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Old 09-26-2016, 09:04 AM   #41
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Ok guys, sorry i went dark for a few hours.. I just drove 1040 miles

in houston, at starbucks, already got the laptop out and writing code on eSpresso buzz! and 2 hours sleep in a rest area..

made it through houston before rush hour kicked in, found the bus lot, drove by and saw the busses, they are all dusty and sun baked but dont look rusty I didnt get out and look around as i didnt want to trigger security coming to talk to me or anything,

one of CY-FAIR's newer IC busses (lloked like an 04, 05?) BUZZED me on the 290... I was going 60 and the bus flew by me going at least 70.. serious school bus drivers here!..

as for me eating anything green other than green eggs and ham? ha! good luck... its been tried before to get me to expand my food horizons.. and lets just say i aint budgin.. and im a stubborb bloke when I wanna be




the bus lady called back, 10am I can pick it up..

found my hotel, while im Hilton diamond I could check in earlty, but choose to do some work then get the bus and take it to the hotel, its only a couple miles away asnd I had already made sure i could park it there for a night.

-Christopher
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:04 AM   #42
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That bus has a t444.
Is that the same engine as my ford cutaway 7.3L ?

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Old 09-26-2016, 09:06 AM   #43
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Dont worry, the spiders are under the bus, didnt see any inside.

ha! if the bus goes as fast as the one that Buzzed by me on 290 this morning the spiders wont last long... that guy had to be running 70+ in an 03, 04?? IC fully loaded..

I guess they didnt buy their busses with VT-365's in that era.. LOL..

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Old 09-26-2016, 09:55 AM   #44
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That bus has a t444.
Is that the same engine as my ford cutaway 7.3L ?

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the long block is the same, though im told the T444E has forged internals where some of the ford versions didnt as ford wanted it to cost less than the IHC version... how true that is I dont know...

there are other differences.. the ECM, I think the turbo may be different, the manifolds..

im still learning... ive never had a powerstrok 7.3 or a T444E, though there are still a ton of T444E's on the road so they seem to be pretty good when taken care of.. as is the powerstroke 7.3..

the 6.0 ford / IHC VT365 are the ones that seem to have had the most issues... esp the ford variant of it..

this is all new to me.. my first bus was a Chevy 454 gasser, my current bus is a DT360 mechanical, and this new one (will keep both) is the T444E..

I'll learn it in depth like I do everything i buy

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Old 09-26-2016, 12:53 PM   #45
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Christopher: we just got called to trial, so my dinner plans with you guys tonight just got pre-empted. Tomorrow is a possibility however, if you are still in town.

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Old 09-26-2016, 01:10 PM   #46
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Ok guys, sorry i went dark for a few hours.. I just drove 1040 miles

in houston, at starbucks, already got the laptop out and writing code on eSpresso buzz! and 2 hours sleep in a rest area..

the bus lady called back, 10am I can pick it up..

found my hotel, while im Hilton diamond I could check in earlty, but choose to do some work then get the bus and take it to the hotel, its only a couple miles away asnd I had already made sure i could park it there for a night.

-Christopher
Glad you made it to Houston safe and sound. Hope your day goes well and as planned.
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:23 PM   #47
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Christopher, glad your trip went well and that you are at your "roost" with your ride. I'm pretty sure that there is tons of food choices in the hotel area. Would it be easier for you to pick a place/food choice, or wait for suggestion? I'm going to head that way mid afternoon. (I'm about an hour away}If you think you will need any service done, I can only suggest you contact Cy-Fair ISD bus barn, or the auction house for some leads. Maybe someone from the forum has contacted you.
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:29 PM   #48
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Ya...give us a shout if you get loose for a bit. I could use a visit to a local Meat-O-Rama myself!
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:15 PM   #49
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Wheeee!! the bus is at the hotel and so is the car I thought Iwas going to have an issue because the VIN tag over the driver window is missing, but all is good, the VIN tag under the hood is intact and the numbers match.. so all is good there.

it started right up.. uponinspection it lookslike the batteries are brande new.. i didnt pull the tray out but the labels on the sides arent even dirty!

the gaugesare a little finicky..but its an IHC... my carpenter was the same way till I took the panel out andcleaned the little contacts... they all work it just takes them a couple moinutes to get going... whew! i was afraid I had zero oil pressure at first.. until i realized all the gauges were dead and the engine was running quietly... no oil P on a 7.3 and the injector rail wouldnt work right... once the gauge came to life it popped instantly to life...

the bus has all kinds of bells and whistles im not accustomed to..

1. air ride (I do have this on my carpenter)
2. disc brakes.. (I have 4 drums on the carpenter)
3. air seat
4. a cool little variable cruise / throttle thing.. I can set my RPMs to hold at whatever I want.. or I can flip the little switch and its a cruise control like a car has...
5. power heated mirrors!
6. tilt wheel!
7. Transair A/C - and it works!! i kicked that badboy on and it got cold right away.. nice that its Transair and not carrier as i can still get parts as transair is still in business..
8. pinhole ceiling.. makes it quiet inside.. wow how the tinted windows and white roof make it cooler inside.

9. Locking air School bus door. love the fact i can lock it.. no having to climb out the back door to lock the bus..

10. many more gauges than im used to. of course it has an air gauge since theres air accessories.. it also has amps and volts.. and a transmission temp. of course it also has temp, oil pressure, tach, speed.

11. looks like good tires.. they are tiny at 225/70R19.5 (as chilichz noted when he looked at it).. I noticed a couple other busses have those little wheels and tires...

things it doesnt have

1. alot of heaters.. its a texas bus, not sure how warm it will stay in ohio.. but i may make it a summer runner...

2. overdrive.. it drives like it has an AT545 although its quieter than the 545 on the carpenter.. it shifts nicely through all its gears.. AT545 doesnt biother me.. ive had it in every bus and its a non issue... esp in a lighter weight bus.. I ran the speedometer up to 65 though I dont know if thats accurate because of the small tires.. they dont necessarily look like the bus came with those? I cant tell since the interior tag is missing. they dont ride too bad.

3. Rust! it doesnt look like there is much if any rust... theres paint oxidation but it looks pretty clean underneath and on the sides..

4. a Doghouse! the floor is nice n flat with just an access plate of some sort.


overall at first glance it seems pretty good.. 1050 miles to st pete will certainly make anything show up thats marginal.

theres a little oil seepage around the valve cover gaskets but doesnt look like anything bad,

theres a little seepage of steering fluid around the steering gear... new seal kits exist to fixthat easily..

theres a little fuel "wetness" on what looks like the fuel filter on top of the engine... again it didnt look too bad..

when I was driving it.. at one point all the air pressure on the dash went down to 20.. I could hear it hissing underneath.. then went back up...

I dont have air brakes so I wasnt too concerned.. I then was reading online where there are automatic air-tank drain valves for units that dont have Bendix Air dryers?

ever heard of that? it went right back up so i wasnt too concerned about it...

my phone went dead when i was taking a few pics so I'll have to post them after I get some charge.

-Christiopher
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:19 PM   #50
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You could try 7k bus sales or texas bus barn both are badically 290/huffmeister. Dunno if they offer services.

Yeah i saw someone rolling in one headed outbound, im kicking myself for not buying 14.
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