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Old 03-11-2018, 11:25 PM   #1
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Is this a good Bus?

Hey all,

I'm new to the forums but have done a lot of conversion research. I'm finally looking into purchasing a school bus and I want to get your opinions.

It is a 2005 IC 72 Passenger Bus, runs on diesel and has a 6 Litre International Motor. There is little to no rust on the exterior and can come with a safety and e-test (for an additional cost). It caps out at 110KM per hour, and has about 235,000K in KM on it. The current owner has informed me that it runs great, and no maintenance is needed right now.

The asking price is $5,495.

As I don't know much about busses themselves, I've come to you guys. I'm looking for the best advice I can get.

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Old 03-12-2018, 01:15 AM   #2
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About half, or less, I'd say. But you're in Canada, so different ball game.
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Hey all,

I'm new to the forums but have done a lot of conversion research. I'm finally looking into purchasing a school bus and I want to get your opinions.

It is a 2005 IC 72 Passenger Bus, runs on diesel and has a 6 Litre International Motor. There is little to no rust on the exterior and can come with a safety and e-test (for an additional cost). It caps out at 110KM per hour, and has about 235,000K in KM on it. The current owner has informed me that it runs great, and no maintenance is needed right now.

The asking price is $5,495.

As I don't know much about busses themselves, I've come to you guys. I'm looking for the best advice I can get.

Gonna be computerized...so anytime you need maintenance you check the computer 1st...not always bad, just a necessary 1st step...prices are the biggest variable...

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Old 03-12-2018, 09:17 AM   #4
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Hey all, I'm new to the forums but have done a lot of conversion research. I'm finally looking into purchasing a school bus and I want to get your opinions.

It is a 2005 IC 72 Passenger Bus, runs on diesel and has a 6 Litre International Motor. There is little to no rust on the exterior and can come with a safety and e-test (for an additional cost). It caps out at 110KM per hour, and has about 235,000K in KM on it. The current owner has informed me that it runs great, and no maintenance is needed right now.

The asking price is $5,495.

As I don't know much about busses themselves, I've come to you guys. I'm looking for the best advice I can get.
Got any pics or links to pics? IMO, within reason overall condition determines price; when was the bus taken out of service and what's it been doing since then?

Buslandia has some decent basic advice on choosing a bus style and what to look for when looking at a bus.

I'm assuming it's a 34ft dog nose with a back door and no funky handicap access stuff? How many people would be living on the bus; would it be fulltime? If the bus is in nice shape and its what you've been looking for... go for it.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:23 AM   #5
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If it has the 6 liter V8 like whats in ford pickups... RUN! Those engines are so badly designed there is an entire industry developed to fix the problems.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:08 AM   #6
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If that engine is the Navistar V365, I would think very long and hard before buying it.

It's a good engine, once you have spent $2000 "bulletproofing" it. In its standard form you will completely wreck it with one serious over-heating incident.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:21 AM   #7
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Hereís some pictures of the outside of the bus. I do plan on building it completely off grid, with shore power plug in capabilities.

I would only be using it for travelling so I wouldnít be living in it 365 days a year, but generally itís meant for full time living while on the road.

The ad specifically reads ď2005 IC 72 pass, 365 diesel, auto, hydraulic brakesĒ and as you can see, it is a dog nose. Iíve been told itís 38ft bumper to bumper.
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V365 and hydraulic brakes.

I'd pass.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:28 AM   #9
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Hereís some pictures of the outside of the bus. I do plan on building it completely off grid, with shore power plug in capabilities.

I would only be using it for travelling so I wouldnít be living in it 365 days a year, but generally itís meant for full time living while on the road.

The ad specifically reads ď2005 IC 72 pass, 365 diesel, auto, hydraulic brakesĒ and as you can see, it is a dog nose. Iíve been told itís 38ft bumper to bumper.
my international dognose is also 38 ft, but i would pass on that one as well. Id stick with pre 2004 due to emissions, and after having looked into it more before purchasing a bus, would definitely go with air brakes, especially if the bus will sit for periods of time which could happen if your not full timing. Will hydraulic work? yes. but i feel like air will have less issues over time, and they arent that hard to get used to. I drove home 500 miles never having driven a big vehicle or used air brakes and it was no problem
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V365 and hydraulic brakes.

I'd pass.
What would you recommend?

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my international dognose is also 38 ft, but i would pass on that one as well. Id stick with pre 2004 due to emissions, and after having looked into it more before purchasing a bus, would definitely go with air brakes, especially if the bus will sit for periods of time which could happen if your not full timing. Will hydraulic work? yes. but i feel like air will have less issues over time, and they arent that hard to get used to. I drove home 500 miles never having driven a big vehicle or used air brakes and it was no problem
I really prefer a dog nose over a flat, so that's my priority. My uncle is going to teach me how to drive the bus as he used to work as a driver. The only thing I'm worried about is the bus being too old. I don't want it to give out before I've even had the chance to take it anywhere, I want it to last, being my main concern.

The only thing that sucks for me is that I don't have many options here in Canada, most of the very minimal listings that I've seen (roughly less than 50), have been pre 2000's, need tons of mechanical work, or are heavily rusted. The hardest part will be finding a bus that works well. I'm pretty sure we don't have any local auctions that deal busses, either
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