Originally Posted by Malkieri
First off let me say I am so jealous, we love the look of the Crowns!!!
Now why do I feel like the only person here thinking that flying across the country in order to buy and drive a 400K mile 40 year old (I was born same year) vehicle is just crazy?!?!
And on that token welcome to the club, we got stickers around here somewhere.
Congrats on the great adventure drive home. I bought mine less than 20 miles from home..no adventure
and drive home was great fun interrupted too soon by arrival home....lol
For sure that's crazy! The whole event was crazy - I had been watching the bus on Ebay, buy the last bid didn't meet the reserve and the auction ended on Sept 1. I got the contact info for the seller, called and asked for a video and more pictures/info of the bus (which he sent), debated with the family and waited for some other auctions to close.
Finally we decided we might actually want the bus but going on just a video is a little scary! The seller offered to take the bus for a 38 point inspection from a 3rd party on Friday morning and send us the results. If the results were good, we'll take it. If not then the hunt would continue!
10:30pm on Friday night I got the email copy of the inspection report. The bus needed some hoses changed (especially in prep of a 2600 mile drive), the fluids topped off and a lightbulb changed. That's it! I booked a flight for 7am the next morning, stayed up all night getting ready and we headed to the airport at 5am.
By 1pm the next day we were in Los Angeles, sitting in the Crown being taught how to drive it and taking pictures. Neither of us could really believe it! $2800 later, a free spare, a first ever diesel fill up, and once my better half had a handle on driving it, we hit the road and headed for Bakersfield CA. The price of the bus plus the fuel was right around our budget ($4k) and I knew the chance to get a bus like this wasn't going to last forever. Food, hotels and souvenirs weren't in the budget, but it was definitely worth it. We saw some pretty amazing stuff and had a lot of fun on the trip.
Everything happened so fast it's still weird to wake up in the morning and see a bus in the yard!