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Old 08-19-2016, 08:09 AM   #41
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Where are you guys finding these $2500 buses??
Watch on-line auctions especially from California. The older buses there are not smogged and thus illegal in that tree-hugger state. Springtime is the best time to score a good running bus from there when the exemptions run out for that year's crop of highly maintained (by state law) well cared for buses they want to throw away simply because these idiots have their noses in the air.

I got my bus from them for $2K, not a penny more. Drove home knowing basically I stole it from them.

Start looking about February or so and you'll be amazed at how many CA buses are going for next to nothing.
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Old 08-19-2016, 10:39 AM   #42
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NC School Bus Surplus prices are between $2500-$5000 depending on the age and type of the bus. We got ours there for $2500.
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:42 PM   #43
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Where are you guys finding these $2500 buses??
I bought mine directly from my local school system. They had about 10-15 for sale at the time between 1800-3000$ I paid 2400 for mine but it was originally there 3000$ bus but the one I picked was an old gasser that I really wanted and when I went back to pick it up the barn told me that there admin. Folks wouldn't let me have it because of safety issues so they gave me the next choice for the same price.
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Old 08-20-2016, 12:44 PM   #44
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I bought mine directly from my local school system. They had about 10-15 for sale at the time between 1800-3000$ I paid 2400 for mine but it was originally there 3000$ bus but the one I picked was an old gasser that I really wanted and when I went back to pick it up the barn told me that there admin. Folks wouldn't let me have it because of safety issues so they gave me the next choice for the same price.
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I've been lurking on the NC school bus site.

They really don't give you a lot of information. But they have a few nearby I'm going to go look at.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:05 PM   #45
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I just walked into the bus barn and started talking to the mechanics.
The county had just bought 10-15 new busses so I was wondering what they were going to do with some of the others.
I would definitely talk to the counties in the mountain and interstate.
I know there is a huge bus barn that can be seen from I-40/85 around exit 145-153. I was working in the area on weekends so I never got to stop and pick there brains.
It is the Graham,Burlington area and I might be wrong but close? I think it is mecklenburg county and then Raleigh is wake county.
My local bus was in good shape and well maintained but was geared for stop and go backroad speed so my rear ended is way over geared/under geared for highway speeds
I have 6.50 gears and want to get into the low 5's high 4's eventually.
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:06 PM   #46
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I just walked into the bus barn and started talking to the mechanics.
The county had just bought 10-15 new busses so I was wondering what they were going to do with some of the others.
I would definitely talk to the counties in the mountain and interstate.
I know there is a huge bus barn that can be seen from I-40/85 around exit 145-153. I was working in the area on weekends so I never got to stop and pick there brains.
It is the Graham,Burlington area and I might be wrong but close? I think it is mecklenburg county and then Raleigh is wake county.
My local bus was in good shape and well maintained but was geared for stop and go backroad speed so my rear ended is way over geared/under geared for highway speeds
I have 6.50 gears and want to get into the low 5's high 4's eventually.
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What's good gearing for a bus? To get 68-70 mph?
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:30 PM   #47
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There are many discussions on here that discuss exactly that.
Most sacrifice some aspect of the perfect drivetrain to get the perfect type of skoolie body for them.
I didn't know any better when I bought mine?
I am just trying to pass my bad decisions forward so others can make better decisions.
I have an 8.2 with an AT545 and a rear end geared for 6.50.
I can pull tree stumps but I can't do more than 49.
As far as my power train my only options are to change my old split ring rims from9r20 tubed tires to new rims that will accept 10r22.50 tubeless tires and change the rear end gears to get me to at least highway speed and unless I spend more than my entire build to re power my bus I will never do more than 55.
My bus will do 55 for the rest of its 8.2and 545 life?
I love the old back roads anyway the hell with a city life.
Give me back roads and an old mom and pop store any day.
My first job besides the hay fields and cattle was a full service gas station attendant and if I had the money I would bring them back. Especially in the tourist money trap I live around right now.
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Old 08-20-2016, 08:42 PM   #48
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I just did some tallying and came out to right about $11k including the bus purchase. Give or take a little bit.

The a/c upgrade added about $1k.

ps... I'm running 6.88 gears and can run 63mph maxed out.
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Old 08-20-2016, 10:27 PM   #49
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Hi,

Cool thread

Navigator found me via Craigslist for $1k. I spent about that one a Renogy 200w solar with two Trojan t105 batteries and two inverters. Spent roughly another $500 on odds and ends; 2x4s, screws, blinds, locks, tune up, etc. $300 on a Nightown survielance system. Pretty neat to have 4 cameras and be able to turn on the TV and look around the bus. How many is that? "That's seven including the one when you asked Mr. B here if Barry Manilow knew that he raided his closet."

Not bad if you consider i wasted $900 a month a noisy studio apt. Not bad at all.
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I hope I never get divorced, but if the ol lady kicked me out, I'd live in a bus.
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