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Old 12-27-2018, 05:26 PM   #1
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Hey folks,

I'm fairly close to purchasing my first bus. I've been doing a ton of research this past year and as I think more and more about it, just seems like the right thing to do. I work for myself remotely, have a couple of pups and love to travel and road trip. I also have been on a self-improvement crusade for the past couple of years and want to A - live with less and B - not have to rely on someone else for basic living needs (ie paying rent like I do now).

The bus I'm looking at is an '86 Intl S1753. Seems like a pretty solid platform and already registered as a camper *gasp*. Already got a quote for insurance and think I may have found a storage place for winter months before I can actually start working on it.

The two major things I know I'll need help with are the electrical system and plumbing. If I get it I'd be pulling out what's inside already, reusing a lot but insulating the floor, rethinking the layout, etc.
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Old 12-27-2018, 08:12 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Hopefully the bus you found will serve you well. I am not an electrician or plumber, but learned to be along the way on my build.
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Old 12-29-2018, 04:43 PM   #3
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Mine!

Will be getting a rusty cab mount replaced then free to get stripped.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:00 PM   #4
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Very cool. Enjoy!

Do note we already have a green Mule Bus on the forum.
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Old 12-30-2018, 04:05 AM   #5
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Very cool. Enjoy!

Do note we already have a green Mule Bus on the forum.
I have no idea what that means?
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Old 12-30-2018, 05:40 AM   #6
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I have no idea what that means?
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Old 12-30-2018, 06:24 AM   #7
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Yeah I have no idea what that means haha.
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Old 12-30-2018, 08:25 AM   #8
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I love the S-series!! any idea what engine / trans? 1700 series i think are diesel V8s, so likely a 6.9 or a 9 litre?


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Old 12-30-2018, 09:27 AM   #9
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It's an s1753 with the 6.9
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Old 12-30-2018, 09:32 AM   #10
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Welcome Ashley,great looking find. You can do this and will!
Happy New Year in your new to you bus!


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