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Old 03-03-2016, 02:50 AM   #21
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Its a big bus for that engine, its literally 3x more than I paid for MUCH more bus with a much preferred engine, it has minimal head room, and appears to have some roof area rust going on from the pic.
I'd pay MAYBE 2k for such a bus, just my thoughts on it.

Whatever you do avoid the 6.0 fords unless you're really good at working on newer nightmarish diesels and are a masochist.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:36 PM   #22
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we got ahold of ours in our town here on Kodiak in Alaska. We are just getting it converted and look forward to this summer.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:56 AM   #23
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Very excited to see a build from kodiak. That's as an island?..?...in Alaska! I go to home Depot almost every morning I work on my conversion.... You are going to have to be much more resourceful I assume.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:35 PM   #24
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We have pictures in the conversion forum.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:00 AM   #25
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I'm having an extremely hard time finding any conventional short buses with 5 windows, diesel engine, and non tinted windows. Do they even exist?

Also discovering how unbelievably bad used school bus sale websites are...

Anyone have pictures, specs, or a link to any such bus?

Thanks!
Yes they exist. I just bought a 152"wb 5 window IH S1700 w/ 7.3 liter IH, AT545 Allison. 10r 22.5, 6 lug budd wheels , 21500 GVWR. non handicap.
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:55 PM   #26
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Fair warning removing tint is very unfun and smells awful
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Old 09-27-2016, 07:42 AM   #27
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my first bus was a conventional (not a cutaway), 5 window bluebird .. looked like abig busjust was short..

I know the district in columbus ohio is still running at least 3 of those 5 window bluebirds.. they will probably age out soon... although columbus issalt-happy in the winter so they mauyhave rust.. i dont know..

6 window are everywhere if you are willing to go 1 more row.. im about to drive a 6 row from texas to florida that I got yesterday...

dont bother removing tint.. find someone on the forum who has a bus by the same manufacturer andsimilar year and snag their windows from them as many on here yank all the bus windows out to be replaced with RV windows..
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:14 PM   #28
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The 5 window I just bought was used in Lee co. Florida.

Drives good but is going to get a 6v92 repower. Im getting the parts together now. I started a conversion thread. No window tint to remove. Its a semi tractor with a bus cab.lol
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:43 AM   #29
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A 5 window with a DD 6v92?....that should be interesting. Got blower?
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:18 PM   #30
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A 5 window with a DD 6v92?....that should be interesting. Got blower?
The 53, 71, 92 series are 2 stroke and require a blower to run. So yes got blower with a turbo on top.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:26 PM   #31
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Having owned a 6v53 (aka; "the Screamer") I know the noise some of the 2-strokes can make, but...the 92 should really move that rig along. Boss!
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:08 PM   #32
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6v92 is awesome. Looking forward to following along!
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:34 PM   #33
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:11 PM   #34
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The rig will be used as a toter. The 6v92s are common and I'm familiar with them. As for mileage It depends on the gears, tuning of the engine and the drivers foot. I found a doner rig for the clutch pedal and linkage. The thing has an at545 but I dont know much about the automatics yet. I know what I can do with a 9 speed, push start the thing. Lol
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:22 PM   #35
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:32 PM   #37
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:33 PM   #38
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:07 PM   #39
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Having owned a 6v53 (aka; "the Screamer") I know the noise some of the 2-strokes can make, but...the 92 should really move that rig along. Boss!
We had a 6v53N in a 62 Hendrickson. Yes Those engines are screemers. Lots of fond memories.
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