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Old 11-12-2015, 07:59 PM   #1
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Value of 1978 Thomas

Hi, I'm looking to buy a bus here quick ...which I know isn't really the smartest thing to do. But anyways, I was hoping I could get some of you to weigh in on the value of this listing.

1978 Thomas School Bus PRICE REDUCED



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New Lower Price! $3000 OBO.
Hunters! Tiny House Enthusiasts! Small Mobile Business!

Call to set up an appointment to show or to ask any questions

INSIDE CLEAN & STRIPPED
Engine: new carburetor, distributor, plugs and wires, fully tuned and RUNS WELL

Easily convert this for camping/hunting/living - registered and licensed as RV!!!!

Moving - must sell - otherwise we would never let this one go...

Clean title!

Prep work done!

Former church camp bus

366, automatic transmission
Mileage over 100K
Inside stripped and ready - all windows are working in good shape - no holes in the roof
Registration needs to be renewed - was registered as an RV and has a clean title

If you are looking at this bus to tour with:
Everything is in good condition (considering it is a fairly old bus) and once primed it will start right up. Was running and we took this on a 45 mile drive a year ago.
Would be good to be mechanically inclined - with the right tools all work can be done without sending out to a shop.
Will eventually need a new set of tires eventually unless this is going to sit still as a stationary home
Will eventually need brake tune-up for extended driving -- however tires are fine for short trips or if you simple want to park and live. We have driven this several times - you haul/drive!

THIS IS A GREAT BUY -- we have seen other comparable buses for upwards of $5,000 especially the ones that are already stripped and ready for conversion. Removing all those bus seats can be a lot of time and work!
I made an appointment to check it out, was thinking of offering them 2k for it. Thanks.
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Old 11-12-2015, 11:19 PM   #2
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I personally just have zero real use for a gas engine bus. The mpg's, the less pulling power and torque, and lower reliability and durability are just deal breakers for something like a bus.
My 466 has a quarter million miles and runs better than my 2013 Subaru by far.
I know that's an apples and oranges comparison, but its all I've got!

If mpg and all that don't matter as much to you then I'd offer em like a thousand... thats still higher than scrap at todays prices.
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Old 11-12-2015, 11:25 PM   #3
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Thank you, luckily I came across some auctions in my area tomorrow from another post on the forum. Really hoping I win one of these:

any chance you could prioritize this list for me?
https://www.rbauction.com/1998-AMTRA...ANE-WA-2015317
https://www.rbauction.com/1994-AMTRA...ANE-WA-2015317
https://www.rbauction.com/1992-AMTRA...15317#Engine-3
https://www.rbauction.com/1997-AMTRA...ANE-WA-2015317
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Old 11-13-2015, 12:33 AM   #4
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I would offer him $1000, no more.

The gas engine is useless if you plan on driving it. It would need a engine swap that will cost more than the $1000 I would offer.

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Old 11-18-2015, 04:07 PM   #5
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I would offer him $1000, no more.

The gas engine is useless if you plan on driving it. It would need a engine swap that will cost more than the $1000 I would offer.

Nat
I'm with Nat here, given the age of the bus and the fact that it's a lowly gasser, $1000 seems to be the max that it's worth. MAYBE $1500 if it had good tires and no body rust.
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