Should I Buy This Bus?
Around this time last year I bought a 1997 Thomas 444e bus, itís the shorter version, around 6 windows with an upfront handicap door near the front entrance. It had a good motor on it and made the trip from Wisconsin to MN no problem., but after doing the initial tear down I had a couple problems. It had significant rust on the floor, now it wasnít as bad as some Iíve seen but between that, needing to patch holes in the back door, a couple broken windows, and just recently we lost the key. A big problem for us during this conversion is accessibility of getting to it to work on it at my parents place which is a few hours away.
Recently I found a 10 window 2003 Bluebird with the 466, which is a highly sought after bus. Itís a little longer, runs way better and only has about 170,000 miles. Compared to the one I have now which we have no idea how many miles are on it because the speedometer, fuel gage, and miles are uncertain. But this seller will actually let me work on it in town here so itís easier to get to. Hes selling for about 3 grand. Hmmm what do you guys think? Worth the upgrade?