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Old 02-06-2017, 11:49 AM   #31
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Hey Lurk, I'm in your neck of the woods working on my own full size bus! Most of the buses at the Buncombe surplus lot have some sort of issue ie. rust or a body type we didn't want. We ended up driving to NE Kentucky to pick ours up. we got pretty close with some local craigslist entries but the best advice is to take your time and really shop around.
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Hey Lurk, I'm in your neck of the woods working on my own full size bus! Most of the buses at the Buncombe surplus lot have some sort of issue ie. rust or a body type we didn't want. We ended up driving to NE Kentucky to pick ours up. we got pretty close with some local craigslist entries but the best advice is to take your time and really shop around.
My big 92' is from KY. Good buses, mines a lil crusty, but was a bargain.
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Old 02-06-2017, 12:02 PM   #33
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Buy this bus and I'll make you a steak while you're passing through.
This bus would save someone a ton of money and labor on some aspects of "conversion" and has a badass drivetrain with low miles.
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Old 02-06-2017, 12:04 PM   #34
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We got an 01 Int. with a DT 466e, mt643 (I think), air brakes/air ride, heated mirrors, good tires and very little rust. It took us about a year to snag but I am happy we waited and put the time in.
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Hey Lurk, I'm in your neck of the woods...
You sure are! Good to hear re: the local buses... I'll have to keep that in mind. What kind did you end up getting? And (if you don't mind) from where in KY?
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Conventional dog nose International, Blue Bird. It was from Sandy Hook KY
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Well... fingers crossed... found one to go look at Friday. IF the person ahead of me doesn't get it. I wonder.... another fellow skoolie? Talked to person and this sounds mint and is a really great size for what we'd use/need one for. Only bummer is it's a gas engine though. Other than that I can't think of downsides...

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If it has a gas engine, in a bus that size it most likely has a 5.7L small block. It will do the work required running around town and get respectable fuel mileage doing that--around 4-5 MPG. Out on the highway, depending on how it is geared, 55 MPH will be about the top you can expect out of it. Even if you regeared for highway top speeds you wouldn't have the HP and torque to go any faster.

The one real downside on short full size buses like this one is they don't roll down the road. They jounce and bounce from one bump to the next. You will swear that the bus is off the ground half the time the way it hammers you as you go down the road.

That can be helped a little by taking some springs out which reduces how much weight you can haul. Or you can take some springs out and replace with helper air springs. Or you can put in an air ride suspension if it has air brakes.

For the right price it looks to be a pretty good little old bus. $2K would be the absolute top end on price for me if I really wanted the bus. $1k or $1.5K would seem to be reasonable depending on the condition of the tires.

Good luck.
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So good to know that info re: highway speeds and gearing and ride!! Whatever bus we buy will practically live on the highway.

ETA: So go big or go "non-big" with shorties? Like van-front short buses?

Also adding: VIN: 1GDG7T1P8VJ504090
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Go for a short bus on a full size chassis, but not a gasser. Get a turbo diesel, high headroom, and highway capable gearing.
My first attempt at owning a bus was a Ford gasser with a Thomas body. It was a total dog. Horrible mileage and no power.
Getting the RIGHT bus is more crucial than getting one NOW.
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