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Old 05-19-2019, 10:20 PM   #11
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You're going the wrong direction, price wise!
Another little ditty: In order to get an accurate opinion, pictures are needed.
As many as possible...

Are you looking to convert an auto trans to manual? If so, why???
No, automatic is where I'm staying. The seller just doesn't know the Model# on the Ford chassis.

In my search over all, I'm having trouble finding anything other than 545 transmissions in the buses I've seen this far. The forum generally poo-poo's them so I'm trying to stay clear.

As far as photos go, the ones I have for this query are limited.

The initial bus I'm looking intom (bluebird) came with a video:


The seller was the most transparent of the folks I've dealt with (even if at a higher price) I felt better about it.
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:33 PM   #12
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peteg59, waiting on admin to approve my post addressing you. But in the mean time.. does anyone ever just go with the junker, cheap, straightforward with problems auction buses and then put a sufficient amount of money getting them to where they need to be? (Or do they go with the less crappy, but still cheap, straightforward auction buses ) The way I see it, money will be sunk in somewhere. May as well start with the paid less-known issues than the paid more -unknown issues.
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:41 PM   #13
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Why buy a $500 bus with major problems that will cost thousands to fix, when you can buy a running bus for $2500-3000?


I mean, if you plan on a major trans/engine swap anyway, then sure, pick up a cheapie. But for many of us, why bother?
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:42 PM   #14
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Exceptions apply if it's a vintage, or rare bus, or otherwise has value making it worth fixing up. But any old plain Jane bus, not so much.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:25 AM   #15
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It also depends on where you live.

Finding a clean, non-rusted-hulk in Massachusetts is hard.
Travel will be involved, and that does add to the cost.
(So I'd pay more to someone else if I knew they spent money bringing it closer to here.)

In Texas/Nevada/Arizona/California, there are still good, cheap, rust-free buses without searching too hard.
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