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Old 05-18-2017, 08:22 AM   #1
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Willing to give some advice? Purchasing.

I'm located in Chattanooga, TN and shopping for a bus to convert. I've been reading a lot and trying to digest. I found a craigslist ad for some busses in GA that are not too far from me.

I don't have link privileges yet, but here is the description:

Have 3 1997 Genesis School buses with diesel engine, automatic trans. Good tires, glass, very good bodies and paint. Take your choice for $4750. each. - See at Welch Industries, 650 Red Oak Rd. Stockbridge, GA 30281 --

I emailed for a little more info and found that all three are still available. The listing has been up for coming up on 2 weeks. He gave the following additional info: DT466 engine, automatic trans. 72 (student) passenger.

They are transit style busses. There's only one picture in the ad, but as much as one can tell from a single photo they look like reasonably well looked after busses. I'm sure if you do a google search on craigslist you can find it easily. Has this as the main caption: 1997 Genesis School Bus - $4750 (Stockbridge)

Does anyone know if these busses would be mechanically injected? Any chance they would have air ride?
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:47 AM   #2
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David, welcome to the community.

Here's some advice. Broaden your search.

https://www.govdeals.com/
Go to "Buses, Transit and School - 102 items"

https://www.govliquidation.com/login

Public Surplus: Browse all categories

We could guess all day about what equipment is in the three buses you found. I like the year because you're probably looking at mechanical engines. You could very well save one or two thousand off the purchase price.

Good luck.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:28 AM   #3
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:33 AM   #4
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I've looked at hundreds of busses online, but finding everything in one bus has been difficult. I figured a bus that I could look at and that is hopefully more rust free from a life in the south was a good place to start. Open to things farther away if I can find a way to get confidence.

I just got off the phone with the seller. They each have right around 100k miles on them. Around 36' in length. I like pretty much everything about what I'm seeing so far, but the asking price is higher than I would like - although the low miles is attractive - and I really hear that air ride is worth it.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:34 AM   #5
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That's the one! Thanks!
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TN has better buses than GA.
FL and GA beat the snot out of em, rob parts off em, then sell em after they sit for a few more years.
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:52 PM   #7
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I think it should be obvious that if a bus is missing parts, you're already scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel. If you know what you're dealing with, i.e. replacing a bad set of injectors, you can get yourself a pretty guy buy. At the same time scavenged vehicles can be missing things most of us don't even think to look for.

Buy a functioning complete bus from the bus barn in states that don't trash their old buses. A bus that's been sitting empty for several years is going to have problems of some sort, beyond the light skim of mold that starts growing on everything.
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TN has better buses than GA.
FL and GA beat the snot out of em, rob parts off em, then sell em after they sit for a few more years.
Depends on the "richness" of the school district.

Although your not likely to find a mountain climbing equipped bus in FL or most of GA.
And if it is a route bus it might not go faster than 50, but that is true in every state.
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Depends on the "richness" of the school district.

Although your not likely to find a mountain climbing equipped bus in FL or most of GA.
And if it is a route bus it might not go faster than 50, but that is true in every state.
Even the rich districts here run their low-spec buses into the ground. Then the exporters pay 8-15 grand whether they're running or not.
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