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Old 04-05-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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Good deal for a bus?

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I am looking to buy a school bus to convert to a skoolie sometime soon, and i recently found one on craigslist that is 3 miles away. It is a 1997 International Blue Bird conventional, and they are asking 3K.



It has 167K on the T444E engine and is a 71 passenger. It has hydraulic breaks, and fairly good tires. (55% tread)
I am wondering if 3K seems like a good price for the unit, and if these blue birds are good for conversion. Since it is only 3 miles away i will be checking it out.
Whats your thoughts? I would like a flat nose more but my budget is small, so this may be the one. If anyone knows of any flat noses for sale in Ma. or New England in the 5K price range.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:49 PM   #2
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Re: Good deal for a bus?

Need pics of the underside.

Up here 3k is on the high side, but worth it for a low rust, low mileage unit.

You list millage in km. Are you a fellow Canadian?

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Old 04-07-2014, 02:01 PM   #3
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Re: Good deal for a bus?

http://maine.craigslist.org/rvs/4411354228.html
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:12 PM   #4
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It's got a tall roof, grab it if that's something you need.

The back will completely fall apart in 5 years due to the rust I see in the pic.

I would keep looking if you plan to have it longer than 5 years. The underside will look worse.

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Old 04-07-2014, 03:10 PM   #5
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Pretty rusty.....
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:34 PM   #6
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Need pics of the underside.

Up here 3k is on the high side, but worth it for a low rust, low mileage unit.

You list millage in km. Are you a fellow Canadian?

Nat
I went and looked at it today. The undercarriage has lots of rust. I got to ride in it down the highway for a 15 minute test run and it sounded real bad. The service records were sketchy and the breaks where sort of weak. I am going to look otherwise for now. That bus was from a company that went bankrupt (they where based in Canada) and was bought by the company that owns it now about 5 years ago.

The one malkieri gave the link to I'm not even gonna think about. Not what I want and as you all pointed out its rusted a ton.

I was looking on Craigslist and found this bus:





It's a 2003 Thomas HDX. It's out of my budget a little but hopefully I can negotiate down a bit. It's also 850 miles away but it's newer and a rear engine flat front bus. It's got the Cummings ISC 8.3 and a Allison auto transmission. Think 6000 is a OK price? It has 189567 miles on it. The tires look good.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:05 PM   #7
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Nope, too high. Mileage means nothing to me, how many hours are on it? Look here in the west, buses are cheap and no rust. You can fly out and drive home. Where are you located?
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:55 PM   #8
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Nope, too high. Mileage means nothing to me, how many hours are on it? Look here in the west, buses are cheap and no rust. You can fly out and drive home. Where are you located?
I will ask him about the hours on it tomorrow.

I'm located in Boston Massachusetts. I can't take a ton of time off work to drive it home and can't spend a ton on fuel to get it here. I've had trouble finding a lot of newer buses out there and I want one that's fairly new. I've been looking at govdeals and public surplus too. A little rust doesn't worry me. I really like the hdx design so I'm looking for a nice hdx right now.

Thanks for all the help
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:33 PM   #9
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Try upstate NY, I used to drive bus there. They have the most stringent requirements in the US. Nothing should be shoddy at all. They would shut us down for ripped seats.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:43 PM   #10
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Try upstate NY, I used to drive bus there. They have the most stringent requirements in the US. Nothing should be shoddy at all. They would shut us down for ripped seats.
I'll definitely take a look. I saw some at Don brown bus sales but there overpriced I think. That's one that the international I looked at had a ton of. Every seat was ripped. I'm gonna check some of the ones first student has for sale, they have a yard in town. They won't show the service records so that worries me a little. If anyone sees some on Craigslist that look half decent are within about 700 miles of MA post a link, searchtemptist doesn't get all the results for some reason.
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EDIT I got the guy with the hdx down to 4000 how does that sound
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