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Old 01-30-2005, 11:59 AM   #1
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preferably close to michigan, high mileage preferred.
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Old 01-31-2005, 12:42 AM   #2
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place here in Tampa had like 4 of em 1988's. Gets em regularly but they sell fast. Its called the Tampa Bus Market (813) 229-6719 ask for Ehab, he exports them and 466 5 speeds are the hot item in south america. tell em the USF guys sent you
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Old 01-31-2005, 09:24 PM   #3
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First Student has some 5 speeds for sale in Mazonomie, WI. They don't say which engine they have.

Here's the link:

I'm trying to contact them here in Stillwater, MN, but all they have here are automatics.

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Old 02-01-2005, 08:01 AM   #4
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First Student seems like a good outfit. I spoke at length with John, their National Used Bus Sales Manager and he's a good guy. We were going to drive down to CT from MA and NH to look at some 1991 Saf-T-Liners, but I got my '89 a few days before. Anyway, the '91s had the Cumming 5.9L, but they were only about $4K.

They were also willing to arrange driveaway service using USA Driveaway at a very resonable cost.

Contact info from the website:

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271 Derry Road
Litchfield, NH 03052
877-277-4703 toll free
603-886-4980 fax
My 1989 Thomas Saf-T-Liner
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Old 02-01-2005, 09:18 AM   #5
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Old 02-02-2005, 05:37 PM   #6
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wow! those buses are expensive. I don't know if i could make myself pay over $1,500 bucks for a used bus. $4,000 bucks is completely out of the question at this stage. These are used school bus we're talking about here! School districts dont usually get rid of a bus because it's the best in the fleet.

Perhaps i'll just stick with my 6.6 litre ford and allison at545. Only paid $775 for this one, and I've driven over 24,000 miles so far.

I can "upgrade" to a dt366 (or 360?) and the same trans. These motors although a little smaller displacement make more power than the fords. I'm pretty sure i can get one of these buses for 500 bucks or less. they each have about 240K miles on them.

Someday hopefully i'll run across a 466/manual combo at an auction that's in my price range.
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Old 02-02-2005, 06:52 PM   #7
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Dealers always charge lots more kinda like with cars. I was following some transit auctions a year ago and I saw several 1984 Gillig Phantoms sell at a gov auction for no more than $2500 and most under $2000. None of them had over 25k miles on rebuilt engines and trannies. The one that sold for $2500 had 1500 miles on a complete drivetrain rebuild. Later I saw some of these same buses on Ebay going for $4-5 grand. The other good thing about auctions is they usually can give you tons of info about the vehicle and records. I am with you Jason auctions are the only way to go. When the time comes I am going to an auction.
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I have a gillig with a DT466 and a 5 speed, and also one with a 290 Cummins. Good running machines, if you are interested

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