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Old 09-27-2018, 02:00 PM   #1
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7 Window, Tall Roof, Mechanical 5.9 Cummins

Up for grabs is the rare 1998 Medium sized Thomas bus with the factory tall roof. I am 6'1" and can comfortably stand up in this thing even up against the wall. Roof to furring strips (at tallest point) is 6'4". THOMAS body on a Ford 800 chassis with the MECHANICAL 5.9 CUMMINS and an ALLISON 545 transmission with just under 122K miles. Hydraulic brakes. This baby runs like a champ; you put it in gear and it starts crawling on it's own. Brakes are tight and tires still have plenty of life in them; no leaks. I just changed the oil, coolant, and belts. (power steering fluid still looked good). I have all maintenance paperwork dating back to 1998 from the day care I bought the bus from.

Just installed new LED clearance lights all the way around. Need a new lens cap for back left turn signal. I deleted both exit hatches and all flashing school bus lights along with the stop sign arm. All stickers have been removed. There is some minor cosmetic damage from previous owner. Roof has been sealed with caulk and then Henry's tropicool paint. Two coats over areas with seams and screws.

Inside all the hard work is done. Seats, walls, floor, and ceiling have all been removed. There was very minimal rust on the floor; mainly by back exit door and wheel wells, but it was all surface rust. Treated with OSPHO then primed and painted. Two coats of paint. All bolt/screw holes were patched and sealed. Subfloor is installed with tyvek vapor barrier, 1/2" polyiso foam board, and 3/4" tongue and groove plywood. Furring strips have been installed on ceiling and side walls. I built a custom captain's chair. Leather, dual arm rest, cup holder, on a sliding track. This bus is a blank canvas in need of an artist.

BEST PART: It is already TITLED AS AN RV in FL!! I installed a brand new 12.2 gallon LP tank and filed all the necessary paperwork to have the titled changed to RV.

Asking $8,500. (all the money I have in the bus) I do not expect to get my time back but I would like to get as much of my invested $ back as I can. I am forced to sell the bus because I must shift my focus to a new project. I love this bus and it pains me to quit the build now, but sometimes life forces us to reevaluate. I am willing to discuss delivering the bus to you or meeting you halfway. We are currently located in Tallahassee FL. Private Message me or reply to this thread and we will figure out how to get in contact if you are serious.































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Old 09-27-2018, 03:08 PM   #2
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A great start for somebody! Good luck!
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Old 09-27-2018, 06:52 PM   #3
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Iv'e got one just like it except 97 212K Runs like a top. The 5.9 will move it along pretty good in the stock 180 HP setup I think I have factory injectors and untouched pump. Im in a wheelchair and use mine for daily transportation. Would be a good price if the air still worked.
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:09 AM   #4
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I assume you are referring to the air conditioner? I planned on installing a new split mini so I deleted the old one. The compresssor’s clutch went out on me too so I had to yank it. Front heater still works great. No air brakes.
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:33 PM   #5
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Strong start! I wish it was closer (in NY).
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Old 09-30-2018, 05:30 PM   #6
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Great lookin pilots seat. What is that out of? And electric or mechanical?
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Old 09-30-2018, 07:42 PM   #7
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Great lookin pilots seat. What is that out of? And electric or mechanical?
Looks like a 12v mechanical!
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Old 09-30-2018, 10:51 PM   #8
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Interested

I'm interested but wont have the month until 2 months from now my email is stevegriffin419@gmail.com
586-552-6295 my name is steve
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Old 10-01-2018, 12:48 PM   #9
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Great lookin pilots seat. What is that out of? And electric or mechanical?
Mechanical; slides backwards and forwards, the back tilts, and the head rest goes up down. It came out of an early 2000s Toyota mini van. Itís actually the back seat. The door handle was trashed before the vehicle was and you could tell all the soccer kids had to get in on the other side. Therefore one seat was trashed and the other was mint.
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Old 10-01-2018, 12:54 PM   #10
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A little confused here so ignore me if this isn’t what you’re asking.

Seat is mechanical meaning no 12v wiring in the seat.
Engine is also a mechanical fuel pump if that is what you’re asking about. I’m pretty sure you want to know about the seat, but want to cover my bases.

P.S. East Coast you’re one of my skoolie heroes. Tango, I love your bus. Cheers Gents
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Old 10-01-2018, 01:23 PM   #11
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LOL my MMJ had me confused about the "mechanical" question.

That's a nice bus and I wish you the best with the sale.
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:08 PM   #12
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In so sorry I missed your call

Sorry I missed your call I accidentally deleted the voicemail for some reason it just came to my phone please give me a call back 586-552-6295
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:16 PM   #13
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Thanks. My seat is also 2000 Toyota and all mechanical but I couldn't find the leather. JEALOUS! Dang...may have to make another trip to the junkyard.

I like it!
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Old 10-06-2018, 04:33 PM   #14
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:27 PM   #15
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Very interested

Hi,

Iím Rick and very interested in your bus.
Iíd like to know more and Iím not that far from you in Atlanta.

Thanks,
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:21 PM   #16
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Have you done any more work to it? Or are these pics current?
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:07 PM   #17
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They are current
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:26 PM   #18
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I recognize that parking brake switch. Would it have Lucas-Girling brakes, perchance?
Regardless, it looks like a clean bus! I was just admiring the photos of the underside.. So clean..
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:02 PM   #19
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Iím Interested! Can you text or email me?
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Old 10-12-2018, 05:45 PM   #20
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Hit the nail on the head! Good eye.
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