Hey encryptedritual, hope your hunt is going well.
My partner and I are also wanting to transition to Bus Life and are in the 'doing our homework' stage right now.
Wanting to know if there is a reason you're looking at pre-2002. I personally was looking at pre-2008 because of the EPA laws that went into effect that year. Didn't know if there was a reason you had for 2002.
Also wanted to know why you are looking for the engine in the front. As of right now I'm looking for a pusher with one in the back for the quieter ride and more space up front / easier access to it in the rear. Is there a reason you guys are looking for one up front?
I've been in touch with Wolf Creek Motors in Oregon, even though I'm currently an east-coaster. They said they're getting so much inventory right now they don't have time to upload their new arrivals online to advertise. Spoke with Ian there (a third Ian, not common!) and he was very helpful and took down a lot of my info for what I wanted. Found out about them from another forum and they came highly regarded. Hope that helps!
Thanks for sharing, have you made a purchase yet?