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Old 05-05-2007, 09:49 AM   #11
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Let's get to the heart of the matter. I think we are all invited to a big party in Canada. There's going to be dancing girls, pony rides, beer, lots of beer and a whole bunch of really good food. And when the whole thing is over and we all go back home to our caves, our friend in the north will still have about $20,000 Canadian Dollars left in his pocket.
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Old 05-07-2007, 11:32 PM   #12
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oh man, I absolutly love this bus. Drove it home today, and it is a dream to drive. Plenty of power even to go over the rockies. Cruising at 65 is niceat around 2200 rpm, it powers out between 70 and 75 somewhere.
Drivers seat is air ride, cant feel all the bumps in the road, this thing drives smoother then my pick up or full size van. Sure it hurts when the tank is at an 1/4 you put $170 in and it is still only 3/4 full. But the driving is just nice, big window to see everything.

Got a coupple of questions for the people that know. This bus is an "automatic" it has a digital diplay with 2 number fields, one is called "monitor" the other "select" it has an up and down button, D, N.
Are you supposed to shift this bus or is it supposed to gear shift itself?
When i put it in drive it shows monitor 5 and select 5, to get it in to 1st i have to push the down button till i get to the 1 and then with speed have to push up till i'm back at five. isnt this supposed to be doing it by itself?

Also does anybody have a user or maintenance manual for this bus? Paper or CD version, or can point me in the right direction where I could by this?

The wide door on the passenger side used to be a wheel chair access door, however it has been deactivated, but it shouldnt be to much trouble to get it back in to service again, I will defenetly try to open it just to be able to get all the seats out a little easier.
The engine needed some boosting first but once the batteries had enough charge it started right up, no blowing smoke.
Really like the jake brake.
And did i say it already??? Cruising is so nice with this bus.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:31 AM   #13
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check the freightliner motor home/ bus chssis website for the operaters manual and service recommendations.
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Old 05-08-2007, 02:19 PM   #14
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:08 PM   #15
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thanks, for the tips and link. Now I got lots to read.
Contacted the Schooldistrict where the bus came from, apparently they shipped all the records with the bus when it was sold a year agao. The present seller said he didnt have any records. Maybe he was just ticked that he didnt get the money he wanted. There is a seller sticker on the window which listed this bus with $17'900, so I guess my $1750 didnt cover that quite.
School district stated that it was a good bus mechanicly, they had to get rid of it because it developed to much under belly rust to still be able to pass the schoolbus inspection.
Will see what they say when I want to have it inspected as a RV.
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Old 05-08-2007, 06:29 PM   #16
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Well, all I can say is... Yeah, baby, yeah!!
Now just hope you don't get into much mechanical troubles 'cause that computerized stuff is a few more $$ than the older buses. However, a push button 5 speed? Oh, yeah!!
The pushbutton buses I've driven have a normal mode and an economy mode (E), which I guess changes the shift point to give a little better fuel economy. Always make sure you have your foot on the brake when you shift out of nuetral or else the display starts flashing and it doesn't go into gear. Not a big deal- put it back in nuetral, put your foot on the brake, shift into gear and away you go! Another different thing- in cold weather make sure the bus is warmed up before heading out or else the transmission may lock out on you. It has to be fairly cold for that to happen- maybe in the mid teens farhenheit.
And a simple but important thing with these computerized buses- if the "wait to start" light is on, wait until it goes out- never crank it in a big hurry and run it cold or else you'll have an unhappy computer (and motor!). I'm not a mechanic, these are just observations as a driver.
And yes, you got an incredible deal. It was reasonable for the seller to hope to get 17k since the bus is new enough to put into service. Check the rust of course and get rid of any that's affecting the structural integrity! I'm curious just how bad the rust is though. These buses take some doing to be rusted so bad it won't pass inspection!
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:20 AM   #18
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Check the rust of course and get rid of any that's affecting the structural integrity!
And what is the best way to get rid of rust? Just wirebrush it off, clean and repaint? How about on body panels or in seams like bottom part of door?

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Should a guy rip off the old lino or just put new flooring on top? I kind of fear that if I take the old flooring off I will just discover some things that are better left undiscovered. What you dont know doesnt bother you, right?
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Should a guy rip off the old lino or just put new flooring on top? I kind of fear that if I take the old flooring off I will just discover some things that are better left undiscovered. What you dont know doesnt bother you, right?
I think you nailed it on the head there. Would you rather discover the problem now while it's easy to fix or later when the conversion is done? My floor looked great, but I was glad I pulled it up. Others on the site have left it be. It's a personal decision. One thing I noted when I pulled mine up is that that "bus smell" went with it.

To deal with light surface rust a wirewheel and good paint will work well. For the heavier stuff or stuff on structural members I would look into getting some POR-15. The stuff is AMAZING. It just won't look so great on an exterior panel, even if you paint it.
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I would say that pulling it up depends on how in-depth you want to be. Pulling it up is best but not really necessary. The bus is new enough that the floor underneath might be in pretty good shape. Are there any soft spots? If so, pull it up because you've got rot underneath. If you're raising the roof and building up the floor, I wouldn't worry about it. I agree, it will help w/ the school bus odor, but it may not be a big deal to you.

Is the storage all the way across underneath? If the school district canned the bus because of rust underneath the storage bays you're probably in great shape with structural rust. Wirewheel and POR-15.

Wow, you have a 90 passenger bus! I'm curious to know the outside length! It's longer than everybody elses 84 pass. buses on here. Do your automatic chains work well?
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