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Old 10-05-2016, 09:57 PM   #11
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I just bought that same bus with a 86 passenger chassis. There was a blue bird next to it with the shorter roof. That last 6 inches of height is an incredible difference.
No kidding. We looked at longer busses than this one, and I swear this one just feels bigger on the inside because of the interior height.

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Nice bus! I just got home with mine today. And I got a sweet deal at auction, as well!!! Can't wait to see the work you do on it.
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Nice! Will be fun to see progression side by side. Hope to share some ideas!
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:31 AM   #12
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Glad you won it!

Hey man! My girl and I met you two briefly at the auction site. Looks like we both got our buses! I ended up with #17, identical bus to yours. I'll be making a post this weekend. Looking forward to seeing the progress. I'll send you a PM so we can talk-shop.

I'm in Morrison, what about you?
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Old 10-08-2016, 11:57 AM   #13
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Hey man! My girl and I met you two briefly at the auction site. Looks like we both got our buses! I ended up with #17, identical bus to yours. I'll be making a post this weekend. Looking forward to seeing the progress. I'll send you a PM so we can talk-shop.

I'm in Morrison, what about you?
Nice! We're up in Longmont. 17 is a sweet bus. Just sent a PM.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:49 PM   #14
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Gosh i can feel the happiness and excitement radiating through this thread
Congratulations to everyone.
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:18 PM   #15
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Seats out! Floor is next. Also paid Co. taxes and got a 60 day temp today.

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Old 10-11-2016, 11:31 PM   #16
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That is a great looking bus you have there.

I hope you have air ride suspension in the rear. Those shorter wheelbase FE buses tend to jump from bump to bump because the front is still bouncing when the rear hits the same bump. They run down the road sort of like Pepe' LePew--moving right along with all feet in the air at times. The air ride tends to smooth out a lot of the jumping.

Good luck and happy trails to you!
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:35 PM   #17
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Tiff made a 1/16 scale model to plan with.
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:50 PM   #18
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That is a great looking bus you have there.

I hope you have air ride suspension in the rear. Those shorter wheelbase FE buses tend to jump from bump to bump because the front is still bouncing when the rear hits the same bump. They run down the road sort of like Pepe' LePew--moving right along with all feet in the air at times. The air ride tends to smooth out a lot of the jumping.

Good luck and happy trails to you!
Unfortunately we do a bit of bouncing. Guess we'll just get used to it!
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:50 AM   #19
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:00 PM   #20
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Ok-

So we're at the point now where we've ripped out most of the floors and sub floors. Couple of rust holes, but nothing crazy. I've sanded most of the surface rust off and now just need to cut out the bad pieces and find someone to weld in new steel for us.

The big barrier for us right now are the infamous rear heaters and their coolant hoses.

For the life of me I can't seem to find a valve on the engine to close... Would it be awful if I just cut the hoses and then top off the reservoir afterwards?

Also- I'm no electrician. Our switchbox looks like a rat's nest... Would it be so wrong to cut the wires leading to the two heaters in back and the one under the driver's seat and cap them?

Been taking lots of photos. Stills and video coming soon!
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