New to site, I have an abandoned school bus and need to move, get on the road or sell
A young man left his Thomas Built school bus at my house, over a year and a half ago. He is in Europe and would like to sell it for half what he paid for it, just to get some money back. Unfortunately it has some issues. It was running fine when he left it. Since then we bought two new batteries for it. It started right up, but we then noticed a bad brake line leak and a gas (diesel) leak. The Diesel leak is small, l but I imagine the fuel tank needs replacing. The brake line leak is gushing. I have looked into replacement tank and lines. Problem no one I know in my area works on school buses, the closest mechanic shop would cost me $500 just to tow.
So do I try to repair and sell, 2006 Thomas Built, not a full length school bus, but next size down (not a short bus), Cummins engine, 30,000 miles. The seats have been removed and the beginning of renovations started (small gas stove, sink, small fridge, water tank) The mechanic I spoke to said he would buy it for the engine and tow it away. I think the retail value of a running bus of this make is between, $5,000 and 7,000, from what I could find on line.
What should I try to sell it for?
How much should I ask for the engine if I go that route?
Any advice on which direction to go?
Thank you, wish I had the energy to convert it into a camper and travel, but too many other projects in my retirement, including bottle calves that I am training to become oxen!
Thanks again, Virginia in Virginia