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Old 09-19-2021, 04:22 PM   #1
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Just Bought a 2007 Short School Bus-California

Progressing rom long time "wisher" to current "Doer". About to take delivery of a 5 Window 2007 Chevy Express 3500. Only 16K miles and has been used to transport 12 kids. All service records, No Rust, newer tires and checks out great. It is currently registered as Commercial and I'm a bit intimidated to navigate the whole register and insure as an RV thing. Any tips from Californians out there on this one?

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Old 09-19-2021, 11:35 PM   #2
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See the Reg & insurance sub.

Mind sharing the how found and how much on that gem?
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:25 AM   #3
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I have a Thomas 07 Chevy Express 3500. Is yours the 6.6l duramaxx
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:37 AM   #4
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I'm looking for the 8.1L gasser version if anyone has tips
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Old 09-20-2021, 01:09 PM   #5
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I'm looking for the 8.1L gasser version if anyone has tips
I have never seen the 8.1 Vortec in a cutaway Express bus chassis. I believe those were only offered in the C5500/6500 chassis which was mostly sold to coach builders such as Glaval and Goshen.

Every Express cutaway school bus I have seen had either the 6.6l Duramax or the smaller 6.0 Vortec.
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Old 09-20-2021, 03:31 PM   #6
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Looks like Minotour had it.
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Old 09-20-2021, 04:52 PM   #7
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Looks like Minotour had it.
Yeah, I almost bought one. Keep an eye out on 422 bus sales
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Old 09-20-2021, 06:46 PM   #8
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Thank you!
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Hi, no, it’s the Gas 6.0 vortec
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Old 09-20-2021, 06:49 PM   #10
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On Craigslist Bay Area. Not as low price as some but checks out clean
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Old 09-20-2021, 09:12 PM   #11
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I’m sorry. I am mistaken. It was a 6.0 vortec in those that I saw. My apologies. It was a big weekend with lots of sun and beer
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Old 09-20-2021, 09:20 PM   #12
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OK. The GVWR sticker says it all. Is it less than 14,001 GVWR? If it is, go get it smogged then go to the DMV and register it. The body type on the title may still be SB. They changed ownership on mine without changing the body type. As a result, I’ve been paying $20 a year in registration fees (don’t tell them)!

National General may offer you insurance while converting like they did for me

Convert, go to a VIN Verifier with the bus, change title to RV
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Old 09-26-2021, 10:45 AM   #13
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Nor- Cali resident here, went through same. Lets communicate and I can walk you through.
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Old 09-26-2021, 01:03 PM   #14
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Whole point of an open forum is to document solutions for everyone

including those googling later on
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I have a Thomas 07 Chevy Express 3500. Is yours the 6.6l duramaxx
I just got a 07 thomas built 5 widow duramax Diesel 199k miles 😅and tips would be super helpful. Im got my insurance not problem. Currently working out the registration. With the shop i got it from.
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