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Old 11-05-2022, 04:08 PM   #1
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Thomas Vista 3600 - International (1995)

Good morning.

I am selling a 1995 International / Thomas Vista 3600. This is a (5) window activity bus that was used for Church group activities in North Carolina. This vehicle is currently located in O'Fallon, MO.

It's sad that I have decided to sell the bus - but sometimes life makes it's own plans!

- Manufactured in 1994, North Carolina.
- Diesel, T444E Engine. 7.3L Turbo-charged.
- Allison Transmission AT542, automatic.
- 70,064 miles.
- Dual Wheel Rear
- Governor @ 55 MPH.
- Undercarriage finished with spray-liner material to prevent rust (original).
- Recently replaced ECM from International - OEM repair.

This bus is in very good shape. The outside of the vehicle does not have any dents. The undercarriage is completely rust free. (There is some rust on the exhaust and the transmission pan - but this has been explained as a non-issue to me). The engine has been notated to me as "bullet-proof" - and this one in particular only has 70,000 miles. I have kept the bus running for 15-30 minutes every week or so. There is a small amount of surface rust on the removable wall panels, behind the wheel wells, and a little along the interior roof framing.

This bus drives very well. Recently it just traveled from North Carolina to St. Louis, approximately 700 miles. This trip involved mountain driving - and I have to be honest, the power of the bus is incredible. This vehicle is terrific at climbing. I averaged between 15-17 MPG engaging the governor around 2,200 RPM. The engine temperature remained consistently around 200 degrees Fahrenheit, driving for days straight in July temperatures. The turn radius of the vehicle is also very impressive, this can maneuver very well. The bus starts very well and can idle at proper speeds without hesitation. I have cleaned the exterior roof of the bus, which had mildew build-up. I have not been able to clean the outside exterior in full - but the paint shines up to a beautiful, clear, sharp blue and white.

The interior of the bus has been dis-mantled and prepared for construction. This was intended to become a "skoolie", or an RV. It would have been an incredible project - but life is leading me in a different direction.

This purchase will come with the following;

- All user's manuals from Thomas
- All user manuals from international.
- All service manuals from international.
- All wiring diagrams.
- (1) Gallon of "magnetic" metal bonding paint for protecting the interior floor from surface rust.
- (1) full tank of Diesel fuel.
- Road cones.
- All screws and bolts that were removed from the interior.

I am available to schedule viewings of the vehicle. I am firm on my price, and I will not conduct business with anyone that cannot speak to me over the phone.

(636) 544-8844
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Old 11-06-2022, 09:59 AM   #2
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oh man... I remember drooling at this bus when it was on auction - SUCH a cool bus...
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Old 11-06-2022, 10:16 AM   #3
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I am firm on my price
And what is that, please?
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Old 11-06-2022, 10:33 AM   #4
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Talking

The suspense is killing me.....
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Old 11-06-2022, 11:05 AM   #5
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And what is that, please?
When an OG like Ross' antennas go up, you know it's a cool bus
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Old 11-06-2022, 03:09 PM   #6
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Full tank of fuel? 100gal?

That’s a big plus these days.

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Old 11-12-2022, 09:50 AM   #7
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And what is that, please?
Good morning,
Thank you for your patience - I usually only log in on the weekends.
For Skoolie.net, I'm asking $10,000.

I've listed it for more on other selling platforms, but I'd like to trust that this machine is going to a good home. $10,000 is what I paid - I'd like to pass that along.

Located in outside St. Louis, MO.
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Old 11-12-2022, 05:49 PM   #8
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Love these skoolies!

Love to see it and best of luck to you finding the right buyer!

I’m currently converting this same model bus, only it’s a 1996 with 200,000 miles…and usually a low to empty fuel tank $$

Just going to agree that this vehicle is absolutely amazing! Mine doesn’t have wheel wells, and is just under 100 sf of flat interior living space.

The engine, transmission and everything are solid. Love this style skoolie, has a lot of life reliability and life in them with regular maintenance.

Mine was found in Washington and with all original seats, etc. it’s been a fun learning process converting.

For someone that will see this through to its full potential, I see this price as reasonable…given how many miles are left on the “million mile engine”.

Cheers!
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Old 12-06-2022, 08:44 AM   #9
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Well,

Guys - it looks like life is full of surprises.
I'll be converting this bus into a little dream machine.
I'm excited to create something of really good quality.

I'll share some pictures of the work here a little later on.
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Old 12-11-2022, 09:25 PM   #10
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7.3L turbo diesel, allison tranny, 70K miles your off to a good start! it looks cool with that snub nose. i even like the color scheme. it just needs some TLC.
enjoy ��
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Old 12-23-2022, 09:46 AM   #11
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Progress pictures!

- demo
- cleaning
- wire brushing
- chassis saver applied to floor-pan.

I’ve saved all the metal paneling, because it’s such good material. They have some really awesome vents and applications that could come in handy.

Also - built a work station for the build… it was desperately needed. Now I have an area where work can take place.

Going to start her up today at -7, just to see how she does. ;)
I’m on mobile, sorry for the small text.
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Old 12-23-2022, 09:49 AM   #12
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Bonus pictures;

- (4) LG 360 W Solar modules (very pretty)
- Recently built work station (needs organization)
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Old 12-23-2022, 09:50 AM   #13
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Do pictures uploaded to threads have a limit on resolution? I want to make it good - maybe I have to upload an album.
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Old 12-23-2022, 10:34 AM   #14
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Do pictures uploaded to threads have a limit on resolution?
I don't think so - some people have posted some absolutely enormous pics here (they show up with an "image resized" bar on top which expands to full size when you click it).

That is some serious dedication to floor prep. I would have probably just left it as it was and built my subfloor on top of it - it's already survived 27 years in near-mint condition.
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