Re: Pop's bus
Here's how I found mine:
Called around to the school districts in the area. One told me they were retiring two of their Crowns and would be auctioning them off, one at a time. (One in one month's auction, the other the next month.) I went for the second one because it had fewer miles on it. Showed up at the auction and had to wait for hours because it was one of the last things to bid on. Only had one competing bidder and got the bus for $1700.00 plus auction fee, tax and license (about $2100.00 total). Suspension needed work so when that was done I was in it for about $3300.00 total.
One advantage of buying directly from the school district (albeit once removed through the auction process), is that I also received all the service records (which were up to date through the month just prior to my purchase) as well as many extra parts and the service manual.
Bonus: Discovered later while going over the service records that the 3208 engine is a remanufactured unit with only 10,000 miles on it. The remans are actually better than original because they are modified to eliminate the infamous smoking issue.