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Old 07-14-2005, 04:11 PM   #1
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Looking for a bus in TX

Well, the bidding just went too high on the school bus we were hoping to buy.

Any suggestions on where to get a bus in TX area? We are in the DFW area, but would be willing to drive a few hours down to Austin, Houston, San Antonio, anything within a few hours drive of Dallas.

My husband is adamant that he doesn't want a long bus...but we don't want a really short one either. We were looking at schort buses that could find 20 people plus a few wheel chairs. I think the length is about 26 to 30 feet or so? We don't care if it has a wheel chair lift or not.

We prefer a diesel engine, and if possible air brakes.

We also want to find one that we can drive home, so it needs to be in fairly decent working order.
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Old 07-15-2005, 09:54 AM   #2
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Not exactly what you are looking for but i am not a long way from you and my bus is for sale
1979 GMC/Thomas 66 passenger
366 Gas/Vacumn and hyd brakes
117K miles one owner
95% tires all around
Everything works, current inspection
Conversion Started, all seats removed, interior painted, stop signs, etc removed.
I can email pics
Asking $900 OBO

West Monroe, LA
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Old 07-15-2005, 09:59 AM   #3
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please email pics

could you email pics? We prefer diesel, but I will forward to my husband and ask him about it.

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Old 07-15-2005, 02:31 PM   #4
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Year: 1985
Coachwork: ThomasBuilt
Chassis: International Harvester S-1700
Engine: 9L IHC V-8 Diesel 180HP
Rated Cap: 60
Passenger count

There are two yardsticks for passenger capacity that I know, adult capacity and child capacity. My bus is a 60 passenger International Harvester with a Thomas-built body. The passenger rating is for three children per seat for 20 seats. Inside the bus there is a notice that says "Capacity 60 - H.S. Only 40". The 40 rating is for adults, at two grown people per seat. My bus is 30' 9" bumper to bumper (IIRC), and 7.5 feet wide inside. I got it from the NC school system. That system specs buses for 54 and 60 passengers. I imagine that the 54 passenger busses would be about 3 feet shorter.

IMHO, get the biggest bus you can. You won't miss the room in the long run. I wish I had another 6 feet of room, but the size would have put me over the weight limit on my S.C. Driver's License (26,000#). Your state's weight limit for operating vehicles on a regular driver's license is something you want to determine before you buy a bus. Also, I understand that some states have restrictions on air-brakes and drivers' licenses, so you may want to check that out before you buy.
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Old 07-15-2005, 02:53 PM   #5
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no room for a long one sigh

Our biggest issue with a long bus..well the only real issue, is because we don't have a driveway where we would have enough room to park it, or work on it. My husband doesn't want a long one anyway..but I probably could have talked him into it if we had the space hahah.
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