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Old 04-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #31
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Don't know why you got all huffy when it was pointed out that you were asking too much (and you DID sell it for less than $6K). We paid $1400 for our Rust Free 1986 BlueBird All American (40 ft). They had it listed in a local paper for $2K, then after a few months dropped it to $1500. We offered $1400 cash (all 20's) and drove it home. Good price for a moving van, which was what we were buying.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:24 PM   #32
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Don't know why you got all huffy when it was pointed out that you were asking too much (and you DID sell it for less than $6K). We paid $1400 for our Rust Free 1986 BlueBird All American (40 ft). They had it listed in a local paper for $2K, then after a few months dropped it to $1500. We offered $1400 cash (all 20's) and drove it home. Good price for a moving van, which was what we were buying.
I did in fact get all "huffy". I admit 6K was too much- but I always stated I was negotiable- Im a bartering kind of guy. I have use for tons of different things- just not this extra bus. The whole concept of selling something is to start at the upper side of reasonable and dicker to the final selling price- in this case- 75% of the original asking price. The ad I listed it with on Craigslist was for 5K. I still expected to be whittled down on the price, but left myself a little wiggle room. I was not sure where to price it to begin with, but I now know that 4500. Is a solid predictable price for a bus like this.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:24 AM   #33
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Re: 1994 RUST FREE blue bird All American RE

The other has a great running 5.9 and the alison md 3060 OD trans. The engine at least and maybe the tranny is going in my 1972 IH crew cab short box pick-up. See photo:
I built the pick-up from a pile, including ALL paint, ALL mechanical and ALL fab work.The trailer is scratch built from my hands. The 36 IHC truck on the trailer is another running driver that gets some seasonal attention as well.
When I get the time to start on my bus project it may be posted here- a full time Job and full time family take priority over my side projects.
Thank you for your interest in my progress.
I will keep you posted.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:35 AM   #34
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Love both of them!!! Great pic.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:45 AM   #35
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Love both of them!!! Great pic.
Thanks! I have sort of been working my way up to the large vehicle project...
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:01 AM   #36
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I recently saw a 97 GMC gas 72Passenger go really cheap- The bus company said they couldnt afford to run the thing anymeor at 3mpg. It had a 6.0 L gas and an allison. i didnt want to think about 3 mpg to drive it home so I could part it out... My point is They are out there, and they were made far later than I thought. Worst part is somebody bought that thing new!...
I still see a couple of gasssers locally...there are a couple of GMC's (one running on propane), and at least one 370 Ford. I suspect 3MPG was a propane motor.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:52 AM   #37
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The other has a great running 5.9 and the alison md 3060 OD trans. The engine at least and maybe the tranny is going in my 1972 IH crew cab short box pick-up. See photo:
I built the pick-up from a pile, including ALL paint, ALL mechanical and ALL fab work.The trailer is scratch built from my hands. The 36 IHC truck on the trailer is another running driver that gets some seasonal attention as well.
When I get the time to start on my bus project it may be posted here- a full time Job and full time family take priority over my side projects.
Thank you for your interest in my progress.
I will keep you posted.

very nice IH...

Im sorry about my post (pg 2) edit it now (not that it matters)..and my math was way off, and I was NOT trying to sabotage your add. I think I added the tenth's?

anyhow...IIRC Ford did a study (I work for a large muncipality that generaly uses ford cars/tk's) that idle ALOT. (kinda like skoolies) and their formula is that for every IDLE hour = 33 miles driven. We use hour meters more than mileage for serviceing.

so you can get a feel for the miles on a bus that have hour meters.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:43 AM   #38
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Re: 1994 RUST FREE blue bird All American RE

You are wasting your time trying to sell your bus here. The only way people here would pay $4500 for your bus was if it was rusted to crap and was powered by a 13 hp Honda lawn mower engine. They won't pay for a 643 trans either. They would rather have a 545 slushbox that won't lockup until it grenades. You should have just pulled the 8.3 and put a Ford Pinto 4 banger in it. No one would have known the difference.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:40 AM   #39
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that is funny stuff!

It did in fact sell to a member of the board- He knew what he was looking for and knew what the components were worth by themselves.

I would rather sell something cheap to someone who is great to deal with than get twice the money out of someone who is a major pain in the neck to deal with.

Thanks to everyone who offered any constructive feedback THANK YOU!
To all the experts who have one just like it but ten years older and was almost totalled when they bought it, AND has a far less desireable engine: Im glad to hear you are happy with your vehicle and what you paid.

happy trails

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:18 PM   #40
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Re: 1994 RUST FREE blue bird All American RE

Everyone is an expert on a forum. Thank God they are not running the country! The 8.3 is the bomb. You should have kept that one. Mine got 10.5 mpg on a 1200 mile trip. That included hills and going over the grapevine. The 643 locks up in third and forth. I was cruising at 65 mph with a rpm of 1650. Some of these other guys are doing 55 at 3000 rpm getting 6mpg. Whoever got your bus will NEVER regret it.




P.S. what happened on this thread is called thread crapping. On a lot of forums, if you crap on a for sale thread, you get a warning then you get spanked. If someone wants 2 million dollars for a screwdriver, that is their right. If someone wants to pay 2 million dollars for that screwdriver, that is their right too. If you're not a serious buyer, STFU. There are plenty of other sections of the forum for you to contribute your wealth of knowledge.
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