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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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Old 06-11-2015, 09:33 PM   #7
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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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Old 06-12-2015, 07:10 AM   #11
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Tango,

I'm hoping to get together with you on some ideas I have. Been following your thread since inception.

Kubla,

Turbo. It's the only way to go. Records come with the truck, already called and asked last week. The guys there were very courteous.

Duke is going to get me at the airport Sunday, we get him on World of Warships that afternoon, then early Monday morning we head down to Wasco to meet the guys @ 0700 hours. He's got impact/air tools to help make seat removal more efficient. Going to crash at a Motel 6 that evening and finish any last-minute details like oil change/chassis lube, etc. and be on the road A.S.A.P.

When I get home this afternoon it's pack my Alice Pack and get any loose ends finished with the storage company. I'm going to have to do the work on their lot since I rent and I'm stuck in the 'burbs (*YUCK*).

More to follow...
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:41 AM   #12
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That is a fine looking bus.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:36 AM   #13
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Any time bud. Just have a good trip and keep the shiny side up.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:59 AM   #14
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Old 06-12-2015, 04:10 PM   #15
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More news:

I have a storage place about 20 minutes from my apartment for $75/month WITH electrical hook-ups, AND a bathroom, AND a wash station!!! Wo HOO!!!!!

One of my bus driver friends is now seriously considering talking her hubby into getting one of these as well. The storage lady is looking forward to seeing the bus too! DANG this is infectious...... I LOVE IT!!!!!

Now I'm working on getting to Wasco for a Monday pick-up. Working at the apt. to help wifie with sorting our junk..... Thank GOD we're dumping most of this stuff....
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:21 PM   #16
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Look me up on Google blogs. Search for Daddys dog house and look for 93 Thompson body school bus. I was in Katy but now I'm in Huffman.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:44 PM   #17
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bcschro,

I sent you a PM.....
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:46 PM   #18
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Awesome looking bus and the price is a steal. Congrats !! I sent you a PM inquiring about your storage area. I'm looking for the exact same thing and live in NW Houston.
Have a safe trip back.
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:00 PM   #19
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I sent you a PM.....
you there yet?
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:26 AM   #20
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Congrats again --- Sounds like the deal of the century on your workspace and I admit to the sin of Envy. The leaky, piece of crap, un-air conditioned tin building I'm in costs me as much as a one bedroom apartment! The spray on excuse for insulation is beyond worthless and drops down continuously, the electrical is a mess and pops breakers every other time you turn anything on and the roof leaks.

The only thing in it's favor is that it is not too far away from where I live & work.

Having a decent, dry work space can make a WORLD of difference.
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