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Old 02-21-2019, 08:42 AM   #1
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Looking for a bus in the great lakes region.

Hey everyone. I'm looking for my "unicorn bus". I'm located in Toronto ON, but can travel anywhere within the great lakes region, or 500mi(ish) of Toronto, ON.

Looking for a bus made between 1995 to 2005. Type C conventional preferred, but I'd also be open to a type d, FE or RE. A Thomas FS65 would be my first choice but I'm also open to others.

Must be a high ceiling bus, so either international/amtran or Thomas. Transmission would be either MT643, series 2000 or 3060. Bus should have cruise control or rpm control equipped as well.

Length: 72 pass (12 windows) would be ideal but I want a minimum of 8 windows per side

Engine: Open to anything but a mild preference for Dt466 or a Cummins 5.9 or 8.3

Let me know if you have what I'm looking for or have any leads, especially in the Toronto/Ontario region.

Many thanks,

Alex
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:01 AM   #2
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I would expand your search zone to get out of the rust belt. Looks like you've researched your specifications well enough. Keep an eye on Craigslist and all the usual sites for used buses - 422 auction, publicsurplus.com, govdeals.com, etc.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:25 AM   #3
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Personally, I would back up my date range to 2004. After that and you are dealing with all the environmental electronics that are a complete nightmare. And at their worst in the first few years (beginning in '05)
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:38 PM   #4
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1999 bluebird on cl in Akron Ohio partially converted already. Listed under RV section.
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:34 PM   #5
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1999 bluebird on cl in Akron Ohio partially converted already. Listed under RV section.
Right in Johnny Mullet's backyard!
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Old 02-22-2019, 08:33 AM   #6
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Right in Johnny Mullet's backyard!
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:09 AM   #7
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You should check with Midwest Transit near Indianapolis In. They are about 2 miles from my house and their lot is full of used buses right now. I bet there are over 100 there.

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Old 02-23-2019, 09:51 AM   #8
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i looked at a bus north west of Binghamton 05 re with the 466 3060 combo short length for a re 33ft but southern bus and already gutted and titled. look on cl and facebook etc it was posted weird and not very well
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:05 AM   #9
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i looked at a bus north west of Binghamton 05 re with the 466 3060 combo short length for a re 33ft but southern bus and already gutted and titled. look on cl and facebook etc it was posted weird and not very well
How much were they asking?
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:37 AM   #10
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i want to say 7500- 9k range
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