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Old 07-30-2013, 12:38 PM   #41
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Re: going to look at this weekend

I like the upstairs bedroom. I think the bus looks cool.

I have an 80's Chevy van parked in a field. It has windows all the way around. Someday (yeah sure Rudy) I may cut the top of the van and mount it on top of my bus.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:13 PM   #42
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My wife would break out that dreaded jacket again if I rolled into the yard with that.
I've had this pic. for awhile; just waiting for the right time & place to spring it on you guys.
It IS still for sale; in case you're interested! She's a real head turner I tell ya'!

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It's unique, and you are not going to miss it somewhere. I think it is so ugly it has almost passed over into cool looking.... maybe a better paint job would push it over. You should buy it and let us know how it turns out!
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:49 PM   #43
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I work 60 odd hours a week and don't get a lot of time to look for buses nor get on the web; so I took some advice from a member here. Opus mentioned looking @ Harlow bus. As it turned out they are not only in Bismark but in Webster, SD as well which is 60 miles from my house; a town I drive right through from work every two weeks.
I came home yesterday and stopped after looking at their inventory online. I found out a couple of things.
1) you can chisel with them a little on bus prices.
2) they got all these older buses they either need to sell to a church organization, some other club that can use them, someone looking for a conversion project or scrap them.
I also found out that the Blue bird buses have a taller ceiling in them. The International Bluebird I looked at had a 6'3" ceiling in it.
This bus was a 97 3800 T444E with a standard transmission.
Will need batteries soon as they are 5 yrs. old. and the tires are not in the best shape.
Asking 2500.00 but the mechanic told me to offer them 1800.00
It started good; with a jump. No smoke!
188,000 miles which I'm not to concerned with. I'll be lucky to put 10,000 miles on it over a 6-7 year period.

Over all the body is pretty good for being used in South Dakota through the winter months and all.
Below are the pics.
3 on this post and continuing on the next post.
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:51 PM   #44
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More Pics.

Thanks, Gus
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:55 PM   #45
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Re: going to look at this weekend

Good move! FWIW, I offered them a little more than half their asking price and they accepted. That was at the one near here in Libby, MT. I still paid top dollar but got a lot for my money.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:35 AM   #46
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My dealings with Harlow bus didn't work out. Maybe I was asking to much of them. They had a bus in Webster SD I wanted. I asked if they could make a transfer with the bus to there location in Bismark. Nothing doing! They wanted 1.45 per mile and I also pay the drivers wage. So I kept looking.
I ended up at a bus place in Rugby ND this weekend. This guy has a lot of buses. When I talked to him he had just sold 20 buses to an organization in Canada that was going to RACE them. I told him what I was looking for and he showed me a number of buses in my price range. He really only had one bus that fit all my criteria. A 1992 B700 with the Brazilian inline 6 & 5X2 transmission with a tall top. He's got to get it out of the weeds and clean it up a bit and I'll go back and look at it again. I'm trying to get him to through a propane tank in with it from a junker gas/propane bus I seen there.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:37 AM   #47
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More pics of the B700 Thomas 6.6 Ford/New Holland 5by2 transmission 6'6" top.
I know these are slow but I never travel the interstate anyway; unless I'm driving
my Mercedes diesel.
For what I'm looking for it will fill the bill nicely I think. We got a lot of rain here last
night (still raining). So I suppose it will be another week or so before he can get this thing
on high ground.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:00 AM   #48
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I've been informed that this last bus is out of the weeds and ready to drive. I'll go give it a closer inspection on Friday. If it is a good solid old bus it's mine. We've already done some haggling on price; it just depends on how it runs and drives.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:41 AM   #49
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Good luck, man!!
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well? it's Friday
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