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Old 10-26-2015, 11:50 PM   #1
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Rocky Mountain High

I found a bus on Public Surplus.com:

Year: 1991
Make: Ward
Model: International
Mileage: 314,000
Running Condition: GOOD
Engine: DT466
Transmission: ALLISON MT643
Body Style: LONG/ 65 PAS
Tires: GOOD
Brakes: GOOD/ AIR BRAKES
RUNS GREAT SOLD AS IS!!!!
Condition: GOOD

It was in town, being sold by a school district, so it had been maintained. I got into a bit of a bidding war, but I won the auction for $2650 + 10%. I think that was a little high, compared to what I wanted to spend, but there were reasons I was willing to spend a little more:

It came from a school district, so it has been maintained, not sitting in a field.
It has an engine retarder
The engine is not electronic
The bus is from Colorado (not much mold or rust)
The bus is able to go up and down mountains
To pick up the bus I had to drive across town, not across Kansas or Oklahoma!
The back tires have about 70-75%. The front only have about 30%.
It also has some kind of an engine block heater that you can set a timer for and it heats up the engine in the morning.
It has three batteries.

As a bonus it came with two complete first aid kits, a body fluid clean up kit, and six collapsible road hazard triangles.

The only downside is that the mileage is high.

I am amazed at the records the school keeps. EVERY SINGLE THING that was done was documented, from a new tire to a new bulb.



I am already in love with ol' 49.

The only thing I wanted but did not get was storage under it, but I reckon that can be built later.

I've already taken out six seats and 5/6 of three more.

My dog loves to lay on the brown vinyl seats in the sun.

I have been waiting for this for over 10 years and I've finally done it! I am very stoked!

I tried to upload some pics, but I keep getting an error.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:11 AM   #2
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It sounds like you paid a fair price. You got a retarder and a MT643. The days of $800 buses are gone unless it's a pile of crap.
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:04 AM   #3
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To download pixs to Skoolies:

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/ho...-op-11846.html
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:36 AM   #4
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I saw that one!
Nice score, I like my Ward a whole lot.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:05 AM   #5
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Sounds like a really sweet combination. Congrats. With that many miles I would have a diesel tech check it out just to be on the safe side but that motor can easily make a half-million miles if well maintained.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:42 PM   #6
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This was the pic I made to motivate me to keep my focus on saving money!
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:45 PM   #7
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The view of the Peak on Bus Day!! Ready for the snow to come on down the mountain.




Here she is sitting at the bus yard


Ol' Number 49



Here she is sitting at the bus yard




Title in Hand!



I literally have no clue how to drive a bus!



I made it home in one piece!



She loves the bus! Especially when the sun is shining on the brown seats and she can sleep.



The view out my kitchen window
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:50 PM   #8
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I'm pretty stoked that I figured out how to post pictures!
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:53 PM   #9
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I hope your fabrication skills are better than your photoshop skills
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:27 AM   #10
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I hope your fabrication skills are better than your photoshop skills

Are you saying the pictures aren't real? Say it isn't so.


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