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Old 11-17-2015, 01:18 AM   #1
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What bus to avoid? And what to look for?

Thinking about buying a bus, what should I avoid, and what should I look for? New to school bus conversions. What kind of milage can be expected. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2015, 08:11 AM   #2
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I am still learning, but make sure you do your research... i would read as much of this site as you can, there is some real good information here.

mileage will vary, i would expect 8-10 mpg.
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:27 AM   #3
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AVOID: Rust, busses that don't start, busses with bad tires, half started conversions, Gas engines.
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:19 AM   #4
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-half started conversions, although buying a bus with the seats already removed probably doesn't count

-full size buses with gas motors, they're underpowered and you'll get like 4 mpg

-newer Internationals (2004+) the motors are junk and they're difficult to repair

-Certain transmissions/rear end combos if you plan on doing alot of highway driving - lots of buses came in really low-geared setups that will redline the motor at highway speeds

-Newer Thomas buses with the Mercedes Benz motors, they're junk (although most of them are too new for the average skoolie to afford yet)

-RUST, run away from rusty buses at all costs. Buy from down South or from salt-free states if possible.

-Overpriced dealer buses, I've seen some crazy markups on buses that were being sold by truck dealers.

-CAT motors, they're expensive to service since the parts are propriatary and can only be bought at CAT suppliers (read: hefty markup).

Look For

- rear engine flatnose buses, these are the best for weight distribution and interior space. The rear doghouse also makes a great place to mount a bed

-any buses with the larger engines such as the 8.3 cummins, you'll get more power on the highway and they will be better for towing trailers/getting up the hills

-activity/trip buses with underfloor storage and highway gearing

-buses with rear A/C although this is debatable as oftetimes the factory A/C found in school buses is not very suitable for a conversion
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Old 11-17-2015, 04:46 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by CaptainInsaneo View Post
This!!!!! Please refer to this!!!!

I hate to be "the person" but this has been covered dozens of times....
I am all for asking questions, mater of fact, I ask them a lot. However one should do lots of research before asking such a general question.
I feel like a couple of minutes (okay maybe two hours) googling could answer more than this thread ever could
"...Baler twine tie downs goin' down the road
On two bald tires and an oversize load..."
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