thanks for the reply. i recently hurt my back and can hardly hammer a nail, otherwise i would've loved to built a skoolie home from a bus's bare bones. i had been looking the auction sites before the back injury, tho' never heard of purplewave till now. good one to file in the noggin.
but what's great about your reply is the turn-on to searchtempest.com, which, again, i didn't know of, and it's a great way to get a wider scope or range of craigslist ads! thanks so much for the tip! i had been doing separate zip codes far and wide on CL - this expedites all that. and meanwhile i found a bus together that so far looks like could be my new baby. will look at it tomorrow.