Beginning research stage of doing a conversion. Been reading up as much as possible and formulating a plan. Living in alaska our bus options aren't as vast, so I'm trying to make due with what we have up here.
I've found a deal one a bus and would like your input on this configuration of bus, and also maybe some of the types of engines/transmissions/ equipment to completely stay away from.
Bus in question: 2002 Thomas $3500
Had a 84 Seating Capacity (all passenger seats have been removed)
*208" in Wheelbase
*GVWR 30,000 lb.
*295/75R22.5 Tires on Budd Wheels
* Engine - Caterpillar 3126B (Diesel) - 330 hp.
*Transmission - Allison AD 2000 - Automatic
*Heaters - Wasbasto Bus-Scholastic-Heater - Engineered specifically for school buses - Model DBW 2010 Heater warms the engine, the driver and the students even if the engine is not running.
The cat engines are not so good very costly to find parts for. and with that high of a mileage I would guess the engine is starting to get tired. I my self would not buy a bus with that many miles on it.