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Old 03-11-2019, 09:49 AM   #51
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Being too far away to look at them, I couldn't do battle with a dealer. The same user name is on 32 & 33. I could have won, but then the transportation and "discovery" fees to find rust, mechanical, or any other issues. It was fun to watch and learn. Next time!
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:12 AM   #52
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Looks like someone may be trolling here and took your advice. Right after I said I'm going to bid... hmmmm
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Too rich for my blood... Iím out
Most likely a dealer in FL. Its TOO easy to flip buses down here.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:13 AM   #53
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Good choice. Adding whatever rust repairs needed would add more to what they are already at. At least that's what was going through my mind.
I wouldn't expect much rust on a GA bus.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:16 AM   #54
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I wouldn't expect much rust on a GA bus.
They didn't look too bad from the engine pics, but they are 4-5 hours south of me in northern VA. Southern VA where I lived for a little rarely had snow and they just shut everything down when it happened. I'm not sure about northern VA, but it the proximity to me had me worried.
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:26 PM   #55
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Being too far away to look at them, I couldn't do battle with a dealer. The same user name is on 32 & 33. I could have won, but then the transportation and "discovery" fees to find rust, mechanical, or any other issues. It was fun to watch and learn. Next time!
Yup, a flipper or dealer. Hard to beat them when there is auto extend. They will almost always pay more than we will, but never as much as they charge on the lot. I will say all went for fair prices.
Bus #33 had 33 bids, 30 of them in the last 20 minutes.
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:24 PM   #56
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Not sure if this applies to the specific engine mentioned here, but Freightliner offered Mercedes-Benz engines in the Columbia and Century class trucks for a short while, and most have found them impossible to get parts for when they break. Do your research.
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:47 PM   #57
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I agree. If I saw these buses in person or I was READY to build NOW Iíd go higher but Iím looking for a deal
Hey okinawascuba.
I played marine and lived in OKI on camp Schwab in the early 90's and was the swim/dive instructor for the area. Beautiful waters for diving.
I live in NC but down south near he beaches.
Don't rule out the newer model electronic NC busses from the Charlotte,mecklenburg area's? They are mountain/hilly terrain areas and there busses have to run the interstate at the same time. Some more rural counties have the same power trains as the big cities and just shut down the schools during bad weather and the bus is built the same as the big city bus with out the road salt driving.
It might be speed limited by that district but it's in the computer program.
My NC all mechanical bus was very well maintained but before computers the speed was governed buy powertrain combination.
Kind of like I need new rear end gears to get my 180hp motor and 545 tranny to move my bus more than 49-mph but I bought a flatlands bus from the beginning without knowing any better. Look in the hilly terrain and mountaneous areas around you and you will find what you are looking for.
More at the school district's themselves that sell direct to the public instead of auction.
Go to the local school distric bus barns and just drive right up to the garage where they are working on them. There will be an older mechanic there that is in charge and if any is for sale he will walk and talk to you about anyone of them.
There are quite a few on govdeals right now but I ain't done an auction since I was a kid and that was cattle/horses,and barn/farmhouse stuff where you set out and held a number up with the man/woman speaking a mile a minute.
Good luck
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Hey okinawascuba.
I played marine and lived in OKI on camp Schwab in the early 90's and was the swim/dive instructor for the area. Beautiful waters for diving.
I live in NC but down south near he beaches.
Don't rule out the newer model electronic NC busses from the Charlotte,mecklenburg area's? They are mountain/hilly terrain areas and there busses have to run the interstate at the same time. Some more rural counties have the same power trains as the big cities and just shut down the schools during bad weather and the bus is built the same as the big city bus with out the road salt driving.
It might be speed limited by that district but it's in the computer program.
My NC all mechanical bus was very well maintained but before computers the speed was governed buy powertrain combination.
Kind of like I need new rear end gears to get my 180hp motor and 545 tranny to move my bus more than 49-mph but I bought a flatlands bus from the beginning without knowing any better. Look in the hilly terrain and mountaneous areas around you and you will find what you are looking for.
More at the school district's themselves that sell direct to the public instead of auction.
Go to the local school distric bus barns and just drive right up to the garage where they are working on them. There will be an older mechanic there that is in charge and if any is for sale he will walk and talk to you about anyone of them.
There are quite a few on govdeals right now but I ain't done an auction since I was a kid and that was cattle/horses,and barn/farmhouse stuff where you set out and held a number up with the man/woman speaking a mile a minute.
Good luck
Good tip, thanks for the info! If you get word of any please let me know.
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I also saw where others asked about rust and they replied "some rust on the steps. Nothing around the outside of the vehicles. Some rust on the under carriage on both vehicles"
Get detailed pictures of the rusted areas if you can. My seller's listing said "Some rust behind rear wheel wells and license plate area".

Some rust: https://imgur.com/a/yisoA9i
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MBE engine is a big NO for me.

There is a very good reason MBE diesels are no longer offered as standard or optional equipment on Thomas buses.
( after being in the market just few short years here in the states, despite the fact they were free (not an option) Nobody wanted them)
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