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Old 01-12-2020, 09:45 PM   #1
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Wanting to buy

Looking for an 8.3 Cummins rear engine bus that hasn't been remodeled or is just stripped to empty.
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:02 PM   #2
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This looks like a nice bus if it is still available.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f14/lo...rue-29839.html

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it does. the original poster hasn't responded to me in the last week though.
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it does. the original poster hasn't responded to me in the last week though.
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If that's really her attitude, that bus is gone by now, to join the rest of the Craigslist Impossible Miracle Finds.
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I found mine for $4k in southern Colorado (had some rear cap damage but otherwise a very nice bus), have to be willing to travel at a moment's notice to score deals on these buses.

More and more people know that these are the preferred drivetrains so prices are going up and they sell a lot faster.

If you add your general location to your profile we can help you a lot better! Probably the number one thing forum newbies should do.
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I found mine for $4k in southern Colorado (had some rear cap damage but otherwise a very nice bus), have to be willing to travel at a moment's notice to score deals on these buses.

More and more people know that these are the preferred drivetrains so prices are going up and they sell a lot faster.

If you add your general location to your profile we can help you a lot better! Probably the number one thing forum newbies should do.

I'm in Missouri.
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Old 01-13-2020, 09:58 AM   #7
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I have never seen an 8.3 Cummins school bus from Missouri. Sometimes I see some Thomas pushers with those motors on purplewave in Kansas however.
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I haven't either. Flat front dont seem popular around here and rear engine are even more rare. Occasionally I'll see some RE with DT466 up near Kansas City but not around where I live. I've found 2 in texas. The one posted above who stopped messaging me and another dude who stopped after I asked for a pic of the frame and mileage. There's two on the PNW but I'm not paying $10k for busses with 250k miles and tires that need replaced. After that I found 3 in california with 160k, 167k and 250k miles but the dude on the phone said the cheapest one started at $20k and I just couldnt but laugh at the price for a 20 year old bus. Then theres one for sale inn Illinois that a dude started and gave up but he wants $16k. He states it runs fine but it has a "small coolant leak somewhere" and I dont really want to rip the deck off the roof either. Edit, I also found one Florida woth a roof raise already done but it's a front engine bus and that just didnt seem like 8.3 as I havent seen another FE 8.3 bus before.
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I haven't either. Flat front dont seem popular around here and rear engine are even more rare. Occasionally I'll see some RE with DT466 up near Kansas City but not around where I live. I've found 2 in texas. The one posted above who stopped messaging me and another dude who stopped after I asked for a pic of the frame and mileage. There's two on the PNW but I'm not paying $10k for busses with 250k miles and tires that need replaced. After that I found 3 in california with 160k, 167k and 250k miles but the dude on the phone said the cheapest one started at $20k and I just couldnt but laugh at the price for a 20 year old bus. Then theres one for sale inn Illinois that a dude started and gave up but he wants $16k. He states it runs fine but it has a "small coolant leak somewhere" and I dont really want to rip the deck off the roof either. Edit, I also found one Florida woth a roof raise already done but it's a front engine bus and that just didnt seem like 8.3 as I havent seen another FE 8.3 bus before.
Bluebird did build a front engine 8.3 for a little while but it wasn't a big seller. Also worth noting that the FE chassis is not the greatest idea for an engine of that size, probably why it was discontinued around 2003. People selling these buses often don't know what they have and incorrectly list it as a 5.9.

PNW buses go for a lot of money since the bodies are very clean and they option them out pretty well. Also lots of skoolie folks live in that area so they tend to buy up the good ones right away.

Missouri is nothing special for school buses, all the operators I see down there just have run of the mill IC conventionals with the occasional C2 Safetliner. No pushers and very few FEs.
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I haven't either. Flat front dont seem popular around here and rear engine are even more rare. Occasionally I'll see some RE with DT466 up near Kansas City but not around where I live. I've found 2 in texas. The one posted above who stopped messaging me and another dude who stopped after I asked for a pic of the frame and mileage. There's two on the PNW but I'm not paying $10k for busses with 250k miles and tires that need replaced. After that I found 3 in california with 160k, 167k and 250k miles but the dude on the phone said the cheapest one started at $20k and I just couldnt but laugh at the price for a 20 year old bus. Then theres one for sale inn Illinois that a dude started and gave up but he wants $16k. He states it runs fine but it has a "small coolant leak somewhere" and I dont really want to rip the deck off the roof either. Edit, I also found one Florida woth a roof raise already done but it's a front engine bus and that just didnt seem like 8.3 as I havent seen another FE 8.3 bus before.
FE 8.3 exist. I bid on one in FL about 5 years ago.
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Bluebird was the only one that built them though.

Never seen or heard of an 8.3 in a Thomas FE.
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Bluebird was the only one that built them though.

Never seen or heard of an 8.3 in a Thomas FE.
Can't say I have either. The BBAA I looked at was dreamy. 1993 with 40k ORIGINAL miles. It was a field trip bus.
That was back in the day when $4000 was a LOT for a bus.
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