Welcome aboard, Boo! Nice canoe!
Whenever I need advice, I try to seek out people smarter than myself, so you...
need to keep looking.
Ah, here we go:
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that
you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."
That help any? Of course, this needs to be tempered by the realities of ones life.
Myself, I can safely make a total arse of myself with a bus project, because I
have no dependents. If I muck up and have to live on stale bread for a month --
no harm done. But with the awesome responsibility of all those kids to provide for
and raise properly, you may want to keep your “inner child” closer to home.
Uncle Elliot is done preaching now.
Rust is a biggie, yes. And that’s a lot of miles on that bus. Any chance you can
get your mechanic to go with you and inspect this beauty before
you make the
If everything is in such good condition as you describe, then the miles are not all
that important. I would still use it as an argument to get the price further down. If
a dealer bought it by sealed bid to resell, they are sure to have planned on a
TON of profit. My local school district sold four 1980-82 Gilligs with the same
engine last year, and the bids were $700, 500, 20 and no bid at all on the fourth
bus. That’s right, one running bus with a good 3208 and MT643 sold for $20,-.
Twenty bucks. They gave the fourth bus to a charity. What I’m saying is, that it is
likely the dealer paid only a couple hundred for that bus. So I’d try to get the
mechanic to inspect it and find a bunch of worn king pins and so forth and re-
negotiate the price. They bought it six months ago, and they failed to make a
quick killing on eBay, so now they are tired of looking at it. Play hard ball. Politely.
Other than that, it sounds like you are doing things “right”. Sounds like you have
a great relationship with your employer, and that is immensely valuable.
Definitely be the best employee you can possibly be, and work your way up the
ladder at your bus garage. Oops, that’s next week’s sermon!