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Old 08-17-2009, 04:41 PM   #1
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Re: Why do you own the bus you have?

Order of importance

1. Driveline/body style equally important.(cummins/flatface non-negotiable)
2. Distance from Home
3. Price.
4. Timeline

I would have preferred a rear engine bus. They use them for away games here due to the storage.
I would have preferred a taller bus.
I would have preferred the the bigger cummins.

The price was reasonable. It was close to home. He had three to choose from. I had a pocket full of money. Most of my planets were aligned in an acceptable fashion so I jumped on it. Other dealers were quoting me $4500 plus for the same bus so I thought I was getting a reasonable deal. Flatfaces are not as common here as the dog face but that appears to be changing.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:57 PM   #2
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Re: Why do you own the bus you have?

I wanted a decent bus that was cheap and dependable. Didn't have any specific body-style in mind, though I was looking for a flat-nosed preferably with the engine up front. Ended up with a bookmobile. Spent more than I was planning on, but I knew I made up a lot of the difference due to the decreased amount of work it'd need (already had a generator, wired for electric, nice tall roof I wouldn't have to raise, etc.).

It was also halfway between our house and where our family lives, so we just drove to pick it up, and kept going to my wife's parents' house to paint it up (if you saw the paint job it had, you'd understand why that was the FIRST thing we had to do).
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:12 PM   #3
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Re: Why do you own the bus you have?

I didnt want a 7.3l or 8.2, any inline 6 but preferred the Cummins. Wanted a flat front, front engine (TC2000) but they are few and far between in Florida. No handicap door was an absolute must. Thomas body with high roof. No Fords, they are ugly. Tinted windows, black frames. Good virgin tires. Something around $1500
Ended up with a conventional Ford, low roof, silver untinted windows, recaps on the rear, $2500. Kept getting my butt kicked at auctions from various foreigners and dealers so I did what I had to do. Got the Cummins though!
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:52 PM   #4
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Re: Why do you own the bus you have?

I had a moment of weakness. Had I waited two days, I could have bought the bus I wanted. But things in my mundane life were slipping through my fingers, so in misguided desperation I grabbed hold of something that was available - and am determined to make it WORK DAMNIT.

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We'll see what happens.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:18 PM   #5
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i bought mine because it was love at first sitehttp://&#91;img]http://www.skoolie.net/a....jpg&#91;/img]
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:33 PM   #6
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Re: Why do you own the bus you have?

You had a specific body style or driveline in mind?
It was close to home?
Price?
Other/ (feel free to explain)

Yes to all of the above...

* I knew from the start I wanted a diesel pusher, and was ONLY looking at Thomas...
* I did look out of state, but the bottom line included bringing it home, the closer the better...
* Price was paramount, I spent months looking for the right bus...
* Condition also played a huge a roll. I looked out of state at a couple with raised roofs, but they were from the snow belt and showed signs of huge rust problems. I had also looked at other busses with various engines under the hood, but knew the Caterpillar would outlast the others, Cummins would have been a 2nd choice...
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:35 PM   #7
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Re: Why do you own the bus you have?

I wasn't partial to any manufacturer or body style. I just wanted a diesel with under 200k miles, around $1500. I found my '88 Chevy with an 8.2L Detroit about an hour away. It was listed at $1800, but I was able to get it for $1400. I don't regret a thing. It's been a damn good, reliable, solid bus for the two years that I have owned it.

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Old 08-17-2009, 11:22 PM   #8
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:56 AM   #9
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Re: Why do you own the bus you have?

I got mine because of availability and price. When I saw it I knew I would own it though I forced myself to step away for a day and go back. I originally thought I wanted a gas bus (preferably with GM throttle body injection) for the same reasons everyone else has listed. The parts are out there and they're easy to work on. I also thought I wanted a 5 speed. I knew I wanted a conventional bus for the sake of working on it even if it is a less "clean" look and costs you floorspace and maneuverability. I liked the idea of air brakes at the time, but was unfamiliar with them.

I ended up with a diesel engine which I'm not sorry about. I haven't had to do anything to this fine machine. Gassers being easier to work on is a moot point if you don't have to work on the diesels. I'm also glad I got the automatic. This enables me to allow other people to drive it. Sure, I have lots of friends that could handle a real truck transmission, but I have even more that, though capable of driving a stick, would probably best not be distracted by that. As I learned about air brakes I learned to like them. My only complaint about my current bus is that it's too small. Someday I will own a 60 foot articulating bus a la MacGuyver on the board.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:23 AM   #10
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Re: Why do you own the bus you have?

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Originally Posted by swhite832
Order of importance

1. Driveline/body style equally important.(cummins/flatface non-negotiable)
2. Distance from Home
3. Price.
4. Timeline

I would have preferred a rear engine bus. They use them for away games here due to the storage.
I would have preferred a taller bus.
I would have preferred the the bigger cummins.

The price was reasonable. It was close to home. He had three to choose from. I had a pocket full of money. Most of my planets were aligned in an acceptable fashion so I jumped on it. Other dealers were quoting me $4500 plus for the same bus so I thought I was getting a reasonable deal. Flatfaces are not as common here as the dog face but that appears to be changing.
1. I wanted a specific engine/trans combo Pre-electronic diesel dt466 w/Allison MT643 lock up trans. wanted a front engine for ease of seviceability and major work if needed.
2. 2 miles from home, local school district bus and I talked with the mechanic that serviced it for the previous 12 years.
3. Price seemed in line (for me anyway)
4. Timeline? I seen it, had a wild hair, and just had to have it.
5. If SHTF, and I needed to "bug out" it (with a trailer) will take all we need and get us to the "BOL"
6. It will keep my neighbors with that funny look on thier faces. (those havn't gone away since we moved in)
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