Dr Frankenstien gets his hands on a transit bus.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by natedog39, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    Time for an update.

    Now I'm not ready to call this the Ghetto bus's replacement as there are still things to do to that.

    I got a real good deal on this and couldn't pass it up.

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    Not bad for $5K
  2. AKjeff

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    :clap You got a truck for Christmas!

    What drive train?
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    300 horse ISC Cummins, Eaton/Fuller super 10 transmission.

    Geared for 80+ mph according to the P/O.
  4. ducnut

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    Wow!!!! That's a steal. Now, put a muffler on it, please. :lol3
  5. KeithinSC

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    $5k? How many miles?

    If it is less than a million, you got a steal! Time to look for a bigger trailer:lol3
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    660,000 with a documented rebuild at 500k and a clutch 60,000 ago.
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    It actually has a muffler underneath,which is shot.

    Gonna need a complete brake job on the rear to include brake chambers too.
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    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    good grief, I'd be all over that in a heart beat!

    It looks long enough to take a van body (indoor garage!) and still have a fifth wheel hitch...
  9. Xmoto

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    What are your build plans?
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    It would be but it's way too long as it is, the wheelbase is 27 feet.

    I can barely get out of the driveway without making a three point turn.:huh
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    Shorten the wheelbase some,build a bed, and run the piss out of it.:D
  12. Doorguy1979

    Doorguy1979 Dreamridin'

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    Can't wait to see what you do with this, it's what we are going to be shopping for later this year for the basis of an RV project. Was that setup for a 16' or 20' box?
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    There is 24' of framerail behind the sleeper so the box was at least that long.:deal
  14. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    That does look like a great deal. I just bought a Nissan UD1800 for $3K but didn't see much else in the way of an expeditor truck that was either less than $20K or had under a million miles on it. Where did you find it?
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    I first saw it locally parked at a trucking outfit.

    At the time I had just purchased the other engine and transmission and was committed to that.

    I did call the owner who lives in Mass to see how much he wanted at the time, which was $8,000. It still had the box on it then as well.

    I had seen it advertised over the summer while browsing ebay and a locall wantad.

    Once I came to the realization that the transmission/gearing situation wasn't going to work with the bus the gears started turning in my mind but I couldn't find this truck listed anywhere.
    Luckily when I looked at it in the spring I took some pictures and sure enough I was able to see the phone # and called just hoping that it might still be available.
    It was and here it is.
  16. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I think that's the way it works Nate. A lot of good stuff just isn't moving. I am taking notes right now on trailers with the idea that I might be able to get a deal if they don't sell in about 6 months.

    Congrats. Looks like a useful truck. :clap
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    Thank you. :D
  18. AKjeff

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    What kind of mileage can you expect out of a truck like that?
    I'd love to have a used medium duty with either a camper on it or to pull a trailer but my Dodge pickup does decently running empty.
    I imagine the payoff comes from piece of mind due to the heavier duty components.
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    The P/O told me he got as good as 12mpg and it sounds like he ran it hard.
    I can't wait to find out but it should pull the camper easily.

    It will be put to work pulling other things eventually.

    Heavy duty components are good, with my pickup once I lost the trailer wire connection coming down a steep hill. I was able to keep my speed under control but there was no way I could stop.
    That was a white knuckle situation, with the big truck I wouldn't even worry.
    It can handle a fair bit more cargo than what the camper weighs.:freaky
  20. djb_rh

    djb_rh Been here awhile

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    So what are you going to do with the bus? It always sort of pained me that you removed that much of the bus...I would have left a bit more and had less deck space, but obviously that's *me*. You planning to get rid of the bus now? Or are you wishing you had just kept more of the bus body in there and just used it as a lighter duty puller?


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