Hi! I've lurked for a little while but this'll be my first post here. Tried to soak up as much knowledge as I could before I posted so I wasn't asking questions that have been answered.
Life is turning upside down in the wake of covid and I'm having to leave my residence in the next couple of months. I've wanted to move full-time into a skoolie for a few years, and just recently my grandma gifted me a very generous $10k to that end, so I've been shopping around. I've done my best to research what I ought to look for, but it's still hard to be certain where to find info on how serviceable or reliable a specific engine is if it's not on the list of preferred engines in the community - if there's a resource there to be shared, I'd be terribly grateful to see it!
Recently I came across a listing 60 miles south of me, for a 1979 Blue Bird that's been partially converted. To quote them:
"We've painted the top white with "Henry tropi-cool roof coating". floor has insulation, osb then vinyl tongue and groove flooring. Loft queen size bed in the back, that folds up so you can get bigger items in/out.. pull out queen size couch. Mini fridge, sink and tub/shower (Not fully piped) 2x 50gal holding tanks for grey or fresh water(Not installed). Hot water heater, pump, Solar panels (Not installed) Walls are insulated. It was converted to run on propane before we bought it. It's 35' long about 8' wide, drove great when we were still using it. Just started it this morning after sitting for 9monthes, the batteries are a little weak..doesmt burn oil, no leakage.. it was a church bus before we got it and the owner was a mechanic so it's been taken care of. Great shape for a 79!
288214miles, engine is a GMC 6000 V8. Batteries are Duracell group no 31s. (Part # sli31sa)"
Negligable rust spots, certainly nothing to damage the body. They're asking $7k for it, but said they'd be willing to negotiate. My total budget is about $15k.
My question for you all would be what an appropriate price is, or whether the sale is viable at all, and if there's more information that needs to be gathered... what that is lol. I'm also looking at having a diesel mechanic take a look at it, any idea what the cost of a general inspection would be like?
Any and all tips, including "kid, you're crazy, walk away" are more than appreciated. Pics included.