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Old 01-31-2018, 03:49 PM   #1
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Checking out first bus, opinions please?

Hello forum! There's a local school bus from a private buyer that I'm checking out right now. It's 20 minutes away and was used as a party bus on the highways. It was bought to be used for mobile storage and moving but hasn't really been used. I took a friend with me and she gives it her cautious approval, pending a test drive. We didn't take one when we saw it because someone has stolen the gas out of it, also a brake line broke when we got it going.

Guys, it made a beautiful VROOOOM!!!! Like the roar of a dragon... it sounded like it will run GOOD once we sort out some minor mechanical kinks. The guy said he's gonna get a mechanic to take care of it and get back to me for a test drive later.

So here's pics of my first potential bus! Don't sugar coat it!
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:55 PM   #2
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More pics... there are some rust pics I'd like advice on...
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:56 PM   #3
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How much driving you plan on doing?
That's a pretty low end bus, really. Gas engine, low headroom, crappy flaking paint over the yellow, already has obvious mechanical flaws.
Unless its free or nearly free I'd pass. If its free, I'd resell it on CL and look for a nicer bus.
Just my opinion on it and only because you said don't sugarcoat it.
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:00 PM   #4
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There is nothing more expensive than a free bus. Gas engine, expect about 3-5mpg, did you plan on driving it much? Rust is a not good thing and can be quite extensive to repair. That bus is not worth but $1k if there is enough useable left in it. Get under it and inspect for rust from below, inside the rust will be hidden under the flooring system, you will want to remove the old flooring to see the rust on the base metal floor.
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:02 PM   #5
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:04 PM   #6
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Gas 366 tonowanda engine, hydraulic brakes.
I asked for maintenence records, he doesn't have any.
I asked what the transmission is, he doesn't know. (He's not a mechanic)
Tank has been plundered of gas.
Last driven a year ago.
Needs new antifreeze cap, exhaust manifold hose, and a new brake line. Will be seen by a mechanic soon, hopefully any other problems will be discovered and addressed.
He's asking 3500. He's not gonna get it, but I was hoping to get two new front tires out of it.

So far looks like everyone is saying nay. Sad to hear but less sad than buying a big bucket with an engine...
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The most important question is "How much are they asking for it?"


The seller is too far off on that price for me to try and insult him with a legitimate offer.
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for 3500, you could get on 10X better. Run away!! Too much rust, underpowered, low roof, etc.

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Old 01-31-2018, 04:11 PM   #9
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Can someone tell me exactly why these are problem rust areas? I don't yet know the difference between tolerable rust and NO WAI rust...
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The most important question is "How much are they asking for it?"


The seller is too far off on that price for me to try and insult him with a legitimate offer.
I wouldn't even make an offer.
That thing looks like a money pit and even if it were in tip top shape it isn't anything worth spending the time and money to convert.
Just getting a decent paint job on it after someone put that crappy paint on it would be so much work I'd pass. Let alone the rust and the fact it looks like it hasn't been used in years.

My first bus was identical to this except it was an 85 with a ford gas engine.
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