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Old 05-19-2020, 06:43 PM   #1
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Most Reliable Short Buses To Convert?

Hello friends,

I finally secured a solid location to convert a bus and now I知 looking for the right bus for me.

I知 set on a short bus (4-5 window seats) but have no idea where to begin in regards to which models/makes/years have good reputations and what I should be looking out for on auction sites...

Have been debating diesel too. Budget for bus (not including the conversion) is 5000ish.

Any advice/insight or if you could point me In the right direction that would be a blessing!

Thanks, Zac
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:39 PM   #2
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Hello friends,

I finally secured a solid location to convert a bus and now I知 looking for the right bus for me.

I知 set on a short bus (4-5 window seats) but have no idea where to begin in regards to which models/makes/years have good reputations and what I should be looking out for on auction sites...

Have been debating diesel too. Budget for bus (not including the conversion) is 5000ish.

Any advice/insight or if you could point me In the right direction that would be a blessing!

Thanks, Zac
I have a 6 window, love the size, and it drives like a dream. Just finished wire brushing the floor today. It's a 1998 Collins, 7.3 liter diesel powerstroke turbo, with 200K miles on it. Gets around 12 mpg. I'm interested in seeing the response by the community to your question too.
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Old 05-19-2020, 11:28 PM   #3
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Anything that doesn't have a VT365 / 6.0 PowerJoke engine. Most smaller cutaway van types were decent, if a little underpowered. On the larger 2+ ton shorties, the AT545 trans usually is weak, but on a short that weighs less, it might not be so bad.
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Thank you for your responses! I'll keep a look out for anything that does not have a 6.0
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Thank you for your responses! I'll keep a look out for anything that does not have a 6.0
6.0 gm gas engine is good in a van.
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I know many folks, myself included, will recommend the 7.3L Powerstroke engine. If your budget of $5000 is just for the bus I think you will have no problem finding a good one. I have a 4 window E350 with that engine which I got for $2500, I love that it痴 a van cutaway style as opposed to a 途eal school bus擁t痴 cheaper, handles better in smaller areas, but goddamn there is no storage!
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Also don稚 be in a rush to buy, I suspect the market will be flooded with unused school buses this fall when schools don稚 fully reopen and districts need to offload their inventory. You are picking a GREAT time to start looking!
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I have a 6 window, love the size, and it drives like a dream. Just finished wire brushing the floor today. It's a 1998 Collins, 7.3 liter diesel powerstroke turbo, with 200K miles on it. Gets around 12 mpg. I'm interested in seeing the response by the community to your question too.

How does your bus handle on the interstate? Can you cruise at 70 or 80 mph without the engine blowing up?
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