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Old 05-07-2012, 11:02 AM   #41
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Re: "We are 100% of the way there"BASE BUS PRICE has been me

Good heavens! That's a pile of rust!

If you ever wander down to Franklin, NC (if you want to go that far) before you have a bus bought, let me know and I will give you directions to a place that might have some for sale. They quite often have a few with prices on them. When we left (2009) they had three for sale with $2000 written on them. They seem to like $2000 price as most that we have seen sitting there for sale had that price on it. I think you need to go during the week. I think they are part of the school bus repair shop. Not really sure as the Macon County "school bus barn" is a tad spread out.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:49 AM   #42
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ya worry bout the body more then the mechanical. brakes, etc can be fixed easily.. dont settle for just any old bus!! keep fightin!
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:35 PM   #43
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Re: "We are 100% of the way there"BASE BUS PRICE has been me

Thanks Lorna

And Stuff the mechanicals are secondary to a point...I hate body work...I prefer to leave it dented or cut it off so it can't dent any more...rust tho...blagh..

As long as body and frame is clean the rest can be fixed, I def. will not buy a rust bucket.

I can deal with rusted out stairs(since they will be removed) and battery boxes etc; easy fix's....body rust nope,nada...no way

So any idea on the front red brake tags?
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:02 PM   #44
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ive tried googling that red tag but air brake + tag = commercial vehicle apparently lol. nothing about tags on the brakes or out of service or anything.. kinda boggling.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:40 PM   #45
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checked out a 97 last night,
Carpenter flat nose,5.9,545 and airbrakes.
When I got there the mechanics where taking the camera equipment out(monitors kids) and taking some of the vynal letters off,just went off line last friday due to build date coming up that would make it 16 years ; in TN it is 15 "complete" years,they got every date they could out of it

I was the first to see it,since we have been looking for about 6months now.

and have looked at several over the winter from these guys and they knew we where just waiting on money so he has called us several times so far

The seller remembered us and called me!

Bus looks good only real rust issue is at the stair area,which is no problem since it will get cut out.

Air build up was quick and motor and tranny "looked" good,used fluid (not burnt) and coolant looked and smelled good.
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Test drive on Friday at lunch....we shall see...
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:03 PM   #46
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Ooops...I lied....test drive was today ...I was antsy at work all day...was done by 3pm...said piss on it I'm outa here....pics to follow in the am....hopefully the chinese bacon bot is gone by then...I hate to see threads raped by stupid shiat....vroom.....vroom
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:19 AM   #47
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Re: "We are 100% of the way there"BASE BUS PRICE has been me

Err...might wanna rethink that one. The AT545 is not a good choice for a highway runner. It never locks up, resulting in high RPM's, wasted fuel, and an incredible racket from the wound-out engine. It's OK in a gasser or an International T444E (which is a revver), but not great behind the 12-valve Cummins (which is a low-RPM stump-puller).
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:42 PM   #48
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well, one could drive the 545 until it has a problem and then buy a 643....there is tons of them out there for the same price as a 545.
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Exactly right,drive it until I want to upgrade auto or ?
Well right now hiway is 55/60 mph and I prefer backroads and old hiways...never. in a hurry
As for loud and woundup...ugh...whatever,it drove better than my DD it basically I never "wound it up except to pull out"...so who knows....and it was ahell of a lot queiter than lots of things I have driven
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:38 PM   #50
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Did you find your bus? I just bought one in Tennessee. It was a 97 also.
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