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Old 08-29-2007, 08:28 PM   #11
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1993 Carpenter 72 passenger - 35' long
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5.9L ISB Cummins turbocharged 6 cylinder diesel engine.
Allison MT643 automatic with locking torque converter.
4 wheel anti-lock disk brakes!
Sounds like a real nice one!
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:36 PM   #12
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I hope so! I've got a fair amount of rust repair to do, but I am a sheetmetal worker, so that's easy. I concentrated on finding the best deal on the driveline. I think $2500 was pretty good considering it's hard to find a good used 5.9 ISB alone for under $4000.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:16 AM   #13
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it's 3:30 an and I'm heading to the airport to go to Fla. I'll post some pics of the new baby when we get home!
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Old 09-02-2007, 06:44 PM   #14
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We made it home! The bus performed flawlessly except for when we ran out of fuel. The fuel gauge works, BUT 1/2 is really EMPTY. Now I know. I'll post some pictures later, I need to spend some time with the family.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:33 PM   #15
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Glad to hear you made it home safe & sound, congrats on an uneventful (mostly) maiden voyage!
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:49 PM   #16
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We made it home!
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:59 PM   #17
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Still have to post some pics, but I'd thought I'd fill everyone in on the features that influenced my decision to buy this bus.

Flat nose front engine
5.9 Cummins ISB 150Kmiles
Allison 643 trans
Like new tires
one piece (budd?) wheels
really neat electric door (bonus I didn't know it had until I picked it up)
Telescoping tilt wheel
4wheel anti-lock disc brakes

after a 1030 mile "shakedown" run, man I love it! Cruised about 2500rpm at 55-60 putting the pedal down to climb hills and never dropped below 50. got over 10mpg. she is rusty, but I'm a sheetmetal worker, no problem. It drives absolutely beautiful, as easy as a car (only bigger) and it makes that neat whistling noise when you push on the accelerator! Right now it's pretty ugly, but I'm pretty happy with what I got for $2500

More to come, pictures soon, I promise.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:31 PM   #18
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electric door in the front? does it have a locking mechanism on it?
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:18 PM   #19
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No locking mechanism...yet. It has a momentary toggle on the side of the bus, push forward to open, back to close. I plan on putting a keyed switch on to disable the exterior switch, effectively locking the door from the outside, but still allowing someone inside to exit.
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:12 PM   #20
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measured the ceiling height just for fun........6'5"!
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