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Old 07-05-2016, 01:25 PM   #571
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:15 PM   #572
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the prison busses around here are just RE skoolies with 2 bars across the windows and doors and a "cage" for the driver...

the ones i see here are all BlueBirds.. though I think I did see a thomas.. they buy them new with tinted windows and air-conditioning...

im sure they do something to the busses to beef them up in case of a crash so the prisoners dont get out? they look like normal school busses to me..

the county, and the state have a few each... the city has one... most of the city prison "busses" are E-350 standard vans with bars across the windows... also bought new with dual A/C units..

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Old 07-05-2016, 02:30 PM   #573
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I believe he also bought a 37' non-turbo one. I could be wrong, but the ebay user name looked like one he'd use.
Re-reading the auction, it definitely seems like Brant's writing style. I suppose could be his. If so, it's curious that he switched ebay user names, for one with hardly any rating. But the video walk-around is not him? Maybe from the school? But that's not the stockton bus yard where the other ones were. Or maybe just a friend of Brants who did the walk around for him? Anyway, it's sold now. Would love to connect with whoever bought it. Hopefully they had better luck actually picking it up and getting a title than I did.
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Old 07-06-2016, 10:50 PM   #575
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For anyone that wants a cheap newer pusher

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It probably has the Mercedes engine though
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:34 AM   #576
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It probably has the Mercedes engine though
The CL listing states that it's a gasser. If accurate, I doubt it's a Benz engine. The fuel door does appear to read "DIESEL", however. It's a First Student bus. I think I'd stay clear, especially if they can't get a listing correct.
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:48 PM   #577
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For anyone that wants a cheap newer pusher

2003 Thomas Bus

It probably has the Mercedes engine though

I have a list of First Students inventory from last month (shows about 185 busses) and not one of them has a Mercedes engine. Most of the similar busses have T444's.

That certainly does not guarantee that this one does not have a Merc though. I have looked a details on several of their busses and I have not seen an example of a Merc yet.

Maybe it is a good one?
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:35 PM   #578
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I have a list of First Students inventory from last month (shows about 185 busses) and not one of them has a Mercedes engine. Most of the similar busses have T444's.

That certainly does not guarantee that this one does not have a Merc though. I have looked a details on several of their busses and I have not seen an example of a Merc yet.

Maybe it is a good one?
FS buys & sells thousands of buses a year all over the country. They've had plenty of Merc-powered Thomas buses in the past.

That sales page on First Student's website is a terrible source - no pictures on ANY of the listings and information is incomplete at best. I wouldn't waste time looking at anything on there tbh.
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:51 PM   #579
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Just for the record...has anyone ever heard anything good about those Merc engines?
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Old 07-07-2016, 04:01 PM   #580
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Just for the record...has anyone ever heard anything good about those Merc engines?
Got one in a fuel truck with about 350k on it. Probably an 11 liter. Rarely in the shop. Our trucks with cat motors (the navistar cats) however seem to always be in the shop...
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