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Old 04-13-2019, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hello!
I am planning to start converting a bus in May, and would like to find one by the end of this month. I’m looking for a short/mid size dog nose school bus (‘99 or earlier), preferably 8 windows but anywhere from 6-10 is good. Want a DT engine, under 200k miles, and under $4K. I’m willing to travel anywhere in Florida, I am mostly in the Fort Myers and Orlando area, but out of state is okay if shipping is available. Picture is a doodle of proposed dream bus. If anyone has advice on places to look please share! I’ve been checking govdeals, publicsurplus, eBay, purplewave, Facebook marketplace & more everyday.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:56 AM   #2
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I found a really nice clean 99 international 3800 with Thomas body and a dt466e engine auto trans. It has about 153k miles and very little rust it seems. Iím really interested but the man is asking 6500 and said he paid more than 3.5k for it 😬😬
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:22 AM   #3
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He paid what it's worth.
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:30 PM   #4
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I think the same but I’m having a hard time finding one like it so close to me and in good condition
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:18 PM   #5
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I think the same but I’m having a hard time finding one like it so close to me and in good condition
If I waited for what I want close to me , good condition and cheap, I would probably never own a bus. I think it is one of the most important parts of this journey, the initial purchase. I went 2500 miles for mine and even after gas I still have less in it than anything comparable I've seen since.
Join the community and go to the UserCP in the upper left and fill out your profile so we know a bit about you and where you are so we can assist finding a bus for you.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:13 PM   #6
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Found another 99' international 3800 w/ the dt466e, not sure how many miles but its going for 5k. I'm gonna go see it this weekend.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:24 AM   #7
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Found another 99' international 3800 w/ the dt466e, not sure how many miles but its going for 5k. I'm gonna go see it this weekend.
That is the better bus. It's a high roof model. I'm 6' even and I can stand with easily 6" of headroom in my high roof Thomas. This really do want a high roof with a Thomas as the sides by the windows taper in making a roof raise harder
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:53 AM   #8
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Someone told me the at545 one the last bus has is a bad combo with the engine, I found this 9 window (!!!) dt466e and called about the trans and was told its allison auto 2300 series, although it looks rustier than the others its smaller like I prefer, its 4k
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Old 04-25-2019, 11:22 AM   #9
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Someone told me the at545 one the last bus has is a bad combo with the engine, I found this 9 window (!!!) dt466e and called about the trans and was told its allison auto 2300 series, although it looks rustier than the others its smaller like I prefer, its 4k
The DT466e and Allison 2000 is a very desirable drive train.

I would be very cautious considering the rust. Careful that you understand the scope of the project.
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Old 04-26-2019, 01:16 PM   #10
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So the one I last posted had some strange engine noise so the seller was very honest and told me he didnít wanna sell it to me and showed me the difference in sound between that one and another identical one. I bought the identical one, itís being shipped to my family home as I move out of my apartment this week. So excited to start gutting next week.
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