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Old 12-20-2018, 03:55 AM   #1
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Bought a Bus

Well, we did it. Will do a fly and drive to fetch it, but probably not until April.

2005 Thomas, 23’ b to b
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Allison 2000
47k miles
No rust, Texas bus

We wanted small for maximum flexibility in national parks and such. We’re stoked obviously and will share our build.

Joe
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:19 AM   #2
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Cool looking rig! How long will the return trip be?
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:35 AM   #3
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Cool looking rig! How long will the return trip be?
1600 miles.

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Old 12-20-2018, 08:17 AM   #4
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Not familiar with the C7 but that bus looks great! And it appears to have MUCH better windows than your typical (leaky) Skoolie arrangement.


Best of luck on the trip home and keep the pix coming!
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Old 12-20-2018, 08:52 AM   #5
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Great looker Joe, now study up on that C7.
Let the fun begin, congrats!


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Old 12-20-2018, 05:34 PM   #6
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@TeacherJoe , aw shucks you got the size bus I wanted. I settled for a E350 but I really wanted a real bus frame with the engine out front, but as short as possible. It is easier to park but I hate working on the engine of a van.


have fun on the build. I'm only a few weeks ahead of you. I'm still working on changing all the fluids, filters etc.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:31 AM   #7
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Great looker Joe, now study up on that C7.
Let the fun begin, congrats!


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Thanks, John. I understand that the C7 loves premium filters and fluids. There’s an aftermarket inline secondary oil filter that can be installed upstream from the HEUI system and an upgraded oil cooler gasket that may be good PM. I need tires too. Otherwise this thing is awesome shape.

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Old 12-21-2018, 06:47 AM   #8
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My wife's uncle is a fleet manager and has had some C7's with injector and HEUI problems, so those are probably good ideas.
If I were you I would totally get to know that engine extremely well. Sounds like you're off to a good start.
Take the journey easy and enjoy the scenery!
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:55 AM   #9
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I guess Step 1 is deciding what to do with rear heat and a/c. If I take them out, would anybody want them?

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I need AC and wouldn't turn down a heater!
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