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Old 09-29-2023, 03:33 PM   #1
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Smile 2004 32' International School Bus for Sale

Parting with my 2006 32' International School bus. Bought 2 years ago with the intention of converting and living full time, but times have changed, and haven't had the resources (time, space, or money) to put into it.

The Story: Bought from a West Virginia school district who had it inspected every year (still have all the documentation, and any documentation we have accrued since owning it). It has a lot of power to make it up and down the various mountain roads of West Virginia and is great if you want to be able to do lots of mountain driving. Its less than full length, plus a powerful engine and up-to-date transmission give way more power than is needed. Drove from West Virginia back to Raleigh where we began gutting it. Drove it the 1100 miles to KC, Missouri half a year later with no problems where we continued gutting it when we had the time. Decided to do a roof raise as it would be a touch short for me after insulation. Drove it the 1200 miles to Flagstaff, Arizona to work with Ross from @RollingLiving to do a 12" roof raise and put in 8 large RV windows, new from RecPro (see photos below). Drove it back with no issues, and continued treating the floor, taking out additional wiring and replacing the door. Hasn't had any mechanical issues and passed a MO State inspection a few months ago.


Price: $12,500 or best offer

Location: KC, Missouri. Willing to drive 100 miles to drop off. Could be convinced to drive further for the right home.

Length: 32' bumper to bumper

No CDL required: it is just under the 26,001 lb GVWR limit for needing a CDL.

Engine: DT466 Diesel, good condition.

Transmission: Allision 3000 automatic (with cruise control). Currently has a 70mph limit, but I believe this can be easily removed by taking it to an International School Bus dealer. I haven't done this as it seems to get great mpg's at around 65mph (around 7 when full of stuff and closer to 10 when empty) but starts to drop off over 65mph. I have also heard that you can unlock a 6th gear, also at a Interntaional School Bus dealer, but I haven't confirmed this.

Mileage: A little over 200,000

Breaks: Air-breaks, all in good condition

Tires: 6 tires. Used but still in good condition (see photos below)

Mirrors: The typical dog-nose mirrors. Heated with a switch to toggle off and on

Electric Block Heater: Yes, plug on the front of the bus to heat prior to starting during those cold months.

Rust: The frame is solid, the black paint covering was chipping when we bought, but no spots rusted beyond that. The sheet metal flooring did have several spots that had rusted through. We treated those with several layers of phosphoric acid, and then several coats of Rustoleum, and then re-enforced with 18-gauge sheet metal (see photos, feel free to ask me with any questions or if you would like additional photos).

Roof Raise: Yes! We did a 12" roof raise. I was able to help Ross from @RollingLiving raise it and put in 8 RV windows. (Photos below. Feel free to DM me for additional details). The internal height now is about 7' at the center.

Air-ride seat: Yes!

Other Work Done: I've taken out all additional wiring that wasn't being used and cleaned up the electrical board. The pre-existing bus heaters were taken out, and the coolant lines short-circuited. Roof emergency exits have been removed and covered by 18-gauge sheet metal. The entire bus floor and other exposed sheet metal has been treated with Rustoleum to prevent rust. I have removed all of the reflective stickers and started to scuff as prep for painting.

I will continue working on and updating this post as I finish each new project (putting in a door window, painting the outside, etc). Feel free to DM me with any questions or if you would like additional details or photos!
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