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Old 11-29-2017, 07:09 PM   #11
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It's just so hard, esp right now, to find one with EVERYTHING you want at a decent price.

I thought about air suspension, but I figured that with the rear engine, the springs will probably be fine. I may even have to lighten the springing as the conversion will weigh less than a bus full of people.
I wouldn't alter the factory springs unless you are *VERY* knowledgeable about springs and what you are doing (IE, you work in a spring/suspension shop and have a lot of experience with it). Otherwise you run the risk of broken springs because they weren't designed for what you are doing.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:41 PM   #12
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wow!! great bus!!!!! congrats!!!
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:05 AM   #13
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Hey, Twigg- nice bus ! Welcome to The Club.

Now you can make some real plans and get your hands dirty. Looking forward to a great build.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:10 AM   #14
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Hey, Twigg- nice bus ! Welcome to The Club.

Now you can make some real plans and get your hands dirty. Looking forward to a great build.
It seems to have all the right bits in all the right places, so I can only blame myself if I get it wrong

I'm very familiar with everything "RV", and very ignorant of most things "Bus", so it's a learning curve.

I've driven a few large vehicles, but never a bus. How hard can it be ... Go slow, stop at Stop signs, make wide right turns .... Don't over heat that low-mileage 8.3L Cummins
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Old 11-30-2017, 03:39 PM   #15
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Wow! Nice find!


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Old 11-30-2017, 04:39 PM   #16
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Nice bus, bet you are glad that is now off the "to do" list. Now for the real work!

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Old 11-30-2017, 05:16 PM   #17
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Nice bus, bet you are glad that is now off the "to do" list. Now for the real work!

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I looked at so many auctions, my head was spinning.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:16 PM   #18
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I looked at so many auctions, my head was spinning.
Sorta hard to turn it off...You still have all those nice buses in your watch list... maybe find a *better* bus...longer....with a bigger motor...and more gears...


"Just one more, honey. I promise- I can quit"...pant...pant....pant....*click*.
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:54 AM   #19
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Sorta hard to turn it off...You still have all those nice buses in your watch list... maybe find a *better* bus...longer....with a bigger motor...and more gears...


"Just one more, honey. I promise- I can quit"...pant...pant....pant....*click*.
I'm helped by my very tight budget, and I just took a $4k chunk out of it

I only bid on two buses during this search. The first was similar to the one I bought but with a DT530 engine. I missed it by $150, it sold for $3000.

I won this one for $3600, again with one bid. You win some, you lose some but I was careful about this.

Pretty sure I could get my money back if I really needed it.
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Old 12-01-2017, 07:49 AM   #20
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you'll find driving a bus is easy.. when I was 16 and my school-bus driver let me drive her own bus.. she said "lets take it to the School parking lot".. it was marked like a little city to teach driver's ed.. so i went to her house and got in my normal bus seat behind her.. then she said "here you start it up".. well i started it, and she never moved out of her seat behind ME.. so I white knuckled it down the long driveway, out to the road. and made it to the school parking lot...

her response was along the lines of "now you can drive a bus..so lets practice backing".. but ultimately it was the hop in and go that made me start to feel comfortable with a bus.

get in and go and enjoy!!! practice backing and maneuvering with cones or boxes in a walmart parking lot, spend some real time adjusting your mirrors. it helps a lot..
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