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Old 03-29-2015, 01:47 PM   #1
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I am thinking about this one

Hello to everyone!
I have found this one about an hour and half drive away, I think the pictures look very good, but would like some thoughts.
We are wanting to do some part time living in our bus, maybe someday full time. It is just me and my wife.

1995 Ih Genesis Ts3900 Transit Bus 54 PASSENGER In Platte City Kansas City Saint Joseph Rusty's Auto Sales

DT 408 with an automatic, 184,000 miles and asking price of $4950



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Old 03-30-2015, 01:28 PM   #2
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A bit much money for a 20 year old bus, methinks. And are you sure you want a bus with the engine inside the front? Those are difficult to work on.
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Old 03-30-2015, 02:13 PM   #3
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If the rust is minuscule, I would pay that.

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Old 03-30-2015, 10:57 PM   #4
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Which transmission?
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:11 PM   #5
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I talked to him on the phone today, he said it was a 4 speed Allison
he said it was 38 ft long bus and no rust on it anyplace.
he drove it up from Odessa Texas and said it drives very nice.
I have not been able to get over to look at it, maybe on Saturday.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:48 AM   #6
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The price is a bit high, my us is almost identical (DT466 instead of the DT408, but with the same power) and I paid only $2500 for it, and it's one year newer. But, price often differs depending on the region.

And I really think it is either a 75 or an 84 pax bus, not a 54. Unless they are talking adult instead of children (which would be odd on a school bus). Mine is listed on the plates and build sheet as a 75 pax, and it's 38 feet long.
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Usually in a bus of that size 54-pax would be a 13-row bus.

A 54-pax school bus at 3-to-a-seat would be a 9-row bus, which would be considerably shorter than that bus.

I would agree that the age and mileage of the bus doesn't warrant that price.

Some plusses I see for it would be that it is relatively close to where you are, it appears to be rust free, the glass and body panels are in good shape with no parking lot rash, it has a skirt mounted luggage compartment, it has 10-hole Budd wheels, and it has air brakes.

Some minuses I see for it would be that it is a DT408 instead of a DT466--not a lot of difference but as every hot rodder will tell you size does matter, it is an FE with the engine sitting right next to the driver--it will be loud and hot.
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:00 PM   #8
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Thanks for your thoughts everyone! planning on looking on Saturday
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...it has 10-hole Budd wheels...
Is that a +1? I say nay. Dayton power! ;)
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It has Budd wheels --- that is, it has normal lug nuts, and that is good.
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