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Old 09-04-2017, 11:09 PM   #1
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What's this bus worth?

I came across a group of Thomas busses for sale. Here's a couple pics of the one I'm interested in. What do you think it's worth? I am hesitant about buying a bus yet because I have word that there'll be a windfall of busses on the market here soon. Opinions?

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Old 09-04-2017, 11:14 PM   #2
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:32 PM   #3
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Oregon no rust visible. There's no salt on the roads here and it's got markings hinting to the valley.

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Old 09-04-2017, 11:40 PM   #4
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The vintage and shift quadrant suggests you have a MD3060 5-speed OD transmission.

At a guess the way in which the bus is spe'c'ed it most likely is not a 250 HP engine and more likely in the 210-235 HP range.

It will not be a powerhouse on the hills but it should cruise very easily at 60 MPH depending upon the gearing in the rear end. I came across one that had a C7 250 HP engine with really short legged rear gears. It would take off from a stop like a scared rabbit but it tached out at 57 MPH.

Since it is from OR it most probably does not have any rust.

I would guess the asking price is going to be in the $5K-$7.5K range with a reasonable sale price in the $3.5K-$4.5K range.
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:37 AM   #5
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Caterpillar C7 EFC7210 would be: Electronic Fuel C7 210 HP ...guessing.

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tire condition?
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:39 AM   #6
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Tires are good, not new. Didn't look closely at them but still lots of useable tread. I should've looked at the date stamp. The seller is asking 5k each for the three

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Old 09-06-2017, 09:09 AM   #7
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If you can afford Cat service and parts it may be an ok bus. But I think for the money you'd do MUCH better at the auctions.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:42 PM   #9
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I would do much better at the auction. I thought the price was high but it's the style of bus I'm looking for. Most busses here are conventional nose and those that are cab forward are almost always pushers

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Tires are good, not new. Didn't look closely at them but still lots of useable tread. I should've looked at the date stamp. The seller is asking 5k each for the three

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Tread depth is something to look at but not the decider on tires. The tire age and sidewall condition are the real tale.

You can buy a bus with new tires for the same money you will pay for a bus with used tires.

Expensive Cat motor parts prices and only at Cat dealers.Not good when the dealer is miles away on weekends and holidays . You can buy Cummins parts from a lot of parts stores right across the counter.

Tires plus Cat motor = Keep looking.
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