Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-21-2018, 09:48 PM   #1
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Wisconsin N.E.
Posts: 224
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: 5.9
Rated Cap: 72
How about this bus

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=83&acctid=8263

What do you guys think of this? It's like 1000 miles from home and hasn't been driven in two years

Btw I plan on raising the roof and full timing with two of us. Trying to keep enough cash in the budget for a solid solar setup. I need to get a bus here so I can get it in my friends shop. All I'm looking at near me are very rusty and that's alot of work I don't want.
Thank for advice/opinions
Whatthefak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2018, 10:03 PM   #2
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Owasso, OK
Posts: 2,586
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Saf-T-Liner MVP ER
Engine: Cummins 6CTA8.3 Mechanical MD3060
Rated Cap: 46 Coach Seats, 40 foot
At first sight it looks decent.

Pity the engine is the 5.9 and not the 8.3. That's disappointing in an activity bus.

Tires need changing for 11R and there is an error in the VIN#.
__________________
Steve Bracken

Build Thread
Twigg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2018, 10:12 PM   #3
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Wisconsin N.E.
Posts: 224
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: 5.9
Rated Cap: 72
Yeah the 5.9 isn't great the push button shifter makes me a bit happier
Whatthefak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2018, 10:48 PM   #4
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Owasso, OK
Posts: 2,586
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Saf-T-Liner MVP ER
Engine: Cummins 6CTA8.3 Mechanical MD3060
Rated Cap: 46 Coach Seats, 40 foot
Quote:
Originally Posted by Whatthefak View Post
Yeah the 5.9 isn't great the push button shifter makes me a bit happier
It most likely has a 2000 series transmission. That will be fine.
__________________
Steve Bracken

Build Thread
Twigg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2018, 11:02 PM   #5
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Wisconsin N.E.
Posts: 224
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: 5.9
Rated Cap: 72
I have a pretty small budget compaired to alot of people here but I don't want a pile of rust.

My friend is a rockstar with a wrench, and has his own shop. So cutting welding and things will be lots cheaper for me. I just hope to find a good base soon, as I'd like to be on the road by Wisconsin winter. I probably won't be done by then but hopefully a livable setup to work on while roaming
Whatthefak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2018, 11:09 PM   #6
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Winlcok, WA
Posts: 1,796
That bus looks like it has been rode hard and put up wet.

If they were serious about selling that bus they should have spent a few $$$ and cleaned it up before pictures were taken.

I find it hard to believe that a school stopped having activities that required a bus. If the reason it was not used is because they got a new bus it would make more sense.

The top price I would go would be $2500.00.
cowlitzcoach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2018, 11:14 PM   #7
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Wisconsin N.E.
Posts: 224
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: 5.9
Rated Cap: 72
I'm kind of glad they didn't clean it, makes me think they are not putting lipstick on a pig and trying to pass it off

Thanks for the opinion on price it's about in the range I was thinking
Whatthefak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2018, 07:33 PM   #8
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Wisconsin N.E.
Posts: 224
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: 5.9
Rated Cap: 72
Is the 5.9 really that bad?

With that trans will it do acceptable highway speed? I'm not looking to do 75-80 but I'll be crossing the mountains on 80 for sure
Whatthefak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2018, 09:16 PM   #9
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 9,110
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
the pushbutton shifter is one of the 3000 series not a 2000.. and its a great transmission.. the 5.9 is a great engine.. there were a few fixes to perform on them.. they arent real powerful though... the 3000 series trans will help.. highway speed si determined by gears as well as engine.. so even with overdrive if it is geared real low its not gonna fly..

as for mountains, just go slow... with the 3060 trans you wont be burning up your trans on the uphills.. and you'll have some good hiolding power on the downhills..

the 5'9's biggest nemesis was the tappet cover can spring a (bad) oil leak.. or the killer dowel pin can fall out and grind up all your timing gears...

-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2018, 10:18 PM   #10
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 667
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: International
Engine: TE 444
Rated Cap: 12
24 valve Cummins do not have the killer dowel pin
Kubla is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.