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Old 03-28-2021, 04:57 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Currently in NH
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2004 30 ft Thomas Built / Cat Engine in Portland, OR area

Hi all,

We're selling our unconverted but gutted bus.

This is my partner's bus and I'm moving him across the country where we already have a bus and 90485785 other projects so we've decided to make this one up for grabs for the good of the skoolie community and this majestic machine itself. It's a great bus that deserves a loving and dedicated forever home.

Things we know:
- 2003 Caterpillar 3126 7.2 L (label photo attached here)
- Allison Transmission with model number 3000 (photo of serial info attached)
- Thomas built bod
- automatic snow chains
- no rust!
- came from Tacoma, WA school district (was told it was a first student "backup bus" for the district); bought from a skoolie enthusiast who had space/purchased retired buses in multiples.
- 43k miles on odometer
- 7300 hours
- two ceiling hatches

Work that has been done:
- removed seats
- removed flooring down to metal
- removed ceiling panels and insulation
- removed wiring for unnecessary lights
- removed rear floor heater and re-looped coolant lines
- started removing wall panels, see photo with exposed wall insulation (planned to install foam insulation behind wood panels)

Mechanical/Auto Needs:
- drivers side spring. . . still drivable but this spring needs to be replaced
- most tires are good, but the two rear right tires need to be be replaced (see two tire photos for comparison)
- full disclosure - check engine came on and then shut off from the lot to the property where my partner worked on it

My partner bought this bus (his first bus) a year ago. The plan was for him to turn it in to a mobile yoga studio. I am a skoolie enthusiast myself but recently started a business, am still working on building my home, have a bus project going, and also have a small farm. . . and he already has two vehicles and I like to keep project lists to a reasonable number. This is an AWESOME bus but we wouldn't get to it in a timely manner, not to mention it would ultimately end up in New England where the battle with rust is real and rapid.

VIN for your reference: VIN 1T88M4C2841141327

Priced to sell at $4,444.
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Old 03-28-2021, 05:54 PM   #2
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Hi, I’m potentially interested but are you pretty confident about overall length? I need to stay under 30’ and I count 11 windows on your bus, so I think it’s probably closer to 32’.
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Old 03-28-2021, 06:08 PM   #3
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Hi Desmoines,

Great question! My partner has been claiming that the bus is 30', but you raise a very valid point that warrants a measurement being taken to get an accurate exact length. We will definitely do this when back at the bus, good catch!
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:51 PM   #4
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Hello, measured bus and you’re correct- the length is 32’9”. Sorry it’s too big for you!
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:57 PM   #5
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Hi all - having a hard time updating listing but took a measurement today and the bus is almost 33”
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Old 04-03-2021, 03:43 PM   #6
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Do you have all the original panels or did those get recycled?
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Old 04-03-2021, 05:25 PM   #7
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Do you have all the original panels or did those get recycled?
The top of all side panels on the drivers side have been cut at the top using an angle grinder (working off grid with battery powered tools and ran out of juice). The one panel that has been completely cut out is still in the bus, and entire side opposite the drivers side is still in tact.
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Old 04-15-2021, 09:05 AM   #8
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Is this still available?, Im interested. I just got 20 acres of land in eastern washington and am looking for a bus to convert to live in full time
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Old 04-15-2021, 09:27 AM   #9
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Hi Jonny, congrats on the acreage! Yes the bus is still available.
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Old 04-30-2021, 06:56 PM   #10
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great lookin bus

Hey. You did a great job posting a bunch of pictures but I want to ask for one more. Can you show the dash area and front steps? Are you in portland now? the bus is in portland, yes? I might like to drive down and see it. Maybe next weekend?
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Old 04-30-2021, 10:39 PM   #11
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We’re not in Portland at the moment but our friend is able to show the bus, which is in North Portland (Holbrook). We’ll have to check in about scheduling, I’ll dm you my phone number to connect ��. I’ll dig around for more photos - we have a bunch.
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Old 05-05-2021, 04:30 PM   #12
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Looks like a great project. Looking forward to the dash pics.
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Old 05-21-2021, 11:47 AM   #13
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Greetings, I am interested in your bus, is it still available? Where is it located? The ad somewhat indicates it may be in Portland Oregon, or in New Hampshire. I live in the Portland Oregon area. And how much I communicate you about the bus outside of this site as I am having trouble sending you messages. Thanks,
Mark
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Old 05-22-2021, 02:59 PM   #14
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Interested in your bus

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Greetings, I am interested in your bus, is it still available? Where is it located? The ad somewhat indicates it may be in Portland Oregon, or in New Hampshire. I live in the Portland Oregon area. And how much I communicate you about the bus outside of this site as I am having trouble sending you messages. Thanks,
Mark
Just trying to get in touch with you in regards to this posting.
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