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Old 11-25-2017, 11:13 PM   #1
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Finally shot that unicorn...

... that I've been tracking for 18 months.

'97 Int BB, 180K miles, DT466e, 5-speed Spicer manual.

Runs and drives very well, no slop in steering or shifting. Cruises a hair over 60 mph. Brakes seem very good too. Every gauge and light works. Passed inspection in June, taken out of service in August. No cracks in any glass and all windows operate smoothly. Runs quietly enough for conversation, if you use your outside voice. Heater works TOO well.

After spending a solid hour looking it over, could only find 1 rust spot that needed attention....there were a few other areas of surface rust, but none on the underside (except leaf springs). No fluid leaks that I could spot. 1 cracked and 1 missing mirror, and will need new rear tires pretty soon.

To say I'm tickled pink would be an understatement......I'm tickled Pepto Bismol pink.

The main point of this post is to give an ENORMOUS thank you to all you regular posters. Had I bought a bus before I found this site, there's no telling what kind of dog I might have purchased. I've spent literally hundreds of hours here reading, and there have been countless times y'all have written something that made me rethink my plans of action, or at least encouraged further research into the matter. Y'all definitely helped me visualize my perfect bus, and this one checks off almost every box.

A particular shout-out to ECCB, who advised me on several occasions to pass on a bus I was considering, and kept telling me mine was out there, and I'd find it eventually. Thanks, Charlie.

Can't wait to get this thing home next week and start tearing it up.

Don
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:44 AM   #2
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this bus rocks! a 466 in that thing will do nicely on the hills for sure!. esp with control over your gears.
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Old 11-26-2017, 10:32 AM   #3
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Glad it worked out, man!
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:56 PM   #4
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That is a great setup you got there! Congrats!
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:04 PM   #5
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Good luck with the bus. What's the internal dimensions?
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:32 PM   #6
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And this is why we're all here. I'm tickled pepto pink for you!!! Congratulations!
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Old 11-26-2017, 11:43 PM   #7
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Good luck with the bus. What's the internal dimensions?
76" high, about 18' from back door to dash. And it will all be used, as I plan on 2 swiveling captains chairs up front, with the entrance door skinned over and a new door cut amidships.


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Old 11-27-2017, 12:09 AM   #8
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76" high, about 18' from back door to dash. And it will all be used, as I plan on 2 swiveling captains chairs up front, with the entrance door skinned over and a new door cut amidships.


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I've seen that done, how much will it cost and where will you get the door?
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Old 11-27-2017, 12:37 AM   #9
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Unknown at this time. I haven't priced anything yet, and not sure if I'll fab a door (likely) or use an old one from a graveyard. I plan on using the bus on a couple of camping trips first, to see if the plans in my head are workable in real life.

Which is seldom the case.


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Old 11-27-2017, 09:29 AM   #10
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Unknown at this time. I haven't priced anything yet, and not sure if I'll fab a door (likely) or use an old one from a graveyard. I plan on using the bus on a couple of camping trips first, to see if the plans in my head are workable in real life.

Which is seldom the case.


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THIS!!

drive it into the places where you think you will use it most, make sure it fits, get ideas for your build as you sleep on an air mattress in it and such..

plus it gives the drivetrain a good shakedown too running it around..

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