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SKOOLBOY 01-28-2006 02:24 PM

Is this a good canadite? ... 6646QQrdZ1
I am lokking for my first bus and was wondering if this is a good platform?


fmtaylor 01-28-2006 03:35 PM

looks ok
Provided that it is what they say it is and all the statements are accurate then it is a decent buy. Heck, the engine is probably worth the $400 current bid. However, as the previous poster pointed out, inspect it for any serious body cancer or any other deal busters.

SKOOLBOY 01-28-2006 04:57 PM

Thanks guys.
I am going to do some more research before I decide on what to do.


lapeer20m 01-28-2006 07:18 PM

I asked the seller a few questions for ya.....I'll let ya know when he responds.....

"is there anything wrong with the bus that you know of? How long does the pressure stay in the air brake system? What is the bus' top end speed? How are the tires? Do you have any photos of the tires or the engine compt? Does the bus "pull" to one direction when it's driven? How does it start in cold weather? Glow plugs work well? Is there a 110 volt electric Block heater? Any broken windows?"

Those seemed like things that i would have liked to see in the description.

I don't particularly care for the 7.3 liter, especially with that many miles on it. But It appears to be a clean bus. I would pay up to $1,200 for it. I don't think i'd spend $1,500 or more though.

My suggestion if you're gonna bid on it is wait until the last 10 minutes before placing a bid.

i would also ask if it's ok to take the bus for a test drive and look it over before money changes hands.....if you're not happy with the bus you don't have to buy it. I would not buy a vehicle that did not have that guarantee....If he has to re-list it because you two mutually agree not to buy/sell the item, he gets to re-list it for free.

good luck

SKOOLBOY 01-28-2006 08:53 PM

Thanks for all of the advice! I think I may go check out a couple of the local auctions before I make my final decision.

Thanks, Skoolboy

Zen Ken 01-28-2006 10:28 PM

That bus is the same size as my International which I bought through e-Bay, also from Minnesota. There'll be rust for sure but there are some good rust killers on the market these days. "Extend" is one I used to my complete satisfaction on a 1964 skoolie. The newer the bus the better, in my book. Less money will be spent on mechanicals and you'll be able to focus more readily on the fun stuff, interior conversion and exterior paint. Also, by buying a diesel, you'll have more fuel options in the future as biodiesel becomes more readily available. I really do see it as the wave of the future as it is the only thing that makes any sense environmentally, strategically, economically, and technically. There is a renewable source with every corn crop and using it requires no expensive vehicle conversion. Good Luck in you quest!

phillbus914 01-29-2006 08:30 PM

I've been to a couple of bus auctions and talked to people & from what I've heard the 7.3 in a bus is extremely slow and underpowered. Also is that a turbo or non-turbo? The rest of the bus looks like its in good shape though.

Wolfman 01-31-2006 08:57 PM

My primary reservation on that one as a conversion is the roof. This is a "low roof" model. If you add roof A/C units, you are really going to be hurting in the headroom department. My '82 (for sale by the way, see the classified section), has the high roof option, and I only have about 6" of headroom in the center. I'm 6 feet tall, and I'd be ducking constantly in the one you posted.

If the roof height isn't an issue with you, then I'd concur with the others on the rust chances. These busses aren't exactly rustproofed. Mine lived it's entire life in Texas, and I'm still finding rust inside of all places. Chassis wise, mine looks as good as the day it rolled off of the line, so I'm ahead of the game there.

Zen Ken 01-31-2006 10:05 PM

Excellent point on the headroom. One of the reasons I chose my latest skoolie, a 1993 Amtran (Ward), was the 6'6" ceiling height. I had roof air on my old standard height (6" center) 1964 Chev. skoolie and still have dents in my head from bangin' into it. OUCH!! LOL!! I took a sawzall to the roof and added a fiberglass topper which raised the ceiling in the center section of the bus to 7'4". (You can see the front of it behind the roof air on my avatar). That also gave me room for some upper storage bins. I'm 5'10" so with the new, higher AmTran bus, I won't have to resort to any such structural steel/sheet metal/fiberglass heroics and still have enough room to hang the disco ball under the skylight!
BTW: Nice choice on the Yamaha 2 wheeler, Wolfman. I put 50,000 miles on my two Viragos ('82 750cc & '82 920cc). I loved 'em even with the funky starters!

lapeer20m 02-01-2006 11:13 AM

it's up over $1,500 now, with more than 3 days left.

EBAY is a sellers market! geesh

I woulnd't bid that much for a bus with the 7.3.

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