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Old 12-06-2016, 08:40 PM   #1
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What do you think about this bus ?

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Old 12-06-2016, 08:49 PM   #2
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'94 7.3 is a bit under powered... Cute rig though.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:56 PM   #3
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Snub nose has its benefits. I had almost that same bus last year. T444 motor, correct? I like that it "runs perfect"

More importantly; what do YOU think of this bus?
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Old 12-07-2016, 09:13 AM   #4
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Looks ok to me on the outside and inside. A look under the hood is imperative.What do the hoses look like. Are they still all factory? Is it a fluid leaker? What condition are the tires? Look at the size and shop for tires so you will know what they cost. What does the exhaust system look like? Look at the shocks. Most shocks from the factory are Black. Does the bus wiggle and bounce a bit while standing in the back? If it does it needs shocks. What about the brakes? Look at how old the battery is.

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Suddenly that bus needs a muffler and a pipe($200+)., a new battery($130.00), and two tires($300+). Conservative estimates.
Looking at this stuff in advance will save you time,money and headaches.
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Old 12-07-2016, 01:03 PM   #5
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I personally like that style bus. I have read that, with the motor setting on the front axle, it has some particular handling quirks, and is somewhat louder while driving. The noise level can be improved. Might want to check out more on the handling situation.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:58 PM   #6
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Is this the same with an Ford body?

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Old 12-07-2016, 04:43 PM   #7
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Snub nose has its benefits. I had almost that same bus last year. T444 motor, correct? I like that it "runs perfect"

More importantly; what do YOU think of this bus?
I'm actually more curious than looking for a new Bus, I really like the DT466 engines(although this bus doesn't have a 466) and I was looking in craighlist when I saw this.

I'm in the process of converting my bus right in the point where I could get a "better" bus and convert that but it will have to be almost perfect.

I have a 2002 bluebird Chevy 5 window but I always like the short international busses.
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Old 12-07-2016, 05:47 PM   #8
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I forgot to mention that the bus is a 3200
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Old 12-07-2016, 06:38 PM   #9
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Is this the same with an Ford body?

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The Ford body is likely to be the E350 cutaway version.
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Old 12-07-2016, 07:18 PM   #10
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94 is an 7.3 idi engine not a TE444 less torque , same hp, had a problem with cylinder cavitation
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