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Old 03-23-2015, 11:18 AM   #1
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School bus conversion basics help

Looking to purchase a bus and convert it, and while I am sure this has been covered before, what are the basic things I should be looking for in a potential bus? I was looking at this bus

1960 GM4104 RV

But really have no idea what to ask about as the information listed is scarce.

If someone could just point me to the right thread, or if so inclined go into it right here.

Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:46 PM   #2
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I don't know much about that type of bus but maybe the type of brakes. Age of tires and if they are retread or not. Condition of the suspension/airbags. I love the storage and that plumbing has been run. I haven't cut a hole in mine yet. That is the point of no return for me. If I cut a hole in the floor for plumbing, I might as well jump in and finish the bus completely and quickly.
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:12 PM   #3
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The price is certainly attractive.
I love the look of the old GMC's.
Doesn't seem to mention much at all about mechanical condition. Look for leaks, caked on gunk, tire condition.
Tire condition is something everyone has their own take on.
I basically look at the tires and ask myself "would these make it home?" Thats about all I care about at the price point I can afford to shop at. 6 new tires installed will cost around 1500-2000 depending on where you get them and all that.
If it looks more or less straight and solid, runs and drives, and the seller is negotiable a bit, I'd forego a few shortcomings on a bus like that.

How tall are you? Headroom is something to consider on ANY bus you look at depending on your height. Or comfort level.

On vintage buses, look at the trim pieces and glass and make sure anything that looks like it could be hard to find is there.

Idk, that's all I can think of.

ALWAYS try to haggle the price down on anything you buy, that's what I think.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:30 PM   #4
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2 strokes are high maintenance these days as well as its getting more difficult to find mechanics for them. Finding engine oil for them is getting to be a challenge as well.
Its a lot more different than maintaining a school bus. Just so you know....
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Old 03-23-2015, 05:05 PM   #5
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I have seen that bus for sale, either here or BCM website or maybe it was busnuts

I bought a skoolie because I couldnt afford an OTR bus due to 2strokes in them, if you drop an engine on the road, you either bandaid it or fix it and I dont have $25K laying around to fix it right (now it could live another million miles)
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Old 03-23-2015, 05:59 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the feedback. I didn't realize it was a two stroke so I'll probably not go with it. Will keep searching in the meantime.

Someone told me to avoid Bluebird, does anyone else share this sentiment?
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:07 PM   #7
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Someone told me to avoid Bluebird, does anyone else share this sentiment?
That was probably heard wrong or spoken wrong. BB would be our better bet out of all of them.
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:52 PM   #8
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Also I was hoping to be able to do most of the maintenance myself, so I was aiming for an older model that predates computer controlled anything. Any clue what age range (or motor or vehicle shape or make or model) would facilitate easier maintenance?
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For what we are using them for, they are all virtually the same. Look for the engine and transmission you want and go from there.
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what about https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/4937040526.html
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