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Old 10-08-2019, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hi from Jersey

Hello everyone. Iím Maj from NJ. Iíve been in construction for the last few years so Iím no stranger to a hammer and a drill.

Iíve been on this site browsing forums for ideas for months but tonight I finally decided to sign up. Iím currently on the hunt for my perfect bus. I believe I found it and Iíll currently bidding on it. Fingers crossed 🤞🏾 Iíll know in about a week!

My more than the auction, my concern is...
Where am I going to park my bus to work on it?
I currently live in an apartment in the city and my parents donít have enough space at their house. 🤦🏾*♀️ This has NOT stopped me from finding my bus. Itíll work out. Iím hoping to find a 8-10 window bus for me and my sphynx cat, Raisin. I already work from home so as long as I have internet, Iím not concerned about work. Skoolie research has completely consumed my life and Iím ready to hit the ground running on this build. Iíll be doing most of the work myself but I have friends and family on deck, ready to lend a hand.
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Old 10-08-2019, 08:05 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard, from another NJ resident!

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Old 10-08-2019, 08:08 PM   #3
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Old 10-08-2019, 08:38 PM   #4
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Welcome!

An opening tip: don't buy a NJ bus

I looked at some NJ Transit owned Eagles some years ago. They were really cheap for the year make and miles.

If rust were gold, they would be rich. I have never seen 10year old buses ready for the scrap yard before.

There are some nice buses on the East Coast but the Western states see far less rust.

Good luck with your new adventure.
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:14 PM   #5
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Thanks. The bus that I’m looking at is in PA and based on the pictures, it’s virtually rust free ����!
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:29 PM   #6
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Thanks. The bus that Iím looking at is in PA and based on the pictures, itís virtually rust free ����!
Being a West Coaster I have not had experience with rust issues due to road salt in the winter. From what I have read I would have thought that PA would be a problem area for rust. I would endeavor to inspect the bus before committing.

Mitigating rust can be a serious time commitment. I would buy a West coast bus and drive it back to NJ before I would buy a rusty local bus and repair it.
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:31 PM   #7
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Thanks. The bus that Iím looking at is in PA and based on the pictures, itís virtually rust free ����!
Check out my build thread if you want to see what rust can look like in a bus that didn't look that bad in the listing pictures. Post a link to your bus and I can tell you what to look for in the pics, it will probably be visible in ways that aren't obvious (or the pics will not include the most likely rust spots in the bus).

Nobody here is likely to poach your bus, but you can PM me the link if you like (I already have my bus and I'm not certainly not going to ever buy a bus from the Northeast again).
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:20 AM   #8
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Below are links to the pictures. This is my first conversion so an experienced set of eyes is always appreciated. Let me know what you think.

https://twitter.com/majilem/status/1...044938752?s=21

https://twitter.com/majilem/status/1...151133696?s=21

https://twitter.com/majilem/status/1...159144960?s=21
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:58 AM   #9
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Thanks. The bus that Iím looking at is in PA and based on the pictures, itís virtually rust free ����!
You can't see the areas most effected by rust from pictures. It's worst under the floor covering and coming from Pa. , I guarantee there will be rust.
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Old 10-09-2019, 12:03 PM   #10
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The frame rails look good but I see something on the passenger side rear that looks like bubbling paint.

Check it thoroughly before you put your money down.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:07 PM   #11
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Below are links to the pictures. This is my first conversion so an experienced set of eyes is always appreciated. Let me know what you think.

https://twitter.com/majilem/status/1...044938752?s=21

https://twitter.com/majilem/status/1...151133696?s=21

https://twitter.com/majilem/status/1...159144960?s=21
This doesn't look too bad, actually. What's shown of the underside looks relatively un-rusted, and none of the obvious signs of rust (or signs of its hasty repair) are present. There could still be hidden rust damage.
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