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Old 07-24-2015, 09:14 AM   #21
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They are the creme de la creme...

They have much better engines, transmissions, and brakes than you will find on most other school buses.
Much better. They also will be SHOOTING up in value.

I already consider them the "vw split window" of school buses... Some guys get real emotional about classic machinery.

They go for about 3500-7500 for a decent one.

I see these becoming $20,000 buses in five years or so.
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:17 AM   #22
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:27 AM   #23
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I have some honework to do tonight.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:01 AM   #24
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Only thing I have to do is make te furniture removable so it can actually be a truck.
At least 50% of the floor has to be loading space to be considered a truck. (Who makes those laws?)
remove the coach, bed and furniture... Here is your truck mr. Government!
So it will be a bus with a diesel engine from 1987 or older.
easy! just make it a "furniture moving truck"
keep your usual furniture in it, and leave room to carry the furniture you're moving!
when inspection time comes around... run by mom's house and grab her stove, refrigerator, couch, microwave... make a trip around the block, and drop it back off.

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Old 07-24-2015, 11:06 AM   #25
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I agree! If you want the best from the early '80's go with Crown. As a matter of fact here's a good dealer in California that has a bunch of Crowns up for sale:

Used School bus - 1989 Crown school bus for sale at Buswest Preowned, California.

He was above my budget, but may be exactly what you are looking for. Give these folks a try and see if they have what you're looking for.

He has more than just the '89 listed. The '89 is just an example.

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Old 07-24-2015, 11:22 AM   #26
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Whaha lol, thats genius!
Funny how this turned out.

I just got an estimate on the shipping to, it will be around $4400,- to ship a 40foot bus from Galveston to Antwerp Belgium. (About 3 to 4 hour drive from Amsterdam)
Import tax will be based on the price I bought it for in the U.S. but thats something I can be 'creative' with to avoid high taxes.

This is awesome!

Just one bump in the road... Today I drove by a friend who owns a place where I can built the bus and store it but he just sold the property. (Bummer!)
But no problem, there is more people who can help me.

Expenses are getting a bit higher then I hoped it to be but that's okay.
It will be a good investment on the longrun.

Thanks for the help guy's! I really appriciate it!

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Old 07-24-2015, 12:03 PM   #27
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Man, can I fly over and ride from Antwerp to Amsterdam with you??
That sounds like such a dream!!
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:39 PM   #28
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Sure, you are welcome anytime!

All I need to do now is:
-Find a place to live in it. (Very bussy asking around)
-Find a place to work on it. (Have someone in mind that will probably love to help me)
-Wait for the government to get back to me with the specs. needed to be able to build it as a truck.
-Then sell my racing stuff to get the budget to get started.
-After this it will be time to come over to the U.S. to see some busses and hopefully buy one.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:41 PM   #29
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Welll let me know if you come to Fl. I'm pretty close to Orlando.
Lodging and even an airport pickup if you need!
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:05 PM   #30
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Thanks EastCoastCB! I sure appreciate your offer!

I just spoke to David, he is the sales manager at the company M1031 just shared a link from.
He has 2 Crowns I might be interested in, both 2 axle buses, Detroit 671 engines and 5 speed manual transmissions.
one is from 1986 and one from 1987, he's asking $8000,- each.
Only thing is... they are located in California.
Not much of a problem for me but I would sure appreciate some assistance when inspecting / buying.
maybe it will be better if I can find one in Florida?
I pay for expenses of course.

Thing is, I'm not that familiar with auctions and U.S. sellers/dealers.
Google isn't giving me the best search results either, so it's hard to find the right place to look for a bus.
If you stumble upon a good one, feel free to share!

something else... shall I start a new topic since this conversation is not relevant to the topic anymore?
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