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Old 04-11-2016, 09:44 PM   #11
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:00 PM   #12
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No it doesn't have ac. Is that really a concern since I'll be putting a/c in it? I defenetly understand what you guys are saying. The biggest pros for me are ;

Very close.
Good tires
Very low miles
Pretty solid shape
So far, within my very meager budget.

The cons;
A little smaller than I really wanted, but not by a ton
NOT a turbo diesel. Which concerns me.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:08 PM   #13
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No it doesn't have ac. Is that really a concern since I'll be putting a/c in it? I defenetly understand what you guys are saying. The biggest pros for me are ;

Very close.
Good tires
Very low miles
Pretty solid shape
So far, within my very meager budget.

The cons;
A little smaller than I really wanted, but not by a ton
NOT a turbo diesel. Which concerns me.
unless you are buying a pretty new bus you are MUCH better off to put A/C in yourself.. most often the A/C in an older bus is non functional and unless you know how to work on Mobile A/C can be expensive to repair, maintaint and repair agai when it breaks.. so I wouldnt be concerned about A/C.. put in new A/C in whatever form you wish...

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Old 04-12-2016, 11:58 AM   #14
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:12 PM   #15
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Yea that's one of my newer concerns. Researching has shown me that this isn't the fastest bus. I can however, cheaply and easily, add a turbo. Probably good for 20 or 30 hp, a bit more torque, and hopefully at least 70 mph
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Old 04-12-2016, 04:42 PM   #16
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Yea that's one of my newer concerns. Researching has shown me that this isn't the fastest bus. I can however, cheaply and easily, add a turbo. Probably good for 20 or 30 hp, a bit more torque, and hopefully at least 70 mph
Remember a bus' max speed isnt only the horsepower of the engine.. it is in the final gearing as well.. if it is geared low you simply run the engine to its redline RPM at a lower speed... you cannot increase the maximum safe RPM on an engine.. that is dependent on CAM and Valvetrain parts..

if the issue is that a bus is just slow up hills and is running well below its redline, then increasing horsepower can help that out...

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Old 04-16-2016, 10:57 PM   #17
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Found some Bluebird TC2000's. Auction ends next weekend as well. 1993. turbo diesel. and a good bit longer. but 150k plus miles. opinions?'
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:27 AM   #18
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Katy ISD, just west of Houston is going to auction off a BUNCH of excellent buses. I've been trying to find my daily driver a good home since I have known her and her sister for two years. My daily driver is #337, her sister is #335. Both are 40' Thomas turbo diesel rear engine buses in great shape. Both ride solid as well. All gauges work, lights work, engines are off fresh rebuilds with new injectors, and so on. They'll be up for auction either in June, July, or August. Either bus is worth the trip!

I have a general idea of what they might get at auction, but don't hold me to it. Neither have A/C, but that's a good thing.

Let me know if you want more details.

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Old 04-17-2016, 04:31 AM   #19
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Yes please! I wanted one soon as possible but another month or so isn't bad if it means I get a reliable bus for a price I can afford.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:33 AM   #20
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150k is pretty average for retirement of buses. Generally we look for something under 200k.
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