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Old 11-05-2018, 02:53 PM   #1
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To gillig phantom or not to gillig phantom, that is the question

I found a crazy deal on a 1990 gilig phantom bus, 40+ feet, 7k miles, stripped bare, former emergency response vehicle, tyres look good, started when jumped
My concerns are these
It's huge! Which is also a positive thing
It did get stuck in reverse during the test drive

Is a gillig a good bus to convert? Is a Detroit desiel a good engine?
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:03 PM   #2
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Post some pictures of it. The stuck in reverse could be a shifter/cable issue. What model engine/trans does it have?
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:13 PM   #3
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Here are some pictures of the exterior and interior
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:22 PM   #4
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Great find depending on the price and agree on the shifter cable and or adjusting it.
Detroit Diesel..no personal experience but my nephew on the fire dept says most of their rigs have Detroits so that tells me..dependable



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Old 11-05-2018, 03:26 PM   #5
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They're asking 2000$ for it
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:33 PM   #6
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Never pay asking price...
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:06 PM   #7
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I'm tempted to offer 1500
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:07 PM   #8
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I'm tempted to offer 1500
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:50 PM   #9
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neat looking bus!! I remember riding these in the city when we had them.. the transmissions always sounded super cool..



nice that one has already had its seats out and some frame work inside started!..



id be a bit leery of the transmission.. but like others say it could be as easy as a worn or stretched shifter cable / linkage
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Old 11-05-2018, 04:59 PM   #10
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I'm tempted to offer 1500

Only if they sort out and fix the transmission issue.

Might have a lot of idle hours on it but looks like a great stater platform.


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