I have just purchased from the local school district a 1991 Ward special needs bus for $485.00. My wife is angry and I shouldn't have, but I couldn't resist. The bus has an international DT 530 engine with an automatic transmission. It is a shorter bus than the full-sized ones. About 3/4's the size of the regular buses and has a wheelchair lift. The transportation director says the engine is in excellent shape, the trans was replaced not too long ago (about 30k miles ago), and overall is in good shape. The bad is that it needs brake pads in the rear (hydrolic disc, not pneumatic), and the rear A/C doesn't work (cracked o rings and R12 freon).
I am assuming that I got a good deal. I don't know the kind of conversion I want to attempt, but I am enjoying looking at y'all's conversions and plotting my own. If I got a good deal, help me convince my wife that I'm not a loon!
My first question is how hard is it to replace the disc brakes in the rear, and how much does it cost if I do it myself? The transportation director will help me and show me how to do it, but if it is extremely laborious, I might just pay to have it done.
I'll post a pic soon.