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Old 07-08-2019, 11:25 AM   #11
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That C5500 looks pretty good.

I see you listed some yellow school buses. Can you keep it yellow? Are you prepared to paint? A professional paint job is super expensive, but a rattle can artist could do something cool for a bookmobile.

Whatever you buy should be inspected before you buy it!

Those public surplus listings show the agency that’s liquidating them. An ambitious person could find the fleet manager and maybe even the mechanic that did maintenance so that you may get history that way.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:54 AM   #12
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Actually one more question: what should be th ehighest I'm willing to go?

Thanks!
As low as possible from what you've posted! Your overall budget or grant will dictate a $ amount.

Another thing to factor in somehow: Are you going to do all of the work, mechanically and body wise to get to the final product/vehicle?
If not, the budget can get blown up really fast when you have to find sources to perform the needed tasks required in the conversion process...
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:51 AM   #13
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Hi, friends.

Thoughts on this one.

The engine is a Chevy 350 5.7 V8 gas engine. Needs a carburetor adjustment or replacement

Reason I like it is: Ceiling is done, and floor and walls have been ripped out which will save me money in retrofitting. Granted it may be a wash if I have to replace carburetor.

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Old 07-10-2019, 10:04 AM   #14
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I thought I had posted this already but don't see if.

What do you think about this one? https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...ssenger_banner

The engine is a Chevy 350 5.7 V8 gas engine. Needs a new carburator.

I like it because the seats are out, the ceiling is done, and the floor and walls have been strip, which could save me money with my contractor.
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:07 AM   #15
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Actually one more question: what should be th ehighest I'm willing to go?

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For which bus?

It’s kind of hard without seeing in person. Please consider having anything you bid on inspected. It’s hard to do at auction. The most you are likely to get is a stationary inspection.
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:15 AM   #16
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I thought I had posted this already but don't see if.

What do you think about this one? https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...ssenger_banner

The engine is a Chevy 350 5.7 V8 gas engine. Needs a new carburator.

I like it because the seats are out, the ceiling is done, and the floor and walls have been strip, which could save me money with my contractor.
If you aren’t prepared to do mechanic work yourself, or have a slush fund for that, don’t buy anything that readily needs engine work. If it’s got to be towed it’s worth no more than the price of scrap.

The work stripping the inside is easy and requires for less experience and tools than mechanical work. Keep looking.
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Old 07-10-2019, 02:08 PM   #17
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The ad says it is a '97. If so it came from the factory with TBI not a carb . Either the seller doesn't know what he is talking about or someone has been monkeying around with the fuel delivery. As a side note if the engine has been running as rich as the seller says, and has been for any length of time, the cylinder walls could be worn because the excessive fuel washes away the oil leaving a dry cylinder wall--which wears rapidly. I think I'd pass on that one.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:22 PM   #18
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x2 on passing on this one.
The engine probably needs freshening internally, and the cost to do that would outweigh the bonus work already done inside this one.

But if you could get it for somewhere in the $2,000.00 range, it might be worth putting a new GM crate engine in...
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:39 AM   #19
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This is all such great feedback. I so appreciate your taking time.

Two more have popped up near me. Have reached out to learn more.

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Old 07-11-2019, 10:25 AM   #20
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180K+ miles is a lot for a gasoline engine. I would think that for a gasoline engine that an any more than 100K you are probably going to be doing work on it sooner than you like.

That one in Maryland doesn’t have enough info, but what info is available would make me pass on it.
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