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Old 03-25-2015, 10:50 PM   #1
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I've been watching this one for a while

can anyone give me any feed back on this bus as far as things I should look for, look out for etc. He had more pictures up before and has reposted it with a lower price. I know that it needs tires, and I know that it supposedly runs, but needs a carb cleaning and tune up before it will start right up because its been sitting for a bit. But yeah Im considering going and looking at it because its in my price range and in the years I'm looking for. All information is appreciated thanks!
School Bus RUNS! Low miles~!
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:45 PM   #2
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Tires and tune up will be over two grand, at least.
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:55 AM   #3
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Wow a big block chebby? That will get 4 miles to the gallon probably, just guessing maybe 6 miles

A new carb like an edlbrock will be about $200 probably easier to replace than rebuild quadrojet carb if equipped and will run better imo
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:36 AM   #4
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I just don't like anything big with a gas engine. I drive a 1973 F750 once in a while to do errands and haul stuff. Its the neighbor's truck.
With the gas big block and manual trans I'm LUCKY to get more than about 3 mpg. My old gas Thomas got about 4-5.
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Old 03-26-2015, 02:06 PM   #5
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oh wow I didn't realize the gas mileage would be that bad. Jeez! alright well not that one then lol. I would prefer a diesel anyways to hopefully eventually possibly go veggie with. thanks for the input!
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Old 03-26-2015, 02:22 PM   #6
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pensacola bus

Bus 1.jpgBus 2.jpgBus 3.jpgBus 4.jpgI found one in pensacola, not a whole lot of info yet, he sent me some photos, said it needs an air hose and tires eventually. he doesn't know the mileage or if there's any mechanical issues but claims to have driven it and it seems to be fine. Im gonna try to post the photos he sent me and heres the link to his add. Blue 1990 GMC diesel school bus
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Old 03-26-2015, 02:44 PM   #7
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I would not only run away from that bus but I would run away really fast.

If it says it needs a carb cleaning then you need to take the "runs" statement with a grain of salt.

I can get you into a DT466 powered bus with an automatic for nearly the same $$$ and you would be $$$ ahead, even if you have to cross the country to get it.
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Old 03-26-2015, 02:46 PM   #8
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Very informative ad

what engine?
trans?
brakes?
and body/make...interesting looking,
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Old 03-26-2015, 03:12 PM   #9
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A bit of research makes it a Ward Patriot. Built off a modified GMC B chassis, and likely has one of the following 3 engines:
Detroit Diesel "Fuel Pincher" V8 8.2L
Caterpillar 3116 inline-6 6.6L
Caterpillar 3126 inline-6 7.2L
It does look like 1990 was the last year of the Detroit 8.2.

You would likely be the only 1 most places you take it. Could be a good thing as you may run into less Skoolie profiling in RV parks. There isn't a ton of info about them out there, but it looks cool to me.
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Old 03-26-2015, 03:13 PM   #10
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That is a Ward Patriot bus.

Most of those had GM chassis with the 8.2L non-turbo engine with an Allsion automatic transmission.

It isn't a bad bus but the engine is a bit of boat anchor. As long as it is running okay it isn't a bad engine. But GM stopped any parts support for that engine a long time ago so parts and pieces are beginning to get really few and far between.

Most of those engines were in the 170-210 HP range--not bad for routes but they start to really work at highway speed.
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