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Old 08-28-2010, 11:36 PM   #1
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the wait is over

Hello all,
I've been lurking in the shadows now for probably over a year. Just dreaming about buses and trying to finish some previous started projects. My family live in central Iowa and have been around the Ragbrai buses since I can remember growing up. My wife and I have been talking about aquiring an rv now for quite awhile, to serve as tow rig for the jeep, and also family outings. We have two kids one's 9yrs and the other 5 mo. I've never been overly impressed with stick and staples, and it was a small feat to convince the wife as well. So this week the wait is finally over and we found our bus. So far we don't have a name yet, but are working on it. It is a 1995 thomas International, Dt466, 6+1 manual trans, 65 pass. I was to slow on an RE 8.3 cummins earlier this summer so I couldn't let this one slide by either. The 1 1/2 hr. drive home was perfect and it drove an easy 65mph all the way home without downshifting out of overdrive. I have been grinning ear to ear since the trip home. I have a few more weeks finishing the jeep, then plan on working on the bus gutting the seats, windows, skinning the openings, and hopefully paint, before the cold weather decides to blow in.

Thanks to all in advance for the advice and support.
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I'm not really sure how to post pics
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:04 AM   #2
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sounds like you did your research and found your bus. congradulations!


yes stick n staples are not very nice unless they stay together lol!
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:27 AM   #3
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From one Central Iowan to another... Congrats and Welcome!
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:39 PM   #4
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Congrats! I'd kill for overdrive on my Spicer!
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcomes. Also for the link Smitty. I'm not much of a computer person and sometimes it frustrates me to much. I can browse easily, but I don't have the patience for alot of the rest of it.

Scratchy, do you have any pics of your paint job and details. From your avatar it looks awesome. Which dealer did you find your bus? I found mine at Hoglund in Marshalltown and they were great to deal with.

Sorry don't have the time tonight to try and figure it out, but here is a link..

http://www.4x4syndicate.com/forum/viewt ... 9442#19442
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:00 PM   #6
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Hvbuzz;

That's a really clean looking bus! I've always been particular to Cornbinders. I owned three 9400 series semis with 425 Cats. I loved them! The busses seem to have a good build to them as well. That overdrive will sure come in handy! Welcome to the Jungle, or as my beloved says, welcome to the nut house!
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:46 AM   #7
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Hvbuzz,

Yeah, I have more pictures, I've just been too busy lately to get them posted. You'll soon find out how that goes.

In regards to the paint, I rolled the top and the sides and shot the back and the front.

I purchased mine from Thomas Bus Sales in Des Moines. I watched Ebay and Craiglist for a long time. Found the best deal was 25 miles from my front door step... and they were great to work with as well. I'm sure glad I didn't jump on the first bus that I found. To all of folks out there still searching - patience is key.
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:53 AM   #8
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Great looking bus and just the right size--for me! Toss me your source, finding one that size is proving a pain in the behind!!
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:54 PM   #9
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Yes I'm slow learner.




Maybe I should have gotten a shorter bus. J/K

Thanks again Smitty.

My daughter decided she wanted to get a jump on the bus while I was working on the jeep this last sunday. So I gave her the cordless drill. She went to town and removed all of the bottom parts of the seats herself. I was quite impressed. I showed her the first one and she did the rest. I went back into the A/C garage while she sweated it out in the bus.

Seeria, I found the the bus here. http://www.hoglundbus.com/SchoolBus/Use ... ntory.aspx They had a few more buses in the 65 pass. size, but with the smaller 444. They had some newer ones with the 466 and mt643, but they were out of my price range. In case you wanted to know, I got mine for $2200 even though they were asking $3000.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:00 AM   #10
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Dt466, 6+1 manual trans,
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Congrats! I'd kill for overdrive on my Spicer!
Well, I almost would. Now if it had a high roof . . .

Congratulations!
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