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Old 02-17-2016, 06:13 PM   #1
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Well, the wife and I finally took the plunge today. We just bought our bus. It's a 1999 International AmTran FE with a DT466E engine and an Allison MD3060 auto transmission. It's already got tinted windows, highway gears and a white roof, which I'll be painting over with insulating ceramic paint anyway.

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Old 02-17-2016, 06:17 PM   #2
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Welcome! Sounds like a pretty nice rig you found there.
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:50 PM   #3
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Welcome! Sounds like a pretty nice rig you found there.
Thanks Tango. I'm pretty pumped to say the least. I bought it from BGA School Buses 1999 Int'l AmTran FE DT466E Diesel Auto Air Brakes 14 Row@ BGA School Buses, Inc. Hudson, FL.

It's in great shape for a '99. Hardly any visible rust, good tread still left on the tires, really clean on the inside, and only 162k miles. They are going to remove the seats for me for only $560.00 which to me is one heck of a deal since I don't really have anyone to help me. They will also re- title the bus as an RV before I purchase it for $299.00. Which should make it easier to register here in Texas as an RV. I'm also going to have them deliver it to me (941 miles), for $1200. They pay for all fuel and any repairs necessary if it breaks down. All in all I can't speak highly enough about the company.
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:58 PM   #4
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Such a deal I wish I had gotten. I paid 2 kids a total of $340 to remove my seats (they even helped getting them out at the scrap yard). But I drove it back to Billings, MT from Kankakee, IL. Took my time (as opposed to riding the Dog for 34 hours!) on the return trip and had a ball being a tourist once again.
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Such a deal I wish I had gotten. I paid 2 kids a total of $340 to remove my seats (they even helped getting them out at the scrap yard). But I drove it back to Billings, MT from Kankakee, IL. Took my time (as opposed to riding the Dog for 34 hours!) on the return trip and had a ball being a tourist once again.
Hey Capt, your seat removal was a great deal. I really wanted to take a road trip and drive her back myself, but I'm paid hourly and after doing the math it's cheaper for them to deliver it to me and have them pay for the fuel and breakdowns (if any) than it would be for me to take off work, lose the pay and do it myself.
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You should be able to hit the ground running!
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:34 PM   #7
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You should be able to hit the ground running!
That's my goal Tango. First, take out the existing flooring, then the side panels and old insulation, and then the ceiling. I've been a lurker on this site for exactly a year now and have learned so much.

Which brings me to my first question. Not worrying about the cost difference is it better to use metal framing studs vs. lumber or is it just a matter of personal preference?
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:52 PM   #8
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metal can sweak & swalk as you ride down the road so take your time to get it put together right the first time.... a pain to take it apart to install a few more screws and/or bolts after you have finished it. I like wood because you can just screw it to the metal body with self tap screws, a lot faster and if it moves or sweaks just put another screw in it..... it's all in what you want to build, how you want it to work....
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metal can sweak & swalk as you ride down the road so take your time to get it put together right the first time.... a pain to take it apart to install a few more screws and/or bolts after you have finished it. I like wood because you can just screw it to the metal body with self tap screws, a lot faster and if it moves or sweaks just put another screw in it..... it's all in what you want to build, how you want it to work....
Point well taken Ed, thanks for your input. Our long term plan is to be parked 80% of the time and driving 20% of the time on a yearly basis. Since our driving will be minimal and the engine is up front in the cab making all kinds of noise anyway I might be willing to put up with some additional squeaks while going down the road. The reason I'm leaning towards metal studs is because they are much easier to bend around the curvature of the roof line, lighter in weight, and not prone to warp. But I have not made a firm decision yet so I welcome all opinions.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:59 PM   #10
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I just finished mine, never thought I'd be building another one after so many yr.s but stuff happens ! I well drive about like yourself and hope she is my last but I'm talking to an old buddy in west "by god" Tx and maybe one more... like I said stuff happens. i find myself reading more than writing on this site but must say i find a real likeable bunch on here that love the build as much as i do, they talk about how & what they like and want to do..... it's a great bunch, i well help anyway i can to as many as possible because we don't just talk but do & the love of what ea. one of us make & build just make it more of a family of do'ers, that's better than others just talkin' about it. as I'm steal new here i'm sure glade for ea. & every one of you on this site and want to say "THANK YOU FOR SHAREING YOUR DREAMS" with this tired old man... maybe just one more now that this one is done. let's see, a 56 chevy, then a 60 chevy, then a 56 shorty, a 66 GMC & now a 91 INT. blue bird..... maybe just one more....maybe ??? it's good talkin' with ya', later.....
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