2001 RE Blue Bird opinion?
Found a RE Cummins 8.3 ICS, Allison 3000 6 speed, pass through bay, 250k mile bus. Took it for a drive on the freeway and did 70mph at 2000rpm (governed to 2000rpm-is this something I could get changed?).
Has some rust, but the structure looks good. In a dry state, but with winter salt on the roads. I've heard other buses from this state have some rust but most don't have anything major. Tires are in great shape and all within 5-7 years old w/at least one retread. Seat posts are rusty at the floor (guessing from hosing it out) but not sunk in, 1" rusted out hole in corner of stairs, and some other body rust, but nothing major. Asking $4500. We want to lift the roof, convert, and live fulltime for at least 3 years in it, for a family of 5 (kids would be under 12 when it 'should' be done). Planning on doing it right and taking 2-3 years for the full conversion.
How's that sound? Would love some opinions or things to be aware of. ATM we're thinking of grabbing it.