Thoughts on 2006 Chevy Express 3500 MidBus four window with 4.8L
Greetings from Illinois. Thanks to all contributors that make this site a tremendous source for those of us starting the Skoolie adventure. As a part-time job for the last 15 years, I've had the pleasure (most days) of working in school transportation. I won't say I'm in too unique of a position, but my prospective skoolie candidate is a four window 2006 MidBus Chevy 3500 Express that I've been around since it was new so I know it's history from the beginning. It has come to its useful end as far as the district that owns it is concerned. Positives, as I see about it: It's already white, so I won't have to paint over a yellow color and will maybe make the insurance easier to secure at a fairly reasonable price as Vin# info. pops up as Chevy Express (We'll see.) Body and frame are in decent shape despite spending its life in the Midwest. Runs and Drives. Negative: Typical thinner medal, with visible rust spots, used on original floor so I'll not only be pulling the seats out but I'm sure I'll be replacing the floor so I know that I'm back to a secure, clean slate. I'm sure I'll run into other issues with a bus this age the more I tear into it. My question for those of you out there with some insight is regarding the 4.8L V8 it has. Any opinions pros/cons, experience with this engine? Enough power? Easy to work on, parts readily available? Mileage is around 80K for what it's worth. Thanks for any input you are able to share. BTW, username is paying homage to a love of my preferred storage medium of music, vinyl records, and not the material that the typical school bus seat is made of.