I agree with the fix it and don't scrap it mentality. honestly. We are the .001% who see a school bus and think RV, and THEN submit our hard earned dollars and time into turning it into something awesome.
Where's your grit!?
1. you can make that engine work again.
2. frame repaired, no problem.
3. salvage titles are no issue, just need a inspection.
(pay a certified local shop to inspect. ) i.e. give Joe-Bob- Mechanic 200.00 to look at the welds and say they will stand up to a crash or whatever.
I've done this several times in GA and it's a breeze.
Infact, since you guys love proof, here is a photo of my "motot home" title the week I bought my BLuebird with no mods what so ever. All it took, was chatting up the lady at the DDS.
also, I'm all of 20 min drive from those busses, so I've called the guy, and plan on driving down just to take some photos of the holes in the engine blocks.
so we will see one way or the other.