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Old 10-30-2019, 07:55 PM   #1
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Advice on Bluebird Handy

Iíve researched regular school buses and understand them, but then today I saw this. Asking $6000 and needs 2 new batteries. Took snapshot of information. Thank you to all who help me out. Iím trying to buy a bus within a month, been searching 3 months already.
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:22 PM   #2
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This is one of the most sought after bus bodies out there. The 5.9L Cummins is a great motor and if it can go the advertised speeds then it's got a good trans and gearing. Price might be a tad high so see if they can knock it down for the price of batteries.
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:26 PM   #3
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If you accept the 'average' price of a bus at $2-3000, then you can go from there.

You won't have to paint.......how much is that worth?

How are the tires? New ones all around will be $1500 and up.

114K is fairly low miles......might be worth another $1000 or so.

Any rust issues? Lot of time, hassle, and money may be involved.

2 new Group 31s will cost $300 or thereabouts.

How's the suspension/overall ride comfort? Tight steering, or loose? Any clunking or wandering? Take it for a ride and listen to what your butt tells you.

I do like the short transit-types, and those windows are more desired by most than standard bus windows.

Good luck!
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:47 PM   #4
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Thanks! The bus is 9hrs away so hopefully I get up there and it’s everything the pics show. Tires are good,little to no rust.
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:48 PM   #5
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Yes, my is a mechanic and loves the 5.9 Cummins.
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:32 PM   #6
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Even though owner says the tires are good, I found out today the tires are 10.5-11yrs old. The 2 driving AC are broken and it needs 2 new batteries. He’s asking $6000. Thinking $3000-$4000 is top?
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:50 AM   #7
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I am thinking $3000 max since it needs work. Good luck!
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