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Old 02-25-2019, 01:28 PM   #1
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Please help me find the right bus!!

Hi everyone,
Im fairly new here, been reading through some of these threads for some initial research. Id really love some help finding the right bus!
My goal is a 6 window (5 or 7 would be fine too if it was right with everything else) with:
-diesel (want to convert to veg oil)
-ability to go through mountains with ease (dont mind about speed too much. More concerned with not getting stuck on some 2 lane hw at night )
-as much headroom as possible. Would rather not have to do a roof raise

If you guys have any drivetrain/engine/transmission combos that would be the best for these conditions, please let me know! Im also looking for busses currently so if you know of any rust free, affordable places to buy (i live in NY so preferably on the east coast that i can drive to) i would really appreciate all the help I can get.
Thank you so much in advance!! I feel like ive hit a road block here, would love to know where to go from here


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Old 02-26-2019, 09:23 PM   #2
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How much do you know about acquiring veggie oil? Today it probably costs as much as gas after all the prep involved.
I would not look for a bus on the Eastern seaboard. When budgeting a build I would add $1000-$1500 for travel expense and fuel home, and go where ever the good bus is, I went 3k miles.
Keep searching and reading, all your question are answered here.
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:41 PM   #3
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Best engine for SVO?

I would say: One that you can afford to replace......
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Old 02-27-2019, 04:37 PM   #4
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hello and welcome. please tell us a bit more. how many people does it need to accommodate? where are you? the word mountains can mean very different things depending on where you are from.... best of luck
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:42 AM   #5
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o1marc, ive been researching a decent amount, just looking to slap some tanks underneath and set up a heat exchanger in the lines. As much as it is financial, id rather not be burning all that gas. And thanks for the headsup on finances, timeline for buying hadnt factored the expenses getting back and forth

Rovobay, im looking to mostly travel alone but will likely install a copilot chair and have some adaptable guest bed/couch for when people come to stay. Im up in Buffalo, which is why i was hoping to find one out of the rust belt close as possible.
In terms of mountains. I want to be able to cross rockys and go up to alaska..basically scale any mountain i come to without worrying about being stranded cus the bus couldnt make it.

Thanks for all the help
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