Hi Everyone, I've been reading and researching on this forum for awhile and am planning to buy a bus and convert it to a Skoolie within the next year, 6 months preferably if we can. I have a question right out of the gate about buying a bus. From what I've read on here, the drivetrain is key when picking your canvas, although a lot of the opinions online make me feel like drivetrain preference is almost like what pickup you like, it's all about preference. What are everyone's thoughts on this?
Anyway, a bus came up for sale in the town next to mine, and I'm thinking about buying it, but I'm a little hesitant cause it is the first bus I've even looked at. The body is great, 84 pass. RE Thomas Saf-t-liner, plenty of storage and only light rust around the wheel wells and a spot on the rear hatch. Drivetrain's a CAT 3126 and Allison MD3060. I know the tranny is good, but haven't really seen any glaring reviews about the CAT engine, but haven't seen any horror stories to speak of either. So my question is, should I pull the trigger on it right now and go for the CAT, or should I wait a bit (which I can wait probably up to 4/5 months) before buying something, in the hopes I can get the same quality body and tranny, but with a DT466 or maybe a Cummins 8.3? Any advice, input, or opinions you guys can provide would be much appreciated. I'm really into it because it's just being retired from the school and has under 150K miles, but hesitant due to it being a lower powered CAT engine. Also, we are planning to do the ALCAN next summer, so 7-8K miles round trip easy right out the gate😃!
One more fun fact, this is pretty much my first (non work-related) online forum! So don't be afraid to shame me when I have terrible edicate