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Old 03-08-2017, 11:07 AM   #1
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Since getting the shorty home from Aurora CO, and cleaning it up a bit, I've been enjoying the HELL out of it. Got MOST of the stickers and decals off. I started another thread on it, but since this is the shorty section, I figured I'd do any posting about it here from now on.
The plan is to enjoy it as-is for the most part. I may add a few things. It came well equipped and due to the weight and pass rating, I can use it the way it is and need no cdl, even with the seats.







Immediate plans are to paint it white, possible light blue with a white roof. Dave took my advice about flat white for his roof and we were super impressed with the results. A powered roof vent with rain cover are also in the plans.

If any more buses like this one pop up at the auctions, I'll consider buying a couple more to resell. The size is really ideal for a LOT of purposes. I stuck this one on CL for the fun of it. If someone wants to pay me top dollar for it, I'd part with it. Otherwise I'm having a blast driving it and it fits in my driveway! that's a big deal!
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Old 03-08-2017, 11:18 AM   #2
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Super nice Bus, that was my dreamed bus to get, same size.

How was the paperwork to bring it to bc and insure it ?

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Old 03-08-2017, 11:22 AM   #3
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Looks good man. Thanks for sharing

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Old 03-08-2017, 11:32 AM   #4
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I love this bus, Ive ridden it, havent gotten to drive it yet.. and this size bus is perfect for a RunAbout.... im also lookign for another one if the deal comes up right.. I just have to make sure EC and I dont bid against each other.. LOL..

are you going to Shoot it with paint or roll it? if you are going to roll it, im real interested.. if I get another one i might try to paint it myself if I can roll it..

now if we can just set these shorties up so they run cool at full speed..


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Old 03-08-2017, 11:49 AM   #5
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Super nice Bus, that was my dreamed bus to get, same size.

How was the paperwork to bring it to bc and insure it ?

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BC?
Im in FL. I just got an ins policy and my friend flew out with his wife and drive it home from CO.
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Old 03-08-2017, 11:51 AM   #6
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I love this bus, Ive ridden it, havent gotten to drive it yet.. and this size bus is perfect for a RunAbout.... im also lookign for another one if the deal comes up right.. I just have to make sure EC and I dont bid against each other.. LOL..

are you going to Shoot it with paint or roll it? if you are going to roll it, im real interested.. if I get another one i might try to paint it myself if I can roll it..

now if we can just set these shorties up so they run cool at full speed..


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Since it isn't huge, I may spray it. But a roller job can look REAL good, too.
I'm probably gona do the usual- rustoleum with a hardener. Will likely go with a satin clear coat to help keep the paint from fading as fast from the UV rays.
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:26 PM   #7
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Since it isn't huge, I may spray it. But a roller job can look REAL good, too.
I'm probably gona do the usual- rustoleum with a hardener. Will likely go with a satin clear coat to help keep the paint from fading as fast from the UV rays.
If I get another one, I need to find a place where I could spray...

hey to the Post about bringing your bus to BC, we just solved your engine heating issues.. take it to BC, guaranteed not to over-temp
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:30 PM   #8
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If I get another one, I need to find a place where I could spray...

hey to the Post about bringing your bus to BC, we just solved your engine heating issues.. take it to BC, guaranteed not to over-temp
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From what I've garnered from internet forums, I'm not really having any actual "issues". Its just normal stuff, par for the course. Till you and me come up with something better. By "you and me" I'm mostly meaning you, of course. lol
A full 3900 or 4700 style rad and aftermarket intercooler or used one from something that would be compatible, and these things would be "bulletproofed".
I'm also going to consider installing an extra oil cooler for the 545 at high speeds and in the hills.
I'm planning to replace my coolant in about 5000 miles or so, so I'm gonna try Water Wetter's HD diesel additive. From what I've read about it on the web, it can't hurt it at all. If it helps, thats an easy upgrade!
I know it helped my kawasaki monster bike run cooler.
What sorta place you need for painting?
Any of my facilities or space are available for you any time, man!
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:49 PM   #10
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I was a religious user of watter-wetter in my Hotrod cars.. and it did work... very well actually... but then I also had the niceity of 5 core aluminum radiators..

yes the 444E runs hot by nature... ive seen some 4700's with the 1/2 rads also...

the rad I sent you a link of would fit the frame of our busses..

I do know thus far ive kept mine below 210 by turning my fan clutch temp down.. I also havent taken the radiator out to have it steamed.. my radiator was replaced in 04.. (the one time my comoputer reported an over-temp)... so 12 years in Texas heat i should probably pull it and see what it looks like inside..

that should probably be the first steps before going radical is to make sure the existing pieces are doing their jobs...

the 444E is considered in Over-temp at 230..I didnt notice which gauge you have... there were 2 manufactured.. I believe we both have the 140-280 scale gauges.. the 94-97's I think were the ones that got the same gauge as the DT-466 which tops at 230..

the Alarms in the computers on the 444E are programmed to ring and scream at 230..

im just in the 'DT' mindset of running much cooler... my DT-360 has the 1/2 rad and running flat out i never see the thing go above 190...

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