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Old 01-13-2015, 10:41 PM   #71
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That's a cool bus. How much headroom?
You know that its gas not diesel, and its longer. I think its a 40 footer.
I like the classic buses. They aren't as practical, in my opinion, but I'm always a fan of old stuff.
Vintage usually means a bigger project and more money. Go look at it since its in driving distance. Check the condition of the underside, the rubber, etc.
Good luck, man. It is a cool bus, I wonder what the reserve is.
If it gets too picey then I'd look around. There are a few good deals going rt now on some classic iron...
I think if I were gonna spend more than 4 or 5 grand on a bus, I'd go for a clean 70's or 80's MCI or something similar. Those things float down the highway and will haul ass!
This is just opinion, though. You asked for it, you got it!
I'm tempted to go look at it just for the hell of it. I'm very curious to see what it sells for. One of these completely restored and converted has been listed for the last year for well over 100 grand.
Yeah, I ate my words 5 seconds after I posted it thinking of how much it would be to get any work done on it....it is a beauty, though

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Old 01-13-2015, 11:08 PM   #72
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That escalated quickly! Already north of $4K!
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:44 PM   #73
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There will be plenty more, don't worry. But yeah that was a SWEET bus and a good deal. Well at least you know what you're looking for and have the approval of your other half. Enjoy the hunt.
The hunt might be over....Going to see a bus this weekend with the girls...
I'll keep you you guys posted!!
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:06 PM   #74
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Well, that was a bust of sort.
The guy wants $4500 minimum, and I believe you'd call the bus a "rust bucket" -_-
Then he goes "I have another one in better shape"
Granted, it was in better shape, but the guy wanted $6K!
I said "thank you, but no thank you" -_-
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:59 PM   #75
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For $6,000 you could purchase one of the 1991 Thomas RE's we have for sale and drive it across the country.

Two of them have engines with less than 20K miles.

http://showroom.auction123.com/thebu...8M1777486.html

The have quite a bit of green/black slime on the roofs but no rust.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:55 PM   #76
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For $6,000 you could purchase one of the 1991 Thomas RE's we have for sale and drive it across the country.

Two of them have engines with less than 20K miles.

http://showroom.auction123.com/thebu...8M1777486.html

The have quite a bit of green/black slime on the roofs but no rust.
I'd have bought a bus from you if I were on your side of the continent.
Cowlitz knows his buses.
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:50 PM   #77
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Rust buckets aside, WE FOUND ONE!!!!!
http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/4849587373.html
I know in my original post I said I was looking for something totally different, but you know what? The bus is super clean, virtually no rust, and it runs like a champ!
Hopefully we'll pick it up tomorrow!!!!!
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:54 PM   #78
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Nice size bus for a weekend warrior.
Enjoy!
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:28 AM   #79
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just like my bus, except shorter.
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:50 AM   #80
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Rust buckets aside, WE FOUND ONE!!!!!
http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/4849587373.html
I know in my original post I said I was looking for something totally different, but you know what? The bus is super clean, virtually no rust, and it runs like a champ!
Hopefully we'll pick it up tomorrow!!!!!
I set out looking for something a bit different than what I got too. That's why I try to tell folks to be pretty open minded.
Personally, I'd have bought something similar to yours if I weren't going to try living in it full time. Short conventional is my favorite. Lighter, best ground clearance, easiest to work on, they have many pro's and the only con is they are shorter.
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