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Old 06-09-2010, 11:03 PM   #1
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This is what we're going for..........

Thought I would share and see if anyone had any thoughts before we finish the deal.

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Old 06-09-2010, 11:36 PM   #2
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Re: This is what we're going for..........

Looks like a nice bus. Expensive but nice.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:51 PM   #3
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Its at the top of what we want to spend. We'll be putting a lot of miles on it and we need something dependable and not trashed nor a serious project. What should it be worth? i havent gone to look at it yet. It sounds pretty clean from what they have been telling me.
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:05 AM   #4
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100% rust free with the 8.3? I'm all ears. I was going to dicker quite a bit with them.
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:06 AM   #5
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Re: This is what we're going for..........

I would sure be concerned about rust with a bus from North Dakota no matter what they said!
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:10 AM   #6
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Its a Wyoming bus actually. There is one near here for half the price, but I am sure its half the price for a reason. Son is going to look at it tomorrow. It has no belly storage though, which is really needed.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:46 AM   #7
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Re: This is what we're going for..........

Is it the 3208 , or the 3116? Over in Sealy, TX (think the new military Deuce cab-overs) they use the 3116. I know the military is hard service, however, their field results for the 3116 are not good. Just saying....
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:18 AM   #8
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Its an 8.3 Cummins. Also, its 900 miles from me, I think thats far enough to drive.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:38 AM   #9
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Re: This is what we're going for..........

I'm with Smitty on this one. I wouldn't pay more than $5000 for this. For comparison, I've been watching bus sales on Public Surplus in Washington State. Yesterday two comparable Thomas Saf-T-Liners sold for $2500 and $2650. Lower milage, 131K and 139K. Both RE with Cat 3116. Both 1991 model year and both high top. This is not out of line. In the past month I've seen several comparable Thomas and slightly older Blue Birds go for between $1600 and $3500, with the difference in price seeming to be driven mostly by mileage, then age. Most of these were direct from school districts, with Public Surplus acting as their selling agent. If you're going to do a conversion anyway, you'll be gutting the interior and repainting the exterior. So you don't necessarily need the prettiest bus, but rather a body with little or no rust, mechanicals in sound condition, and good tire tread. But for the difference in price between the above examples and the one you're considering, you could probably have the engine, transmission and air brakes all professionally overhauled, and maybe add brand new tires and air conditioning to boot.

FWIW, YMMV, just my opinion, which is worth exactly what you paid me for it.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:51 AM   #10
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The 3116 is a Cat, which I dont want. I need to reiterate, we cant have junk or anything close to it. Somehow the thought of buying a bus for less than $3000 doesnt give me comfort, traveling the western US for business, not recreation.. Maybe I am mistaken though.
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