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Old 03-09-2017, 06:26 PM   #1
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2006 Ford E450 Collins - Mr. Stay Puft

New to the short bus world. I picked this up a week ago and drove it 1300 miles home. Nicknaming it Mr. Stay Puft due to its white color and largest vehicle I've owned yet.



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Old 03-09-2017, 09:50 PM   #2
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1300 miles, no issues? Name it Lucky !

I bet you were glad to get out of the saddle after such a long ride !

Congrats !
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:57 PM   #3
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Sweet, auction, private party.?
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Old 03-09-2017, 10:03 PM   #4
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Yup no issues.

I split up the driving a bit. Started out last Monday leaving my house for the airport around 6 am. Flew into Rochester, MN at 12 pm on Monday, met the seller at the airport and started driving. Cruised 60-65 mph. I had kind of wanted to visit AT&T Plaza in Chicago to see the bean, but just wanted to keep moving and was a little worried about navigating the city and parking the first day with the bus. So I kept going and would take a 30 minute break every couple of hours. Finally stopped at 4 am and slept a little under two hours. Back on the road, I made it to my Rochester, NY where a friend of mine lives around 2 pm Tuesday. Spent the night there at my friends house. Made the last 300 miles back to CT on Wednesday morning.

Seeing some of the other build threads I'm debating how involved I am going to go. My initial plan was to live out of the bus for about a year, saving up some money for other toys and house improvements (currently own and living in one unit of a two family house) and plan to buy a Sprinter or similar high roof cargo van. So the plan wasn't to spend too much on it, but I love seeing what can be done.
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Old 03-09-2017, 10:05 PM   #5
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Sweet, auction, private party.?
eBay auction from a used vehicle dealer in Minnesota. They bought it at auction. They made a few hundred bucks off the deal, but it didn't go as high as they or I expected. If the auction had jumped higher I probably would not have bid more. Even my bid in the the last 30 seconds was only $100 more than the current top bid was, I was almost expecting that I would have been automatically out bid.
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Old 03-10-2017, 05:56 AM   #6
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Where in Ct are you Dan?
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Old 03-10-2017, 07:17 AM   #7
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Torrington for now.

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Old 03-10-2017, 07:50 AM   #8
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Hey! That's just like mine!

Nice bus.
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Old 03-12-2017, 07:40 PM   #9
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Thanks, Goatherder. I'm liking the size and getting used to it. Backing out of places was down right scary the first few days. But now I'm getting used to it. Still going to be adding a back up camera to it for a little added safety and parking precision.

Work has been busy so progress has been slow. Got all but one of the seats out and got all the decals from First Transit off.

I've been trying to clean out part of my house to do some work on it as well so a couch made its way to the bus today.

Planning now for what I want to do as far as the interior. Thinking of starting with the flooring and working up from there. I've seen a lot of people pulling the roof panels but not sure if I want to go that route yet.

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Old 03-16-2017, 02:39 PM   #10
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Get the bus from Jones Auto in Hallandale? I bought a 2002 E-450 from them. Far better than I expected it to be. They scrap hundreds of busses and have a huge yard full of busses. I went back and got parts from them later too. Really nice people. I look forward to seeing what you do with your bus.
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