Originally Posted by mediaphyte
See, THAT is the kind of thing I'm looking for. Thanks for the suggestion about wintertime prices.
The $1760 shorty- that same yard listed some more on the same auction site and since it was summer (bought mine in winter) the prices were at least double, some triple!
My 1992 Ward Senator is a supreme bus for conversion. All mechanical, DT466/Allison 643, air ride, etc. Paid $2150 in the cold Kentucky winter.
I'm in Fl and our schools are crappy, our buses are crappy, yet they sell for more $$ than anywhere else I've seen.
So each winter now I seem to find a CRAZY good deal on a damn fine bus somewhere that's cold and freezing.
I'm patient, and a bit flexible in what I'll buy.
Just get to know buses real well and start looking with patience and vigilance. Be willing to travel for a nice bus.
Also- don't fall into the "have to have it now". If you REALLY wanna do this, IMO its worth finding a really super bus with the best running gear and all the features you want. Patience pays off huge in the long run. Lots of folks rush out, buy the first bus that comes along only to find out a forty foot bus with a 7.3 and 6.50 rear end isn't fun to take out on the interstate.
If you can find a nice, solid shorty with a DT466 and can get it without paying an arm and a leg go for it. That's the ultimate engine as far as shorties go.