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Old 11-12-2014, 09:57 AM   #1
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It took me lots of tries to get on this site, but after many attempts I finally broke in!
I'm Charlie. I used to own a 1985(or 6) Ford/Thomas. It was a gas/auto and had 12 rows of seats. It had 85k on it when I got it in 2002 or 03. It was actually a freebie that a large construction company in Orlando just freely gave to me. They don't like the liability of selling their old transport buses so they just gave them away back in those days. Hell ten years ago folks would give away buses just to get rid of them and make room.

I lived in an apartment in downtown Leesburg Fl, and due to the city riding my ass, I was forced to get rid of it just after getting the seats out.

Flash forward ten years or so, and I still wanted a bus. Badly. So I started working odd jobs and saving the money. Now that I own my own home and property, I can have as many buses as I please!

After months of bidding on buses on several sites, and laughing at the quality and prices of Craigslist buses, I started to get frustrated. On some buses it seemed impossible to win. No matter how much I bid, no matter how much I tried sniping. The prices seemed to be going up every day on these beasts.

My frustration is now over and I am the new owner of a sweet 1992 Ward Senator with the dt466 and allison 643. 78 passenger but will be setting up for two to live in and to sleep up to 6. The conversion will start almost immediately and we will be doing it on a limited budget but with plenty of building and fabrication experience. I even have access to steel and metals for free or cheap if I give the heads up long enough in advance.

Hoping to head west next spring or summer and hit the west coast.

Here is the auction I won-http://www.govdeals.com/photos/2492/2492_338_1.JPG
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Now the fun part- Driving up to Kentucky and gettin her home!
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Glad to hear it buddy!
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well where is trip report with pictures?
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Will be going to retrieve her monday or tuesday. 720 miles each way. We will likely leave monday at 1am and drive straight on to ky. Will take care of paperwork and pickup, spend the night somewhere and drive straight home the next day.
Hoping I can convince someone at the tag office in Ky to give the special temp tag. They don't seem to have temporary tags in ky so if worse comes to worse I will just bring it home with the BOS, title, and ins policy.
Should be an adventure. Hopefully it isn't geared and/or governed to 55 or less
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Good Luck! watching for updates
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My payment finally went through, and I am now calling all my "friends" to see who wants to take a quickie road trip to KY.
Many more pics to come.
I'm excited about the storage down below. Maybe its has the higher "field trip" gearing.
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Re: Finally Bought Another Bus!

Damn man I would absolutely go with you but I bruised my coccyx really bad on Halloween and can't really sit down for that long. I think a 700+ mile road trip is out of the question for me I noticed all those storage bins underneath... lucky!
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Damn man I would absolutely go with you but I bruised my coccyx really bad on Halloween and can't really sit down for that long. I think a 700+ mile road trip is out of the question for me I noticed all those storage bins underneath... lucky!
Hey thanks anyhow, I've got a couple friends who say they are gonnae ride along and drive my car back. If even one of them comes through, I'll be fine. Flying and greyhound are out, apparently this is in the boonies. I'd imagine the seats in my Subaru XV would be torturous for your injury. God the seats in my car are aweful.
This may be a good time to borrow mom's avalon.
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Great platform to build on Glad you got another bus!
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Bet it has rear air ride...
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I think it may.
Coincidentally- the Thomas I used to have was originally from a Kentucky school board, as well.
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Will be going to retrieve her monday or tuesday. 720 miles each way. We will likely leave monday at 1am and drive straight on to ky. Will take care of paperwork and pickup, spend the night somewhere and drive straight home the next day.
Hoping I can convince someone at the tag office in Ky to give the special temp tag. They don't seem to have temporary tags in ky so if worse comes to worse I will just bring it home with the BOS, title, and ins policy.
Should be an adventure. Hopefully it isn't geared and/or governed to 55 or less

Does you local DMV offer transport tags for buying out of state vehicles and bringing them back home? I know Virginia has them. Cheap and easy to get and exactly the situation it was created for.
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Will be going to retrieve her monday or tuesday. 720 miles each way. We will likely leave monday at 1am and drive straight on to ky. Will take care of paperwork and pickup, spend the night somewhere and drive straight home the next day.
Hoping I can convince someone at the tag office in Ky to give the special temp tag. They don't seem to have temporary tags in ky so if worse comes to worse I will just bring it home with the BOS, title, and ins policy.
Should be an adventure. Hopefully it isn't geared and/or governed to 55 or less

Does you local DMV offer transport tags for buying out of state vehicles and bringing them back home? I know Virginia has them. Cheap and easy to get and exactly the situation it was created for.
I'm going to check again, but as far as I know they don't. I won't have the title or BOS till I go to Ky and FL needs those to issue any temp tags. They would give me one if I were an out of state resident. A few months ago they wouldn't even hook me up with a temp/travel tag for a small trailer I bought. I ended up having to haul the trailer home with it hanging out of the bed of my GMC. Still trying to iron out the details and plans to get this Ward home. The fun has begun!

Anyone near Ky or northern TN have any experience with any of this?

BTW- since "westward" is taken, I'm thinking this bus could be the "Psych Ward"... IDK, my fiance may have other ideas...
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The clerk's office in Todd County sure were rude. I called the Motor Vehicle Div in Frankfort and will be picking up my travel tag monday afternoon.

And now I *almost* have insurance. Waiting to hear back from an agent. I never even got close to insuring my old Thomas. Once this policy is in place, all I have to do is drive out to the boonies in Ky and pick it up, which will require a 200 mile trip across ky to get the temp tag as they only give them out at the state dmv office.
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Thanks to Mr Underwood and his friends, I now have INSURANCE!!!
In my life this is akin to landing on the moon, I tried so many times with my Thomas to find insurance. This is great. I'm celebrating all weekend starting now.
Off to buy some gluten free beer and unwind till this epic road trip sunday.
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Great bus! Congratulations. Be warned, just because you own your home and property doesn't mean the town or county won't give you grief about anything they don't approve of. Like a bus in your driveway or backyard. They are passing these anti property rights laws all over the Country. Fight them!
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Great bus! Congratulations. Be warned, just because you own your home and property doesn't mean the town or county won't give you grief about anything they don't approve of. Like a bus in your driveway or backyard. They are passing these anti property rights laws all over the Country. Fight them!
You're right about those laws, I detest them.
Thanks, but we have a nice 40 acre pasture zoned agricultural with power, water, barns, cows, the works!!!
Plus an acre downtown that I'm free to do whatever...
Plus as long as its tagged and legal I'm allowed to have it here in my residential yard in the city.
Good lookin out, though, man. I've thought as far ahead on everything as I could this time around.
I even have a place to park for a while in Colorado!
What I'm NOT happy about is the snow, rain, and sleet expected in tennesee and especially Kentucky early this coming week!
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Great bus! Congratulations. Be warned, just because you own your home and property doesn't mean the town or county won't give you grief about anything they don't approve of. Like a bus in your driveway or backyard. They are passing these anti property rights laws all over the Country. Fight them!
You're right about those laws, I detest them.
Thanks, but we have a nice 40 acre pasture zoned agricultural with power, water, barns, cows, the works!!!
Plus an acre downtown that I'm free to do whatever...
Plus as long as its tagged and legal I'm allowed to have it here in my residential yard in the city.
Good lookin out, though, man. I've thought as far ahead on everything as I could this time around.
I even have a place to park for a while in Colorado!
What I'm NOT happy about is the snow, rain, and sleet expected in tennesee and especially Kentucky early this coming week!
I'm just happy my land has trees. It is zoned a some sort of agricultural land, but I'm pretty sure that I've broken the zoning. I have too many uninsured trailers and vehicles and one unregistered trailer.
I can't keep the bus In the city ever, over 9k lbs and you can only park on a street for 1 hour.
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