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Old 11-13-2020, 11:19 AM   #1
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Is this too much rust?

Hi all,

We are looking to buy a bus and I wanted to know if this looked like too much rust underneath? They said they can do a treatment for it for an extra $500. It looks perfect on the outside otherwise. And runs very well. Just trying to figure out if this is a good move?

Also, do you think a seven window 2005 bus with 35,000 miles is priced right at $9,900? This purchase is through a bus company that mostly works with schools, not an individual seller.

Thanks so much for the advise!
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Old 11-13-2020, 11:23 AM   #2
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Eeeekkk!

Just kidding.

I can’t even see rust in that photo.

Look up at the floor pan. Especially around the wheel wells. If you have a screw driver handy, aggressively poke at those spots. Is there rust there? If there is then you’ll need a closer inspection

Don’t pay for a rust treatment.

It’s unlikely that bus has 35,000 miles. More likely 135000.

9,000 is pretty steep.
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Old 11-13-2020, 11:28 AM   #3
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Also, there are some pretty savvy folks on here that can give you advice about the mechanicals of that bus if you post more detail
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Old 11-13-2020, 12:41 PM   #4
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You'd be well advised to listen to the people here rather than Any salesperson. There are things to check that you would never know about. Ask lots of questions. Proceed with caution, good luck
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Old 11-13-2020, 02:27 PM   #5
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You need pics of the frame rails and crossmembers / floor belly from bumper to bumper, as well as suspension and mounting points critical to holding the axles in and keeping the steering together.
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Old 11-13-2020, 04:15 PM   #6
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Hi all,

We are looking to buy a bus and I wanted to know if this looked like too much rust underneath? They said they can do a treatment for it for an extra $500. It looks perfect on the outside otherwise. And runs very well. Just trying to figure out if this is a good move?

Also, do you think a seven window 2005 bus with 35,000 miles is priced right at $9,900? This purchase is through a bus company that mostly works with schools, not an individual seller.

Thanks so much for the advise!

That's is just simple surface rust, nothing to be worried about!

If you wanted to do a rust treatment, DIY style, which is very effective and very economical, use a 2 gal spray bottle and some OSPHO.

Don't forget PPP equipment, face shield and gloves at a minimum!

You can do the whole bottom of the bus for about $100 bucks!
$16 bucks for the spray bottle at harbor freight and approx. $27 per gal for the OSPHO at ACE Hardware.

A once a year treatment will go a long, long way!
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Old 11-13-2020, 05:59 PM   #7
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That's is just simple surface rust, nothing to be worried about!

If you wanted to do a rust treatment, DIY style, which is very effective and very economical, use a 2 gal spray bottle and some OSPHO.

Don't forget PPP equipment, face shield and gloves at a minimum!

You can do the whole bottom of the bus for about $100 bucks!
$16 bucks for the spray bottle at harbor freight and approx. $27 per gal for the OSPHO at ACE Hardware.

A once a year treatment will go a long, long way!
Having done lots and lots of osphoing on the underside of my bus, I think it's easier (and somewhat less toxic) to buy a bunch of chip brushes and brush the stuff on. Most of my underside was pitted enough that I had to give each spot many sprays before it was thoroughly saturated, and then lots of it ran off onto the ground. A brush usually covers it with one pass and not as much drips off. You also don't have the mist to breathe in, although you still need a respirator and goggles (I managed to spray it in my eyes a couple of times even with using a brush, thanks to my habit of pushing up my goggles to get better visibility and then forgetting to push them back down).

It's sufficiently nasty either way that OP is better off buying a rust-free bus.
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Old 11-13-2020, 06:02 PM   #8
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Miles are only part of the story. You should find out the engine hours too.
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Old 11-21-2020, 07:00 PM   #9
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What brand, engine, fuel, transmission, and location. If you fill out your information page people will be able to help you easier.
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What brand, engine, fuel, transmission, and location. If you fill out your information page people will be able to help you easier.

I don't think OP has purchased yet, but this would be pertinent info. Personally, I would have to see pics of the rails bumper to bumper before I would advise yea or nay, chiefly because the pics supplied aren't all that great.
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