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Old 03-13-2007, 04:40 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the sound advice, this is all wonderful info! I'm taking everything I learn to the band and we'll discuss the future of the project.

I like how official the RE busses look, Also seems you have more visibility out the front. I think you folks are right on nixing the bathroom idea. Less hassle, and we could use that space to store the gear. I'm thinking we could have a storage locker on the right side near an emergency exit, using ramps and dollies we could unload all our gear in 15 minutes flat.

On another note: does anyone know somebody in LA that may have space for us to work on the conversion over the summer? We could come up with a little rent money.
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:27 PM   #12
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How about this bus? Any comments?
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:56 PM   #13
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I question the 350 hp. 250 sounds more reasonable. It's not that the 3208 isn't capable of 350 hp, but that's more than most schools would be willing to spec a drivetrain for. If it does have 350, that's a regular hot rod!
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:49 AM   #14
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That's a very nice looking bus. It's very similar to my '82 Thomas which I like very much (and would have liked a Blue Bird equally as well). I have the same turbo'd Cat 3208 but mine makes 250-hp not 350-hp; I suspect that's a typo. When I got my Cat I researched all I could about the 3208 and my sense of it was the general consensus about taking it over 300-hp wasn't good. Certainly a call to Bryant Motors should clarify the situation (as should an email to the owner). I'd say the asking price is quite fair depending on the condition of the rest of the bus. My Thomas has been in western Washington all its life and I have no rust problems to deal with; the chances are good that this Blue Bird is in great shape too. But the caveat as always is Buyer Beware (and especially check the tire condition since replacing them can be very expensive).

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