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Old 07-25-2018, 01:45 AM   #1
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Unseasonably Warm Greetings from Texas

How are Yall doin? Ive been providing care for my disabled father who is a Vietnam Vet. He has a 300Lb electric chair that he has wanted to use more often (appointments and such) But I am unwilling to load it into the trunk of our Nissan Altima. So first we tried to go through the VA for help in obtaining a wheelchair van. Nope, doesnt meet the requirements. So a handi-capped mini-van is like $30,000 starting and full size like Transit starts at $60,000. Yikes! Was browsing Craigslist and came across some used bus ads. Who needs a used school bus? Then I saw it, A wheelchair lift equipped bus. I NEED THAT! Called a few of the ads and finally stuck with one after viewing it. $4,200. That we can afford. Split that up into payments and 3 months later, The Comfort Bus is here. Currently trying to make sure it passes inspection. Swapped the upper red and amber light lenses, all red to the rear. Removed the stop sign. Broke the drivers side wind shield washer nozzle, DoH! Going to install 10" x 10" Double Nickel mirrors. A new or used fan to keep me and or the windshield ventilated. A good thing, The seller had the radiator removed and cleaned out then reinstalled. We purchased a new fan clutch, installed that during the rad cleaning. He also flushed out the engine before reconnecting the rad. He cut the wires going to the hood and got them all reconnected properly except the turn signals. That was a easy fix. The seller also rebuilt one of the lift cylinders on the Braun wheelchair lift, Yay! The lift also needs a new electric pump but the manual one works well enough. Id LOVE to have the AMF Bruns Smart floor installed, Still attempting to talk the state side of the company to do a custom install into the bus (fingers crossed). Barring that its going to be gently used Ford Transit seats. All things in time. We have far more room in the bus than any van could offer.
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Old 07-25-2018, 07:13 AM   #2
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super cool!!.. hopefully you got one with Air-Conditioning being down in Texas...



you also going to do some travelling too? or use it mainly around town?
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Old 07-25-2018, 07:21 AM   #3
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Good plan, what kind of bus did you get? We love photos btw.
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:46 AM   #4
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i use my 2010 ford e350 paratransit bus (was 9 pass now 7) as my daily driver,. it is great not too hard to park (handicap spots are roomy) post pics !
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:06 PM   #5
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Re: Photos of the bus and make/model

These photos were taken at the sellers location. All the seats are still inside. still has the hood mounted mirror brackets. I need to load the latest ones onto my desktop. You can see why I called it Comfort Bus in the photos.

Yes, It has Two (2) AC systems, neither of which work. That is on the top of the list to get fixed. Found a good source for bulk insulation (tractorinteriors(dot)com).

Several websites offering bus parts plus local junk yards to pick through.

Edit: Its a 1993 International AmTran 3800 with a DTA 360 and AT 545 trans, standard 10 x 22.5 tires.
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:13 PM   #6
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Mainly just around town to figure out what needs to be serviced or fixed.
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:28 PM   #7
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thiose A/C units may come to be an issue.. 1993.. is certainly possible they are still R12 units that need converted to R134A.. this was right around the time some of them began switching over.. its a bit more tricky in a bus A/C than a car to convert to 134A because of the amount of oil in the system.. a tag somewhere on one of them or in the battery compartment may give the type of freon it uses..



Love the DTA360...good solid mechanical motor! I have one in my DEV bus.. (that bus had a 545 now is getting a 643 trans as i broke the 545).. would Love to see the underhood pics of how they belted and bracketed up 2 A/C compressors on yours.. mine is tight with just one!
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:23 PM   #8
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nice! pull some of those seats and you will have tonnes of room for your dad and any of his buddies in chairs (I've transported 3 chairs at once in mine) and a load of people, coolers etc. you will find it is a lot easier to take dad and whoever else wants to go on day trips in comfort and style!
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Old 07-25-2018, 04:01 PM   #9
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RE: AC compressors and seats

The compressors are mounted side by side, to the right of the air compressor. The 2 groove pulleys are staggered, perhaps a single V-belt each.

I'm taking the bus to a local guy that specializes in school bus AC. About $200 to check both systems and then as long as the repair cost isnt too high, Sub $1,000 i'll go ahead and get them fixed. I think/hope they are 134a but could also be r12.

The seats have all been removed except the front 4 benches or two rows. I have 2 wheelchair tie down spots. 1 in the rear and another right behind the 2nd row seat on the right.
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Old 07-28-2018, 01:22 AM   #10
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thiose A/C units may come to be an issue.. 1993.. is certainly possible they are still R12 units that need converted to R134A.. this was right around the time some of them began switching over.. its a bit more tricky in a bus A/C than a car to convert to 134A because of the amount of oil in the system.. a tag somewhere on one of them or in the battery compartment may give the type of freon it uses..



Love the DTA360...good solid mechanical motor! I have one in my DEV bus.. (that bus had a 545 now is getting a 643 trans as i broke the 545).. would Love to see the underhood pics of how they belted and bracketed up 2 A/C compressors on yours.. mine is tight with just one!
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Here's the picture you requested.
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