Originally Posted by ClutchDownRevUp
I haven't either. Flat front dont seem popular around here and rear engine are even more rare. Occasionally I'll see some RE with DT466 up near Kansas City but not around where I live. I've found 2 in texas. The one posted above who stopped messaging me and another dude who stopped after I asked for a pic of the frame and mileage. There's two on the PNW but I'm not paying $10k for busses with 250k miles and tires that need replaced. After that I found 3 in california with 160k, 167k and 250k miles but the dude on the phone said the cheapest one started at $20k and I just couldnt but laugh at the price for a 20 year old bus. Then theres one for sale inn Illinois that a dude started and gave up but he wants $16k. He states it runs fine but it has a "small coolant leak somewhere" and I dont really want to rip the deck off the roof either. Edit, I also found one Florida woth a roof raise already done but it's a front engine bus and that just didnt seem like 8.3 as I havent seen another FE 8.3 bus before.
Bluebird did build a front engine 8.3 for a little while but it wasn't a big seller. Also worth noting that the FE chassis is not the greatest idea for an engine of that size, probably why it was discontinued around 2003. People selling these buses often don't know what they have and incorrectly list it as a 5.9.
PNW buses go for a lot of money since the bodies are very clean and they option them out pretty well. Also lots of skoolie folks live in that area so they tend to buy up the good ones right away.
Missouri is nothing special for school buses, all the operators I see down there just have run of the mill IC conventionals with the occasional C2 Safetliner. No pushers and very few FEs.