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Old 01-23-2018, 09:07 AM   #11
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I'd throw a healthy bid at this, though-
https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...=1&acctid=9850

That thing is sweet!

even has a driver's door






This bus looks CLEAN. I'd rather start with something like one of these than a clapped out old bus in a field that appears to have been rode hard and put up wet.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:13 AM   #12
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I've looked at a bunch of these older units and run the vins. 5.7, 4L80 and 4.10 rear gears unless it's diesel powered. I work at a Chevy dealer and would be happy to run the vin for you. GM only goes back to 1990 on vins.
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What about this one? Little bigger than one you originally linked
https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...=1&acctid=9850


Edit: didn't see east coast link first, lol
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That is a clean bus with a decent starting bid and close-ish to where I land next week.

I will look into Duramax engines and see what I can learn regarding pain points and issues.

After doing some research, I was leaning more towards a Chevy 350 gasser for simplicity and having a fighting chance at doing repairs myself when needed. A deisel motor would leave me in the hands of merciless tow truck drivers and mechanics if things go gunny bag.
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What about this one? Little bigger than one you originally linked
https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...=1&acctid=9850


Edit: didn't see east coast link first, lol
Thanks for the share regardless! A bigger bus is really not favorable for my needs. A short bus with a gas engine that can pull a trailer is kinda what I am thinkiní
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I've looked at a bunch of these older units and run the vins. 5.7, 4L80 and 4.10 rear gears unless it's diesel powered. I work at a Chevy dealer and would be happy to run the vin for you. GM only goes back to 1990 on vins.
Thanks for that offer. If I hear back from the guy I may take you up on that.
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This bus looks CLEAN. I'd rather start with something like one of these than a clapped out old bus in a field that appears to have been rode hard and put up wet.

Wheel chair lift in the front is a deal killer. It would have to be in the back to get my motorcycle in and out.

Not sure having my bike in the front would be a good idea




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Thanks for the share regardless! A bigger bus is really not favorable for my needs. A short bus with a gas engine that can pull a trailer is kinda what I am thinkiní
The buses linked will be much better suited to towing.
That said- a 350 short bus will tow a vehicle. I'd still look for a nicer bus and a much better deal than the one in Medford.
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Wheel chair lift in the front is a deal killer. It would have to be in the back to get my motorcycle in and out.

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Well whatever works for you, go for it. The one you're interested in wouldn't even have a way to haul a MC in it at all.
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The buses linked will be much better suited to towing.

That said- a 350 short bus will tow a vehicle. I'd still look for a nicer bus and a much better deal than the one in Medford.

I appreciate your replies (and avatar). Thanks! I am not rushing into anything and have a few different ideas on what I am looking for and will work for my situation.

Ultimately cheap, reliable and something that can move a motorcycle hither and dither is what I am after. Being able to work on it myself would be a plus


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