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Old 05-25-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
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1996 Thomas Safe-T-Liner 84 passenger Flat Nose rear engine, Allison automatic transmission. 325'000 km's
Paid 1750 Canadian plus taxes, just under 2000 Canadian.

Why do you wanna know?
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:02 PM   #2
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Re: How much did you pay ?

I paid $1407.25 (TT&L inclusive) for my 1989 Ford B700 65 pax. Wayne Lifeguard with a 6.6 turbodiesel, Allison AT545, and about 85,000 miles on the ticker.
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Old 05-26-2008, 09:20 AM   #3
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i got a 1991 Bluebird TC2000 rear engine diesel (cummins 5.9 ) and paid $3000. for it , some people would say i paid too much for it ,
Not me, that sounds like a good deal. I'd love to have a pusher.

I paid $1,850 for my 91 Blue Bird TC2000 Front engine 5.9L Cummins. It had 158,000 miles on it when I got it. I didn't really know a lot about buses when I found mine, but I really lucked out - it's been great.

With scrap metal going for $240/ ton a standard 5 ton bus is worth $2400 in scrap, I think the days of dirt cheap buses are numbered if not gone already.

Edit: My math is a little off... I guess it'd be about $1200
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:02 AM   #4
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Hey guys...
this is my first post! Woo Hoo!

I gave $970.00 for my '83 GMC 65 pax activities bus. Ward body, bud wheels, air brakes, 366 gas and an AT545. Got it on Ebay.
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:32 AM   #5
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paid 1000 for my 65 chevy 30 foot bus 3000 miles on 350 chevy,wired,tanked applianced came with extra paint decent interior but sat for a while will cost that much more to get it driveable to where i will like it its fun eh timbuk
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:52 PM   #6
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After giving $1500 for a 1974 b 700 I have about $3500 total in the finished (well you never get finished) very usable bus.
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:02 PM   #7
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'89 BB TC 2000 FE AT545 for $1500 with 220K miles. Since then I've spent $1000 to rebuild the Injector Pump and injectors, $1000 to swap the tranny, and about another $500 for random little things to keep it running. So about $4000 and now I have confidence in almost everything mechanical on the bus. And last year a chick ran into me on the highway and her insurance paid me almost $6000. So I'm about even on it. Oh yeah and it burns veggie oil so fuel is close to free.
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:08 PM   #8
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last year a chick ran into me on the highway and her insurance paid me almost $6000. So I'm about even on it.
Any pictures? Did you need to repair anything on your bus?
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:06 AM   #9
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1993, 30', FE flatnose AmTran/Genesis with DT360/AT545, 135k miles, purchased in late 2004, paid $2k.
Needed front tires and about $1500 worth of front-end maintenance, on the right side where it had been bashing curbs for 11 years.
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:13 AM   #10
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Someone needs to explain to me how they're getting such good deals, because I am not seeing them on eBay or the dealer sites for these prices. Maybe it's patience. I would love to get my hands on a 42 pass TC2000 in a year or so. Unprepared right now.
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Old 06-06-2008, 01:19 AM   #11
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It must be the price of scrap steel. 3 RE busses up here in Washington recently went for over 3 thousand on the State Ebay site. If I remember, last year it was less than 2 (more like 1500).
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:16 AM   #12
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I paid $2100 for my 1989 Thomas Saf-T-Liner with the rear mounted 3208 Caterillar engine. It runs great, bought it sight unseen via publicsurplus.com, and have spent the last 2.5 years doing the conversion (working on it only on Sundays). It's now 95% complete and I'm currently living aboard it in a Mobile Home Park...

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Old 06-08-2008, 01:16 PM   #13
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I paid $3500, about 4 years ago, for my Crown. No complaints, engine was rebuilt, in 2004, and the bus was well taken care of. Besides, I like my heavy duty beer wagon.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:43 AM   #14
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We have a lot of school districts getting rid of buses, but the two bus dealers in the area go crazy as soon as
they come up for auction. I guess the exporters are paying big money for them as well.
Yeah I had that problem up here too. When I was looking for a bus 4 years ago it seems like everywhere I looked Mexicans were snatching them up and driving them back to Mexico by the.. uh.. bus load. I haven't been bus shopping since, but I bet they're looking closer to the border now that fuel costs so much.
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:02 AM   #15
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1985 Thomas Saf-T-Liner ER 84 passenger, rear engine, allison auto: $2,333.00 via ebay.

Trip to get it and bring it home: $710

Roadtrip through the mountains of NC: priceless

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Old 06-13-2008, 01:32 PM   #16
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'92 BlueBird TC 2000FE 2300 with a Full tank of Diesel
Had 340 000 kms, Head and Turbo were rebuilt at 290 000
Along with a new exhaust Pipe and muffler.
Our Repairs included
- 2 new front Rubbers $650 installed
- Needed a new transmission cooler box (Built our own new one around the old radiator, they wanted $600 for a new one, don't think so)
- New shutter sensor $90 I thinks
- New Parking Brake $100 - during that repair we noticed we had a broken front passenger leaf spring. We figure it had something to do with all the shackles in the corner not taking grease.
- Two new top leaf springs, 2 new U bolts, 3 Bushings, 2 weekends, a jack, lots of boards and one gas axe (torch) - priceless........... ya right .. $400 for parts, $ 50,000 for labour ( I have a HIGH hourly rate)
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:30 PM   #17
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We paid 3k for our bus and it came with 2- 72 gallon fuel tanks full of diesel. Didn't cost a dime to drive home and I'm not sure if we've actually run all the original diesel out yet. Soon, baby, soon.
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:01 AM   #18
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TWO 72 gallon tanks WOAH wouldn't want the bill to fill that one on empty. Ours only has 1 60 gallon tank. whew.
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Bought my '88 Chevy 6000 "Buscephus" for $1,400. Fresh trade from a school district so it's been well kept. Has an 8.2 Detroit Diesel with an Allison 5spd. transmission, formerly a 54 passenger, now mabye a 4 -6 passenger.
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1997 Ford E-350 7.3L Powerstroke with automatic tranny. $1300 on craiglist guy spelled school scole. He delivered it from 60 miles away to my house for free. Had all service records. was NYS inspected. Had poor acceleration. Was stuck wastegate. Runs great. only a little rust. clean inside. Happy with it so far. Only had it about a month.
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