's what, no dice. Now the seller says the title is in the bus. He wants me to send him the $900 we agreed on if I pay the tow and storage ($575) as of today, $30/d) and then send him the title to sign and then I can take the bus. Fat chance of that happening. I start to call around for an insurance policy as the wrecker will not accept my word that I'm covered under my existing policy. He wants insurance papers showing the VIN of that bus. I get all the detail on insurance and can make that happen. So I text the guy last night and this morning with no reply, call him and goes straight to voice mail. I check the listing and it's been removed. Crap , lost out on that one. Called the wrecker to see if he had spoke to anyone after me and he said no. Well the guy finally calls me around 2:30 and wants to settle the deal. At this point, after jumping through so many hoops for such a shady deal I made this proposal to him. You're in a bind with no money and your bus goes to the crusher in 2 weeks. Your asking me to do about things that can get me ripped off. I'm not trying to scam you , but here's what I will do. I will go pay the wrecker fee and bring the bus home, if it's what you say, then I will mail the title to you with $500. When I get the signed title back, I'll send the other $400. He agreed and has all the extra keys he will send after he gets his $400. I only had to pay $48 down for the insurance that I will cancel as soon as I get it home. Got a friend to drive me the 2.5 hrs to the bus in the morning.
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:38 PM   #2
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Sounds like the '94 Bluebird I bought from an Algerian prince
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:48 PM   #3
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1997, you're right on the line where it could be a 12v mechanical and it could be a 24v electronic. I dig mine, really well made bus even if the drivetrain isn't exciting.
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:58 PM   #4
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I am expecting the 5.9/545 in it. I'm not planning on keeping it, quick flip. While the impound lot would not open the gate if I came down to look at it . , he did tell me that after speaking to the seller about me buying it he went out and drove it around the lot. Said started right up drove with no issues and you can hardly hear it run while idling. He said it's a nice bus.
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:06 PM   #5
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This one will kind of make up for the camper that got away....
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:08 PM   #6
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This one will kind of make up for the camper that got away....
You had to remind me, I'm still kicking myself for that one. It'll certainly make up for the other BB I bought and scrapped.
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:58 PM   #7
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It'll be a 5.9 and at545 for sure, you're just at the generation line where it might still be a 6BTA but is probably an ISB. It doesn't matter much if you're not keeping it of course.

Let me know if it has a low ratio axle in it (4.10) that you'd like to swap for a 4.78
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:43 PM   #8
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I asked what the to speed was and he said it was 90. I don't think so. He said he thinks it will go that fast but he hasn't done it, he's a safe 65mph guy. Even at 65 that seems unusual for that drivetrain. It's flat front, 10 window, already gutted with a futon and a "small fridge, not like a real one"
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:34 PM   #9
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Hope this works out in your favor.
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:42 PM   #10
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Hope this works out in your favor.
I'm keeping positive thoughts. He did finally tell me that there's a small radiator hose leak. He's a Christian and just wanted everything out there. Would a been nice to know that earlier. He said it leaks about 1ga. every 300 miles. I'll top it off, i'm going just over half that way, and will have extra water in my truck following me back.
It's got a wheelchair lift also.
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