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Old 12-03-2018, 11:56 AM   #1
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I've been doing research for years on skoolies and conversions, and while I've learned a lot about the conversion process, but I don't know much about what buses are best, including engines and potential problems based on year and make and model and all that. I've found two buses in the Seattle area I'm interested in, does anyone have anything to say about either of them?

First: a 7-window 1988 International School Bus, listed for $6500
https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/c...755728084.html

Second: a 6-window 2000 Blue Bird Freightliner Short Bus, listed for $9000
https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/c...749915810.html
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Honest opinion: I'm not the kind of guy who would respond to a craigslist ad and offer them half. Normally because that just feels insulting. In this case, it would be because neither bus is worth half of the listed price.
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These mid sized busses are harder to find, but those two are way over-priced.
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Honest opinion: I'm not the kind of guy who would respond to a craigslist ad and offer them half. Normally because that just feels insulting. In this case, it would be because neither bus is worth half of the listed price.
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These mid sized busses are harder to find, but those two are way over-priced.
I've never had any problem finding a 6 window for less than two grand.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:46 PM   #6
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First bus has the 6.9 IH engine. Not a bad engine, but assuming it's stock, no powerhouse either. Not worth $6500 to me.


Second bus shows having the 3126 Cat engine. Not worth $9K to me either.
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:49 AM   #7
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I would agree with pretty much everything above and add that the mileage on both is creeping up on 300k.

These are great platforms for our use but they don't run forever. When I was shopping I stuck with buses with under 200k miles.


For comparison, I have bought two buses in the last couple of years:

Thomas short bus 123k miles $2500
Bluebird A3RE 180k miles $3400

You may want to give Harlow's bus sales. They have a good reputation for a dealer....

There are also lots of good buses on the auction sites. Mine came from Seattle and Salem. Neither had any rust issues.

Good luck with your quest.
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Thanks for the advice! I checked out Harlow's Bus Sales and found a listing for a 6-window bus that's cheaper, and it only has 93k miles.
This is it
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Thanks for the advice! I checked out Harlow's Bus Sales and found a listing for a 6-window bus that's cheaper, and it only has 93k miles.
This is it
Good looking bus.
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Much better. Still a dealer premium but those last ones made me physically ache.
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