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Old 11-04-2015, 03:24 PM   #11
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I got my Finn M39 for a hundred on the bargain rack at the local pawn shop!
But that was 5 years ago.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:25 PM   #12
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You all just missed about 14 buses sold here in CO for between 1200 and 2000. They were all conventional, thomas 66 pass buses with DT466s and MT643s. Most had no visible rust and all drove great! I bought 3 of them.
Lots of buses are out there! Id be happy to sell you a bus out here in CO, got plenty of em! Tell me what you're looking for and I'll see if I have it. We can also arrange delivery, too.
Id say prices are still in a good range, but you gotta be diligent and also know your local auction houses. If it doesn't get put on the internet, it will always be cheaper!
I saw those! just didn't have any money or a way to get them to FL.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:35 PM   #13
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I got my Finn M39 for a hundred on the bargain rack at the local pawn shop!
But that was 5 years ago.

Try that today.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:47 PM   #14
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The same reason you can't get a commie surplus Mosin-Nagant for $100 at Big 5 like you could 3-4 years ago... supply and demand.

About 5 years ago, Big 5 had a Black Friday ad for a Mosin-Nagant 91/30 for $89. I went to 5 stores and looked through about a dozen rifles until my last stop where I was going to take whatever they had. The one on the rack was kind of rough so I asked the kid if they had any more in the back. He comes out with 2 boxes. He opens the end of the first box and starts pulling out MY RIFLE. I think to myself that looks like a nice rifle until he gets to the receiver. It's a hex receiver Izzy that was refurbished. A half second didn't pass before I barked out, "I'LL TAKE THAT ONE!" I think I scared the kid. This was Wed., so I put it on hold for Friday. I looked on the rack and asked about one buried in the back. He pulls it out. A Turkish Mauser. How much for that one I asked. No tag so he had to look on the computer. On closeout, $89.62 or some crazy number. I'll take that one too.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:59 PM   #15
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About 5 years ago, Big 5 had a Black Friday ad for a Mosin-Nagant 91/30 for $89. I went to 5 stores and looked through about a dozen rifles until my last stop where I was going to take whatever they had. The one on the rack was kind of rough so I asked the kid if they had any more in the back. He comes out with 2 boxes. He opens the end of the first box and starts pulling out MY RIFLE. I think to myself that looks like a nice rifle until he gets to the receiver. It's a hex receiver Izzy that was refurbished. A half second didn't pass before I barked out, "I'LL TAKE THAT ONE!" I think I scared the kid. This was Wed., so I put it on hold for Friday. I looked on the rack and asked about one buried in the back. He pulls it out. A Turkish Mauser. How much for that one I asked. No tag so he had to look on the computer. On closeout, $89.62 or some crazy number. I'll take that one too.
I always pass up the good deals. When you could still get a SKS for $40 with a free box of Berdan-primed ammo AND still have enough to get a six pack of Schmidt on the way home, I said to myself "maybe later". When silver was $8/ounce, I said to myself "some other time". When surplus 7.62x25 ammo was as cheap and plentiful as .22LR, I thought I would have plenty of time . When .22LR was still cheap and plentiful, I thought I would wait and see. And I didn't bother getting a Mosin when they were cheap, either .
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Old 11-04-2015, 04:11 PM   #16
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You all just missed about 14 buses sold here in CO for between 1200 and 2000. They were all conventional, thomas 66 pass buses with DT466s and MT643s. Most had no visible rust and all drove great! I bought 3 of them.
Lots of buses are out there! Id be happy to sell you a bus out here in CO, got plenty of em! Tell me what you're looking for and I'll see if I have it. We can also arrange delivery, too.
Id say prices are still in a good range, but you gotta be diligent and also know your local auction houses. If it doesn't get put on the internet, it will always be cheaper!
Woah awesome! And I haven't checked out local auction houses, I hit up the local bus depots for school districts but totally spaced on general auction houses.

I'm looking for a short bus (under 35ft, shorter is better) that has a diesel engine and can do highway miles. That's a big part of the problem; plenty of great deals on full-size busses but I lack the zoning for storing such a long vehicle and don't need that much space for my conversion anyway. I'm doing my conversion to travel long distance with short stays, like a few days worth of boondocking, and traveling with 6 dogs. I'd prefer to avoid cutaways but if I like the body style and it's a good deal it's no longer on my 'deal breaker' list.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:57 PM   #17
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I noticed ritchie bros has buses from time to time, you might consider checking them out.

Here are some Amtrans they've got in the Spokane auction next week:

https://www.rbauction.com/SPOKANE-WA...I5NDMzMTE2MA==
out of these four buses which would you be the most interested in? I am in Spokane and have signed up to bid. Any advice on these auctions would be much appreciated.

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Old 11-13-2015, 08:00 AM   #18
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out of these four buses which would you be the most interested in? I am in Spokane and have signed up to bid. Any advice on these auctions would be much appreciated.

probably this one (the 1997): https://www.rbauction.com/1997-AMTRA...ANE-WA-2015317

Double check, but the 1997 should still have the all mechanical DT466 (and the tires still look pretty good, but check the date code). If it has the DT466E, that's a deal breaker. The 98 had the DT466E, so I'd avoid that one. The 94 is all mechanical, but it's the DT408. And the battery in the 94 is dead. And you'll need new tires on the 94. If you can get a good deal on the 94 then go with it, but the 97 is probably gonna be pretty good. It doesn't say what engine the 92 has, just a 6 cylinder international. The 92 might be worth looking at too, but check the tires on it as well. I think the tires on the 92 look a little better than the tires on the 94. and the battery on the 92 isn't dead.

Good luck, have fun, don't feel pressured to bid, set a high bid in your mind and don't go over it, there will be other auctions if you miss out on this one.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:27 AM   #19
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Man, I want that 97, that sucker is SWEET!!!!
High headroom, high HP, All mechanical it looks like...
Air ride, auto chains, and underbelly storage bins too.
I'd have put in a bid already if it weren't on the absolute opposite side of the lower 48. I love my bus, but would gladly sell it if I could score one as sweet as that one.
I say GO FOR IT.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:45 AM   #20
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One more thing, check the axle ratio. you probably want something starting with 4 unless the transmission has overdrive.
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