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Old 10-26-2017, 03:51 PM   #1
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Opinions on Bus for Conversion?

Looking at a bus to purchase nd wanted to hear everyoneís opinion on this bus:

1996 International 3800 School Bus, 7.6L L6 DIESEL

279,814 Miles

Located in Colorado
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:52 PM   #2
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How many shekels are they wanting?

Personal preference, but I don't like the doghouse intrusion.
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:54 PM   #3
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I don't know... it's TOO yellow, for my tastes.

Lotsa miles- good State to buy from, am told. Whats the tires like? what transmission? How tall is ceiling???

You need a monster bus like that? Sucker holds like 78 chitlins.
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:56 PM   #4
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How many shekels are they wanting?



Personal preference, but I don't like the doghouse intrusion.


Itís on Gov Deals, auction is still at $500 right now, but who know what will happen as the time time passes.

Thereís a few similar buses available, all pretty low still.

Iím super new to this, what does ďDog House IntrusionĒ mean?


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Old 10-26-2017, 03:58 PM   #5
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Doghouse intrusion - this bus is a front engined bus. The doghouse intrudes into the passenger compartments.
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:59 PM   #6
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Doghouse intrusion - this bus is a front engined bus. The doghouse intrudes into the passenger compartments.


Got it, thatís what I was thinking you meant but Iím learning so much new terminology ;)

Any other opinions on it??


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Old 10-26-2017, 04:11 PM   #7
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What about this bus?

2001 International 3800 BUS, 7.3L V8 OHV 16V DIESEL/CNG. T444E. Body is by Blue Bird. School bus with decals removed and some paint damage or fading in various areas on outside of bus. Info plate lists as 71 passenger, but has 23 standard bench seats and one short beach seat. Seats are intact with no tears in vinyl. There is some damage to flooring in a few spots.
Bus was driven to auction site. Last started on 10-24-17. Only tested to start. May or may not have engine issues.
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Old 10-26-2017, 04:12 PM   #8
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I happen to have a RE Thomas (see avatar). These are quieter going down the road and have the shortest drive train. They also have a through-basement.

Transit style (flat nose) buses have the most floor space. The only drawbacks:
  • Front row seats to an accident
  • Different steering learning curve.
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Old 10-26-2017, 04:13 PM   #9
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I am looking for a very large bus, I have some large furniture I’m unwilling to part with and am planning on living in it full time.

Let me ask about tires and dimensions and get back to you

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Old 10-26-2017, 04:18 PM   #10
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I have some large furniture Iím unwilling to part with

Let's talk about that, for a second. Are we talking some antiques or just really cool Ikea stuff? Will it fit thru the door? I'd hate to see ya driving around with an extra 10 feet of bus just for a credenza or chaise lounge.
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