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Old 09-22-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Going fishing at auction, hoping to catch 35 footer.

Hi Folks!
I'm a long time reader of the forums here. I've read and read and I just can't read anymore... I need a bus of my own! I'm heading to take a look at some buses for auction tomorrow. Anything I get at auction has to be better than paying 8k from a dealer. I'm hoping to snag an early to mid 90's Blue Bird TC2000. Wish me luck!

Also, wish my wife luck... she's the one that has to convince the mother in law to let us park it on her property.

Lastly... anybody know a good way to tie a bus down to my roof? I'm thinking of just bringing it back Christmas tree style, ala Chevy Chase.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:47 PM   #2
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welcome and goooood luck
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:16 PM   #3
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Re: Going fishing at auction, hoping to catch 35 footer.

As I recall, Chevy Chase took his xmas tree into the house--I don't think your mother-in-law is going to be good with that when you bring your bus home. Welcome and good luck.
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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Re: Going fishing at auction, hoping to catch 35 footer.

If anyone has any sage advice on what to look for, I'm all ears. I know the basics, watch for rust, note the oil pressure and air pressure, check for service records. Oh almost forgot, I have to remember to nod and go "mmm hmmm... yup" like an old episode of King of the Hill.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:13 AM   #5
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its a metal body on a truck chassis, so basics are good, rust and check oil/water and youtube airbrake checks are good to watch also
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:54 PM   #6
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Re: Going fishing at auction, hoping to catch 35 footer.

I successfully made it to the auction site, inspected 6 buses, then drove back home. That's 12 hours on the road... I'm starting to hear "the wheels on the bus go round and round" in my head Anyways, I figured out which bus is THE bus to bid on and I'm going for it. After I did my rounds the maintenance supervisor said the same thing... "oh yeah bus X is the best one out there". So all that's left to do now is cross my fingers and click "bid".

I took a ton of pictures but I feel like I'll jinx it if I post them. I'm trying to be very zen about all this and not get attached because I know how auctions go. I'll keep everyone updated!
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:50 PM   #7
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Re: Going fishing at auction, hoping to catch 35 footer.

I GOT HER!!!

Say hello to the newest member of our family. I snuck in a bid right at the last minute and got her for just under $2200. She's in GA right now but I'm hoping in a week or two we can bring her home to FL. Better start painting the baby room I have been looking at buses on and off for the past year. It's so nice to finally take the next step. Alright, I'm off to go brainstorm names for this beauty... gotta have a name before the build starts!





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Cool and congrats--now the work--I mean fun begins!
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great job, and since you don't get the white stuff we get here (snow that is ) you can work on yours in shorts at Christmas time
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:54 PM   #10
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She's a beaut!
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