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Old 02-22-2015, 01:57 AM   #1
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Should I buy 1973 Crown Supercoach bus?

Hello community!
I am new to this forum, and thrown into this "bus livin" thing in a matter of days!
I was driving not 15 miles from my house in a neighboring town when I saw a beautiful huge bus sitting on the side of the road with for sale signs on it.. So I stopped and took some pictures, thinking maybe one of my ambitious friends, all of which talk of tiny home creation like they'll be starting there building tomorrow..
Anyway I called the number painted on the bus and talked to the owner for a good 12 minutes about the thing.. And my curiosity grew. It was owned by a church who did all the maintaince on it to keep it safe for children, then it was sold to the current owner who seems almost a bit over anxious to sell it for "best offer" by the first of next month.
I am supposed to be traveling internationally, with a airfare pass that was granted to me but I've been caught up with falling in love, tearing my car apart and now.. The possibility of building my own home and never paying for rent electricity or the like for at least my whole college experience..
The bus is a 1973 deasil cummins manual 5 speed with a new clutch and batteries, runs and drives great all electrical works.. I offered $1000 and so far my offer is the best.
Here are some photos.

I am thinking IF I end up buying this huge dream project, I should drive it to a truck auto shop and have them test compression and such prior to purchasing?
No dmv backfees, title in hand.

Opinions?? I'm 19 and over ambitious, so tease me and don't stall on being brutally honest with your comments.

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Old 02-22-2015, 07:56 AM   #2
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Welcome, kinda scary and over whelming, tires for steer (front) will run $150 used to $600 new and back tires either caps or new will be $1000+ so check date codes 8 yes is pushing old and unsafe in MY book

Have brakes/clutch and engine looked at, a oil reading/scan etc would be worth the money

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Old 02-22-2015, 08:24 AM   #3
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Buses can get real expensive real quick.
I'd definitely take that for a thousand bucks though.
I wouldnt even spend the money to have it looked at for that kind of price. If I were you, well, then maybe. But think about it like this- try to find someone you know already. A friend of family member. Have THEM look at it. Get your friends involved now, and it will help you along. Lots of folks have the "Ill do it alone" thing and I get that. But I'd rather enlist my friends than pay strangers who may take advantage of me.
Hard to find a car for a grand that will even get you home, let alone a bus! I say go for it.
You could probably re-sell it to the crown folks on here for a very healthy profit if nothing else.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:50 AM   #4
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considering the state you are in, and the rush to sell, check the vin and title.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:53 AM   #5
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Is that you in the pic?

I like it, and I don't even like crowns.

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Old 02-22-2015, 12:58 PM   #6
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Welcome, kinda scary and over whelming, tires for steer (front) will run $150 used to $600 new and back tires either caps or new will be $1000+ so check date codes 8 yes is pushing old and unsafe in MY book

Have brakes/clutch and engine looked at, a oil reading/scan etc would be worth the money

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Tires I really am hoping I don't need to buy new ones right away. What do you mean "check date codes yes 8 is pushing old and unsafe in my opinion "??

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Old 02-22-2015, 01:03 PM   #7
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Buses can get real expensive real quick.
I'd definitely take that for a thousand bucks though.
I wouldnt even spend the money to have it looked at for that kind of price. If I were you, well, then maybe. But think about it like this- try to find someone you know already. A friend of family member. Have THEM look at it. Get your friends involved now, and it will help you along. Lots of folks have the "Ill do it alone" thing and I get that. But I'd rather enlist my friends than pay strangers who may take advantage of me.
Hard to find a car for a grand that will even get you home, let alone a bus! I say go for it.
You could probably re-sell it to the crown folks on here for a very healthy profit if nothing else.
Just my 2 cents.
Good ideas and info. I have friends with much mechanical experience, but I have never worked on or checked on an engine this big. I just wanna do a compression test, have someone tell me if the tires need to be replaced, check air brakes, transmission, oil. I know the clutch is new and batteries are new.

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considering the state you are in, and the rush to sell, check the vin and title.
Ran the Vin. No back fees. Title in hand in his name.. Anything else to keep in mind?

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Is that you in the pic?

I like it, and I don't even like crowns.

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Why don't you like crowns?
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:11 PM   #8
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Is that a front or rear engine bus.

Tires that look good on the outside can quickly separate from rot and blow out on the interstate.

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Old 02-22-2015, 01:13 PM   #9
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Is that a front or rear engine bus.

Tires that look good on the outside can quickly separate from rot and blow out on the interstate.

Nat
Its "front" as in the engine is half the way down the bus but the driveline heads back free from there to the rear wheels.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:32 PM   #10
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Can anyone tell from this image if they look super worn?
It looks like the leafspring bushings definitly need replacement.
The deasil engine looks suuuper greasy and coated in oil. Ive heard big deasil engines leak grease, but should I be worried about possible problems there? It's not leaking onto the ground where it's parked, just caked in grease.
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