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Old 11-13-2017, 10:41 PM   #21
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I brought this bus home today! We got up and hit the road at 6:00 AM and got there by 9:00 AM. I met the pastor of the church who was selling it and we went to the notary place to get the title notarized. We had lunch and after that went back to the bus. It fired up right away and hit the road at 11:00 AM after it warmed up for ten minutes. Stopped for fuel since it was on 1/4 tank. The bus took 30 gallons ($100.00) to fill it up.

I really was pretty confident the bus would make it home no problem after learning the history of it. The guy at the church who drove the bus drove it for 10 years. They put less than 3,000 miles a year on it and it was serviced, inspected, and maintained every 6 months. The bus actually drove better and better the more I drove it. It is slow to accelerate, but once it's up to speed, it's good to go. We climbed all the mountain hills on route 217 and 422 in Pennsylvania with no issues. The temp ran at 190, oil pressure at 50, and volts at just below 14 all the way home. Top speed is 64 MPH on this bus, but that is totally fine with me.

We got home at 3:15 PM and here it is waiting for me to tear into it and it has over 1/2 tank of fuel. I guess I will start a thread here as soon as the build begins............
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:37 AM   #22
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And I just drove the bus to work this morning
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:38 AM   #23
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:54 AM   #24
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congrats on getting your bus home!!! and yeah!! driving it to work! kudos!, im at a starbucks this AM and my DEV bus is out front

you'll find the T-444E likes to run warmed up.. they are extremely noisy when cold but once warmed up they quiet dowen and run smooth / efficient.

190 temp is about right for this kind of weather, they have factory a 190 T-stat which starts to open around 185 or so. 45-50 oil pressure at 1800 RPM or above is right normal too.. the navistar gauges are notorious for being off a few numbers either way.. but you sre right where you want to be .. keep the oil checked and dont over-fill it.. if you over-fill the 444E it will blow the oil out the draft tube..

once you drive it in warmer weather you'll wasnt ot keep attention to the temperature.. at 2200 rpm and above they like to run hot under load in hot weather.. no worries of that anytime soon here in ohio....

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Old 11-14-2017, 09:14 AM   #25
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Outstanding! Let the fun begin.
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Congrats !

It looks like a real nice bus, Mullet Man. I like that size.

Your neighbors will be asking if you got part time job moonlighting for the District.
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Here's one way to get a little more perkiness without having to change out the AT545...

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Old 11-14-2017, 12:12 PM   #28
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dang looks like the Heater works too
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It's the departure angle that I like.
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So since I drove the bus to work, all the guys wanted to check it out. I told them I will take them all to lunch and I was buying. This way everyone gets to check it out. First step in buying a Skoolie is making sure it's mechanically sound. This one is!
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