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Old 06-27-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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Perhaps it is coincidence that I chose the username Westward before I even knew that Ward was a bus manufaturer. As fate would have it, a Ward is the bus that we bought......We bought our BUS!! We bought our bus via the Lexington, KY craigslist. 1992 Ward Senator on a International 3900FC chassis, has a DT466, 14 window, 84 passenger capacity. The owner said that it was a TN bus, but from what I have read it seems that these Ward's were well known in KY. Regardless, it has minimal rust on it that we could find. A previous owner had already taken out all but 2 passenger seats, so that's a little less work we have to do......here are some of the pics:


Wanted to make sure to have as few reasons to be bothered on the drive back from KY to NC.



Finishing duct tape touchs.....


My nephew in the front helping clean windows....no that isn't a beer can by the gear selector...its a rubber kooziew that has been attached to the dash to hold a can....



Looking back through the bus....the owner had 3 bridgestone recaps that he included on the deal....



Its a looooonggg bus....


It was a fun drive back from KY, nearly 500 miles and drove it all in one day (Friday). She drove nice and didn't have any significant issues other than the running lights didn't want to light up, so once it became dark I was driving down the interstate with the interior lights on so I could read the gauge cluster (my wife who was following, said it looked like UFO going down the road). Once We got it home and parked it, I went to turn the lights off and then the running lights came on and I haven't gotten them to come on since.....have to look into it...loose wire or switch perhaps.....but we've got it and now the real fun can begin!!
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:20 AM   #2
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Welcome


And if it was my bus...that would be a beer can

(disclaimer: not while operating bus...only when parked)
Let the fun begin
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:27 AM   #3
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Awesome bus!! Let the madness begin!
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:07 PM   #4
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A stately bus for sure! Welcome.
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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Nice that you get out of removing most of the seats. Though I think the rust on my bus was what made that job so miserable/memorable.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:01 AM   #6
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That's a good looking bus, and should be a lot of fun for ya! Welcome to all us crazies. It's always nice to know you have good company.

Tell us about your plans for the bus.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:34 PM   #7
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The bus is 32'9" from behind the seat to the back wall. The front 22' will be the RV conversion space and the rear 10'+ will be the pottery studio (wheel, kiln, clay, glazes, etc...) for my wife. Our plans for the living area is for it to be simple and functional. We have multiple layouts drawn up and are going to measure and tape it out on the floor to see what might actually work. Our long term goal for the bus it for it to be fully self-contained, but that will be a work in progress as our primary goal is to be livable so we can begin full timing next May/June. To expand the pottery workshop area, I have been floating around the idea of a deck that hinges off the back of the bus and can be lowered down (draw bridge style) with legs that go under the far end for loading bearing. Before I can start working on the bus, it needs to stop raining so I can finish grading the end of the driveway and put down some gravel, so I can have a place to park the bus at my house. (In the meantime, I'm going to keep cruising through all the build threads and steal ideas along with does and do nots)
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waiting for the rain to stop? are you an anti-rain maker?
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If so........ you can visit down here for a month or so....let it rain lightly mon thru thur and then make br nice fri thru sun

good luck with the build!!!!!!!
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:27 PM   #9
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Not an anti-rain maker, more like a rain reducer. Trying to level a driveway with mud, just doesn't seem to work so well.....this past friday evening we had something like 4-5 inches of rain in 2 hours and they are calling for more heavy rain through tuesday evening....Friday night this is what my yard looked like (photos taken between lightning strikes)



This one was taken from the front porch..looking toward the road...any guesses as to where the driveway is??



this is to the right of the last picture....the building is my well-house.....the driveway is between the green-plants (my walkway) and the well house...the bright spot onthe bottom right is my utility which is parked inthe driveway under a foot of water....the water at the well house was over waist deep....

Maybe instead of an rv....I could convert into a skoolie boat.....how many pontoons would it take to keep it upright??
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:42 PM   #10
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btw Bansil, I'm just across the Yadkin river from the Uwharries....with the rain we keep getting you could probably kayak those offroad trails...."stroke, stroke, oh S*^%, TREE!!"...
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