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Old 01-10-2018, 05:04 PM   #1
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need opinion on a bus

So, randomly stumbled across a bus today, caught my interest, and im definitely considering it to purchase, once ive heard back about some details on it. ive seen others post not to directly link a bus you want so others dont get it, so is there anyone who is not looking to buy a bus who i can send the link to get an opinion based of the pictures and limited info given? i dont know much about busses, so id love the opinion of someone who knows more.

its early 90s bluebird. also, is there a way to check actual mileage on these things because the odometer reading is incorrect
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:52 PM   #2
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So, randomly stumbled across a bus today, caught my interest, and im definitely considering it to purchase, once ive heard back about some details on it. ive seen others post not to directly link a bus you want so others dont get it, so is there anyone who is not looking to buy a bus who i can send the link to get an opinion based of the pictures and limited info given? i dont know much about busses, so id love the opinion of someone who knows more.

its early 90s bluebird. also, is there a way to check actual mileage on these things because the odometer reading is incorrect
Tell us about the engine/trans combo. I doubt there is a engine computer to verify odometer, maybe maint records? When unsure of milage, I look at the wear items- brake pedal, drivers seat, dash wear.

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If you don't have an accurate odometer, ask for maintenance records. THey will have the mileage and date of each service.
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its a 91 bluebird, 7.3L, automatic, air brakes. about all the info i got, vin wasnt listed. waiting for e-mail reply with vin and condition of several things, or ill call them tomorrow when i get a chance between jobs or on lunch. limited pics, only close ups are on a couple tires so hard to tell about overall condition from pics for me. looks in alright shape, no dmg i can see, straight body, little dirty but nothing a pressure washer and paint couldnt fix

only way odometer is correct is if that 7.3 can roll over 1mil miles
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its a 91 bluebird, 7.3L, automatic, air brakes. about all the info i got, vin wasnt listed. waiting for e-mail reply with vin and condition of several things, or ill call them tomorrow when i get a chance between jobs or on lunch. limited pics, only close ups are on a couple tires so hard to tell about overall condition from pics for me. looks in alright shape, no dmg i can see, straight body, little dirty but nothing a pressure washer and paint couldnt fix

only way odometer is correct is if that 7.3 can roll over 1mil miles
Not unusual for these diesel motors to go a million miles.
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Not unusual for these diesel motors to go a million miles.
Pretty unusual for any school bus to roll over a half million these days, let alone a million.
MAYBE some Crown with real class 8 gear might go a million, but regular school buses are pretty much pooped by 350k or so.
A million mile 7.3 in a school bus? I highly doubt it unless its had a couple engines.
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Pretty unusual for any school bus to roll over a half million these days, let alone a million.
MAYBE some Crown with real class 8 gear might go a million, but regular school buses are pretty much pooped by 350k or so.
A million mile 7.3 in a school bus? I highly doubt it unless its had a couple engines.
This ^^^

The engines can go starship mileages, but not in a school bus.

The medium truck engines that go long distances are fitted in medium-duty trucks. They fire them up in the morning, and they get nice and warm, and run like that, all day.

School bus use is considered "severe-duty" and reduces the B50 figure quite a bit.
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91 with a 7.3 IDI.. definitely not going to be a fast moving bus
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Pretty unusual for any school bus to roll over a half million these days, let alone a million.
MAYBE some Crown with real class 8 gear might go a million, but regular school buses are pretty much pooped by 350k or so.
A million mile 7.3 in a school bus? I highly doubt it unless its had a couple engines.
My buddy is a diesel mechanic and rebuilds these all the time. Yes, a million miles without a rebuild is unusual, but with proper maintenance, and a rebuild when necessary, diesel engines will last that long.
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Got reply with pic of vin, found out good info on running condition / ok info about tires (about half meat left on em). Gonna do a bit of research and follow up again about service records and other stuff I think of
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