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Old 10-23-2016, 12:34 AM   #1
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"Needs a driveshaft" ?

Found this for $700. Our goal is to move our piano cheaply across country (it cost a couple of thousand to move it out here - I don't want to talk about it). The plan has been to buy a bus, gut it, move all of our belongings and camp along the way, and sell it at the other end. But it might be more prudent to get a smaller (read: cheaper) bus for us, the piano, and our beds, and palletize and ship the limited amount of stuff we will want at the other end. Thoughts on short-bus-and-ship-some? Thoughts on this bus I found on Craigslist just now?

1985 econoline 350. all it needs is a drive shaft. runs good make an offer. 460 engine c6 transmission

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Old 10-23-2016, 01:08 AM   #2
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any drive line shop can make a drive shaft for that, will cost around $350 for a drive shaft, do they say what happened to the old drive shaft?
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Old 10-23-2016, 01:47 AM   #3
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any drive line shop can make a drive shaft for that, will cost around $350 for a drive shaft, do they say what happened to the old drive shaft?
Interesting that a custom driveshaft is an option: I couldn't find anything online. so this may be an option they had not considered.

Haven't been in touch with them (I emailed 'em after midnight).

Would you consider this vehicle? I should think that one would want to pay reeeeal close attention to brake lines and tire age, and hire a mechanic to look it over.
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Old 10-23-2016, 03:46 AM   #4
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$700 looks like it has been setting for some time. It may be easier to sell the bus if you buy a SKoolie and take out some seats. or work with some one looking to transport one across the country you may not even need to buy it. But i would rather drive a skoolie that was just in service than a old over loaded for van. just looks like trouble to me? they don't even need to be your own town they can come get it and its just a lot closer. Not having to get your money or mess with selling is price less. A 40ft $2k skoolie will be easier to sell than that bus.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:04 AM   #5
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are you just wanting a bus as a moving van or are you planning on having a bus to use as a camper or living quarters at some point?

seems like some of these skoolies that go cheap with smaller engines and AT545's would be a good choice as a moving van... you can move slowly to not ruin the transmision and then sell the bus at the other end... who knows what caused the shaft to break on this van? did the yoke get damaged? or the pinion ? is the transmission slip yoke still there? a driveshaft that falls off and is lost over a cliff or stolen for scrap often has the tranny slip yoke with it...

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Might have pulled the driveshaft for towing?
First thing i would do--measure the door to make sure a piano will fit.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:53 AM   #7
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Found this for $700. Our goal is to move our piano cheaply across country (it cost a couple of thousand to move it out here - I don't want to talk about it). The plan has been to buy a bus, gut it, move all of our belongings and camp along the way, and sell it at the other end. But it might be more prudent to get a smaller (read: cheaper) bus for us, the piano, and our beds, and palletize and ship the limited amount of stuff we will want at the other end. Thoughts on short-bus-and-ship-some? Thoughts on this bus I found on Craigslist just now?

1985 econoline 350. all it needs is a drive shaft. runs good make an offer. 460 engine c6 transmission

460 engine parts are super high priced. How do you know it doesn't have a cracked block or a popped freeze plug.?
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Yea i agree with the suspicious vibe here that drive shaft is unlikely the only problem.

So often people sell something that "only needs -------" well if it REALLY only needs that simple part it does not make much sense to sell it cheap rather than replacing it.
And i can't stress enough how CHEAP a vehicle needs to be for me to buy one i cant test drive, really it is only worth scrap price.

And lastly that style will be more difficult to sell than a skoolie.

Good luck!
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just my 2 cents..... but the fuel for a 460 to drive across the country is going to be crazy high.

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Yea i agree with the suspicious vibe here that drive shaft is unlikely the only problem.

So often people sell something that "only needs -------" well if it REALLY only needs that simple part it does not make much sense to sell it cheap rather than replacing it.
And i can't stress enough how CHEAP a vehicle needs to be for me to buy one i cant test drive, really it is only worth scrap price.

And lastly that style will be more difficult to sell than a skoolie.

Good luck!
I would suspicion that the drive shaft was removed or left out after a tranny failure/inspection or some other major failure. so it could be easily moved around.
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