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Old 08-16-2018, 01:36 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by britainweyant View Post
All right everyone. Here looking now. Engine sounds great, was used for schooling as I said. Tires look decent, undercarriage all looks good. Transmission IS in fact a 545. I offered 2200 they countered 2400.
What are mileage and engine hours?
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:09 PM   #12
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Popular opinion is that the T444E is a bad match for a full size bus. I have one in my short bus and it's OK but I wouldn't want to add another 5 tons to it. The AT545 will be a bigger burden than the engine at highway speed, if it is even geared to do it.
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Old 09-26-2018, 02:46 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by o1marc View Post
If it's near a coastal city I would make sure to go over it with a fine tooth comb for rust. Ga. seems to run their buses longer than most and they are worn. I just bought a Ga. bus from mid north area and it is battlescarred and worn.
Trans would be a deciding factor for me. As Johnny mentioned, that typically would be a $2500 bus, less with a 545 and more with a 5-6 speed.

Yup, I bought a '98 International 3800 with 74k miles for $2500! Good deal I thought......untill I started the demo. large sections of the floor is rotten. I mean through the steel rotten! And most of it was not visible from underneath. The windows were leaking and with the rubber floor on top, one never knew.
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