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Old 06-28-2018, 02:01 PM   #11
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By reputation a fair dealer, and keep in mind they are a for profit organization.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:16 PM   #12
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Midwest is reputable but you have to fight the SOB's when the big lots come in. You can't win against them. They seem to be a lower priced dealer compared to others I've seen.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:47 PM   #13
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I certainly am satisfied with Midwest.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:49 PM   #14
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Me, too. Midwest treated me right,.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:53 PM   #15
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Iíve actually done a lot of my looking on Midwest transit.
I think Iím sold on a diesel cutaway but I havenít seen any with more than 4 windows, is it a pipe dream to get a larger cutaway?

Also, where does everyone work on their buses for those who donít have property or family with property. Iím trying to make sure I have a plan but I do have a back up that I can park at wonít be able to work on it there but if I still havenít found a place to work on it when I find a bus I can park it there indefinitely.
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Old 06-30-2018, 05:39 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by middlenamesparkle View Post
I made a floor plan. Iíll need between 20-25 feet feet from the back of the drivers seat to the back of the bus. 20 is enough but Iíd prefer not to go smaller. So 6-8 windows. Is there a big difference size wise for cutaways vs conventional? Is 8 windows still a shortie? How much more space would I gain?
my bus (as seen in my build thread link below is an 8 window and it measures 19.5 feet behind the drivers seat. FYI
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Old 07-01-2018, 10:32 PM   #17
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There are 5 & 6 window cutaways, and even longer shuttle buses. I don't think I have seen any with over 20" behind driver's seat to back wall, but there is a lot I haven't seen. I looked at a sweet '05, 5 window Chevy, with only 55k. on it, but it sold before I could get back with the $$$.
They're out there, just gotta be ready when a good one pops it's head up.
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Old 07-01-2018, 11:12 PM   #18
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a thought about parking...

I, being a gear head for the last 30 years, would like to make a couple of suggestions.

If you know anyone with a farm. If you know anyone with industrial property. Send out a shout out to your friends and family and see if anyone will host you and your bus. If you get really lucky, you find a friend with a warehouse big enough to park in that has a bathroom, electricity, and a breeze in the heat and warmth in the cold. I usually pay a few bucks for the privilege.
If you can afford it, rent some place in a run down part where you can park it indoors behind lock and key. Cruise around areas near you and look for a bunch of classic old cars sitting around, ask there, maybe you can score a new friend and a place to park. Might even get you some extra hands when tough stuff comes up.

just some ideas to start with. I am sorry to hear you will not be on your adventure together. Makes me a little sad. Tell him I said hello.

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Old 07-02-2018, 08:12 PM   #19
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Very helpful. Iíll definitely just be measuring rather than worrying about the number of windows. What kind of engine and transmission should I be looking for if i canít find a cutaway big enough?
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