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Old 05-22-2018, 07:30 AM   #1
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He's Here!!!!

After waiting two months, our baby finally arrived yesterday, and I couldn't wait to show it off to the people who understand our excitement about a school bus sitting in the driveway

Meet Oliver, a 2004 77 Pass IC with a DT530 and Allison 3000, and 134K miles on it. Fresh off his school route last week!

Not going to lie, it was both thrilling and slightly scary to drive it off the lot and into city traffic. Any driving tips for the newbs?





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Old 05-22-2018, 10:00 AM   #2
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Nice looking rig, the smiles in the pics says it all.
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Old 05-22-2018, 10:18 AM   #3
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Nice bus! Should be a great base, since the DT530 with an Allison 3000 is a monster combo. Relatively low mileage as well!
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Old 05-22-2018, 10:20 AM   #4
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Awesome bus!

That is a fantastic drive trane and only 134k miles.

You are starting out with a great platform. We are looking forward to your build and lots of pictures.

Good luck.
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:12 AM   #5
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Nice bus! Congratulations.
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:24 AM   #6
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Congrats, looks nice. Did you buy through an auction or directly through the school district or...? If you don't mind, what was the final price?
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:33 AM   #7
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I remember that same excitement and joy when I got my bus and everytime I do more to it, the more the excitement grows. Congrats on the bus!
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Old 05-23-2018, 03:18 PM   #8
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Here's a tip square off your corners pull straight through the intersection until you hit your pivot point and then turn. You will learn where your pivot point is pretty quick. Leave your self a lot of space for stopping it's a heavy rig and it doesn't stop on a dime. My last bit of advice is take all the room you need to make your corners and get to where you're going, If this means Crossing solid white lines yellow lines it doesn't matter you need to take all the room it takes.
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Old 05-23-2018, 04:06 PM   #9
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Not going to lie, it was both thrilling and slightly scary to drive it off the lot and into city traffic. Any driving tips for the newbs?
Watch out for that tail swing!

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Old 05-23-2018, 04:47 PM   #10
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Congrats, looks nice. Did you buy through an auction or directly through the school district or...? If you don't mind, what was the final price?


We paid 5K through iState motors here in Billings, MT. We were hoping to keep it under 4, but finding that size with that engine/Tran combo pushed us over.
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