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Old 02-19-2013, 08:00 PM   #1
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Hi to all in Skoolie Land

We are looking for a late 90's to early 2000 ..Mid Size Thomas or Blue Bird Dog Nose school bus .
Cummins with a Manual Transmission .
I will travel any place as long as the unit is in good condition & salt free .

If y'all see or know of a unit that fits , please let us know .


Thanks in advance

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Old 02-19-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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Re: Wanted

You can check here and see what they have: http://harlowsbussales.com/inventory/

Cant ever say I have seen a Cummins with a manual. Plenty of DT's though.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:47 AM   #3
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It is very possible to build any bus ya may desire. Nearly any engine can be used, and about any transmission can be
installed as well. Some fabrication may be required, but all is good to go. The main part of a bus is the body which is difficult to do major changes. Bus engines, brakes and transmissions are chosen by the new bus consumer. Frank
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:20 AM   #4
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I agree ...it could be a hard find ... I've just returned from Mexico & lots of ex school buses on the road , all seemed to have the manual transmission , I drove from Canada to S/W Mexico last winter in a ford class C camper & had auto transmission problems " hard fix "
Our plan is to travel lots in out Skoolie with easy future fixes

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Old 02-21-2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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Thanks Opus ...

Lots of units on that website ... & close to home .

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Old 02-21-2013, 10:58 AM   #6
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I bought my bus from them. Not a complaint. Hope it helps.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:29 PM   #7
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I bought my bus from them. Not a complaint. Hope it helps.
Opus ... That's a very nice bus ...

It's would be very tempting to get a unit like that ... Can you please tell me what your cruzing speed is & what mpg you are getting ..

Thanks

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It'll do...well, I dont know. I got it up to 75 once and backed off. I've got over a million miles driving truck and propelling something 25,000# down the road at 75mph simply is nuts.

We do 62 most all the time. Once in a while 65. We do a lot of mountain stuff. Mileage is about 8, maybe 9 if we do a lot of flats.

It will climb anything I can throw at it at 45.
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