So I just got done checking out the bus!!
exterior is OK, not worried about that, Tires have almost perfect tread, there is an air leak where the lines come together in a metal box under the bus but I asked my buddy and he said that is a cheap and easy fix. there is a small leak in the drivers airbag but he said a set of new airbags are around $300 so not too worried.
one headlight was out and the passenger side blinker wasn't working. not too worried about that either.
there was a little rust on all the inner fenders.
interior was good. not that it matters because Ill be stripping it down.
The Engine. . . . . . . The Engine was beautiful!!!!
he had receipts of a $12k engine rebuild less than a year ago, and there is less than 500 miles on it!!! Clean around turbo, no flat black powder around the exhaust manifolds, belts looked great. there was a little oil leak but my buddy said that is no problem.
it started in a split second of touching the button and not a single puff of smoke came out the exhaust!
we drove it around the area for about 20 min. and it shifted beautifully, stopped on a dime, has an amazing turning radius by the way, and had plenty of pickup.
the AC turned on. I could hear the Compressor kick on and blow air, it was cooler than outside air but not cold. not worried about that. just as long as the engine, trany, and chassis is good, I'm not too worried.
so after talking with him for a while and pointing out the flaws that I found, without me trying to negotiate on a lower price he asked if I would take $3,500 for it!!!!!
I told him that I still want one of my buddies who knows a little about big diesels to look at it for me on sunday and he said no problem. I put some money down for him to hold it for me just in case.
So Looks like I will own a 1981 GMC RTSII-04 Bus by next week!!!