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Old 01-20-2016, 09:02 PM   #11
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Year: 1975
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Originally Posted by SR2K View Post
The weight seemed really low to me too, I work for a bus builder actually, and our small busses that are built on van chassis weigh in in the 10k-12k range, so we'll have to see. One question I have is if its possible (or advisable) to put a hitch on this bus? Not for anything heavy duty, but my small pickup has a bar and can be flat towed, so it would be an easy way to get the bus home.
Just bolt a hitch to the bumper. It will work fine.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:53 PM   #12
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Cool bus. I like short buses.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:22 PM   #13
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Year: 2002
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Originally Posted by SR2K View Post
Hey All,
I'm looking at getting into Skoolies and I've found this one on craigslist.

1985 Bus

I'm looking for a shorter bus, but built on a full size chassis. I know that this one would be rather slow with the 6.9 V8, but I was wondering if it could be a solid bus? I've been playing phone tag with the current owner, but the fact that its already in private hands makes me think it might be easier to get on the road.

What should I look for when I go to look at it? Things to be careful of/keep in mind? What kind of fuel economy could I expect out of a rig like this?


Hey!! Sorry if we already talked about this I know someone commented they knew of our bus guy, but you're near where we bought our bus, I can give you the guy's name! He has a whole fleet!! Short, flat nose, dog nose, bus galore! A plethora of buses if you will! Lol. Private message me if you want his contact info.
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Old 01-22-2016, 07:44 PM   #14
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Well I went and looked at the bus tonight. It had an unfortunate amount of rust. Not horrible, but more than I'd like. The drivers seat had been changed out as well and did not fit well. It drove decently alright, except that the throttle stuck to the floor.

The transmission felt very strange, it may have been unsycronized by the way it drove, either that or it was just very worn out. Shifting was easier without using the clutch than with.

Overall, I don't think its quite what I'm looking for. A little too harrowing to drive. Interestingly, and I have no idea how he did it, but it was titled as a passenger car. Not a private bus, not a RV, but as a car.

The search continues!
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