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Old 05-24-2018, 04:03 PM   #21
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Second hand buses in CO can be a bit pricey and hard to find, but start looking. Their mountain buses have retarders, high hp, and usually come with all the bells and whistles.
Oregon and Washington also have excellent buses.

The buses out west are so much better its honestly not worth buying the "swill" here in the southeast.
Sounds like I will be looking for a while. Would one of those massive almost greyhound type coach buses be good? Obviously it wouldn't look nearly as nice as a true skoolie but I see them around for sale quite often. I feel like those are made for highway travel by default.
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Old 05-24-2018, 04:15 PM   #22
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Sounds like I will be looking for a while.

for what its worth. I looked for 8 months until I found my bus....
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Old 05-24-2018, 04:17 PM   #23
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Sounds like I will be looking for a while. Would one of those massive almost greyhound type coach buses be good? Obviously it wouldn't look nearly as nice as a true skoolie but I see them around for sale quite often. I feel like those are made for highway travel by default.
A real coach bus is vastly superior for eating up huge chunks of interstate.
You'll realize this once you're driving along at 55 in a school bus

If cross country travel were my plan I'd want a HIGH END school bus of a coach. Hard to beat an MCI.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:28 PM   #24
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Standard tune of a Cummins 8.3L in a school bus is 250 hp. I believe the CAT 3126 is 230 hp.

WIth the mechanical Cummins, it's pretty easy to liberate another 50 hp for very little money. Adjusting the fuel-plate (and maybe the smoke screw), or replacing the fuel plate will get you a long way. Shimming the governor springs will release about 400 rpm more. Advancing the timing will help too.

The same engine left the factory for fitting in RVs with around 300 hp as standard.

If you want to go higher you can, but then you have to change injectors, valve springs ...

Again, the same engine in marine form left the factory with 450 hp, but it has a bigger cooling system too

There is a wealth of info on this just a Google away.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:42 PM   #25
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Standard tune of a Cummins 8.3L in a school bus is 250 hp. I believe the CAT 3126 is 230 hp.

WIth the mechanical Cummins, it's pretty easy to liberate another 50 hp for very little money. Adjusting the fuel-plate (and maybe the smoke screw), or replacing the fuel plate will get you a long way. Shimming the governor springs will release about 400 rpm more. Advancing the timing will help too.

The same engine left the factory for fitting in RVs with around 300 hp as standard.

If you want to go higher you can, but then you have to change injectors, valve springs ...

Again, the same engine in marine form left the factory with 450 hp, but it has a bigger cooling system too

There is a wealth of info on this just a Google away.
That sounds a bit out of my skill range for the foreseeable future. I can disassemble and fix 2 cycles and little riding mower engines in my sleep but once you get into big diesel engines and anything transmission related its far out of my league. I suppose google and youtube it is if I go that route. There isn't much you cant learn using the ol' YouTube and Google combo.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:14 PM   #26
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That sounds a bit out of my skill range for the foreseeable future. I can disassemble and fix 2 cycles and little riding mower engines in my sleep but once you get into big diesel engines and anything transmission related its far out of my league. I suppose google and youtube it is if I go that route. There isn't much you cant learn using the ol' YouTube and Google combo.
On the mechanical engine, the changes to the fuel-plate and governor springs is a simple operation with very little to dismantle. Full step-by-steps are available.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:52 PM   #27
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https://orlando.craigslist.org/rvs/d...588434699.html
This is a coach style bus. It looks like, and the gauges confirm that, it has been to hell and back a few times. As a tiny house it would look uglier than a Prius with a lift kit but it seems like its fitted for highway and interstate driving to a certain extent.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:04 PM   #28
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:42 PM   #29
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Oh I see. My mistake. But ouch. 30k and sale pending. 30k is a bit more than my 15k target for an entire skoolie finished out. But now I understand what you mean. I actually have one that parks up the road from my house.

https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/d...571192095.html
This is a similar one that someone was turning into an RV but quit halfway through because of "lack of time". Not sure why it says J E S U S on the front in wooden letters. That's the least odd thing I've seen a bus on craigslist.

PS. Yes 15k might seem a bit low but I would LIKE it to be 15k. Knowing construction it will probably be 20k or more.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:57 PM   #30
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Oh I see. My mistake. But ouch. 30k and sale pending. 30k is a bit more than my 15k target for an entire skoolie finished out. But now I understand what you mean. I actually have one that parks up the road from my house.

https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/d...571192095.html
This is a similar one that someone was turning into an RV but quit halfway through because of "lack of time". Not sure why it says J E S U S on the front in wooden letters. That's the least odd thing I've seen a bus on craigslist.

PS. Yes 15k might seem a bit low but I would LIKE it to be 15k. Knowing construction it will probably be 20k or more.
You can get a nice coach for 15k, but it may not be converted. Shop around a bit, that's a dealer's ad at full retail price. It does have a fully rebuilt Detroit 2 stroke in it though.
Also- some folks have gotten some really good deals on Wanderlodges. Wanderlodge would be my choice if buying one already converted.
They're factory converted Bluebirds-
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:01 PM   #31
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You can get a nice coach for 15k, but it may not be converted. Shop around a bit, that's a dealer's ad at full retail price. It does have a fully rebuilt Detroit 2 stroke in it though.
Also- some folks have gotten some really good deals on Wanderlodges. Wanderlodge would be my choice if buying one already converted.
They're factory converted Bluebirds-
A WanderLodge was recently advertised for around $5k.

Quite honestly, if it wasn't rotted out and the big bits worked okay, it was an absolute steal at that price even if the interior needed a full re-fit.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:29 PM   #32
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I saw a Wanderlodge for sale and loved it but it was in absolutely terrible shape and they still wanted 40k. I assumed it was just like a Prevost and just held its value but I will keep my eye out for them.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:56 PM   #33
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Wanderlodge is pretty awesome. I probably saw the same one others mentioned and as interested as I might be I can't have 3 buses... Can i???
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:10 PM   #34
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Just for the record...the older WanderLodges (like the ones shown) are actually FE BB All Americans converted at the factory.
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Old 05-25-2018, 05:56 AM   #35
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Wanderlodge is pretty awesome. I probably saw the same one others mentioned and as interested as I might be I can't have 3 buses... Can i???
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:44 AM   #36
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I found a 2003 bluebird d class/class d/transit bus but it has the Caterpillar 3126 that I have heard mixed reviews on. I'm on mobile so I can't find the bookmark from my PC. They want 7800 which seems reasonable for a bus in pristine condition. I can post the link when I get back to my computer this evening.
Any opinions? I can't find the transmission info but I havent looked up the VIN or the model number yet because I found it right before I went to bed.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:07 AM   #37
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I found a 2003 bluebird d class/class d/transit bus but it has the Caterpillar 3126 that I have heard mixed reviews on. I'm on mobile so I can't find the bookmark from my PC. They want 7800 which seems reasonable for a bus in pristine condition. I can post the link when I get back to my computer this evening.
Any opinions? I can't find the transmission info but I havent looked up the VIN or the model number yet because I found it right before I went to bed.
If it's still just a bus, then $7800 is unreasonable. That's a $3K bus to most of us. I'm only paying $3500 for a DT466/3060. Your seller probably only paid $2k for the bus.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:35 AM   #38
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Ok then. So basically Houston it is. It's like 700 USD maximum to get a bus to Orlando from Houston from my calculations. (Plane ticket and diesel at 8.5 mpg average) They aren't very accurate but it turns a 2k bus into an almost 3.5k bus at max with titling and transport correct? Still waaaaaaayyyyy better than 8k.
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Wanderlodge is pretty awesome. I probably saw the same one others mentioned and as interested as I might be I can't have 3 buses... Can i???

you can have 3 busses.. im looking at possibly having found one to be my 3rd...

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