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Old 01-30-2017, 02:04 PM   #1
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Cool Help - Need Advice On This Rig - Might Buy

2000 International, 173k miles, dt466, allison 545, upstate NY bus, some rust, pics of underneath and engine coming... $2800 firm... I like since it has recommended engine (from folks here) and 3 doors (I intend to add lift for motorcycles and the door is in the back)..

I was thinking to go smaller (its 38.9ft) for better handling and national park access, etc.

Thoughts? Good Deal?

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Old 01-30-2017, 02:14 PM   #2
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Is this the bus from Craigslist? Just wondering because I was planning to go look at it also.

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Old 01-30-2017, 02:21 PM   #3
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Hey Freebird,

That is a nice looking bus from the pics.

The DT466 is likely the single most sought after motor and with the low miles on that one it is attractive.

The AT545 transmission...... Not so much. The 545 is a 4 speed, non-overdrive, non-lockup transmission. Preferred would be an MT647 (4 spd lockup) or an MD3060 (5/6spd, OD, lockup). Having the lockup torque converter and overdrive are very desireable.

Another consideration is rust. Where did the bus live most of its life? I have seen 12 year old buses that were not roadworthy because the chassis rust was so bad. A little bit of body rust is one thing but significant rust can be a bus killer.
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Old 01-30-2017, 02:25 PM   #4
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Yep - its on CL, in NY - upstate. He has a few, but according to him, this is the "best one"...

I noticed folks recommended the different transmissions as well... I might just keep looking since transmission is not optimal...
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Old 01-30-2017, 03:38 PM   #5
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I can not imagine a 17 year old winter driven bus, likely never washed until after all the snow melts and the roads are dry only having "some rust".
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:19 PM   #6
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Yeah... we wil see pics tomorrow

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Old 01-30-2017, 04:57 PM   #7
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How much you figure its gonna cost you install a lift? Because a very high percentage of buses for sale HAVE lifts. Besides the fact that NY loves salt, you might want to keep looking.
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Old 01-31-2017, 04:27 AM   #8
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Yeah, i thought that too... so much to consider

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Old 01-31-2017, 05:50 AM   #9
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look down in nc or tenn, lots of rust free buses. look for a trip bus, high ceiling and big motors
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Old 01-31-2017, 08:56 AM   #10
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Definitely spend some time crawling under that beastie. "A little rust" sounds suspect for that part of the world.
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