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Old 08-06-2017, 09:03 PM   #1
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New to Skoolie and seeking advice!

Hey Skoolies,
I've been stalking this website for months and have finally decided to become a member. Mostly because our dream of finally buying the bus is becoming a reality! My partner and I have been pretty certain that we were going to go for a conventional bus and have looked at them with no luck. After talking to a few people and doing for research on the flat nosed pusher busses, we are reconsidering limiting our options.
Max checked out this bus today and said that the minute he took a step up it felt like home. It has a turbo Diesel engine, Allison auto transmission, air brakes, wicked low miles! The guy that owns it is even willing to do a partial trade with us which we are so grateful for!
Wanted to get some input from all of you professionals before we make moves.
We plan on driving this up north from TN in the spring. Will be living in it full time, with our 15 month old, dog and cat... And then hopefully driving her out west to live permanently. Those are our plans anyway, we'll see what life throws at us.

Anyway, any advice on this type of bus, size, impression, etc., would be more than greatly appreciated!!
Thanks,
Cait

72 passenger Thomas School Bus - $4,500 in Cookeville TN - LSN
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Old 08-08-2017, 12:25 PM   #2
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Would love some advice regarding CAT engine

What do you think about this bus??

72 passenger Thomas School Bus - $4,500 in Cookeville TN - LSN

I've read that most people on here don't really love the CAT engines.
Also, do you think the ceiling is too short to insulate floor and possibly ceiling??
Messaged the owner and he said that he thinks it's a 3116 engine.
I can't find info about specific CAT engines and which is most desirable.
Also, would we be paying too much? It has very low miles.
Just need some advice from more experienced people!
Thank you thank you thank you
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:23 PM   #3
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What do you think about this bus??

72 passenger Thomas School Bus - $4,500 in Cookeville TN - LSN

I've read that most people on here don't really love the CAT engines.
Also, do you think the ceiling is too short to insulate floor and possibly ceiling??
Messaged the owner and he said that he thinks it's a 3116 engine.
I can't find info about specific CAT engines and which is most desirable.
Also, would we be paying too much? It has very low miles.
Just need some advice from more experienced people!
Thank you thank you thank you
I don't see any problem- sure has low miles, but odometers are easy to swap, so grain of salt.

Cat motors are good, just pricey for parts. I suggest going out and driving it- try to hate it It will only make you more knowledgable about buses. bring a measuring tape.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:37 AM   #4
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Not a bad looking bus. I don't like seeing duct tape on things. I know CAT motors, they are the center of my day job, and they are good stout engines. The amount of money invested in producing a high quality long lasting engine compared to companies like cummins is rediculous. Part of the high expense.

Price isn't terrible for a non auction bus, but I'm sure it's quite negotiatable. Go for it.

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Old 08-10-2017, 04:16 AM   #5
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if the mileage is correct, is a good buy, unless of course it idled all day long since it was bought. n if is correct mileage engine n trans are worth more than average...
I like the cat engines, the 3116 can have a few issues, but i have always thought in school busses they can get mistreated... I have seen that lots in the districts i have worked for.
i have 3208 turbo ... like that.
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:40 AM   #6
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What do you think about this bus??

72 passenger Thomas School Bus - $4,500 in Cookeville TN - LSN

I've read that most people on here don't really love the CAT engines.
Also, do you think the ceiling is too short to insulate floor and possibly ceiling??
Messaged the owner and he said that he thinks it's a 3116 engine.
I can't find info about specific CAT engines and which is most desirable.
Also, would we be paying too much? It has very low miles.
Just need some advice from more experienced people!
Thank you thank you thank you
Thats a $1500-$2500 bus on a good day. No one wants those 3116's.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:10 PM   #7
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Thats a $1500-$2500 bus on a good day. No one wants those 3116's.
What we could buy it for, yeah. Most private party buses in my area are nearly double that with a 366 propane, haha. Auction vs PvtPrty. I will take Cats all day long over 366'ers.

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Old 08-10-2017, 10:20 PM   #8
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What we could buy it for, yeah. Most private party buses in my area are nearly double that with a 366 propane, haha. Auction vs PvtPrty. I will take Cats all day long over 366'ers.

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Old 08-11-2017, 09:07 PM   #9
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Decided no go on CAT

The guy wasn't really willing to go down on the price.
Felt a little sketchy because of his story about buying it for his daughter to travel and then quickly selling it. Felt like something was wrong, since he is a mechanic.

Decided to look at county auction busses like most people recommend on here. Just when we looked, about 11 of them went up on the site from the next school district over.
Went and checked them out today. Lots of oil and tranny leaks, most of them had ten year old tires on them! Some had missing parts and needed a lot of work.
Ended up feeling good about two of them.
Blue Bird 8.3 Cummins with the Allison MD3060 tranny.

Wondering what the consensus is about buying a bus that needs ALL new tires? Ugh. Any suggestions on where to get them?
Also, the air filter that they have in them are located above the rear deck level. So we would lose like 2/3's of the right rear window. Seems like we might be able to drop it down?

Thanks for the input. I so appreciate all the advice!!
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:11 PM   #10
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