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Old 06-13-2016, 01:23 PM   #31
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Happy wife=Happy life!

NO wife = HAPPIEST and RICHEST life!!!
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Old 06-13-2016, 02:14 PM   #32
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I wasn't going to be the one to say it...
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:03 PM   #33
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Oh, I'm sure I would be MUCH richer......and less stressed........and saner......
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Old 06-13-2016, 05:43 PM   #34
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Lets face it: if you are buying a skoolie, you've already got all of the essential makings of a professional-grade mid-life crisis. You earned it, you spent years suppressing it, and by Dog there ain't nuthin' thats gonna get in your way now!

Some guys get all twitterpaited about wimmin that are half their age with silly-coned mammaries, svelte figures, and perfect skin/hair/teeth. The poor creatures look like predatory greyhounds. But us guys "in the know" know the honest truth: getting greasy, busting knuckles doing a tranny swap, and putting a set of chrome nut covers on a Meritor hub is where its at!

And for the record, my name is Pan. Peter Pan. And I'm the freakin' POSTER CHILD for that configuration! And I live beside a river named De Nile....

Now where did I put my meds...?
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Old 06-13-2016, 06:44 PM   #35
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Lets face it: if you are buying a skoolie, you've already got all of the essential makings of a professional-grade mid-life crisis. You earned it, you spent years suppressing it, and by Dog there ain't nuthin' thats gonna get in your way now!

Some guys get all twitterpaited about wimmin that are half their age with silly-coned mammaries, svelte figures, and perfect skin/hair/teeth. The poor creatures look like predatory greyhounds. But us guys "in the know" know the honest truth: getting greasy, busting knuckles doing a tranny swap, and putting a set of chrome nut covers on a Meritor hub is where its at!

And for the record, my name is Pan. Peter Pan. And I'm the freakin' POSTER CHILD for that configuration! And I live beside a river named De Nile....

Now where did I put my meds...?
All of you make good points concerning the institution of marriage, in your own ways. I intend to stay married for the time being, myself. Besides, if I initiated a divorce, I would all of a sudden not be able to afford no damn bus.

I have arranged to get the bus to an indie truck mechanic in Caldwell ID; a guy who I liked over the phone, and that's all that counts. He had the one hour inspection, the 2 hour inspection, and the 3 hour inspection. I ordered the 3 hour job. We shall see what we shall see.
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:34 AM   #36
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So: next steps?


I am also getting significant pushback from SWMBO, which is quite different than what she thought about the project when it was hypothetical. But that's on me to manage.
My 1/50 of a dollar - if she's not on board with it, then I would wait. My wife and I looked at a house that she gave me "significant push back". That was 10 years of hell. Knowing that I was going to be parking a 35' yellow beast 10 feet from the kitchen door, I waited until she gave me the 'okay'. This is my dream and I'm not about to have it ruined by my wife nagging me about it. I had to wait until she was okay with it, which required a lot of 'negotiations'.

I'm not messing around with an unhappy wife.
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Old 06-14-2016, 01:30 AM   #37
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The Cummins 6CT is the mechanical version of the 8.3L ISC. It is a very good engine.

Most of the time when it was put in buses it was rated at 250HP-325HP with 285 about the most common.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:07 AM   #38
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...I'm not messing around with an unhappy wife.
And speaking as someone who is doing a better job now, the quality of relationship now that I'm involving and consulting her far, far outweighs any 'losses' I might have incurred. You know, losses like losing my shirt...

Seriously: I 'get' how a rotten marriage can be hell. I'll allow (right big of me, I realize) that certain marriages are in fact 'dissolved' already and making that part official might be quite reasonable. But I submit that there are great rewards for effort put into improving a mediocre marriage. It's working for me.
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:52 PM   #39
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Seriously, I get it about marriage, and I'm not risking mine on this issue.

This hinges on 2 points:
1) I told her that "used busses cost about $3500." This one may end up being significantly more. I think it's worth it, unless the prepurchase inspection turns up one or more red flags.
2) "This better not turn out to be like that old Mercedes" that I bought, then got tired of chasing bugs out of the vacuum system. Also, we were supposed to get our driveway paved; we didn't, and I got tired of crawling around underneath it while snuggling up to #2 crusher run bluestone. At any rate, I lost interest and it's a sore point. It's up to me to not lose interest in the bus.

Also, she's retired and I'm less than a year away, so she's understandably a little more protective of the nest egg now. But we have a line item in our retirement that says "buy RV and go around the country in it" which is more than enough to cover. I think I can get to yes on this.

Thanks for getting back to me, Cowlitzcoach! Anybody else have 6CTA stories to tell? It's curiously absent from discussions here. Maybe not a common engine. The military vehicle folks seem to have a good opinion of it, and they say that parts are easy.
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Old 06-14-2016, 01:08 PM   #40
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..."This better not turn out to be like that old Mercedes"...
I had one of those, too: one of those 'bad decisions' I alluded to. I had a '65 200D parts car in the garage, a '65 200D that ran most of the time... well, under 65... and a '72 240D that was for my wife, which most of the time was parked because of a bad radiator, a bad alternator, a bad this, or a bad that. Bad move... next time I'll ask her what she wants instead of surprising her. And I'll try to keep it running, too.

On your side, Dan...
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