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Old 06-26-2015, 05:50 PM   #11
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Bought mine from First Student a national chain with locations in many states:
First Student | Used School Bus Sales | Buy Yellow School Buses
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:26 PM   #12
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Bought mine from First Student a national chain with locations in many states:
First Student | Used School Bus Sales | Buy Yellow School Buses
That site is really bad for buying buses. There's no photos, literally the only information available is the body type, location and brake type.
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:24 PM   #13
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The yard was near by so I was able to go there and look them over
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Old 06-27-2015, 01:42 AM   #14
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There's several First Student terminals near my house, but they're all second-tier places that get all the old worn out crap from the bigger districts.

First Student has a reputation for squeezing every little bit of life they can out of their buses so I'm kind of wary when it comes to their used buses. But yeah, it helps to see the bus in person.
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:23 AM   #15
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If the bus is in good enough shape and has little rust,

Buy it do what you need for awhile, forget rebuilding the gasser, find a 5.9 Cummins to drop in and go.

The gasser just need to run good enough to get you home by the sound of it.

I find running 5.9 12 valve Cummins for $1000 all day around here.

A junkyard repower could be done for as little as $1500.

It all depends on what you have at your disposal for tools and other resources.

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Old 06-27-2015, 10:07 AM   #16
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Listen to Nat --- the 366 was never a good engine and has very few fans as a result. Nowadays it is a dinosaur anchor. Avoiding gas guzzlers and going with almost ANY diesel will will put you way ahead of the game. Go with a Cummins and it will make your life sooo much better.

Good luck on the hunt.
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:00 AM   #17
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International or Cummins. I prefer the DT466.
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Old 06-27-2015, 01:30 PM   #18
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5.9 Cummins for me, but DT444 is good as well.
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:44 PM   #19
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I'd like to keep the transmission. All I know so far about it tho is that it is an allsion. I don't know any details about it yet. I guess once I know what transmission it is then I can plan on what engine.

Any suggests on where to get waste and water tanks?

I've got a document on my laptop with prices and places for anything. Trying to get a game plan that I can use on basically bus that I get.
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:09 PM   #20
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Allison has made some truly great transmissins but like anything else...some are better than others. Example...the 543 is solid, but wastes gas and is a relic these days. While a newer five or six speed are just about as awesome as it gets. The model can make a huge difference.

As for tanks...I had great luck on Ebay. Took a fair amount of time and monitoring but I wound up with perfect fits for my fuel & gray water at great prices.

Best of luck with the hunt.
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