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Old 10-06-2015, 04:48 PM   #1
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My bus R.I.P.. I need a new one..

I posted in here a LONG time ago about acquiring a Blue bird 1988.. / chevy gasoline Classic style...

so now here im back because my Bus got Destroyed.. I wont go into details.. but the storage place in which I stored it had a careless tenant start his chevelle on fire while trying to pour gas in the carb.. it flared he freaked.. yeah lit gas under my bus.. lots of damage.. Insurance deemed hos chevelle, my bus and a couple other vehicles in the building total losses..

I got great money from the insurance since i had receipts for everything I did.. (including adding Carrier Air-cond to the body)( and modifiying the Hurri-hot defrosters with a completely custom refrigeration loop (man did that make those rainy drives easy to clear the windows)..

anyway the upshot is I need a new (old) bus..

trouble is I want another OLD bus.. like my 88 was or even older...

Would Love to get my hands on a Wayne Lifeguard or another mid 80s bluebird classic, or even an OLD carpenter or Superior.. I love the older busses from the 70s through the early and mid 80s...

can they be found unmolested? im interested in keeping it a bus.. I found that it wasnt bad at all to keep a bus as a bus in ohio and drive it.. while I hadnt driven my previous bus much in the last several years before it burned up (last year)...
where does one find older busses ? seems everything I find is newer and I dont like the newer busses.. I like the more industrial work-truck like drivers compartments of the older busses.. not the car-dash stuff thats a pain to work on or add A/C to etc...

I used to look to BGA bus sales for help with parts and such.. they were great when it came to Air-conditioner parts for the body... but it seems they are no longer in existence?

are there other places people go to buy old unmolested skoolies?

-Christopher
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Old 10-06-2015, 05:24 PM   #2
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"Older bus"...easy too find. "Unmolested older bus"...hard to find. But...good luck on the hunt. Maybe someone here knows of such a critter.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:05 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about the loss.

Looking forward to pictures of a new bus build.

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Old 10-06-2015, 08:14 PM   #4
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Would Love to get my hands on a Wayne Lifeguard or another mid 80s bluebird classic, or even an OLD carpenter or Superior.. I love the older busses from the 70s through the early and mid 80s...
Theres a 80's something GM Wayne [I think it is] here. Just sitting on the side of the road. I'll see if I cant snag a picture next time I go by.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:43 PM   #5
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was searching my craigslist, just by chance typed bus found this, one year newer though. seems to be a ruster though.

https://mankato.craigslist.org/hvo/5225380199.html
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:18 PM   #6
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I posted in here a LONG time ago about acquiring a Blue bird 1988.. / chevy gasoline Classic style...
Sorry to hear about your bus.

My Wayne's a 78 and I can't find parts anywhere, but I'm not interested in selling. Mine is a rust bucket, too, but I'm O.K. with that for now. Been looking for windows and rear shock mount all Summer - no clue where to find them.

Good luck on your search.

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Old 10-07-2015, 03:35 PM   #7
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Head farther south and way out west. That's your only realistic option, aside from the proverbial needle in the haystack type thing. Anything in ohio that is over 15 years old always seems to have been molested the last 5 years to keep them on the road, and don't even try to look for one that is rust free.

All the busses from out in So Cal, Arizona, and New Mexico seem to be in pretty good shape from all the auctions I see. Inland texas is alright and maybe north Alabama, Mississippi and the like. Anything coastal will have rust as will anything up north. Good luck!
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:08 AM   #8
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so I have a lead on what looks to be a decent carpenter... How is the DTA-360 in a 7 row? I hear lots of people say that its tough to drive a 360 on the freeway because it is "gutless"..

I see a few of you have them(360s)... im not familiar enough with it to know, and I havent made the trip to drive this bus yet.. its only disadvantage is that it has air brakes so I have to go get an air-brakes endorsement before i can drive it home if I buy it.

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Old 03-24-2016, 07:31 AM   #9
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Do you REALLY have to have an endorsement? Check your state laws, I surely don't.
DT360 is a good engine. In a smaller bus, its a dandy, IMO. I've personally ridden in the One Nation Under Goat bus with its 360 and I like it. I'd consider it a major upgrade over an 80's gas engine.
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"I used to look to BGA bus sales for help with parts and such.. they were great when it came to Air-conditioner parts for the body... but it seems they are no longer in existence? are there other places people go to buy old unmolested skoolies?"

BGA Buses are definitely still in business. I just bought my bus from them a few weeks ago. Here is the link: Used School Buses For Sale - Better Buses @ Better Prices - We deliver school buses nation wide Good luck.
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