Rocky Mountain High
I found a bus on Public Surplus.com:
Running Condition: GOOD
Transmission: ALLISON MT643
Body Style: LONG/ 65 PAS
Brakes: GOOD/ AIR BRAKES
RUNS GREAT SOLD AS IS!!!!
It was in town, being sold by a school district, so it had been maintained. I got into a bit of a bidding war, but I won the auction for $2650 + 10%. I think that was a little high, compared to what I wanted to spend, but there were reasons I was willing to spend a little more:
It came from a school district, so it has been maintained, not sitting in a field.
It has an engine retarder
The engine is not electronic
The bus is from Colorado (not much mold or rust)
The bus is able to go up and down mountains
To pick up the bus I had to drive across town, not across Kansas or Oklahoma!
The back tires have about 70-75%. The front only have about 30%.
It also has some kind of an engine block heater that you can set a timer for and it heats up the engine in the morning.
It has three batteries.
As a bonus it came with two complete first aid kits, a body fluid clean up kit, and six collapsible road hazard triangles.
The only downside is that the mileage is high.
I am amazed at the records the school keeps. EVERY SINGLE THING that was done was documented, from a new tire to a new bulb.
I am already in love with ol' 49.
The only thing I wanted but did not get was storage under it, but I reckon that can be built later.
I've already taken out six seats and 5/6 of three more.
My dog loves to lay on the brown vinyl seats in the sun.
I have been waiting for this for over 10 years and I've finally done it! I am very stoked!
I tried to upload some pics, but I keep getting an error.