It took me lots of tries to get on this site, but after many attempts I finally broke in!
I'm Charlie. I used to own a 1985(or 6) Ford/Thomas. It was a gas/auto and had 12 rows of seats. It had 85k on it when I got it in 2002 or 03. It was actually a freebie that a large construction company in Orlando just freely gave to me. They don't like the liability of selling their old transport buses so they just gave them away back in those days. Hell ten years ago folks would give away buses just to get rid of them and make room.
I lived in an apartment in downtown Leesburg Fl, and due to the city riding my ass, I was forced to get rid of it just after getting the seats out.
Flash forward ten years or so, and I still wanted a bus. Badly. So I started working odd jobs and saving the money. Now that I own my own home and property, I can have as many buses as I please!
After months of bidding on buses on several sites, and laughing at the quality and prices of Craigslist buses, I started to get frustrated. On some buses it seemed impossible to win. No matter how much I bid, no matter how much I tried sniping. The prices seemed to be going up every day on these beasts.
My frustration is now over and I am the new owner of a sweet 1992 Ward Senator with the dt466 and allison 643. 78 passenger but will be setting up for two to live in and to sleep up to 6. The conversion will start almost immediately and we will be doing it on a limited budget but with plenty of building and fabrication experience. I even have access to steel and metals for free or cheap if I give the heads up long enough in advance.
Hoping to head west next spring or summer and hit the west coast.
Here is the auction I won-http://www.govdeals.com/photos/2492/2492_338_1.JPG