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Old 07-09-2018, 07:21 AM   #1
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Got Another Shorty Today!

Well I bought an unlikely bus today. Thomas with a Cat. Probably surprised a bunch of you but I'm just frustrated with not having a bus to enjoy and I've been working so hard this year!

As most of you know I've been looking for a good deal on a rusty but mechanically sound donor bus to replace a bunch of mechanical stuff on my 04 IC shorty. Well even rust buckets are going for a lot it seems. In my search and continual bidding on donor buses I came across some decent looking shorties in GA.

I was happy no one posted links to this in the buses for sale thread. Scored a 1999 Thomas shorty. Maybe a high headroom model. I think its a 6 window. Maybe 5. Hard to tell from the pics. THe prices stayed low due to the lack of pics and info but a vin decoder figured out most of what I needed to know.

https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/au...ew?auc=2113681



Low miles and hours on a handi bus. I think I got a good deal. Will be my first Cat 3126. They had four, two of which had Cats and the other two were later model Mercedes. I've been wanting to try a Cat for a while now so I figured this was cheap and close enough to go for it.
If I don't like it I'll paint it and flip it on CL.



I'm a sucker for a clean, straight handi bus.

Atlanta isn't too far, so getting it here won't be too bad hopefully.
Wish me luck- The adventure continues!
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:24 AM   #2
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Just got my buyer's notice via email and there's no buyer's premium! So I scored this sucker for $1625.

Can't wait to get up there and see it!
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:34 AM   #3
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Just got my buyer's notice via email and there's no buyer's premium! So I scored this sucker for $1625.

Can't wait to get up there and see it!
Congrats! That right in the same neighborhood of what I paid! Mine had some pretty poor pictures as well, and I had the same thought of that being why it stayed low.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:36 AM   #4
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Congrats! That right in the same neighborhood of what I paid! Mine had some pretty poor pictures as well, and I had the same thought of that being why it stayed low.
Every bus I've gotten a great deal on has had very little in the way of pic and detailed info. But I can usually figure out enough to make a "wholesale" bid.
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The mileage is reported to be correct, so I feel pretty comfortable with a Cat 3126 in it as long as they've done a decent job maintaining it. For the age and mileage I'd imagine it got maintained better than a high mileage route bus.
The transmission may be a 545. I'd imagine it is. If not I'll be delighted. If so it wouldn't be the first time. I won't let that get in the way of a really cheap bus. If I REALLY end up liking this thing then I can upgrade later if needed.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:19 AM   #6
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Outstanding ECCB! Sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Hope it has all you are looking for.
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The mileage is reported to be correct, so I feel pretty comfortable with a Cat 3126 in it as long as they've done a decent job maintaining it. For the age and mileage I'd imagine it got maintained better than a high mileage route bus.
The transmission may be a 545. I'd imagine it is. If not I'll be delighted. If so it wouldn't be the first time. I won't let that get in the way of a really cheap bus. If I REALLY end up liking this thing then I can upgrade later if needed.
Glad to see you rolling again, and good luck on the drive home. Looking forward to pics of your new beast.

Looks like a 6 window to me.
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Glad to see you rolling again, and good luck on the drive home. Looking forward to pics of your new beast.
Thanks guys. I'll be happy as a clam if this works out well.
I've typically not looked at Thomas, Cat, or anything from GA. Thought I'd alter my strategy a bit and see how the cards play out.
At least getting it home will only be a mere 375 miles each way. Nothing compared to my previous purchases.

If I REALLY end up liking this bus, the Freightliner front end will look great with the big chrome duck on it!
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Good luck, when are you going to get it?
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