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Old 03-27-2016, 09:53 PM   #191
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are you guys thinking that BGA in hudson is not a good place to get a bus? I really like them there and all the things they do.. from the pics I see of most of their units they look like they are pretty good busses...

is there something im not seeing?
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:53 PM   #192
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Good buses are where you find them. You know what to look for and you've got a good idea of what you want. I think you just need to start looking at lots of buses and trying to find things wrong with them, basically for practice.
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:12 AM   #193
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Cool. Thanks for the info, guys. I'll be starting to look seriously at buying a bus in about 6 months, and am trying to find a few places to watch (preferably in the midwest) that I can buy a reliable one from. I'll need to hire out the hardest grunt work like seat removal, etc, and possible gutting/insulation, so a dealer that can do those things would be great, too.
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Old 03-28-2016, 02:24 AM   #194
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Every one of these needs work (all will have to be towed or hauled)

3 are late 1981 or early '82 models - the other is a 1985 three-axle Super Coach!
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:28 AM   #195
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:12 AM   #196
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Cool. Thanks for the info, guys. I'll be starting to look seriously at buying a bus in about 6 months, and am trying to find a few places to watch (preferably in the midwest) that I can buy a reliable one from. I'll need to hire out the hardest grunt work like seat removal, etc, and possible gutting/insulation, so a dealer that can do those things would be great, too.

there are a lot of dealers that do those sorts of things.. BGA advertises it on their site.. they do everything from painting to seat removal, to A/C...

im still Learning.. I seem to see a sentiment from some on this forum that may not like BGA but havent learned why yet...

each of us has our speicifc abilities, tools, and areas of expertise.. in my case mechanicals dont scare me, but body workl such as painting / rust work etc is an area I have no abilities..

I think poart of the bus seaerch is in finding one that not only meets your expectations of what you plan to do with it in the end, but also in one that its high points match your low-point skill-set.. in my case a solid body with little or no rust is important, whereas things having to do some under-hood work is no big deal..

another point falls into what you plan to do with your bus.. if its main purpose will be to drive it to the lake and lake 20 miles round trip a couple times per month.. or is it to run across the country putting on 1000s of miles and 100s of hours in a short time then things like drivetrain longecity is iether less or more important..

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Old 03-28-2016, 08:22 AM   #197
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Good buses are where you find them. You know what to look for and you've got a good idea of what you want. I think you just need to start looking at lots of buses and trying to find things wrong with them, basically for practice.

one thing is for sure.. Busses are EVERYWHERE.. a quick search through craigslist for 'school bus' brings up at least 10 or more listings in any given metro area.. and of course most of them say 'runs and drives like new...' no different than a used car other than as ive learned and am learning, commerical vehicle shopping is a whole different world...

I got thrust into this previously as sort of a fluke.. and got lucky in that I had a bus that never gave me any trouble.. but then I never did much with it either.. shortly after it came along, my time-flow greatly decreased.. money flow increased but not at a hugh enough rate to sustain a project buy hire..

as I mentioned in my previous post everyone;s skillset is different..and so is everyone;s amount of time and money to put into a project.. having restored and resto-modded many a classic car, it would be a RARE case where a bus conversion would ever financially net-gain, im guessing most here are building busses for a long-term time of ownership as opposed to buold and sell..

I myself am tending toward the dealer route as opposed to a government site or such because many services im incapable of can be done for me by a dealer.. I in turn may pay more but end up with a bus thats ready to drive home and ready for me to begin my conversion..

the trick is finding a reputable dealer that isnt out to "hose" people..

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[QUOTE=the trick is finding a reputable dealer that isnt out to "hose" people..

-Christopher[/QUOTE]

Exactly...that's what I'd love to find in the midwest area.

You guys are great. Thanks for the answers!
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:43 AM   #199
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Here's a nice, AFFORDABLE bus in KY... I've dealt with these nice folks personally before.
Last of the mechanical DT's... its so cheap I may bid for sport.
https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...ccess#question

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Old 03-28-2016, 09:09 AM   #200
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There's Midwest Transit in Kankakee, IL, their prices are a tad high but they occasionally get some decent Thomas pushers.

And then there's Kerlin Bus Sales in Silver Lake IN. Pretty sure at least a few members on here have bought from them in the past. School districts in Indiana buy lots of RE buses for some reason so they have lots of those in stock.

I looked though the inventory listings of Midwest Transit and Kerlin Bus Sales and they have a large selection of buses at good prices. One think I noticed about both too is that the mileage on the buses looked to be much lower than what I've seen many other places. They both seem to have a selection of all sizes and types too.
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