So I brought my bus to a mechanic specialized in bus repair. These are the things he said needed to be fixed:
- Parking Brake (it still holds but the lining is cracked)- 1hr
- Exhaust Pipe (it's too short and needs to be extended so it's not discharging fumes underneath the bus)- 4hr
- Check all lamps (only the reverse lamps weren't working before I brought it in, now the brake and turn signals aren't working either) - 4hr
- Repair Driveshaft U-Joint - 2hr
- Brake Press warning light (which they think is the sensor inside the master cylinder so they would have to rebuild that) - 1.5hr
- Left Rear Axle Seal (it's leaking a bit of oil which I made sure wasn't brake fluid) - 4hr
- Diagnose Window Washer Problem (something else that worked when I brought it in!) - 1hr
The preliminary estimate he gave me for all this labor, plus parts, plus the price of an oil and filter change, was just under $3000. And this price could as much as double depending on what they might find as they start to take stuff apart. I asked how much would it be if I were to get just a few essentials done that I absolute could not do myself like the Driveshaft U-Joint, Parking Brake, Axle Seal and although he was super reluctant to give me a number he said just those things could come to $3000 after it was all said and done. Then he went on to tell me that he would be careful if he were me about driving such a bus because of it's modification, He said that I should think twice about spending a bunch of money on a bus which could be taken off the road by the whim of a passing police officer because it's structural integrity has been compromised.
So.. now I'm in a bit of a pickle! I cannot afford to spend $3000 at the moment let alone double that amount to get everything fixed. So now I'm faced with the decision of either selling it and trying to save a bit of the money I've spent or risk putting the couple thousand bucks I do have left into it and hope for the best. I will be trying to get ahold of the few somewhat mechanically inclined people I know to give me their opinion and I thought I would ask for yours as well. Is it possible for someone with limited knowledge about auto repair to do what needs to be done without going bankrupt? Also, has anyone had experience with a vehicle having been taken off the road due to modifications which may affect it's structural strengh?
Thanks in advance!