Seeking advice about buying a bus
I've found a bus for sale in my area and looking for a litle advice about it before I make a decision
1977 Thomas GMC 6000
460? v8 on Propane (Didn't ford make the 460??)
little bit of rust at front fenders
156000k or 97000 miles(odometer is declared as replaced, current owner thought that was original mileage)
My knowledge of buses is minimal. Does anyone know of problems/issues specific to this setup or in general?
I'd still like to get an inspection done on the bus and before I buy it. I also wanna know what engine and tranny its got in it. not sure where to look though??
After reading some threads here I've noticed that mileage is dependant on not only engine size, fuel, weight, transmission, but also on rear gear ratio. This is something I should also look into eh??
How about fuel??
Is propane going to be good for long trips across the country?
Am I going to get snagged by lack of propane certified mechanics along the way??
The bus starts, runs and idles first try. All the vehicular functions(wipers, fluid, defrost, signals) work except for a leaky heater in the back. It's a rural church bus that has been sitting for 4 years. My neighbour is looking for 1200 CAD OBO.
Anyone from BC know the ICBC regulations for declaring a school bus as a RV (my agent quoted me 1200 per annum for insurance, something seems off there).
Thanks in advance for feedback.