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Old 04-12-2018, 07:58 PM   #1
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Maybe the next bus will stay here longer.

So I'd been shopping for some time, and finally come across this bus bus with a non running engine, and broken hood hings. It was due to time out in a month when it quit on route, so the shop was told to just tow it and park it for sale or parts.
It has a cat 3126, allison, air ride and the roof is the higher one as you can see it ramps up right behind the driver. Brakes were still caged from the tow. Bought it for 1k, towed to farm for 240. Spent about a dollar on fuses to power the ecm, and it fired right up. Hooked up the drive shaft and uncaged the brakes and drove it around.
3 flash codes showed up with the check engine light. One was speedometer not getting tot he ecm, another was the fuses blew so interupted power to the ecm, and the 3rd was the one I had to fix, was the inlet heater to the engine not working. Paid $115 for a code scan to find it was a current fault low, so an open circuit. Chased the loom and found the heater relay trigger wires had worn against a bracket. Fixed the wires and codes reset.
Paid a local body and paint $250 to fix the hood.

Local berry grower calls and asks to buy the bus. I said I did'nt buy it to sell. Said he'll give me $7500 for it right now. Sold.

So now back to the shopping for a bus.



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Old 04-12-2018, 08:07 PM   #2
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That **** never happens to me

Very well played.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:18 PM   #3
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So I'd been shopping for some time, and finally come across this bus bus with a non running engine, and broken hood hings. It was due to time out in a month when it quit on route, so the shop was told to just tow it and park it for sale or parts.
It has a cat 3126, allison, air ride and the roof is the higher one as you can see it ramps up right behind the driver. Brakes were still caged from the tow. Bought it for 1k, towed to farm for 240. Spent about a dollar on fuses to power the ecm, and it fired right up. Hooked up the drive shaft and uncaged the brakes and drove it around.
3 flash codes showed up with the check engine light. One was speedometer not getting tot he ecm, another was the fuses blew so interupted power to the ecm, and the 3rd was the one I had to fix, was the inlet heater to the engine not working. Paid $115 for a code scan to find it was a current fault low, so an open circuit. Chased the loom and found the heater relay trigger wires had worn against a bracket. Fixed the wires and codes reset.
Paid a local body and paint $250 to fix the hood.

Local berry grower calls and asks to buy the bus. I said I did'nt buy it to sell. Said he'll give me $7500 for it right now. Sold.

So now back to the shopping for a bus.



That was fast...lol
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:22 PM   #4
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That was one heck of a deal. Shortly after buying my bus I had I guy offer me almost double what I paid to buy my bus for toting Amish work crews around, but I turned it down because it took me like 2 months to find the right bus for me.
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:00 PM   #5
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So I'd been shopping for some time, and finally come across this bus bus with a non running engine, and broken hood hings. It was due to time out in a month when it quit on route, so the shop was told to just tow it and park it for sale or parts.
It has a cat 3126, allison, air ride and the roof is the higher one as you can see it ramps up right behind the driver. Brakes were still caged from the tow. Bought it for 1k, towed to farm for 240. Spent about a dollar on fuses to power the ecm, and it fired right up. Hooked up the drive shaft and uncaged the brakes and drove it around.
3 flash codes showed up with the check engine light. One was speedometer not getting tot he ecm, another was the fuses blew so interupted power to the ecm, and the 3rd was the one I had to fix, was the inlet heater to the engine not working. Paid $115 for a code scan to find it was a current fault low, so an open circuit. Chased the loom and found the heater relay trigger wires had worn against a bracket. Fixed the wires and codes reset.
Paid a local body and paint $250 to fix the hood.

Local berry grower calls and asks to buy the bus. I said I did'nt buy it to sell. Said he'll give me $7500 for it right now. Sold.

So now back to the shopping for a bus.


ECCB sees this and he'll likely shank you. He was talking about getting into bus flipping. Doesn't get any better than this. Maybe spend a weekend ripping out seats and charging $10k for a shell?
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:06 PM   #6
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So I'd been shopping for some time, and finally come across this bus bus with a non running engine, and broken hood hings. It was due to time out in a month when it quit on route, so the shop was told to just tow it and park it for sale or parts.
It has a cat 3126, allison, air ride and the roof is the higher one as you can see it ramps up right behind the driver. Brakes were still caged from the tow. Bought it for 1k, towed to farm for 240. Spent about a dollar on fuses to power the ecm, and it fired right up. Hooked up the drive shaft and uncaged the brakes and drove it around.
3 flash codes showed up with the check engine light. One was speedometer not getting tot he ecm, another was the fuses blew so interupted power to the ecm, and the 3rd was the one I had to fix, was the inlet heater to the engine not working. Paid $115 for a code scan to find it was a current fault low, so an open circuit. Chased the loom and found the heater relay trigger wires had worn against a bracket. Fixed the wires and codes reset.
Paid a local body and paint $250 to fix the hood.

Local berry grower calls and asks to buy the bus. I said I did'nt buy it to sell. Said he'll give me $7500 for it right now. Sold.

So now back to the shopping for a bus.





Cool story!
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:15 PM   #7
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Nice! Honestly, I think I will probably buy a few to flip at some point once my build is to a certain point and I head out to new Mexico. Last time I was out there I found a running shorty that guy wanted 1800 for, high headroom. I could strip it, do a little maintenance, and then off she goes
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