The Beast is just a placeholder name for now. It's just what goes through my head anytime I approach the bus. I am not sure why I am agonizing so much over a name, but it has halted me from officially choosing something. However now that I have used "The Beast" in this post it may be hard to back away from it.
It's a 1997 Thomas MVP 83 passenger. She has a Cummins 6BTA -230 5.9L Turbo Diesel engine in the rear, paired with a MT643. The bus has 268,570 miles (18,660 hours) with a rebuild at 150,889. Air brakes. Power steering.
We picked her up in an online auction in Texas from the Plano ISD. We ended up paying $3,400, which was a bit higher than I wanted since some of the the tires are not in the best shape, but still felt it was not too bad.
THE REPAIRS (so far)
It was leaking a little oil and had to have a gasket replaced. While doing so and having the timing cover off had the dowel pin checked. Also replaced a few power steering hoses, and put in new batteries. I also had the oil changed, and new fuel and oil filters.
There is still a few things I need to do, there are a few wires and hoses that need to be cleaned up and tucked away like this wire I found (I think its my Trans temp guage)
and I need to find a lid for here. (does anyone have any good links for parts stores to find a lid for this?)
Yesterday I got to drive The Beast to the work site, thirty minutes away from where we got the bus serviced. It was my first time driving anything this size this far. It was a little intimidating, but the bus drove well and it was a blast to be cruising down the highway in it.
It is now sitting in a truck yard waiting for us to start tearing it apart.
So the seats are the first step. I have my angle grinder ready and will begin that this weekend. The other thing I am considering is taking out the AC units. Has anyone stripped something like this out before and have any tips on the process? I am hoping that I can sell them once I take it out, but not sure what they would be worth.
I am real excited to start the conversion, although nervous at the same time. Wondering just what the hell I have got myself into!!!