All right, here we go -- four Gilligs for sale:
The Konocti Unified School District published in the Lake County Record-Bee yesterday. Here is the ad, adapted for this forum:
NOTICE TO BIDDERS:
Konocti Unified School District has for sale to highest bidders two 1980 and two 1981 Gillig school busses with diesel engines and automatic transmissions. See at 15850 Dam Road Extension, Clearlake, Ca, between 7 AM and Noon Mon-Fri.
Sealed bid deadline: 4 PM, Monday 13 March 2006. Laurie Altic, Business Manager, Konocti District Office, 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake, CA 95457.
Here is what I can see from outside the fence. Two busses have louvers on the engine covers; otherwise the four look identical:
Rear engine, longitudinal â€œbackwardsâ€ with short drive shaft forward to rear axle.
Single rear axle.
Bodies look good, and not likely to have rust in our climate. Logos have been rattle-canned over. Flashing lamps have been removed. Classic rounded profile of upper rear corners. Very flat fronts. Sorry, no digital camera.
When I talked to the Transportation Director a few weeks ago, he expected that the engines can be started for inspection, but the busses may not be driven.
Clearlake / Lower Lake is in Lake County, Northern California, two hours north/west of Sacramento and same distance north of San Francisco. To get to the bus yard, make your way to the very short State Route 53 between Clearlake and Lower Lake. SR 53 connects SR 20 at the north (by Clearlake Oaks) and SR 29 at the south (at Lower Lake). At the first traffic light north of Lower Lake, turn east. Immediately turn left on Dam Road Extension. If you get lost, ask for Wally World and go back one block.
Barring torrential rain, I shall go and take a look at the busses tomorrow and post what I find -- brand of engine if nothing else.
Full disclosure: I have no financial interest in these busses. I know nothing about these busses. I am a community booster and I personally know one of the School Board Trustees. It is my hope that both seller and buyer will get a â€œgood dealâ€. I will probably not bid, since I want a front engine bus to make a "toy-garage" in the back.