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Old 02-08-2016, 02:03 PM   #11
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Thanks for the suggestions & leads and encouragement everyone!
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:14 PM   #12
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You want one like this. If you count the windows all the way around, I think there are 5.
Is this for real? The could have bought a golf cart and hauled as many kids. lol
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:07 PM   #13
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Now, THAT'S what I call a Special Bus. More on the order of a SmartBus.
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:10 AM   #14
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What do you guys think of this one?

https://greensboro.craigslist.org/cto/5441627278.html

What do you guys think about this one?

1991 Chevy Diesel, not much info but it's a great looking bus and seems to have really low miles and no visible rust (makes sense for where it is).
We've emailed and not gotten a response yet, but would like to know your thoughts.
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:41 AM   #15
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Not my favorite buses. I'd say its worth about a third of what they're asking. What's the engine, detroit or cat?
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:48 AM   #16
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Suspiciously low miles for a '91 and priced way on the high side to my mind but probably worth looking over. Check what engine & tranny as well as the axle ratio if possible. That will give you some idea as to whether it was an "in towner only" or can make highway speed. A lot of skoolies need $$$ gear and or tranny changes if you expect to drive anywhere near highway speeds. Oh...and tires. They can make or break many deals given the cost of a half dozen of them these days.

Good luck and let us know what you find out.
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:57 PM   #17
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I have to say, I love my E450 Super Duty. The tires are normal sized (although there are 6 of 'em); the Ford Powerstroke is killer; with a backup camera I'm sure I'll be able to park in reasonable spaces (although I haven't tried that yet); and now that I've gotten rid of the bi-fold doors, I really love the interior space.
If I were to do it all over again: I'd pay more attention to rust; I'd go with a Duramax (I'd love the 6.6L and Allison tranny!); and I'd try to find one with a stock passenger seat/door, like this:

I do worry about major engine work. The drivetrain is really shoehorned in there, so I'll probably have to drop the engine to do anything significant. That's pretty much the only drawback I've come across though.
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Old 02-23-2016, 01:09 PM   #18
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2004 Ford Thomas 6.0L Diesel Auto Hydraulic Brakes 5 row@ BGA School Buses, Inc. Hudson, FL
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Old 02-23-2016, 01:35 PM   #19
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:33 PM   #20
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@EastCoastCB: Can you go into any more detail about why they're not your favorite? Not too sure about the engine. Based on the VIN it's a 6.5L V8 Diesel manufactured by GM. Any thoughts on this?

@Tango: The odometer reading did seem very low... Apparently the current owner has had it for 5 years, and has not driven the bus at all, except to get it inspected. That accounts for some of the life of the bus, but we don't know the history prior to that. We're planning on calling a dealer to try and find out more information about the rear axle and transmission. The seller is not much of a bus person...

Would anything like a title search be helpful for getting more information?
Hopefully we'll get some more pictures of the bus (tires, chassis, stairs, etc)

Any more thoughts/opinions are welcome!
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