Re: Hey Guys!
Well, I'm a sucker who usually buys high and sells low, so horsetrading isn't my forte.
I think it will (weather permitting) be a nice outing to go look at it, as long as it really is a "we" project and not "me" plus toleration.
I think this bus will be easy to walk away from, but may serve to get you some good ideas, both for shopping and conversion.
It looks like it has a 5-speed transmission with a 2-speed rear axle.
It looks like it might have air brakes.
The over/under headlights look kind of cool
The "fair" interior doesn't look too bad in the photos
It reads like a "money pit."
It needs tires
It may need a windshield
Poor body? Fair mechanicals?
It's possible you might discover the seller is purposely giving a lower condition rating to these items to avoid having an irate buyer with a different rating system than his, and be pleasantly surprised. If not, I would guess a price in the low 3 figures would be acceptable - the value to me of the transmission and axle. If the auction got to 4 figures, I personally would run, not walk away. But I guess you want a flat front with rear door, I kind of lean toward dog-noses a bit, so I might not rate this one as high as you might.
It all depends on how much work and/or money it needs and you are willing to put into it. If the unknown problems are either all trivial stuff, or items that will be removed in the conversion, it might be OK for the right price.
Someone said "Making good decisions comes from experience, experience comes from bad decisions." I say there are three kinds of people: those who learn from their mistakes, those who learn from the mistakes of others, and those who never learn.