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Old 02-12-2019, 09:18 AM   #11
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The 6.6 is decent. I'm just warning that unless you learn to work on whatever you buy you're going to be paying quite a bit of money for repairs and maintenance. The older stuff is generally easier to work on and is of higher quality. Thats why you see em so beat on when they're finally sold. The newer stuff is being passed around like a hot potato.
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Old Yesterday, 01:00 AM   #12
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http://www.publicsurplus.com

This is a clearinghouse for municipal/state/University/and local govt stuff. They auction just about anything you can think of that any of those entities own or buy. I've been building buses since 1985. I've personally done over 20 conversions. I just bought my most recent a 2010 Bluebird American 77 passenger w/ CAT diesel and a 21 speed Alison trnny. When I went to pick her up, the shop fprman at the University of California Berkeley threw in 2 brand new extra front radial tires and wheels, a full tank of fuel, total cost out the door was $4200. Good luck, I hope everything goes smooth for ya!!😍😍😊
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The 6.0L gas V-8 is probably the best engine choice in the van/cut-away chassis. Most reports in regards to fuel usage have been in the 11-13 MPG range for buses on daily routes. They tend to get 1-2 MPG better than the same bus on a Ford chassis with the V-10 and about 1-4 MPG less than either the Duramax or Powerstroke diesel engines.


Personally I would pay extra for the 6.0L gas over a diesel any day of the week.



StarTrans is not one of the better bus bodies out there. It is better than the Starcraft but not as good as the ElDorado. Personally I would choose a Type 'A' school bus any day of the week over a plastic body bus. The all metal school bus bodies stand up over time much better than the plastic bus bodies.
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Old Yesterday, 03:28 PM   #14
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I think I could get a better deal with the school bus but my wife is stubborn thinking of the awful ride on the way to school way back when. Any personal experience in regard to how both compare on comfort of ride?
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