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Old 04-09-2017, 12:09 PM   #1
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Hello from Georgia

Hello everyone,

I have been lurking and learning for quite some time now. So much quality information on the forum here, thanks for that, I have gotten quite an education.

So to it: Found the bus I am going to buy. 1997 BB FE with Cummins 5.9 and a brand new Allison transmission. I think it is a 545 or maybe the 643 I will confirm. I have driven it and it drives great, no problems there.

We have decided to call her the 5972 Express, some of you will get this I hope.

I pick it up on Wednesday. So Excited!

Any way, Just saying hello and thanks for all of the info.
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Old 04-09-2017, 12:12 PM   #2
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Welcome to the nuthouse! Gotta love those Birds!
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Old 04-09-2017, 12:13 PM   #3
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Yeah, I have been looking for a while and decided I like this look of a bus the best.
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Old 04-10-2017, 09:26 AM   #4
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:20 AM   #5
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Same bus I have. Mine was built in 1997 too. And I am pretty happy with mine.

It will be the good old mechanical cummins too. An added bonus.
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:22 AM   #6
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Same bus I have. Mine was built in 1997 too. And I am pretty happy with mine.

It will be the good old mechanical cummins too. An added bonus.
Yeah that was the main reason I decided on that one.. and the cargo space under it as well.. two doors on both sides behind the rear wheel and two on the passenger side and a single on the drivers side..

that should help with plumbing a lot..
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:32 AM   #7
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My bus is two windows shorter than yours. And I have struggled to mount everything I need under there. I only have one cargo compartment. It is the battery bank area. I just had the cargo compartment off this weekend. resupported it, and drilled 14 holes with a hole saw for ventilation for the batteries.

By the way, i wouldnt put more than a couple hundred puonds in each compartment without building better supports. They are not held up by much.
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:34 AM   #8
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Mine has to hold about 800lbs of batteries.
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:25 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info on that.. that is good to know.
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Old 04-10-2017, 02:09 PM   #10
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Yay, another Georgian! That's a really nice looking bus. Can't wait to see what you do with it!


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