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Old 11-07-2017, 11:46 AM   #1
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Questions about Gillig

So we’ve found a bus that looks awesome! We unfortunately don’t know too much about it. It’s a 1975 Gillig. Any input would be helpful.

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Old 11-07-2017, 12:52 PM   #2
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Year: 2002
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: All American RE (A3RE)
Engine: Cummins ISC (8.3)
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Tell us more about it?

Mileage?
Engine?
Transmission?
Condition?
Location?

Pictures would be awesome.

As you spend time reading through the forum you will find many discussions regarding preference on drive train and things to look for.

As to Gillig, they are well respected and have a reputation as a solid bus. As I understand it, they are substantially built from class 8 truck pieces.
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:29 PM   #3
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So it appears to be in good condition and is inear Leavenworth WA. The guy hasn’t replied to my phone call or email yet.
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:03 PM   #4
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That is a nice bus for its vintage.

I would definitely have a capable mechanic check it over for you. I would venture a guess that it has more than 181k miles on it. It looks like the odometer rolls over at 100k so it could be 281k or 381k miles.

It is equipped with a manual transmission and a CAT engine. If you are ok with that and it passes muster as far as mechanical condition & rust I would be getting excited about it.

There are differing opinions here regarding CAT engines. Like most manufacturers, CAT build some great engines and some that were not quite as successful. Like a number of members here, I have a strong preference towards Cummins and International engines. Parts and service tend to be a bit easier to find and less expensive than similar service on a CAT. I live in a town of 2000 people in a county of less than 6000. There are two places in town were I can get parts and service for my Cummins and International motors. The nearest CAT service is almost 100 miles away at the CAT dealer.

I would also consider how much of an investment in the conversion you want to make. If "metal tent" is your goal and you won't be investing a great deal of time and money in it then the longevity of the bus may be less of a concern. Buy a cheap bus and use it until it wears out and then find another cheap bus. If you intend to make a more substantial investment in the conversion then I would recommend making sure that the bus you start with has plenty of life left in it.

Let us know what you hear from the seller.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:10 PM   #5
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For $1500 unless it has some major flaw it's a good deal.
Go for it!
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:44 PM   #6
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Unfortunately we’ve made several attempts to contact the seller and have heard ZIP back. Our thought was to maybe use it for a bit but atleast get it back to our property and work on it and if it runs for a bit great and if not we’ll turn it into a cool guest house 😁 For $1500 the look alone is cool enough for us. This would be our “what not to do next time” bus 😜
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