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Old 03-10-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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Looking for a Diesel Short bus in or around VT

Hi All, looking for a bus for my first conversion project. definitely want a diesel, would love four wheel drive, but those seem hard to come by. It would be great if the interior was already gutted. Would also be down for an already converted bus that I could turn into my own.

Looking to drive this bus cross country when finished so needs to be reliable and in good condition. Ideally dont want to spend over 2000 but can go up depending on condition and if it has been converted already.

ALso any tips and help about what engine/ bus would be the best bet would be great

Any help is much appreciated

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Old 03-10-2016, 07:54 PM   #2
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:00 PM   #3
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Thanks for the Welcome. Just looking around craigslist I found this one. any thoughts?

https://glensfalls.craigslist.org/cto/5480649263.html
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:01 PM   #4
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Found this one on craigslist. Let me know what you guys think.

https://glensfalls.craigslist.org/cto/5480649263.html
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Not to discourage you, but your budget isn't going to get you much at $2k.

It would help you learn more if you do a lot of reading on the builds on this site.
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Here's a good example. 1989 Thomas Built School Bus
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My bus was two grand. I LOVE my bus.
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Mine was $2600, and I'm also very pleased. I'm not saying it can't be done on a tight budget because a lot of us are on tight budgets.
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Its always the same when looking for a bargain- ya just gotta know what to look for and be ready when you find it. It helps if the seller doesn't know what they have.
I like buying direct from the school district.
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It will probably be a while looking for a 4x4 bus. If you're going to drive cross country a highway bus would be faster and more economical.

I prefer buying from the school districts too, but around here that means Public Surplus. Individuals reselling buses make me think they're getting rid of the vehicle because something is wrong with it, i.e. injector pump, injectors or possibly even a rebuild.
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