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Old 03-30-2016, 10:33 PM   #1
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Any Maryland-ers here?

Hello all. First I want to say, that I have learned ALOT about skoolies since I started scoping out all the pages on here. This is my first build and I appreciate any help or bits of knowledge from some seasoned folk on here. So this is what I got.

2000 Thomas MVP (approx. 39'?)
Cat 3126
Allison 5-speed

I picked this ol' girl up off of eBay from Florida back in February. Flew down, got a temp tag and was on my way out of town with my new baby less than three hours after landing. (800+ mile return trip) Extremely stressing. I've already stripped the seats out, removed aftermarket AC units, gutted some of the wiring and started sheeting over the windows I want covered. I'll upload pics as soon as I figure out how to do so from my phone. Thanks in advance for any future info everybody.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:06 PM   #2
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Montgomery County. No bus; willing to help you with yours.
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:12 PM   #3
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Hey Dan-fox, thanks for the offer. My work schedule is pretty chaotic so I never have set days to work on her. But if I ever need the help, I'll be sure to look you up. Thanks again.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:44 PM   #4
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frederick here
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:45 PM   #5
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dan-fox, no bus here either, in the market as we speak. let me know if you ever need to brainstorm
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:31 AM   #6
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First one to get a bus has to drive it to wherever the other one is and show it off!

Went over finances last night with the Vice President, and it looks like my purchase will not happen until 12/16 or 1/17. I was hoping for June or July of this year, but we got hit with ~6 grand of unexpected expenses so no way Jose.
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:46 PM   #7
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Ouch! I completely understand. If all goes according to plan (fingers crossed), I'm hoping to get mine sometime before labor day. I'll keep you posted on progress. Any specs you're looking for in your bus?
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:21 PM   #8
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my fantasy bus currently would be a Thomas type 'D' (flat nose) rear engine; MVP-ER or Saf-T-liner. Cummins 8.3; Allison 3060, and a magic wand to unlock the overdrive gears in the transmission. I know the 8.3 takes some heat from some folks here but all say it has the grunt to get up the mountain, and I'm just tickled with the idea of the wet sleeve in-frame rebuild capability.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:27 PM   #9
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They are NOT "flat nose." They are TRANSIT STYLE, as opposed to Conventional Style.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:55 PM   #10
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Well, excuuuuuse me!
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