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Old 06-05-2019, 03:02 AM   #1
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1982 short bus. Any good?

I had not thought about getting an older bus, but one is available and may go look just for experience.4 window.
They said it has all its papers, gas. 1982, 47k miles? Could it be that low? Says something church on the side. It is yellow and maybe vandura?
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Thinking it's a gas guzzler.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:05 AM   #2
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Sounds like it's a cutaway style? GMC van nose with a short bus body on rear? Vandura was GMC anyway. You didn't give much info but can't hurt to go check it out, if you're ok with its size. I'm working on a 1982 currently, but Ford. Lots of rust has slowed me down, not to mention the engine AND trans rebuilds.

Might only be a 5 digit odometer but can't say for sure. If they have paperwork backing that claim up, I've seen crazier things. The bodies themselves aren't too complicated. Very similar to a standard bus.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:55 AM   #3
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How much is it?

If it’s a one owner bus, for a church, that maybe could be right, or maybe 147K

If it’s 147K on a gas engine, it should be cheap because for a gas engine, that’s getting up there. Remember that an 82 gas engine is still going to need to pass smog and they are responsible for that. Don’t buy if it doesn’t pass.
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The dashes in buses had issues with poorly soldered circuit boards. It is extremely common for them to fail and be replaced with another without correcting the mileage on it. I am suspect of any old bus that has a very unusually low mileage. A typical bus puts at least 10k miles a on it. 1200 miles a year average is hard to believe. If it is a 5 digit odometer, it could likely have 147k, 247k.
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:07 PM   #5
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Also, also, its not entirely about the mileage. While it can give you some indication of a vehicles condition, two vehicles with similar mileage can have very different condition due to how well they were maintained, how they were driven, if there was a mechanical issue that caused other issues.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:11 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input. They want $1900. I think I will pass on even spending my time and gas to go see it. I don't need a headache. I have enough aches and pains of my own.
I have some leads on other buses that are in this Century!
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