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Old 11-12-2014, 08:57 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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Old 11-12-2014, 08:58 AM   #2
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Re: Finally Bought Another Bus!

Now the fun part- Driving up to Kentucky and gettin her home!
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:59 AM   #3
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Glad to hear it buddy!
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:31 AM   #4
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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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Old 11-12-2014, 01:31 PM   #6
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Good Luck! watching for updates
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Re: Finally Bought Another Bus!



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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