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Old 01-23-2023, 12:03 PM   #1
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MCI MC9 Conversion | Pricing Help

Hello,

To start off, I am looking to sell this 1984 MCI MC9 Crusader II

It has a cracked axle, and its quoted between 7-15K for repair/replace of that and a few other small things.
Not sure what to price it as such. Any advice is appreciated. I recently moved so this thing has to go!

Specs:


Bus:

Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Engine (serviced 250 miles ago)
Allison HT740 4 speed auto transmission (seviced 100 miles ago)
Tires front and back good shape
Brakes have a lot of life left

Electric:
1920 Watts of solar panels
6 breaker AC box w 50 amp hookup
24V system with victron and electrodacus monitoring
6.75KWH battery bank (280Ah cells lithium Ion)
12V stepdown installed
3,000 Watt Victron Inverter
Victron Alternator Charger
Victron Solar Charge Controller

Water/Heating:

100 Gallon Fresh and Grey water tanks
Shower is unconverted but lines capped off to install
18" stainless steel sink
2x 8KW Diesel heaters installed
Propane 40LB for water heater and stove

General:
Starlink installed
2x Maxxair 7 speed fans
Solid Cedar Tongue and Groove Ceiling
Ikea Kitchen
Rustic Stained Wood Counter
Stainless Steel Stove and Sink
Pullout Twin Couch/Storage Couch
Crib (Removable for table addition
Desk
Stainless Steel Fridge Apartment Size
King Bed w Storage underneath and side
Space for Natures head (not added)
Unconverted shower space, materials purchased and can be included
Vinyl Luxury Plank Flooring

Will add pictures/ selling post, just looking for advice at the moment
Located in Elkhart IN

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Old 01-23-2023, 01:34 PM   #2
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Runs, drives, works....

Questions, which may affect prospective buyers' value vs investment risk. Perceived value is not always equal to the sum of its parts, unless we're weighing scrap.

Does the engine run, air system hold pressure, etc. to test drivetrain & accompanied systems?

Can it be driven long distance, for loading, or must be towed? Pull behind or flat towed? (can it be driven onto a flatbed trailer or must be wenched?

Are the factory systems in-tact, road hvac, house lights, plumbing?

Driving at highway speed is my prefered process to access the functionality of a vehicle's components.

Seems like a great project bus, if it can be transported easily. I'm looking forward to seeing photos.
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Old 01-23-2023, 01:59 PM   #3
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Drives, all road systems intact, holds pressure. Axle issue arose within last 6 months. Last inspection mentioned nothing of it, but is clearly on this one. Drivable, but was advised to get fixed within next 500 miles.
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Old 01-23-2023, 04:30 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by MaxnMagBusLife View Post
Hello,

To start off, I am looking to sell this 1984 MCI MC9 Crusader II

It has a cracked axle, and its quoted between 7-15K for repair/replace of that and a few other small things.
Not sure what to price it as such. Any advice is appreciated. I recently moved so this thing has to go!
At Least your being honest about the one major issue it hasÖ.

Just exactly what do you mean by cracked axle???

Is it the axle shaft or is it the rear end housing itself?

I canít see an axle shaft costing 7 grand !

Pictures would be helpful !
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Old 01-23-2023, 04:42 PM   #5
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Axle pricing/issue

I was quoted 7K for axle shaft and a few other small things that arenít mission critical, such as bay doors latch replacements. In all honesty there are slim pickings for shops in my area that will repair it. The place quoted 7K all in. Not sure if thatís over or under your viewpoint, just the info I was given.
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Old 01-23-2023, 06:11 PM   #6
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interesting.. I guess an axle shaft replacement on an MCI is a huge difference from a regular school bus..


an axle shaft itself on a school bus is literally an hour job and you dont even have to take the wheel off
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Old 01-28-2023, 06:16 PM   #7
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I have an 84 mci 9 . Its 8v71 motor however rest of the parts are there.id take $7000.00 for it, youd have everything to repair yours.
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Old 01-28-2023, 08:08 PM   #8
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I would be very curious to know how anyone, Driver or mechanic could detect a "cracked axel shaft"
I would want a very good explanation from a reliable mechanic before I made any decisions about this.
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Old 01-28-2023, 08:12 PM   #9
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[QUOTE="cracked axel shaft"
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Don't trust anybody that can't spell, "axle."
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Old 01-28-2023, 08:48 PM   #10
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That would be me!
Obviously not even my quote is accurate.

I'll just wait quietly for you to solve the OP's problem.
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Old 01-28-2023, 08:50 PM   #11
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Ops Problem

Ironically I have the "detailed quote" and info in hand. its just not a problem I want to solve. I have moved on, just looking to sell at this point. Quote was done at a professional Machining shop familiar with these sort of repairs.
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Old 01-28-2023, 10:02 PM   #12
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I'm assuming you are in Mich, but where and how much are you wanting?
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Old 01-28-2023, 10:10 PM   #13
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I'm assuming you are in Mich, but where and how much are you wanting?
10-13K negotiable. It is located in Elkhart Indiana. Cannot meet halfway but happy to adjust cost for your fuel and such.
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Old 01-29-2023, 10:05 AM   #14
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I would be very curious to know how anyone, Driver or mechanic could detect a "cracked axel shaft"
I would want a very good explanation from a reliable mechanic before I made any decisions about this.
Do you have any pictures of the crack? I have welded rear axle housings before. That could be an option.
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