Originally Posted by ScoobertTheDoo
I'm finally ready to pull the trigger on a bus and have one in my sights but I need a little guidance on if the asking price is worth it.
Below are a list of repairs/upgrades that the current owner has done to their bus. What I'm wondering is; are these type of things Ill have to do no matter what or is the owner is trying to pass on the cost of their mistake to me?
It may also help to know that I am planning on doing a 4x4 conversion since Ill be turning into a ski/climbing bum.
I appreciate all the feedback you can offer.
Bus:5 Window 2003 Ford E450 W/7.3L @ 168k
New Glow Plugs
new y pipe and down pipes for the turbo
Bilstien shocks front and rear
New Spring leef pack
New Steering stablizer
New sway bar front and rear
New front coils
New Brakes and Hoses
The Ford 7.3 and it's closely related IH T444e both have good reputations. Sounds to me like the glow plugs were about due for a change. The new harness I am assuming is for the glow plugs/injectors? If so, it is usually done each time the valve covers are off for injector/glow plug replacement. The new intake (gasket maybe?) - gasket is fine, I would wonder why the intake would need replaced. New Y pipe and such for the turbo, not a worry for me. The rubber portions will deteriorate with age. New shocks, springs, ... well, basically much of the suspension, brakes, and steering is just age and mileage and deterioration and none of that would concern me. Good that it's been done.
Things that *Would* make me run away: Major rust/rot. I don't mean easily removed surface rust, I mean soft metal or rust holes. Major engine issues like oil in the coolant or vice versa (might be something minor, might be a major fix). I notice the trans hasn't been mentioned, though an eventual 4x4 conversion the trans may have to be replaced with one 4x4 friendly.
What's the asking price? Sounds like a $3000 bus with $2-3000 worth of stuff done to it.