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Old 08-02-2017, 01:01 PM   #1
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Why Not International

I sort asked this in another thread. I am just ready to get a bus to convert. I have always liked the International IC RE as for as looks and the way it drives. So why does it seem that very very few are being used for converting and why are so many going with Blue Bird and Thomas? Am I missing something?
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Old 08-02-2017, 01:03 PM   #2
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I sort asked this in another thread. I am just ready to get a bus to convert. I have always liked the International IC RE as for as looks and the way it drives. So why does it seem that very very few are being used for converting and why are so many going with Blue Bird and Thomas? Am I missing something?
I just got one with 30K on new engine. Couldn't be happier. I actually wanted a Thomas for looks and cooking but couldn't pass up the deal

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Old 08-02-2017, 02:04 PM   #3
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I expect because "money", the other brands come up for sale more often and can be had reasonably. Many of the IC's are still in service and not due for retirement yet.
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I sort asked this in another thread. I am just ready to get a bus to convert. I have always liked the International IC RE as for as looks and the way it drives. So why does it seem that very very few are being used for converting and why are so many going with Blue Bird and Thomas? Am I missing something?
International sold chassis to Thomas and Bluebird.
AmTran aka IC bus are my favorite.

Thomas is my least favorite.
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I just got one with 30K on new engine. Couldn't be happier. I actually wanted a Thomas for looks and cooking but couldn't pass up the deal

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How is a thomas any better or worse for "cooking"????
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Old 08-02-2017, 03:06 PM   #6
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How is a thomas any better or worse for "cooking"????
Lol....that should be cooling. Sorry!

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Lol....that should be cooling. Sorry!

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How is a Thomas better for cooling?
They're usually the one with the most RE cooling problems. IC has the least.
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How is a Thomas better for cooling?
They're usually the one with the most RE cooling problems. IC has the least.
Thought it was the other way around. Good to know. I am really pleased with my purchase. No serious rust on the undercarriage either

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Most of the IC's around here have at least a one bay basement. The schools with money have a two bay basement. But actually saw one with a three bay basement and a storage box on either side. I turned around so I could see what district it was and stopped at their garage to see when they would be getting rid of them...lol I guess I am a skoolie and don't even have one yet. I just never have liked the Thomas or Blue Bird. Always thought they were ugly. Now the new Blue Birds are really nice. 12 to 15 years from now they will make great conversions.
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Most of the IC's around here have at least a one bay basement. The schools with money have a two bay basement. But actually saw one with a three bay basement and a storage box on either side. I turned around so I could see what district it was and stopped at their garage to see when they would be getting rid of them...lol I guess I am a skoolie and don't even have one yet. I just never have liked the Thomas or Blue Bird. Always thought they were ugly. Now the new Blue Birds are really nice. 12 to 15 years from now they will make great conversions.
the buses of TODAY won't be around in 15 years. They're like new cars. Old stuff is fixable and re-usable. The latest diesel engines are SO BAD that schools are ordering buses with propane, gas, natural gas, etc.
The good buses for us folks to convert ended with tier 2 emissions.
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