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Old 10-22-2017, 06:04 PM   #1
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Pulled the Trigger on a 1995 Thomas RE

So, I won an Ebay auction that I did not expect to win today lol..

1995 Thomas RE 14 window flat nose with 8.3L cummins and 6 speed allison.

209k miles, paying $2,550

The tires are 2 years old with under 5k miles, the seller is a private school in Oregon who has the maintenance records. Supposedly no leaks, issues or heavy rust.

Says it has a webasto pre-heater and automatic snow chains.

I've been wanting to take a trip to Portland, so this 2000 mile trip home will be her test/maiden voyage, wish me luck!!!!
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:06 PM   #2
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That's a sweet bus and it's got luggage compartments! Best of luck on your journey.
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:20 PM   #3
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what a Great lookin bus!!! enjoy the maiden voyage!!! where you grin hat! cause yer gonna do a lot of it cruisin a bus like that across the USA!!
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:20 PM   #4
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SWEET!!!

8.3 and I would guess an MD3060

Good tires.

Webasto.

Baggage bays.

All for $2550.... Score!

BTW: My Bluebird came from Portland and has zero rust.
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:21 PM   #5
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Nice price! Have fun, man!
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:24 PM   #6
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Hey Okie,

If you should develop buyers remorse...... I would be happy to take it off your hands ;)

Are you in Oklahoma?
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:33 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! Originally I didn't want that many miles, but after hours of reading old threads it seems like that's no big deal for a well maintained mechanical 8.3L.

Yeah I'm in Oklahoma so it's gonna be a long haul home haha. I did have that instant of "oh **** what did I do" but hey, you only live once right.

It's from a suburb of Portland called Battle ground, pretty far inland, so I am hoping the rust isn't significant. The guy didn't supply the best pics, but this was kind of an impulse buy when I noticed it 12 hours before the auction ended.
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:36 PM   #8
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Congrats on your score! Portland is fairly distant from the coast, so there shouldn't be much of that "R" word.
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Old 10-22-2017, 07:19 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone! Originally I didn't want that many miles, but after hours of reading old threads it seems like that's no big deal for a well maintained mechanical 8.3L.

Yeah I'm in Oklahoma so it's gonna be a long haul home haha. I did have that instant of "oh **** what did I do" but hey, you only live once right.

It's from a suburb of Portland called Battle ground, pretty far inland, so I am hoping the rust isn't significant. The guy didn't supply the best pics, but this was kind of an impulse buy when I noticed it 12 hours before the auction ended.
The seller had three of those buses. The first went to a guy in Nevada who has a whole video series on YouTube detailing the conversion.

The first bus is everything you say, an excellent platform, but it did have significant rust. He shows how he dealt with it all, and he has some excellent welding skills. Yours may or may not be similar. Rust is more time-consuming than anything else, and none of the rust on his bus extended to the frame ... so it's all good.

That, and the fact that I am not quite ready to buy, is why I watched that auction (both times because the first winner was a flake), but I didn't bid.

Now I know it went to another Okie I'm glad I held off.

Good luck with it and have a great drive home.
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Here is a link to the first video in the series:

https://youtu.be/AkiNmEkD6C4
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