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Old 02-26-2015, 02:33 PM   #101
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I think they found it on a craigslist ad. Should be here in this thread.
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Old 02-26-2015, 02:42 PM   #102
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Nice bus, looks like you are having fun with the conversion! I live in Miami and my wife and I are looking into purchasing a larger bus to convert. I was wondering what dealer you purchased it from?
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Nice to know someone in the area is as nuts.....cough cough....interested....as me!
Didn't use a dealer, found the bus on CL by pure luck!

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Old 02-26-2015, 04:20 PM   #103
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Thanks for the reply.

I've been checking the local Craigslist, and most of the buses are being sold by a dealer in Tampa and a guy down in Homestead. Once I decide what I want I will probably pay the guy in Homestead a visit to see what he has.

I really want to inspect the bus before I purchase it, which rules out a lot of the auctions going on up north.
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:23 PM   #104
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I've heard good things about the Tampa place. They deliver and do their own title work and can pull some strings to have it titled as MH right off the bat. Just what I've heard. I don't know the people. Seem a little pricey to me.
I'm not suggesting anyone do what I do, but I saved a ton of money buying mine online at auction. Like half what dealers were wanting. I talked to the folks a whole lot before bidding. They were really helpful. They even had it fully fueled and put in a new battery. They assured me it was more than roadworthy enough to get home. It was/is. It was obviously a bit of a gamble but I got a serous thrill coming home in it too.
Just sharing my experience. It was EPIC to me!
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:28 PM   #105
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Yeah, that is the problem with all the dealers around here, the buses start at 5k and go up from there. I'm in no rush, so when the right bus comes along at the right price I will get it, just not going to rush in.

If something pops up on an auction site that is awesome, I might just take a chance and bid on it, but only if it is AWESOME!
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Old 02-26-2015, 05:09 PM   #106
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That's how I felt. I think mine is fairly awesome. Pretty nicely equipped and mostly solid other than some surface rust from the darned roof hatches. They leaked since new.
I was stoked to find an FE layout with so much storage underneath. All mechanical and solid. Best $2285 I ever spent.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:44 AM   #107
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Hello everyone!
Quick update: started "rustproofing" the exterior of the bus yesterday. I have to say, it felt really nice to be doing something on the bus! I'm rattle-can'ng it for now, just to cover and avoid new rust from forming, but as time permits I'll be doing a lot more. Plus, there's still the roof to think about.... Don't even have a ladder tall enough!

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Old 03-10-2015, 01:22 PM   #108
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Hello everyone!
Quick update: started "rustproofing" the exterior of the bus yesterday. I have to say, it felt really nice to be doing something on the bus! I'm rattle-can'ng it for now, just to cover and avoid new rust from forming, but as time permits I'll be doing a lot more. Plus, there's still the roof to think about.... Don't even have a ladder tall enough!

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Painting over rust is only making it worse.

Spray it with oshpo.

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Old 03-10-2015, 02:19 PM   #109
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Right, my bad for not specifying. Didn't "paint", I used a rust stopper in spray can. Couldnt get the ospho jug from ace....got there 3 minutes too late -_-

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Old 03-11-2015, 11:33 AM   #110
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Ospho is just phosphoric acid. Just about all paint shops have their own version. The phosphoric acid turns iron oxide into iron phosphate which is very stable and happens to be a great base for painting. It also appears to lightly etch clean metal which gives paint a better "bite."

Scrape/brush off any loose rust
Apply the acid and let it work over night
brush off any white powder that may have formed
Prime & paint, preferably with oil based paints
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