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Old 01-17-2016, 09:43 PM   #41
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I was looking at those busses in wa also. my 78 international is so simple and will run no matter how cold it is out but there is something to be said about being able to cruise over 60 mph and get decent mileage. . I am looking to start building different types of specific use vehicles so something a little more modern fits the bill. A friend who drives truck for a living told me that most of those buses are being bought just for their engines and transmissions then scrap the rest for a fair bit at the recycler.
Seems to me they are well worth the investment. I look forward to watching your progress
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:50 PM   #42
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Not sure what auxiliary braking is. I can downshift and engine brake or use the normal aor brakes.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:33 AM   #43
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What's s/a hi-low switch? Cl lamps? I'm trying to figure out how to turn on top white lights. Will be driving thru low visibility snow in a few hours
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:47 AM   #44
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What's s/a hi-low switch? Cl lamps? I'm trying to figure out how to turn on top white lights. Will be driving thru low visibility snow in a few hours
I don't know about "s/a hi-low", but "Cl lamps" would be your clearance lights (the small orange and red lights all around the top of the bus). Around here large vehicles legally need these turned on past dusk. Like headlights, they're worth having on at all times.
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:27 AM   #45
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i think the "s/a switch" is the stop arm. or stop sign that swings when you open the door
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:49 PM   #46
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Woukd this be a good deal or do you all think we could find better ?

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Old 01-18-2016, 06:53 PM   #47
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I'd grab it. Most of the work is done.
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:06 PM   #48
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True, is the millage ok though ? Most people who buy buses get them for a lot less .... my fear would be for it to not have as much life as something else maybe ? What do you thibk I am very ignorant on mechanics, little let, or a lot less, bus mechanics.
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:26 PM   #49
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Woukd this be a good deal or do you all think we could find better ?

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1985 Thomas MPV School Bus conversion
How big of an issue is the coolant leak?
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:37 PM   #50
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How big of an issue is the coolant leak?
No clue ... but if that is an issue, wouldnt it be easy to fix ??? I really need to be guided theough all of this.
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