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Old 04-22-2014, 06:17 PM   #21
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If I remember correctly, that bus is computer programmed. I can check with the bus garage tomorrow. I know next summer there's going to be an auction on these busses in Katy, TX. If I can find out what programming needs to be changed, I'll post the info.

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Old 04-22-2014, 08:19 PM   #22
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M1031~ I don't know a thing about these engines or even buses in general, but whatever you find, feel free to post!! I'd like to learn as much as possible!
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:54 PM   #23
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Well, back when I was living in Evansville (Go Purple Aces!!!!) for almost half of my life, I was an ASE certified Master Diesel Mechanic. I can help get the technical manuals and such with some time. I have three jobs, so time isn't always my friend. I'm sure there are others willing to help walk you through the maze of engines and transmissions as well. The good news is you bought one of the best built engines and transmissions of our time with this bus. So, you did well!!!

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Old 04-22-2014, 09:03 PM   #24
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OK, that is really funny! I am originally from Evansville! I left in 1999. I will take any and all knowledge, manuals, etc., you have to offer! I actually was just in there checking the oil and other fluid levels to just see how things are. That oil is NAAAASSSSTAAAY! Blacker than black! So that will need to be remedied before she drives agai.! I am glad to hear the engine & tranny confirmation...I am a worrier! I also did see the computer plug outlet on the front of the engine fuse box.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:34 AM   #25
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You are an inspiration to the rest of us bus nuts! To tackle such a project with your kids is just peachy keen!
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:18 AM   #26
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OK, that is really funny! I am originally from Evansville! I left in 1999. I will take any and all knowledge, manuals, etc., you have to offer! I actually was just in there checking the oil and other fluid levels to just see how things are. That oil is NAAAASSSSTAAAY! Blacker than black! So that will need to be remedied before she drives again! I am glad to hear the engine & tranny confirmation...I am a worrier! I also did see the computer plug outlet on the front of the engine fuse box.
AWESOME!!! I used to own a home in Fort Branch! I left in 2005. I miss it sometimes. My son, M1009, was born at St. Mary's on Lincoln Ave as well.... Ah, memory lane.... Well, I'll be tackling an identical bus with my son, his girlfriend, her family, and some close friends of mine. Of course I have air impact tools, generator sets, and a truckload of tools (literally). So, I'll be watching your thread just like I'm watching Porkchop and wmkbailey's as well. I learned SOOOO much from my first skoolie mistakes (had to convert quick to use it for work). Now, different floor plan, different methods, different build (think school bus driver with summers off to have fun with his son, son's girlfriend, her mom touring the USA and perhaps driver's favorite paramedic joining during the tour ~ looong story there)

Ok, oil change IS important, however, BEFORE you change oil go to Sternberg's on US 41 north just north of the airport and ask to have the oil pulled for samples and have them assess the oil sample for anything. Mention to them you just got the bus and want to know ANY metallic filtrate that shows up in the sample. I remember years ago when I was running three trucks for a local trucking company (you know the one that has white/black/red trucks/trailers - I intentionally refuse to name them) I would have Sternberg's pull a sample from my trucks once a year. An oil sample will tell you if you have issues with the mains, heads, and other VERY important parts simply by the composition of the metal particulate found in the oil. Also, get the BEST (which may or may not be the most expensive) oil filter(s), coolant filter(s) and fuel filter(s) available. Usually the best is Luber Finer (made just across the border in Illinois - gee how do I know this?). I'll check my fleet to be sure. One last, but IMPORTANT item. Top off the oil change with ProLong engine treatment. I used it in my Cat 3206B engines and got them to run well OVER 1 MILLION miles in addition to Marvel Mystery Oil in the fuel tank EVERY time I fueled. I still use both today in my one ton service truck and my wife's F250. Follow those guidelines and that bus will be HAPPY for generations to come and last a LOOOONG time.

*edit* ~ Oops, I just woke up again and realized you're in central Indiana. Oh well, Indy has several good International dealerships that can do the same thing. Might want to keep Sternberg's in mind incase you're returning and something needs immediate attention. Sorry for the mix up.

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Old 05-06-2014, 07:06 AM   #27
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Nice bus, I hope to get one similar. Your making great progress. I have a few questions about your engine. How is the power your getting from it? Can you get good speeds on the highway? How is your MPG (Since you only drove it an hour and a half im not sure if you will have numbers on this yet)? I will be following this thread to see how you do things, Im hoping to get a 99-02 Amtran RE and may "borrow" some of your ideas.
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I picked up a slightly newer sister unit, an '03 International Amtran RE also with the T444E, and drove it back to NJ from Maine, averaging about 10mpg at 65 (governed). Power was pretty good the entire ride home, and sipped fuel idling in rush hour traffic on the Cross Bronx . I only stopped for fuel once, and that was to ensure that I had plenty to finish the final leg on the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:18 PM   #28
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Yolo ~ I tell you what, this bus took about 6 months to find. In our area, all the school corporations trade in their buses usually, rather than sell them to the public, although they do sometimes. I was looking all over the US, through Craigslist, eBay and classifieds, as well as other auction sites. Kerlin Bus, in Silver Lake, IN, was the top contender, but they wanted 12K for one similar to the one we finally found. Kerlin did have one we liked and was $5K, but it didn't have luggage compartments. I would just start watching Craigslist and eBay. Also, call all the school corporations in your area and just ask. They might be getting rid of buses or perhaps auctioning them in May/June.
Thanks! I'm looking on Craigslist almost every night. As far as E-bay is concerned; I don't like the idea of bidding on something I've not inspected. I'm also trying to contact school systems in NC and TN; to inquire about their buses. If you ever need free labor; I be glad to help - at least I would be working on someone's bus.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:24 PM   #29
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This is my latest CAD iteration!
With the exception that we want our king bed in the back, this is basically the exact layout that we want!! Down to the Chest freezers!

Actually we even toyed with an idea similar to this one but the the bunks in the back going across the bus with one set shorter than the other making a hallway into the back bunk room...
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:53 PM   #30
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What an Awesome family!! Mom and the kids doing a conversion, dads gotta love this!
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