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Old 08-15-2019, 07:21 PM   #1
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Smile 1988 Carpenter, Factory High roof, 30ft, Manual trans, CA $3500

Skoolie for sale.

It's a 1988 Carpenter chassis, mid length 30ft bus with the 7.3 International diesel and a manual 5 speed trans. It runs fantastic, all the lights and electrical work, it's still in its original state with the seats and everything stock. It has only 144K miles as well.
Itís a 100% rust free California School Bus and is in excellent condition.
It has a super reliable drivetrain with easily obtainable parts, this engine is the same one in the Ford heavy duty trucks so parts are available locally. The trans is manual and bullet proof and allows for engine braking down steep grades.
Itís a factory high roof bus.
The interior height in the bus is 6'5" so no expensive roof raise is needed.
I have the clear title in my name so it's ready for the new owner.
It's being sold with local pick up only!

$3500 o.b.o.

The only reason I'm selling it is I ended up getting a 4x4 hightop diesel van.
My contact info is
sophiamaxine99@gmail.com
TXT 916-542-9398
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Old 08-16-2019, 03:01 AM   #2
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Wow.. Someone might be getting a VERY nice bus... Even with the need to double-check the factory welds during demo. Wish I were in the position to jump on this... I assume hydraulic brakes, as I don't see the yellow diamond shaped knob for air valve. I noticed the parking brake is a pull-up / down lever to the left of the driver's seat.

First time I've seen that arrangement to the left of the driver... Not sure whether that means it is an old-type cable arrangement or still some type of hydraulic actuator as used on Lucas-Girling brake systems. Seen this on a ton of GM buses in my school district as a kid, though. Anyone know what these levers are actually doing to set the parking brake?
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Old 08-16-2019, 05:28 AM   #3
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Was your bus manufactured in Mitchell, IN or Richmond, IN? Reason being this: https://icsw.nhtsa.gov/people/injury.../carpenterbus/

Based on the rub rail locations of your bus, it looks like it was built in Mitchell and thus possibly has the defective weld problem.
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:45 AM   #4
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E-brake

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Wow.. Someone might be getting a VERY nice bus... Even with the need to double-check the factory welds during demo. Wish I were in the position to jump on this... I assume hydraulic brakes, as I don't see the yellow diamond shaped knob for air valve. I noticed the parking brake is a pull-up / down lever to the left of the driver's seat.

First time I've seen that arrangement to the left of the driver... Not sure whether that means it is an old-type cable arrangement or still some type of hydraulic actuator as used on Lucas-Girling brake systems. Seen this on a ton of GM buses in my school district as a kid, though. Anyone know what these levers are actually doing to set the parking brake?
The e-brake actuates a disk brake unit on the drive
shaft just behind the transmission output.
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:57 AM   #5
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I’m not sure which plant it was made in. But I knew of the potential cracks that could be found in the ceiling before I bought it.
But having been a welder/fabricator for 24 years and I’m 6’1” tall I had to have a high roof or do a roof raise. And in my opinion the structural integrity issues of cutting off the roof and raising it were far greater than a few minor cracks that need to be fixed.
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Iím not sure which plant it was made in. But I knew of the potential cracks that could be found in the ceiling before I bought it.
But having been a welder/fabricator for 24 years and Iím 6í1Ē tall I had to have a high roof or do a roof raise. And in my opinion the structural integrity issues of cutting off the roof and raising it were far greater than a few minor cracks that need to be fixed.
I agree... To really do a conversion right, it is best to remove the interior metal skins, remove the floor coatings, check for rust, cracks and leaks, then spray foam insulation. I get that not everybody has the money or time to do all that, but it really is best if you plan on long-term, especially if you're boondocking.
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Old 08-16-2019, 05:43 PM   #7
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its a mitchell bus, Wayne still had the richmond factory in 88.. (ever notice how the 94 and later richmond carpenters had waybe defrosters / heaters, and wayne driver-windows? )..
that bus is a CLASSIC that should also be listed on some vintage bus forums (facebook). someone out west may want it as it is.. if it were close to me I might be all over it.. (I own a 91 carpenter)
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:17 AM   #8
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That brings up a good point ... where is it located?
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Old 09-06-2019, 12:45 PM   #9
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Bus is Sold!

My Skoolie is now in new hands and set to be an amazing revamp.
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Old 09-06-2019, 12:46 PM   #10
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The bus is SOLD!
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