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Old 08-11-2016, 01:48 PM   #1
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Location: Somerset, PA
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Year: 1998
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: Catepillar 3116
Bertha so it begins

After several years of dreaming my fiance, Lisa, and I finally pulled the plug and bought our bus. We found a 1998 Thomas on eBay and it wasn't too far from home. We won the auction and immediately said Oh Crap, what have we gotten ourselves into. After a couple of days logistical paperwork nightmares we finally got the bus insured and the gate pass for the auction yard released. So this past Tuesday I enlisted the help of my oldest son, Willi and best friend Mike to make the 4 hour trip. I brought Mike along since he has a CDL and could drive the bus home. It was a great trip albeit a bit slow coming home.

At the auction yard. That's me in the center, Willi on the right and Mike to the left.

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Old 08-11-2016, 02:21 PM   #2
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Location: Johnstown, PA
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Year: 1999
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC 2000
Engine: 5.9
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Glad you made it back safely. Now let the work begin.
Hopeless Busaholic!
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:38 PM   #3
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Location: Texas
Posts: 95
Year: 1997
Chassis: Saf-T-Liner MVP ER
Engine: Cummins 5.9L Diesel Engine
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Congrats! Its a nice looking bus!
Now the work begins.
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:25 PM   #4
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Location: Richmond Virginia
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Year: 1984
Engine: 366 Big block Chevy! :) w/ Stick shift

Congrats! great pictures, thanks for shring the magic.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:08 AM   #5
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Good looking bus! Let the build begin.
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