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Vehicle Name Thunder Bus
Year 1996
Make International
Model Thomas
Length 32'
1996 International Thomas
Basic Info 1996 International T444E Thomas built mid-sized bus.
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:10 PM   #2
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Year: 1996
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International
Engine: T444E 7.3L
I have been searching for the perfect bus for a Skoolie conversion for the last 2 months. After looking at about a dozen vehicles within a few hundred mile radius, I was able to locate a mid-sized bus that fit my needs about 160 miles away. It's a 1996 Thomas International T444E with an Allison AT545. I not only got to look at it, but was able to test drive it. At first I thought it was a real turd because it was slow to accelerate, but driving it home through some of the Appalachian mountains changed my perspective.

First step in buying a Skoolie is making sure you have a running, driving vehicle you can depend on. Having this alone has already saved me thousands of dollars finding a mechanically sound bus.

Now the build will begin. Here are some pictures of the bus as it sits right now.....
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Old 11-17-2017, 12:07 AM   #3
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Wow....the engine looks it just came off the assembly floor. This is the same size I'm looking at for my first skoolie. Wishing the best for you.
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