What the noob would like to see
Five years ago I was beginning to look around for a bus. Then I got a new job that required lots of travel, and I decided not to jump into that kind of project. I no longer travel, so I'm beginning my search again.
In the process, I'm reading everything I can, but I'm finding myself spending way too much time googling stuff related to school buses while I'm at work. I'm a bit surprised that there isn't (unless I missed it) a buyers guide of any sort. I know there's too many variations on chassis and drivetrain configuration from all the manufacturers to make any such guide truly comprehensive, but some basic stuff would be cool. Like...
Transmissions. I see posts that say stuff like "I'd get bus A, since it's got the XYZ transmission. Bus B has the PQR transmission, and those are known for having issues".
Well, not really known to everybody. Maybe all you wise veterans. So that just sends me into an hour or so of googling everything I can about the XYZ transmission and the PQR transmission, and next thing you know I'm slacking at work.
Same thing with engines. I saw something about not getting the E engine, because it's got the electronic (hence the E?) controls. Some basic info would be appreciated, from those of you for whom this is all considered common knowledge.
And, as a disclaimer, if this is all posted somewhere and I've somehow overlooked it, well....my apologies. If you could point me in that direction, I'll try not to let the door hit me on the way.
Also, I'd love to see a thread on just paint jobs. Just one or two pics showing the color scheme would be cool. I'm curious how everybody incorporates their rub rails, by either trying to disguise them, or highlighting them as stripes on the side. Searching through pages and pages on dozens of different build threads takes a ridiculous amount of time.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress