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Old 07-28-2016, 08:38 PM   #1
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Thinking of purchasing a Thomas C2

Hello everyone
I'm thinking of purchasing a 1997 Thomas C2 200,000 km. What should I be looking for and check?
This is copy of the email text from the seller :

The two 1997 buses have diesel engines with about 220,000 km. which is low for these years, they have hydraulic brakes and some tires like new. Both start up and run great but no current MVI as they have been parked for about 18 months. They are bench seat (72 school kids or 44 adult seats) that can be removed. I no longer need these buses but think they would work great for what you want to do. I was asking 3000.00 but would take less...actually I would sell both together for 3000.00 you would have lots of good tires and the engines and other parts are all the same (twin buses). You would get these two buses for less than the cost of the tires!
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:48 PM   #2
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To the best of my knowledge, Freightliner did not release the C2 (Safe-T-Liner C2) until 2004 model year (2nd half of 2003). From 1997-2007, Freightliner sold the Thomas Safe-T-Liner FS-65. Where the C2 is based on Freightliner's M2 chassis, the FS-65 was based on the FL-series chassis.

The FS-65 will have the CAT C7 (3126/7.2L), Cummins B (5.9L) or Benz MBE906 (6.4L). Any of these engines should be backed by a modern Allison overdrive tranny. Check on whether it is an automatic or manual. Both were offered.

You might want to get more details with from the seller. The approximately 125k miles is good. Find out the condition of the sheet metal. Rust is a money and time pit. Price seems very fair.

Good luck!
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Old 07-29-2016, 03:46 PM   #3
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I have a 2003 HDX Saf-T-Liner.
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Old 07-29-2016, 03:58 PM   #4
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The C2 & FS-65 are Type C. The HD/HDX, ER and EF/EFX are Type D.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:04 PM   #5
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Here are pictures if I do this correct.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxp...w?usp=drivesdk
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxp...w?usp=drivesdk
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:57 AM   #6
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From looking at the pictures I noticed the "twin" busses are Corbeil buses. Hmmm....learning
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