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Re: Possible school bus conversion by Phil Feinstein
Post New Message Living in Michigan, you're fairly close to Midwest transit at 2080 South Michigan Road, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827

Take a look at what they have at They are also located in Illinois and Indiana. I bought a conversion van from the Kankakee, IL location and I was impressed with the service I received. I highly recommend them!

As for what's easy to service; that all depends on what you are used to working on. Deisel motors don't need much in the way of adjusting, but need to be kept clean. Gas motors need regular maintenance and can stand to be a little dirty. Propane is persnickety and it's basically a gasoline engine with a converted fuel system. Some people love propane engines, I'm not one of them. Gasoline engines and Deisel engines have seperate rules and if you've never worked on engines before they are both just as easy or difficult to learn.

If you are using the bus for personal use (not carrying passengers for money or carrying cargo for money) then you do not need a special license. You will get the least resistance if you tag the bus as an RV or RV conversion. In Colorado, there is a tag class called "Recreational truck" that can be used without an RV conversion being finished. Check with your local DMV as to the requirements of a conversion.

I recommend scanning this forum for bus bodies that have issues. That's really the big problem area. Everything else I've read has been questions on re-gearing for more speed and comparisons between gas and deisel.

Hope that helps!
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Post New MessagePossible school bus conversion Paul H 6-8-05  
  Reply to MessageRe: Possible school bus conversion sean 5-24-06  
  Reply to MessageRe: Possible school bus conversion Phil Feinstein 6-9-05  
    Reply to MessageRe: Possible school bus conversion A Shavitz 12-2-07  
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