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Old 02-05-2017, 07:21 PM   #1
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Is this a good deal?

I've been wanting to do a Skoolie tiny house project for some time now. I've been looking for something that could house My wife and I and 2 children full time and occasionally sleep up to 4 other children. Our children range from ages 4 - 17. We have a 4 & 6 year old that are ours full time and four teenagers that we split time with our previous spouses. I know maybe TMI but this is my first post and I wanted to paint a good picture for our compacity needs. I'm all for full time bus living but I've been unable to completely get my wife onboard. I'm going to move forward anyway and at the worst we'd end up with a cool RV or emergency housing if we ever had any unforeseen crisis, but full time is what I'm hoping to sell my wife on if I can wow her with the conversion. Anyways it's a 1992 bluebird flat nose front engine. It has 13 windows so I assume it's a 78 passenger from what I've read. I was initially looking for a 14-15 row bus but they are hard to find and I'm going to have to finiance this project in small bites. This bus has a little more than 150k miles on it. The guy I'm buying it from owns a big truck fleet shop and says it's been gone thru mechanically and fully serviced with the works including new battery. I didn't drive it but it fired right up and sounded great. It has a 5.9 Cummins with Allison auto trans. One thing I like is it has 4 "belly storage" tool boxes on each side and I can stand up straight in the bus with no issues and I'm 5'11". Floor feels solid and there's no visible rust that I could see. I've been looking for a while and i haven't seen a bus with this mileage and in this shape for less than $3500-10000. I've looked at auctions but I don't like that you don't know what your getting and this one is supposedly been gone thru and driven by mechanics that specialize in these kinds of vehicles. This one is $1500. Should I snatch it up?? Thanks!!
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:23 PM   #2
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If it isn't a rust bucket that's a great price.
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:28 PM   #3
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If it isn't a rust bucket that's a great price.
Paint is faded and it's obvious that it's been sitting outdoors. It was used as a church bus after the school retired it. I couldn't find any rust and it seems solid. I would eventually paint it regardless unless I found one that wasn't school bus yellow. Thanks for the input!!
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:33 PM   #4
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Paint is faded and it's obvious that it's been sitting outdoors. It was used as a church bus after the school retired it. I couldn't find any rust and it seems solid. I would eventually paint it regardless unless I found one that wasn't school bus yellow. Thanks for the input!!
Oh I wasn't talking about, like, the paint job, man.
I meant like rust on the frame and all the fasteners and crevices... Surface rust and paint imperfections are irrelevant to me in a used bus purchase!
For reference- see my bus. I shoulda named it "Krusty".
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:37 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Jrcorkerin;183699]...unless I found one that wasn't school bus yellow. /QUOTE]

Lots of luck with that.

For that price, but it.
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Old 02-05-2017, 10:52 PM   #6
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:20 AM   #7
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Hey, now. That's not how we do it. You gotta reel 'em in reaaaal slow.
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:21 PM   #8
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Sounds pretty decent. Mileage is at about my ceiling. Speaking of ceiling, even with a 78" I might do a roof raise. I'm also looking without any luck for a 14-15 row. Best I've found is $2500 to $3500. If runs solid, grab it up.
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Sounds pretty decent. Mileage is at about my ceiling. Speaking of ceiling, even with a 78" I might do a roof raise. I'm also looking without any luck for a 14-15 row. Best I've found is $2500 to $3500. If runs solid, grab it up.
Thanks! Yeah I've looked at raising roofs. I would like to have more height to allow for more insulation, head room, bunk space etc. I'm in construction and spent a very little time as a diesel mechanic right out of college many moons ago, but I have no experience at welding or metal fab so it's a little intimidating unless I can find some affordable help.
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