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Old 05-18-2012, 07:22 AM   #1
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La Tortuga...updated 05-03-15

First off
wow what a rush,the folks that say the drive home was good or not special are full of it.
I have driven a lot of big stuff over the years,M1a1 tanks,deuce 1/2's,5tons and even hemitt's nothing compared to sitting behind this beast!
I was antsy at work and finally said it's now or never,turned my computer off and headed to Bristol
This is what greeted me

check fluid levels again as well as the floors etc
Ron (the seller for school district) said "take her for a spin"
I was like ,it is actually happening...i said i have never driven anything that has steer wheels behind me...

The mechanic said"hell I'll go with you"

So we jump in,i check the mirrors and pop off brakes and creep forward...the first application of the brakes sent both guys into the seats in front of them i said sorry

talk about brakes...my lordy this is unlike any air brake military rig i have driven.

About the roads in Bristol,if you go off the right side,it's not good....period

after about 1/2 hr of driving we pulled back in...they offered me a job and said they were very impressed.

So as Ron was talking with some of the drivers coming back in,the mechanic and I crawled under the bus,he was showing me everything from the thickness of the brake pads and drums to the auto tank drains etc.
we went inside and he showed me new drums and pads..this really did have 3month old brakes on it.

anyways onto the journey home.

We did paperwork and they filled the tank up with diesel!
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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so with tag in hand I bid farewell and approached the beast...nervous,excited everything

Hit the key and she roared to life,adjusted mirrors clicked seat belt and I seemed to look for things to keep me in that lot

I released the brakes and pulled off heading south.

The weather was beautiful and I felt like a king riding high,she cruised at 1900 rpm at 55mph...plenty fast for first time driving

had several folks blow horns and give thumbs up...hell it still looks like a bus...


then guess what?
It started to rain
So I am trying to keep 8feet of bus in my lane with traffic and find the stupid switches...will they work?...yes thank goodness
the sweep sucks big time..i need to adjust drivers side a spline of two
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Finally got into the mountains,i breathed a sigh of relief

you don't realize how narrow turns are until you have a 40 foot bus on them

I get home....crap where to park????

so I leave here near the road and come up and move vehicles and crap out of the way

a few pictures as I walk back down....she was wider than the driveway and i spun up the yard...but she is resting in a temp park space.....

oh finally note before I hit the road for a 9hr drive south for a race this weekend
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A vehicle in your driveway is half as wide and half as long as your home
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:41 AM   #3
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Congrats Man!
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:02 AM   #4
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were you driving with your feet when you were taking the pictures on the road?
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #5
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Welcome to your new obsession...Do your smile muscles still hurt? Now when you look out the window of your house "IT" is going to be there.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:45 PM   #6
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B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l B-u-s

Where did you find that one.....
a Crown, new brakes and tank full diesel........... Sweet
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:31 PM   #7
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Great looking bus...congratulations!!!
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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Fun write up - it was many years ago for some of us - the first day you close those doors and release the brakes.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:33 AM   #9
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B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l B-u-s

Where did you find that one.....
a Crown, new brakes and tank full diesel........... Sweet
I bought it from Holstein Bus Co in Bristol TN,he will have 2 or 3 more in the next few weeks,pm me for contact info

Thanks everyone for the welcome...I have to finish cleaning yard up so I can work on the ole girl..
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:18 PM   #10
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Thats a good looking bus! I bet you can't wait to get started.
Good luck with it!
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