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Old 03-15-2007, 11:19 AM   #11
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Body work is also easy because for the most part its all flat!
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:52 PM   #12
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...Yeah, nice, straight, flat, right angles, doesn't have to look like a Cadillac,
it ain't no spaceship, it just has to look just good enough...

Therein lies my dilemma..... Delay, or Launch.... Light that candle, or stand down... S#!t or get off the pot....

. Its torture I tell you.... TORTURE !!!! ARRRRRRRRGHHHHHHH
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Old 03-15-2007, 03:03 PM   #13
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... Yeah, the drive train IS pretty close to what I want...

... And I AM planning on doing a total floor tear out and install a radiant floor...

... And it IS the right size ...

... Need to negotiate the price... My pockets are NOT bottomless...
In fact they're rather shallow... If the price is right... Maybe then...


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Old 03-16-2007, 03:48 PM   #14
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. Here's a picture of the rear...



... Doesn't look TOO bad...
... Looks like the normal amount of rust on the hinges
... I actually think its sort of clean...


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Old 03-19-2007, 09:46 AM   #15
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So just how far away is the bus from you? The reason I ask is that it seems like it's very close to what you want but there's the rust issue and likely other "condition" questions lurking. I think it's one of those situations where you'd know for sure if you could just see the bus in person and get an overall feel for it. What's it look like in the engine compartment, what's the interior look like, what's the driver's area like, how are the tires, what's the underbody look like, just how bad is that rust in real life, etc?

I know it's tough to make the trip sometimes, I bought my first bus just east of Denver, CO and I live in NW Washington (nice 1600 mile test drive! ). I talked to the seller several times and felt I had a good sense of the guy selling the bus and we had a good rapport; he seemed to volunteer information about the bus (good and bad) without having to ask specific questions and seemed forthcoming. I took the chance that the bus was what he said it was and flew from Seattle to Denver where he picked me up. I was however, ready to leave the bus where it sat and fly home if it turned out to be a bad deal. It was actually better then he said, he was being conservative in his description. That was a very pleasant surprise and the bus drove home flawlessly, passed a DOT inspection with no trouble (not required, I just asked for it as it's a good way to assess the bus' condition), and has made many 1400 mile round trips to our vacation spot. So these situations can work out well in the end with a bit of work in the beginning.
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:49 PM   #16
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Hey Les,
. Thanks for your input... This baby is only 500 miles away...

Here's a picture of the inside of the bus that they sent me...



. As far as the dealer being forthcoming...
Well, he said they're good runners, just a little rusty.... A LITTLE !?!...
It seems as though they haven't been, how should I put it...
eager to pursue this sale...

I'll see what's going on with these people
and see if I can get a better feeling about this whole adventure...

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Old 03-19-2007, 04:11 PM   #17
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I'm with les on this one. Pica are nice, but, you can't poke that picture with a screwdriver to see if it goes through.

If it is the bus you want, drivetrain wise, I would think that a little rust or even a lot isn't that big a deal. The frames on these things are pretty beefy. They can stand a little rust. And the floor is flat as a board, so who cares if you need to replace a few acres of it.

There is a DT444/643 rig up in vermont that is described as a little rusty. If I was ready to buy, I'd be headed up 91N as we speak. Maybe next year.
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... Well Vermont is about 1800 miles away...

... But, yeah... Curiosity killed the cat, so I might as well go up there and check it out... If just to settle my own curiosity...

... But I'm really waiting on a reply from those folks
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There are some nice ones at United Truck Body here in Duluth. It's not a bad drive from Chicago if you drive during off-peak hours. We left downtown at 6:00 am and I was back in my apartment by 3:00pm with a breakfast stop.

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... Yeah, those are the folks I've been trying to deal with...

... They say its a good runner... Should I trust them on it ?...
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