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Old 04-20-2021, 04:12 PM   #1
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Angry Thomas bus parts

I'm looking for a catalog that has
All Thomas bus parts.
Most of the company's wont give
Me prices on drums and tires
So I need something to compare
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:19 PM   #2
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most medium to heavy duty truck shops should have no problems at all especially tires that are made that bus and a million other vehicles daily?
is yours a specific thomas bus built by thomas?
they still outsourced the chassis from someone else?
look up thomas bus history even wikipedia and read there history.
it should say who they partnered with to build there own bus brand.
intenational? freightliner? mack? all are common and and medium/heavy duty truck shop should have no issues with what you are asking for.
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:42 PM   #3
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also go to your local bus barn and ask the mechanics?
simple down here? hope it is for you as well up there.
your engine designation is a little off i think but either way it is a mercedes diesel.
good luck.
most medium size not medium duty equipment shops wont touch my big bus.
the medium and small shots act like they caint handle my shorty on a van cutaway chassis?
then i drive my work truck up there?
350 superduty 4 door with a fully loaded service bed and lift gate and all and they say we will take care of it?
once they say they are done i drive the short bus back to pick it up and then they recognize me and i say hey can you handle this little thing now?
all i was asking for was tires,alignment and inspection on each?
the bus is stripped and empty but the work truck is around 18,000 on average?
they could do the truck but not the lighter bus?
of course i walked into there shop and had nice discussions with the mechanics the first try and there lift wouldnt handle it but i knew it would.
after that i took my work truck request straight to the service desk that said that couldnt handle a bus and when i got called that my work/service truck was ready i drove the bus there and parked it just outside of the empty bay my work truck was coming out of.
the mechanic and swapped keys and i said same thing.
he said no problem.
service manager was pissed when i came to pick the bus up but we had the discussion of cants or just dont want to with experienced and able mechanics in the back and more business or a lack of business?
still wish you luck
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:34 PM   #4
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Bus parts

Thanks. I found 2 places. One
Works on blue birds and the other
On internationals. I found one place
About a hour from me I'll try that. Thx
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:38 PM   #5
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Thomas won't sell you drums or tires. They don't make either, as they buy the stripped chassis from other truck manufacturers as stated above.

If you've got a Mercedes engine in your bus, it is highly likely a Freightliner chassis.
Find a Freightliner dealer if you need drivetrain parts that can't be sourced from aftermarket shops.

With a little research you should be able to buy both items local to you or online, though.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:59 PM   #6
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Will do Thx. Good information
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