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Old 11-13-2020, 12:08 PM   #1
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1939 reo bus woodstock

this old bus needs attention
abandoned in North Dakota via Woodstock trip 51 years ago
does not have an engine or transmission
only 22 feet long
frame very good as was California bus
the driver side door is in the bus on solid floor
218-220-9504make offer
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Old 11-13-2020, 12:18 PM   #2
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That would make an amazing restoration project
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Old 11-13-2020, 12:22 PM   #3
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too restore it is to wreck its era
only 1 Woodstock
re-power ,never restore
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Old 11-14-2020, 06:22 PM   #4
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So you want us to buy it and keep it as is?
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Old 11-14-2020, 07:57 PM   #5
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To restore a pile of rust is like trying to swim up stream or painting a dirt wall.
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Old 11-15-2020, 09:43 AM   #6
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To restore a pile of rust is like trying to swim up stream or painting a dirt wall.
All while being the owner of a bank that gets continuous deposits!

Awesome bus though.
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Old 11-15-2020, 10:07 PM   #7
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restoring something this old is sensless

Having gone thru about 20 some 30's buses ,ambulances and hearses with people the past 8 years , it seems that considering restoring something of near zero value would be senseless.

But we have been putting these old bodies on late model diesel chassis for little investment and having low budget fun with them.

This bus at only 22 feet long would fit great on a Fl 70 Freightliner chassis of which there are 2 advertised where I live for $2200. with only 88,000 miles
with them having a/c,automatic and cruise i makes this highway fun.The 3126 cats are ok but prefer the earlier non computer 3116.

I never pay more than salvage metal price for any vehicle I start with.

With northern Minnesota having bus races on oval dirt tracks where you can keep your bus at the track between race days on most tracks on the IRON range we have too much fun with buses.

but when something has been to Woodstock and documented you simply do not restore the patina.You overpower these and make them safe for a few more years.
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this showed uop in my classic bus groups and everyone said the same thing... neato bus not so neato price..
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Old 11-15-2020, 10:36 PM   #8
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Sold

If you know of any more 30's buses [shorties let me know]
this shape or better
Sold this five minutes after last post
People are loving these
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Old 11-18-2020, 09:34 PM   #9
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Odd how a drugged out rock concert organized by a bunch of commies has such appeal even now.


Great truck body that would be awesome on a modern frame and drivetrain.
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:16 AM   #10
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freightliner and 3126 CAT/auto/AC/Cruise/Tilt

It is going on a new chassis ,exact wheel base

You outa know if you are from Northern California that there are commies

That is where the bus came from on its trip to Woodstock,northern California

How do you think the bunch in the bus felt when they broke down in central North Dakota.
The site of most of the USA"s bunkered auto bombs aimed at Russia .Bus was abandoned on one of those farm sites where the bunker remains.


I do not know who originated the concert,but have watched the owner of the farm and the hole community around Woodstock N.Y.come together to make sure everyone at the concert was given the open arm and support

Really wanted to go to the 50 year concert that fell apart so close to happening
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:17 AM   #11
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Looks like lawn art to me. Right on man.
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:02 AM   #12
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I never pay more than salvage metal price for any vehicle I start with.

but when something has been to Woodstock and documented you simply do not restore the patina.
I never knew that something "documented" having been to Woodstock or broke down on the way would boost the value/selling price so much. ?

also at what point is "patina" patina or rust ?
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Old 11-19-2020, 09:25 AM   #13
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C'mon guys, give the OP a break.
This is America last time I checked, and it isn't a crime to sell anything for profit!!!

Not my cup o tea, but there's an ass for every seat "out there"...
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Old 11-19-2020, 10:35 AM   #14
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True, but bad mouthing a product is a time honored negotiating practice and sometimes even works. I agree that the seller has the right to describe his product in what he sees as the most favorable light keeping in mind what PT Barnum is credited with saying "There is a sucker born every minute".
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Old 11-19-2020, 11:37 AM   #15
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Thumbs up Last one sold before this brought $8500at

The most recent sale of another REO bus was $8500 ,one it was a North Dakota car sales shop that got that price.
You may look up images of REO buses and see his listing is still up and talk to him.
His bus was not in this good of shape.
Also his was a 6 side window bus which really brings down the price normally.

If you think this is high just let me know where the rest of these are as there is a waiting list for all steel 30's buses
Most had wood in their structure which makes them very expensive to restore.
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Old 11-19-2020, 01:02 PM   #16
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And then there was this:

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1937 Reo School Bus
STATUS: $750 SOLD May 17, 2016
VIN: 292122487
LOCATION: Indianapolis, IN
This 1937 Reo School Bus was last sold at the Mecum Indy (2016) classic car auction on May 17, 2016.

Clearly not as complete a bus but not quite so rusty.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:09 PM   #17
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Post too long for value

the longer buses without there doors and other things I see on that bus make it without value
only shorty's with there original doors will bring the money[$1000 front and $1000 back
I have known of that bus for some time
The hood is worth twice the selling price
No bumpers {$1000]front/$1000 rear
no pan front between bumper and fenders$1500
no headlight or any marker lights $1250
so take the $6250 off what it missing and deduct another 80% for being long and you have a $750 bus
the length devalues it completel20% of value of a shorty
it was a bus that brought its value
Oh yeh it did not go to Woodstock either
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:25 PM   #18
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I had a 1936 GMC bus with national park and state campgrounds all the way from Florida to Alaska
I wish I had never sold it
Keep doing one after another
There is a shop by me taht is 2 years in the works making buses for Capitol 1
If anyone sees any old bus 30's let us know
I think capital 1 has the funds to buy these
They plan on making them functional at many major US city's
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C'mon guys, give the OP a break.
This is America last time I checked, and it isn't a crime to sell anything for profit!!!

Not my cup o tea, but there's an ass for every seat "out there"...

This is a discussion forum for discussion and to help fellow bus owners. If you see a bad investment that might cause someone a huge loss it is helpful to discuss that.

Sadly many used auto sellers make a lot of money from polishing a turd and selling it. Not a "crime" but sucks for the person that makes that bad buy.
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Old 11-19-2020, 06:40 PM   #20
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not to be a butthead but i can be?
you could have have started this thread a little diifferent?
like i build old schools buses in the 30-40 era?
who wants one.
there are always people here looking for bus builders.
what you are offering here in your original post or second third said to buy it for its woodstock history and now you say you custom them?
is that for a better market?
do you care about its history or are just playing salesman.
the history is cool.
do you restore them back to original or find a buyer that tells you what they want.
is your price completely finished and ready to hit the road?
is the price just to get it to your shop and 30,000 later?
i think you are looking for someone that has money and a dreram
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