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Old 06-11-2015, 07:27 PM   #1
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Heavy Fuel

Hey all!!!!!

Well, after five years (that's right Ol Trunt......) we FINALLY got the bus we have been searching for! Her name is "Heavy Fuel". Since Diesel has a few more hydro-carbons in the chain then gasoline, AND one of my favorite songs from Dire Straits is named Heavy Fuel as well, I felt it is appropriate to name her such. I'm flying out of Houston Sunday, going to meet a very good friend "DaDukeStars" from World of Tanks. We've been playing that game on line with each other for four years. Between him, MyBugg, and myself we formed the intentionally politically incorrect - and existing brand in Australia - Dicken's CIDER clan on WoT. However, I digress. Chuck and I are driving from his place near Sacramento down to Wasco and getting the bus, doing fluid changes, removing the seats, and prepping her for her trip home to Katy, TX. I AM PUMPED!!!!!

Here are the pics I have of her so far:
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:28 PM   #2
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BTW, purchase price including all fees, et.al. was $2127! I'm hoping to be back to Katy by Friday next week. I'm bringing my camera, and a few other goodies with me to document the adventure.

As far as the bus goes, she's a 1989 Thomas with a 3208 CAT, MT643 tranny, and 172K miles on the clock. Cargo bays are below. She's set up almost identically to my daily driver #337. Only the Cat is 100% mechanical.

So now we are beginning our five year conversion. Our plan is to have it finished as my son graduates high school.

I wish to thank ALL of you for helping us with all your ideas, suggestions, inspirations, and insight to help us get this far. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas (maybe stealing some too) as we build her up to be our tiny home.

Until I get back from California! WO HOO!!!!!! ;)
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:08 PM   #3
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WOOHOO 4 U!!!!

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Old 06-11-2015, 09:27 PM   #4
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Whoo Hoo! I know you're excited!
where's the cigars?
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:32 PM   #5
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welcome, lets have lots of pictures
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:33 PM   #6
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you taking the Albequeuererrky route home or the El Paso route?

lots of pics on the road, please
At this point, even a walmart parking lot excites me, if you see Shaggy & Scooby, tell them hi!

almost ashamed to say..... I actually took this pic
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Congrats! With so few miles that bus should last forever. Like I told Tango---stop measuring and get cutting! Jack
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:31 PM   #8
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you taking the Albequeuererrky route home or the El Paso route?

lots of pics on the road, please
At this point, even a walmart parking lot excites me, if you see Shaggy & Scooby, tell them hi!

almost ashamed to say..... I actually took this pic
Going El Paso. TRUST me, I'm taking LOADS of pics! Bringing camera with me in my Alice Pack.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:08 PM   #9
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Outstanding! And an all mech Cat is the only way to go. Have a good ride. I'm just to the East of you near downtown Houston.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:13 AM   #10
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turbo or non-turbo?
if you can get the maintenance records, check and see when the valves were adjusted, something that is supposed to be done every 20K miles or so, no hydraulic lifters, engine was designed in the 1950's, bulletproof otherwise
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