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Old 04-13-2019, 07:43 PM   #31
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People talk a lot about buying busses for bargains on here. And itís true that is is easy to pay too much if you are in a hurry, but almost any change you make to a bus will cost more than if you payed a few bucks more for a bus that was already set up that way. Transmissions can be swapped, rear end gearing can be changed, roofs can be raised. But each one of those projects will likely cost as much as a whole bus. Itís worth even a couple thousand dollars extra to buy it with the options you want vs adding them later IMO.
true to a point - a good motor, an acceptable transmission, the proper size, and the less rust the better would be first on my list - highway gearing would be nice - I doubt there is a bus built that will have the rest of the things I need unless I come across a skoolie that just happens to be converted to my toy hauler/camper needs
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:39 PM   #32
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Looking for a bus that is under 30' bumper to bumper, having a hard time finding something decent, seems like everyone here finds amazing deals, maybe I haven't been looking long enough. Looking for opinions on what I have found, what I should go look at, and what isn't worth the time. Everyone says they have good tires.

1998 International 3600, Dt466E, AT545, 140k, maintenance records, $4k

1990 Bluebird TC/2000 FE, cummins 5.9, AT545, 80k miles, rebuilt transmission, 30' bumper to bumper, $4k (delivered)

2001 GMC 3500 cutaway, 6.5lT (I know...I know), 4L80, 90k miles $5.5k

2004 Thomas, C7, Allison 2000, FE flatnose, 9000hrs, odo shows 40k, $5k

Thanks to everyone, looks like a great forum here.
What part of NC are you in?
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:54 AM   #33
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I am in Raleigh
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:04 AM   #34
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Cool! I'm in Fayetteville and I am just starting my bus today, so if you ever wanna come out and help or look you're more than welcome! we are doing two buses at once. We both got our buses for under 3200 though, one is a 33ft and it was 3200 and mine is a bluebird minibird which is 25ft and its was 2400
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:07 AM   #35
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true, I live in Fayetteville and we get very little snow and salt most NC buses are good on rust as long as you stay away from the beach and mountain towns. those buses arent even as bad ass some i have seen though.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:08 AM   #36
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Mine is rust free, and the other one we have only hass rust on the stairs and from a hole in the roof
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:32 PM   #37
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:10 PM   #38
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Looking at two buses this week, one is a 1990 GMC, 7 window with a gas 366.

The other is a 1984 International 5 window with a gas (345 I think).

These aren't my first choices, but this isn't my forever bus, this is a temporary bus while we get familiar with the setup.

Opinions on these buses, and what they might be worth?
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