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Old 04-23-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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Need Help in Santa Rosa NM

I have been wanting to buy a bus for a while now, ever since my fiance passed away, and his family took everything I could not prove was mine, including the bank account, I just felt it would allow me to have peace of mind having a home that could not be taken from me. I knew that it would be a lot of work, and I knew if I found an older bus I was taking a chance.

I knew all that yet I let my heart over rule my head when I saw the pix of this bus on CL, she was only $1000 and according to the owner mechanically sound, so I bought her sight unseen but for two sideview pictures. My first red flag was when he said he could not send any pictures of her. I am 49 and on my own with limited income, so I had to save up enough money to make the trip via greyhound and for gas back home, he picked me up at the greyhound and rushed to get to the DMV so I could get a temp tag for her, said he wanted to get me on the road as soon as possible.

We did not make to the DMV before they closed so I had to rent a room for a night, and he seemed reluctant to take me to see her, but he did take me once I insisted I did not want to wait till the next day. I love the way she looks, but unlike the picture there where three broke windows, the roof vent covers were also broken, the A/C had no cover although he claims it to is mechanically sound. I worried about dry rot on the tires and he blew it off saying they were not that old and held air fine, I have 1 working headlight, no turn signals. I had already paid for her 2 months before and even though I love what she could become, I knew there was a chance this was going to end bad. I had hopes I could nurse her the 710 miles home and then start working on her issues.


But that was not meant to be, yesterday after 150 miles, I lost all gears, I can shift and put her in gear but she won't move, I had to tow her to a shop, they have not had the chance too look at her yet, and Vern (man I bought her from) would not answer my calls yesterday, when I called him today he seemed to act like this was my fault, and actually told me that clutches never go out, they just don't work that way he says.

so with almost no money left I am reaching my breaking point soon, is there anyone in the NM area that would be able to help me? To look at her and see if we can her back on the road? And me back to TX, where my two pups are waiting for me to come home?
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:07 AM   #2
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If it were me I'd see if the shop or local wrecking yard would buy it off ya for something close to what you paid. Sometimes you have to cut your losses. Sorry you're having such a rotten time. Hope it all works out for you one way or another.
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:08 AM   #3
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First off sorry to hear your dilemma

I will say this first:

If you can't help don't post in this thread
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Im sorry this happened to you. I hope someone in the area you are in can help you.
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:10 AM   #5
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It must be hard, do you have an information about the bus?

the year, the model or a picture of the engine area? what engine it has?

Is the engine in the front of the back?

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I will add that the seller seems shady by what you have said and karma will guide him
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:14 AM   #6
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And to add to what eastcoast said, you have $1000 in her (the gas money and bus ticket are an adventure...smile and enjoy it somehow)

Scrap price for that bus (if fullsize) should be atleast $1500 minimum, so cutting loses and moving forward may be an option

if tires are bad they will set you back $1500 plus easily, so selling and waiting may be an option if it will be $$$to fix

Aks shop how the tires look date and shape and keep this in mind
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:55 AM   #7
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This is a manual transmission bus? If it's an auto, check the transmission fluid level. hopefully it's just real low and needs to be filled up...

If it's a manual, maybe you lost your clutch, but it's definitely too early to tell!

Stay positive. You're in deep, but at least you paid about what that bus is worth running or not. If the tires are in good shape, thats at least a few hundred bucks, plus the scrap value of it.

Can you give us any more information about the bus? What year, make, model, engine, transmission, etc? We might be able to help you get out of this

What's your final destination?

Best of luck. Oh, and stay positive ;)
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Heya East coast, thanks for the ideal that is an option I had not thought of, will look around and see if there is a place around here that will purchase her, just hate to see an old girl go down cause of neglect.
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Thanks Proconsul100, I just wanna get home and cuddle my pups.
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:03 PM   #10
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Oi I am sorry bansil and Charles_m, I ment to put that info in there.

She is a 1964 bluebird
manual puller with a ford 330 engine, which does run pretty strong
also something I wanted to ask about, has anyone heard of a manual that took power steering fluid instead of brake fluid?

took some pix how do I post them?
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