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Old 11-07-2007, 07:35 PM   #11
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Two things that I noticed about that bus that are a plus. First, it has the raised roof. Second, it looks like it has barn doors (half) with the emergency exit. That would cost you a bunch of time and some $$ to do yourself. I would try to grind him on the price. I have not seen barn doors like that on any bus. That is worth some $$ to someone that wants a toy hauler.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:06 PM   #12
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Re: Going to look at a potential bus (Now with lots of PICS)

Talk them down. There is a lot going on with that bus that I do like. It has a raised roof, the tires seem ok, it has that little VW motor, etc. However, it does have a little rust it looked like and is certainly going to take a lot of cleaning. What's up with that wiring under the left side of the dash? That bothers me a little. Also...you said 9.0 IH which is a diesel, but the fuel door says "Gasoline Only." Unless that fuel door is a retrofit for the VW motor I'm cornfuzzled here.

That radio mount with the switches for internal, external, etc is the same as the one in my bus only mine is labelled as RAC. I still haven't figured out the wiring going to that.

What's going on with that black half-assed headliner thing in there?

That rear doors are UBER cool. They almost look like a factory option...one that I've never seen before. If someone did that themselves they did a VERY nice job.

As for the GVWR of 26,000...well...if you title it as an RV it really doesn't matter what it weighs in MOST states. Your mileage may vary. But here is the cool thing. Commercial vehicle laws apply to vehicles GREATER than 26,000 lbs. That means that at exactly 26,000 you're still safe. Either way...as an RV it probably won't matter. If it does just register it at a GVWR of less than 26,000 lbs. Most states allow that as long as you don't exceed the weight you register it for.

Thanks for getting the pics for us. The decision to buy is certainly going to be yours and yours alone, but I think the general concensus is to wait a little and see if the price comes down at all. I know it's hard not to jump on the first one you see, but even I waited a while after I found mine that was my dream bus when I saw it. I even went on two test drives. The decision was pretty much made the second time I went, but I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time in my state of elation.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:20 PM   #13
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It has a diesel VW motor under it that was being used as a generator. It would turn over but wouldn't crank up. Says he thinks it's just a distributer issue and he's had it running before. Could handle a 10,000 WATT generator, he says. This bus had A/C, so it's supposedly fully insulated and windows are tinted. I could see some of the insulation in different areas.


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I'm not a diesel vw guy, but i don't think a DIESEL has much use for a distributor since it doesn't have spark plugs.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:26 PM   #14
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I'm not a diesel vw guy, but i don't think a DIESEL has much use for a distributor since it doesn't have spark plugs.


I think he might have been talking about the Bosch VE injector pump since it is a rotary style pump, often called a "distributer style" pump.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:51 AM   #15
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It has a diesel VW motor under it that was being used as a generator. It would turn over but wouldn't crank up. Says he thinks it's just a distributer issue and he's had it running before. Could handle a 10,000 WATT generator, he says. This bus had A/C, so it's supposedly fully insulated and windows are tinted. I could see some of the insulation in different areas.


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I'm not a diesel vw guy, but i don't think a DIESEL has much use for a distributor since it doesn't have spark plugs.
I am pretty sure those were spark plug wires in the picture that I saw. I would be willing to bet the reason that it has a seperate fuel tank is because it is a gas engine. If someone has been trying to run it on diesel that is something else that the new owner will have to deal with.
i hope things turn out like you want and you are very happy because of it. But imho I would not pay that much for that bus.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:22 AM   #16
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$2,000 would be a fair price, but be firm.

I wouldn't pay more than that for it, bus's can be had for $2,000 or less all day long. Many are in good shape.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:04 PM   #17
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When you talk him down show him $2000 in cold hard cash. I think that would be a hard thing to turn down. With the age it is you really should not pay more than $2000.
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I got it for $250
You're joking, right?
I think he meant $2500

With the price of motors now a days..
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Maybe if it had a full tank of gas, that would double the value of the bus! So, I'm confused, did you buy the bus?
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I would NOT pay more than $2,000 for that bus. It looks like it needs a lot of work. I paid $2,000 for my 1993 International with a 7.3L diesel. It's newer, newer looking and runs great. There are better deals out there. Who knows what's wrong with that generator in your bus. If it's not running, I certainly wouldn't consider it when negotiating price. Nobody in their right mind is going to pay that much for that bus. I'd give the guy a few days and take the cash and show it to him. If he says no, give him your name and number and tell him he may not have long since you're still looking. He'll probably call you or you'll find a better bus. Either way, it's going to work out.
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