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Old 01-29-2015, 10:22 PM   #1
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1972 IH Short Bus

Thought you guys might want to check this out

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281576718239

Here's what the description says:

This short bus is a gem. It turns out my neighbor is in an International Scout car group and he was thrilled to tell me all about the bus and the excellent shape it is in. We started it up and he described how he was impressed as it purred with out any ticking at 630 rpms and that the bus should be considered in excellent condition. To be honest, I am bummed I have to sell it, but with a ton of student debt and difficult times, I will not be able to convert this beauty into the RV (Skoolie) I hoped. You will notice the interior has already been partially converted, kind of a minimalist approach that my grandparents thought was pretty cool. So I would consider it done if you add a mattress, or an open floor plan if you want to get crazy with it. The interior space is aprox. 11'9" by 7'6" (rear door to the back of the driver seat). My grandparents hardly drove this machine, but were very conscious about starting it every so often and keeping everything up to date (it is currently registered and insured). It has been garaged for more than 20 years and has recently been handed down to me by my grandfather. The engine stamp is hard to read, but we believe it is a 304, possibly bigger, but definitely one of the 3 larger V8s. Earlier this month I drove it over 550 miles without any problems, cruising a little over 50 mph at around 3k rpms (That should give you a sense of the gear ratio). All in all, I want this to go to a great home where it will be appreciated and taken care of like an heirloom should be. I took a lot of pictures, but can take ones of specific places upon request. Just thought to add, it turns on a dime, you can make u-turns. Also, if you are interested in the rest of the seats, I have them, but they are up north near Lake Tahoe.

- 1972 International Short School Bus
- V8 304? maybe larger.
- Gasoline
- 4 Spd. Manual
- 98,000 original miles
- Coach is made by Superior
- Heavy Duty Tow Hitch
- Minimal to No Rust
- Excellent Mechanical Condition
- Skoolie Candidate
- Tires are in great shape, Dulies in the rear, and comes with a spare.
- Heavy duty jack that is pictured comes with it

Exterior measurements for logistics:
(I took careful measurements, but if it seems like a close fit I can measure again at your request; keep in mind you could reduce the air pressure to decrease the height.)
H: 9'5"
L: 20'
W: 8'
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:18 PM   #2
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Hey! Thats my bus!!...

Awesome.
It got to this site before me. Anyways.. SOLD.. to a very happy new home.
Right on!
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:40 PM   #3
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Old 03-09-2015, 05:13 PM   #4
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Congrats on that, I know how it feels!
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:26 PM   #5
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No one knows the actual sale price..............Reserve wasn't met.........Bus had a top speed of 55 MPH............had significant oil leaks...........but was a very cool School bus...........So even if it was sold at the reserve price. Is it a good buy?

I don't ask to cast dispersions on that bus in any way. It is a very cool little bus. But Money well spent is my question: Are we so enarmoured of School Buses because they are the perfect platform? Do we like them as a nostalgic platform for our expression. As a vehicle to take us to our imaginings of Freedom? Or do we choose them because they are plentiful and relatively cheap? I can't answer those questions for you.

For myself it was more a matter of money when I began so many years ago: For me it was the availability of a Bargain that could could be built out to my liking and keep me out of the elements and get me to places i believed I wanted to Go.

Now many years later I am not so constrained by the Money. So many years later i recognize the limitations: Under basement holding space. Though some do have it. And medium duty drive trains not ideally equipped for sustained highway travel and efficiency.

So 3500 for this bus if that was in fact the price. Seems like a good deal. The cute factor, quality of the bones are surely present. We all know that the purchase price is only the first step. it doesn't get cheaper from there to actualize our imaginings: Sweat Equity. And of course more cash.

I moved away from school buses: I wanted more. And have managed to do so in many cases spending a bit more money.

Example. I just bought this 80 MCI 5 (c) 6V92 said to be only one of two so equipped from the factory........To me. For my purposes this is a good platform. Though I'm not a believer in extravagant builds this Bus at least gives me inherent highway cruising and allows me the basement space for the ease of installation of systems as needed and desired. Again. This is not to put down the School Bus. It is more intended simply to hear what others have to say. What you have to say. With regard your focus, attraction and decision to go with a school bus.............


Or are we simply in the throes of the romanticized imagery of days gone by? Are we still under the spell of the Kool-Aid acid test? Are we still trying to capture, regain, or express an ideology of another time. Is the School bus more than what appears on its face? Is it more of a Time Machine?
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:48 PM   #6
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LOVE the MC5, that's exactly what I want! When I can afford one, that is also my plan.

You ask some pretty good questions.

For me, the school bus is the cheapest way to build what I want the way I want it.
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:10 PM   #7
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I like the coolness factor and doing what people think can't/shouldn't be done. But the real reason is more sound than that. I prefer a metal body vehicle to a plastic/fiberglass rv. I don't want to recaulk it every year or more. I want to decide what goes where and know the quality of each piece was what I decided on, not some prepackaged design by someone who will not be living in it.
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Or are we simply in the throes of the romanticized imagery of days gone by? Are we still under the spell of the Kool-Aid acid test? Are we still trying to capture, regain, or express an ideology of another time. Is the School bus more than what appears on its face? Is it more of a Time Machine?
You nailed it there for me. My bus is slow, underpowered, and she smells kind of funny.
A piece of crap rusty poorly maintained freeway barge. I am hoping for burning man some day but 6000 miles is along way for 4 kids who won't have any sort of money for a long time.Every one says I'm nuts, stupid, and I'm starting to believe them but if some dirty hippie can manage it in a VW then I'm sure as hell that we do it in an international!
(Yeah, it more s*** than spreader)
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Old 03-10-2015, 06:29 AM   #9
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The hippies in VW's must have money stuffed into the seats.
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:43 PM   #10
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Do what ya can with what ya got...

International will get you there. Oil leaks are good!... that means that it still has some oil... It is when the leaks stop that you need to worry...! ha!... I joke...


Yeah, I noticed the leaks, but after a long relationship with IH... I am not afraid of a little wrench time.... at least somebody cared enough to keep adding fluid... ; )..


Philosophy about a school bus vs. your (totally sweet) MC is kinda like comparing apples and baseball... I appreciate both... don't get me wrong.


I would like to have a spaceship made with all left handed threads...
I would also like to have a cool old International...
(Even if it leaks oil and is over-priced, wink,wink...)


The school bus is doable right now, it brings me pleasure and promises adventure. Does it matter what I paid??.. Nit-picking $3500 completely misses the point.

The main point for me is:
We can't risk waiting for the right time or money to buy a dream space-ship....
and end up DOING NOTHING... .. .. that would be the worst...
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