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Old 02-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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72 Gillig

Hi all & happy Friday

So we are in the search for our family's Skoolie !!! ...

While trolling the world of bus possibilities , we stumble on a 1972 Gillig .. Cummins motor & 270k miles .

What y'all think ? ...

Frodo
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:39 PM   #2
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Re: 72 Gillig

Gillig's are great buses, as good as Crowns. The only problem with the mid engine design for a conversion is the lack of under bus space for water/waste tanks etc. It really limits where shower, toilet etc will go, and requires more fabrication than a bus with storage compartments already in place. If it's been in coastal/ wetter climates, look very closely where the sides meet the roof- Gillig's are pretty notorious for rusting there. I've seen some that could have the roof removed with a butter knife! I've got two RE's with CAT 3208's. Not the best engine but it gets the job done, and they have 8' of storage underneath, plenty of room for water, black/grey propane etc.

I'd like to have a newer Gillig with the 855 Cummins, would make a great mountain bus!
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:27 AM   #3
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Thanks for the information , sure seems lots to think about when getting a unit , you have very good points . My wife likes the old style buses , they have very good looks , I'm good with wrenches , but not sure how many I'd like to pull .
We had a crown that we really liked but it is now sold , realistically we should be looking at a late 90s dog nose , but believe me I just don't know what we will end up with lol .
Here is the Gillig

http://harlowsbussales.com/inventory/details/?s=4606

Frodo
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:55 AM   #4
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Re: 72 Gillig

Richlindquist .....
Do you have a thread about your bus build ? .

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Old 02-24-2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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Re: 72 Gillig

Well ...... Gee you just like me lol ..

ID love to go look at the gillig , just need to convince my wife

What could you tell me about the running of a old gillig ?

I'm scared that if I drove out to look at the bus I'd fall in love with it !!!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:41 PM   #6
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Lol ....
Your toooo funny

Still looking

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:48 PM   #7
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You might want to count the tires on the Gillig. Big money for new tires, and if that bus has ten wheels....
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:17 AM   #8
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The Gillig we are looking a is very tempting ,,,,, but after reeding as much info & feedback as we can it seems our brain should rule our purchase not out heart .

Going to be a mid 90s dog nose for us

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Old 02-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #9
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We are in Manitoba Canada


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The Gillig we are looking a is very tempting ,,,,, but after reeding as much info & feedback as we can it seems our brain should rule our purchase not out heart .

Going to be a mid 90s dog nose for us

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Likely for the best. Have fun!

By the way, what part of the country are you in? There might just be a member of Skoolie.net nearby.

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Old 02-28-2013, 12:02 AM   #10
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You might want to count the tires on the Gillig. Big money for new tires, and if that bus has ten wheels....
Oooh boy, don't I know it! I've been hoping to get some trucker's "good enough for me" take-offs, but it seems that bus tires are a couple inches taller than standard tractor trailer tires.

I picked up eight mounted tires off of a semi trailer, but they will lower the bus about one inch. Might help my off the line performance a bit, but the belly is already hanging low. Not sure what to do.

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The tandem rear axle Crowns were always my dream bus, but by the time I saw them at auction I had this bus. Most skoolies don't know about those tandem drive axles. What a machine, and that includes Gillig.
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