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Old 12-07-2008, 09:52 PM   #11
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Re: New and Looking for Advice

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I just purchased a 1991 Ward body with International DT 360 and Allison auto trans, 206K miles, verifiably highway (a shuttle from our local school to a special ed co-op 26 miles away). Cylinder sleeves had been replaced 40K miles ago. Needs brake pads in rear (disk). About as long (17 1/2' from the back of driver's seat to the rear door) as the bus you have a pic of, with handicapped lift. AC has a freon leak and needs R12 (not available so need conversion). Tires are in fair condition (fronts nearly new, backs about 3/4's worn down). Rock chip in the windshield (small). Everything else works fine.

I paid a whopping $586.26 at the auction. I think the guy wants too much for that bus, but then, if it turns out to be a great bus that you love, then get it. I paid too much for a VW Thing once. It was the best thing (no pun intended) I ever paid too much for. I had 10X more fun in it than what I paid for it, so that's the final measure. Since you're in Austin, you should contact me if you buy it. Our buses will be very, very similar in size at least.


YOU THINK THATS BAD YOU SHOULD OF SEEN MINE.
THE DRUMS MAX DIA IS 15.120 BUT I PUT A TAP ON
THE RIGHT DRUM AND IT READ 15.75 SO HOWS THAT
FOR BAD!
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:32 PM   #12
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Re: New and Looking for Advice

Okay everyone...

We were able to talk him down to 2000 (which is still on the high end but at least manageable because so few miles have been put on it) and are picking it up tomorrow. I'll probably post some pics and report back on its virgin voyage (or homebound excursion). I know there are few folks in the austin area (kjm,jimmyaustintx) with skoolies and now there's one more!

Thanks everybody for input. I'm sure this forum will be a continued invaluable resource as we modify it and get it ready for the summer.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:19 PM   #13
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Re: New and Looking for Advice

If You are buying from a bus cmpany ask to see the maintence records the should have all work orders and state insections and mechanics notes. first it will confirm miles and it will give you a picture of what was going on.
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