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Older Mini School Bus- 2 Buy or Not 2 Buy??
#31
The way I face every day is with wonder at what unexpected adventure is going to happen. 

You can play it safe, or you can take a chance. 

Even when I was broken down I had a great time.
Compared to parenting, Cat herding is less complicated
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#32
You seem to have forgotten..........the forum !
Ask for help with the move(s)..... Wink 


.........or maybe you just did ? Cool 

Like GS  I have broken down out on the road many times .
Aside from when the big rig burned , it all got fixed , I made new friends , and I have lost my thinking that breaking down out there will be so much different than if it had happened at home !
I'm sure there are exceptions but so far ...it's was an OK experience.

(In fact , one time when I thought I might be re-enacting a scene from "Deliverance " , it turned out to be better than at home....great people and charged me much less too .... I gave 'em extra .  )
stay tuned 
popeye


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#33
Well yall...I have taken the first step towards getting that bus. My concern was getting it from Houma, LA to Conroe, TX. Then after thinking on it I found the solution....TOW BAR !!! I got all the stuff at Harbor Freight just now for $130 total (Used my coupons). WIN! 
The man is going to hold it for me until I get there to check it out next Friday. (He works too). I also get paid that same day. Between what I have saved in cash and able to afford taking $2K out of my next check I can own it. (IF it was he says it is). I then found out that I can park it here at this RV park in their storage area for $75/month. This will allow me time to finish this contract work here then tow it again back to the family ranch. Then I will come back and get my 5th wheel TT and probably have to go straight to Little Rock, AR for next contract. BUT ..At least I will have gotten the carriage. The next contract will allow me to buy the items that I need and whatever things need attention on the bus. I can then go with my plan to buy the items and have them shipped to the ranch where they will be stored in the bus until I get time to do my build. So it will all boil down to IF the bus is what it is. While its here at RV park I can shine it up by waxing it with the floor polish I mentioned before. And also clean it out, take measurements, inspect it for long distance towing, and living etc. Ohhh..And I already bought the new shower head for it as recommended by many. LOL 
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#34
That's great, David! I sure hope it turns out good. I would think that at that low price for the van, you will be able to fix whatever it needs without too much problems.
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#35
(03-25-2018, 02:04 PM)S Cello Wrote: That's great, David! I sure hope it turns out good. I would think that at that low price for the van, you will be able to fix whatever it needs without too much problems.

The main weak points is if the mounting points from the fiberglass body to the frame are not rusted. If the engine is rock solid and low miles as it's supposed to be I can't lose too much. I have a 1991 F350 4 dr diesel dually that was my dads. The 7.3 (same one that in the bus) is shot. Worst case scenario I can take the engine out of bus and put in dually and have a running driving truck that way. Crossing my fingers. It will be pretty low in my finances temporally. But only for about 2 weeks. Going to be alot of driving and hauling to finish the mission. Thank you S Cello !!
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(03-25-2018, 02:17 PM)RepublicOfTXPatriot Wrote:
(03-25-2018, 02:04 PM)S Cello Wrote: That's great, David! I sure hope it turns out good. I would think that at that low price for the van, you will be able to fix whatever it needs without too much problems.

The main weak points is if the mounting points from the fiberglass body to the frame are not rusted. If the engine is rock solid and low miles as it's supposed to be I can't lose too much. I have a 1991 F350 4 dr diesel dually that was my dads. The 7.3 (same one that in the bus) is shot. Worst case scenario I can take the engine out of bus and put in dually and have a running driving truck that way. Crossing my fingers. It will be pretty low in my finances temporally. But only for about 2 weeks. Going to be alot of driving and hauling to finish the mission. Thank you S Cello !!


Woooohooooooo. Congratulations!
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#37
Nice! Good luck. If you do pick it up just remember...pix or it didn't happen!
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#38
The part I am struggling with is that I am supposed to be downsizing from a 5th wheel TT. This bus does not look to be that much smaller. Ohh...and my tow bar I bought? Well it won't fit unless I do some rigging to the front of the bus that might require removal of front bumper, making adapter plate, and figuring that plate out to mate with the tow bar. There is a base plate that can be bought on E-Trailer website for "$300" plus shipping. Ohh...And now I might not have any work here after Wednesday. This will throw my $$ spending to a screeching halt. I will find out more in the next couple days.
I know a newer bus (2001-2003) with same engine and low miles can be had for about $11-16K. Let's just say it's a good thing FB market place doesn't have a "one-Click buy" or "Buy it now" option. Or I would end up with all kinds of things I didn't think through. LOL.
Yes Putts...No pictures = "...like it never even happened" LOL
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#39
(03-26-2018, 01:08 PM)RepublicOfTXPatriot Wrote: Yes Putts...No pictures = "...like it never even happened"  LOL
Who noticed the "Custom" rear bumper on the bus? I think its wood 2x4 or 2x6 board. LOL
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#40
Why am I getting nervous as heck as time gets closer to go look at the latest bus candidate this weekend? The struggle is real.
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