So I bought this '91 5.7 GMC gas 4 window with about 112K and the motor sounds great. I have the chance to buy another one, '93 GMC also 4 window, with a 6.2 diesel with about 113K. Haven't heard this run, but they both were parked due to old age. I think the 6.2 is probably OK, but the price is really reasonable and very clean.
I know you guys prefer the bigger bus platform over the van platform, but here's my plans for it. I'm retired and the wife will be retiring at the end of this school year. We've always want a small school bus. My plans for it is to install 3 captain chairs in it, convert the bus door into one, use the two short bus seats facing each other with a small table between them. This will be behind the driver's seat. That will leave enough space over the wheel well to the back end for a small kitchen area--Fridge, sink, small stove.Across on the pass side behind the third captain seat, a sofa bench that converts to a full size bed, like the one Jazty
made. This arrangement will also allow full use of the back door. Will probably extend my rear bumper about 30 inches with a fold up stair way for access and for a small generator, ice chest, electric wheel chair, or Honda mini trail 50, etc
I'm in South Tx and we'll primarily stay within a 400 mile radius of home. Weekend type camping at lakes, parks, and the beach. Fishing, hunting, slow drives enjoying the country side. We do have some hills up in the hill country up north.
I also want to be able to tow a U-Haul size car hauler I have and pull one of my hot rods on it sometimes. If I can do 50-60 mph I would be OK with that.
So now my question, which of the two would serve my purposes better with my plans for it. Some advice on the MPG and towing capabilities would really be appreciated. Thanks Joe.
1991 ward 5.7
Was trying out the van sofa bed, but it's not going to work here, so the bus/bench/table will go in this spot....
Here's the '93 AmTran 6.2
While I was in a bus buying mood, went ahead and bought this one also. 97K 5.7. replaced fuel pump and is now running.