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Old 09-13-2009, 09:41 AM   #1
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First post in this forum - Just purchased an 1992 International chassis, Ward Senator coach with a DTA 360 with roughly 160,000 miles. Drove it home 150 miles and averaged 10 mpg and went 70mph down hills and 55mph up the hills. The coach is in pretty good condition as it was in a fleet hauling kids up until a month ago. Service records and the such came with the purchase price of $2,500.

It's my first bus and we are excited to have a new toy. We plan to use it for plugged in camping while horseback riding with an occasional day trip thrown in such as tail gate or concert. We hope to sleep 4+ and ride 10+ comfortable.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:42 AM   #2
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Here are a couple of more before pictures
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:43 AM   #3
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even more pics
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:49 AM   #4
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We spent a day over the weekend and removed most of the seats. We left a couple in for the mean time so the bus has some function. We took 660 pounds of seat frames to the scrap and paid for the diesel used to get the bus home. I know we should have re-used ourselves, but I don't have the patience.

We then removed most of the other interior swag and then went to the outside. Off came the pneumatic stop sign, the decals, and the warning lights. A little bit of sanding to remove the last of the adhesive and then some rattle can primer to keep the rust at bay.

All in all a good day's work. I am looking forward to all the "little" projects this bus will bring.

Here are some more pics of the results of the demo day.

Next project - removing the flooring in the bus and then skinning the back six windows.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:50 AM   #5
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Here is one more pic of the first demo day (i can't seem to attach more than 3 per post)
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:16 PM   #6
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Attached is the most current floor plan now that we have the seats out and can get good measurements.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:57 AM   #7
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I priced out corner shower pans and doors today and man they are expensive and hard to find used. Therefore I have moved the shower across the chassis and to a square configuration which should be cheaper and easier to fabricate. Here are the new floor plans.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:54 PM   #8
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You can also try your local Habitat for Humanity store, if you have one. I've seen lots of great stuff at very reasonable prices in a few I've been to.
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i second that habitat store idea. ours here is huge with all kinds of useful odds and ends. tons of plumbing stuff, cabinets, paint, wood flooring. really anything you could need, and its all pretty cheap. plus its all helping a good cause.
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:12 PM   #10
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I'm back - this work stuff gets in the way of my bus activities. Here is the final plan. We are ordering and measuring sheet metal for the back windows and hope to get the exterior done by Thanksgiving. Here are the final plans we expect to build.
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