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Old 04-18-2019, 10:21 AM   #1
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Location: Miami, Fl.
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Year: 1999
Chassis: Amtran / International
Engine: DT466E-Md3060
Bus # 9906

Well I am making it official, the build is in progress!

Since I haven't decided on a name yet, I'll just call it Bus # 9906 as that is what it is already known as.

The bus was bought in Kentucky thru a Public Surplus auction. Paid a whopping $1475 for it! It was previously sold for more but the original buyer could not take delivery and it was relisted. Basically no one bid on it thinking that maybe there was a problem with it and maybe that why the previous buyer did not take delivery. Well lady luck was on my side!

Drove an extra car that I had from Miami to Louisville. Fuel cost me just under $100 bucks! Once there I gave the car to a niece of mine who was super happy since the family needed an extra car.
Believe in KARMA do you? Well when I picked up the bus it had a FULL TANK OF DIESEL !!!

Woo hoo !!! talk about saving some money! That tank of fuel got me from Louisville all the way to South Carolina where I fueled up again, cost me $180 bucks. Made it all the back to Miami with a 1/4 tank to spare!

The bus has a DT466E with an MD3060 trans with only 210k miles. Cruised up and down the mountains along the way 70MPH at about 2100 RPM. One of the future plans is to get that 6th gear unlocked!

In the very beginning of the trip the low oil pressure alarm sound like 4 times but motor never shut off. After some nerve rattling and finger biting and checking all the obvious, I could not find an apparent reason for the alarm to sound. When I rev's engine it clearly showed 50 psi oil pressure on the dash gauge and also on the rear engine gauge. Oil was clean with no signs of thinning (Diesel or coolant contamination) so I just decided to disconnect the alarm located under the steering wheel and away I went.

Oil pressure gauge never dropped! So i'm guessing Ill be replacing the oil pressure sensor on the engine block.

Rust, yes she has rust but heck, so do I! LOL

Cut, weld and paint...problem solved!

The immediate plans are clean, paint, roof raise and skins.
I have already sourced a wrecked 2017 travel trailer from which I am getting holding tanks, windows, fridge, stove, A/c and at the end I will convert that trailer to a utility trailer that I will pull with the bus for golf cart/UTV and other road trip supplies !

So on to some pics.
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:25 AM   #2
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Demolition

We have all seen bus inside with seats so i'm gonna skip those pics and just show you what I have to work with right now.

Floor has rust but I am gonna cut, patch and paint the top and sandblast the bottom, spray with OSPHO and re-paint with a good epoxy primer to seal the bottom back up.
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:32 AM   #3
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and so it begins! rust scares me but knowing you got a good deal is a great motivator! keep those progress pics coming!
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:32 AM   #4
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Demolition & prep

So all the windows are out, all those pesky rivets removed too.

I am now looking at the rear engine area, specifically the rear engine access covers for access to rear head and exhaust bolts.

I would like some feed back please from those who have already done a rear engine bus or from those who have done engine work on one.

I was thinking about re-framing the covers and making it more square. Yes I will sacrifice available inside space but what I'm considering is better engine access from the outside of the bus, especially to those bolts on the rear of the engine.

Not only that bus I am looking at the possibility of also housing the house batteries inside the engine compartment. Will save me valuable underbelly storage space !

Here are some pics...feedback please...
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:53 AM   #5
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Reminds me of the bus I got in Todd County KY.
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