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Old 07-16-2019, 02:26 PM   #1
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1955 Flxible bus! I want it..but?

Hello friends!
I know I am probably getting super annoying with my multiple threads on these classic buses! I'm sorry but I really appreciate the knowledge that you guys are sending my way!
NOW WE ARE LOOKING AT A 1955 FLXIBLE BUS.
This is a show bus. It is stunning! The price is pretty good and definitely in our range. Mechanical info:
The bus is powered by a 350 hp Detroit Turbo Diesel 6V-92 with 40 K on the engine (since new, not rebuilt). It has a 4 speed Allison transmission and power steering. The transmission has been recently rebuilt as well as new tires, brakes, hoses etc..there is pretty much zero rust( it has been stored inside). It is lisenced and is still on the road. I am posting 1 pic of something I noticed on the engine photos. I've put a red dot on the part in question although I'm pretty sure you can tell which part I am referring to.. Thoughts or advice?
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Old 07-16-2019, 02:33 PM   #2
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That's an exhaust manifold. they're cast iron so they oxidize easily. They're supposed to look like that.
350hp is awesome. The kind of power school bus owners can usually only dream of.

I love that you guys aren't so trendy as to just immediately jump on the bandwagon.
These old coaches are cool and if I could afford to buy one I'd totally do it too.

Have you ever seen a Crown?
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these are great busses, like the other classics.. but again all the same things apply.. when you break it what is your plan to fix it?



sure the 6V92 is one excellent piece of Detroit iron, but what if you break a tie-rod end.. or crack the windshield, that allison has trouble.. do you have the means and resourcefulness to repair it or get it repaired?



Ive saidit before and will say it again.. travelling the country in a classic bus is really really fantastic.. but be prepared to not live in it while its being fixed, carry a fat wallet inside a fat toolbox.. you may need both..
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these are great busses, like the other classics.. but again all the same things apply.. when you break it what is your plan to fix it?



sure the 6V92 is one excellent piece of Detroit iron, but what if you break a tie-rod end.. or crack the windshield, that allison has trouble.. do you have the means and resourcefulness to repair it or get it repaired?



Ive saidit before and will say it again.. travelling the country in a classic bus is really really fantastic.. but be prepared to not live in it while its being fixed, carry a fat wallet inside a fat toolbox.. you may need both..
Heck I'd apply that line of thinking to owning ANY bus.
My 2004 IC was gonna cost ten grand to fix and that wasn't even an engine rebuild or anything.
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blubird used to build factory conversions called Wanderlodges. They were top of the line.
You can buy one now cheaper than someone's used skoolie.

https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/198...411-5008336007



Just trying to give you ideas.
Post some pics of the Flxible!!! That sounds really cool!
edit- is it this one?

Thats a rare old bird. If you're prepared to buy a vintage bus then that one is pretty special.
I like the Yanmar diesel genny.
That bus is pretty sweet. Price sounds high but lets be real- there are more expensive converted school buses for sale out there.
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Old 07-16-2019, 02:52 PM   #6
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so close to the scenicruiser... .. i think flxible called them starliners..
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OMG all the dials and buttons on the bluebird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Heck I'd apply that line of thinking to owning ANY bus.
My 2004 IC was gonna cost ten grand to fix and that wasn't even an engine rebuild or anything.
It's not just the cost. Ever shop for a windshield on a rare vintage vehicle?

What was going to cost $10k on the '04 IC?
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It's not just the cost. Ever shop for a windshield on a rare vintage vehicle?

What was going to cost $10k on the '04 IC?
timing cover. common failure on 2000's DT's.

An MCI windshield shouldn't be too hard to track down. IDK about a Flxible or Crown.
I love school buses but I'm tired of seeing tarted up used school buses sold to newbs for the kind of money they could buy a real coach with.
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There was one on Craigslist for a while. I think it was a 45 if I recall correctly. It was beautiful! Guy was selling it for 150K or so.
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