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Old 04-13-2019, 04:38 PM   #21
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You won't find any 60 footers.
I think I mean to say 60 seats Thanks for pointing it out. I know it was a long bus with lifter in the back.
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:46 PM   #22
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Depend on how you look at it. As I said, all buses are serviced before putting up for sale. Thatís fresh oil, coolant, tranny fluid, filters, and with good threads on tires.

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Cost of bus out of state, airfare cost, fuel cost, then have to service your bus when get it home.
They don't service the rusty floors common on buses from NC. Most of the buses at auctions are recently decommissioned and have been serviced.
I'd rather be $500 more into a bus and not have to deal with making major rust repairs before I can start my build.
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:48 PM   #23
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I think I mean to say 60 seats Thanks for pointing it out. I know it was a long bus with lifter in the back.
40' is about as big as you can get for a school bus.
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:49 PM   #24
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They don't service the rusty floors common on buses from NC. Most of the buses at auctions are recently decommissioned and have been serviced.
I'd rather be $500 more into a bus and not have to deal with making major rust repairs before I can start my build.
Not rusty where my father works. We hardly get any snow so we rarely see salt on the road and we are not at the beach. Lenoir County here. Depend on where you are shopping. We have 100 counties and not all counties are at the beach where it is salty or in the mountains where they may see more salt during the winter.
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:51 PM   #25
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Not rusty where my father works. We hardly get any snow so we rarely see salt on the road and we are not at the beach. Lenoir County here. Depend on where you are shopping. We have 100 counties and not all counties are at the beach where it is salty or in the mountains where they may see more salt during the winter.
I have yet to see a rust free bus from NC, just sayin
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:53 PM   #26
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I have yet to see a rust free bus from NC, just sayin
Where do you live? Where do I live? Just saying
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:58 PM   #27
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Where do you live? Where do I live? Just saying
What does where I live have to do with anything?
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:03 PM   #28
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What does where I live have to do with anything?
My father works at bus garage he looked at buses for me. His co worker too (one used to be my neighbor). I looked at 70 buses in NC last year.. good buses goes at $6,000 (more than I want to spent).

Iíll bow out. Good afternoon
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:23 PM   #29
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I have yet to see a rust free bus from NC, just sayin
Check out my build thread, I have a NC bus with zero rust. It's what sold me on it and how I wound up with a vista. Might not be the best chassis design and has low top speed, but as far as rust goes not a bit under the floor, on the bottom, the most rust was on the air compressor.


I don't recall many from downstate NC having any rust, some towards the mountains started getting some (Hendersonville and the area).
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:44 PM   #30
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People talk a lot about buying busses for bargains on here. And itís true that is is easy to pay too much if you are in a hurry, but almost any change you make to a bus will cost more than if you payed a few bucks more for a bus that was already set up that way. Transmissions can be swapped, rear end gearing can be changed, roofs can be raised. But each one of those projects will likely cost as much as a whole bus. Itís worth even a couple thousand dollars extra to buy it with the options you want vs adding them later IMO.
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:43 PM   #31
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People talk a lot about buying busses for bargains on here. And itís true that is is easy to pay too much if you are in a hurry, but almost any change you make to a bus will cost more than if you payed a few bucks more for a bus that was already set up that way. Transmissions can be swapped, rear end gearing can be changed, roofs can be raised. But each one of those projects will likely cost as much as a whole bus. Itís worth even a couple thousand dollars extra to buy it with the options you want vs adding them later IMO.
true to a point - a good motor, an acceptable transmission, the proper size, and the less rust the better would be first on my list - highway gearing would be nice - I doubt there is a bus built that will have the rest of the things I need unless I come across a skoolie that just happens to be converted to my toy hauler/camper needs
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:39 PM   #32
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Looking for a bus that is under 30' bumper to bumper, having a hard time finding something decent, seems like everyone here finds amazing deals, maybe I haven't been looking long enough. Looking for opinions on what I have found, what I should go look at, and what isn't worth the time. Everyone says they have good tires.

1998 International 3600, Dt466E, AT545, 140k, maintenance records, $4k

1990 Bluebird TC/2000 FE, cummins 5.9, AT545, 80k miles, rebuilt transmission, 30' bumper to bumper, $4k (delivered)

2001 GMC 3500 cutaway, 6.5lT (I know...I know), 4L80, 90k miles $5.5k

2004 Thomas, C7, Allison 2000, FE flatnose, 9000hrs, odo shows 40k, $5k

Thanks to everyone, looks like a great forum here.
What part of NC are you in?
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:54 AM   #33
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I am in Raleigh
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:04 AM   #34
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Cool! I'm in Fayetteville and I am just starting my bus today, so if you ever wanna come out and help or look you're more than welcome! we are doing two buses at once. We both got our buses for under 3200 though, one is a 33ft and it was 3200 and mine is a bluebird minibird which is 25ft and its was 2400
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:07 AM   #35
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true, I live in Fayetteville and we get very little snow and salt most NC buses are good on rust as long as you stay away from the beach and mountain towns. those buses arent even as bad ass some i have seen though.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:08 AM   #36
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Mine is rust free, and the other one we have only hass rust on the stairs and from a hole in the roof
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:10 PM   #38
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Looking at two buses this week, one is a 1990 GMC, 7 window with a gas 366.

The other is a 1984 International 5 window with a gas (345 I think).

These aren't my first choices, but this isn't my forever bus, this is a temporary bus while we get familiar with the setup.

Opinions on these buses, and what they might be worth?
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