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Old 04-14-2018, 02:22 PM   #1
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Talking I bought a bus!!

Well, I decided to buy a bus.. It's a 2003 Thomas HDX with a rear engine: Caterpillar 3126 with a MD 3060 Allison Transmission.. I can stand up inside at 6'3"(a little plus) I didnt care about seating because they are coming out, but it has 11 windows a door and a half window.. im thinking 34-38 foot.. 104,589 miles.. All tires BRAND NEW!! ( yeah that's a plus) one underbelly storage..( A PLUS) 3 NEW batteries!!(another plus) No rust throughout , but a small hole in the ENGINE DOOR (aluminum crap) seems pretty legit as far as condition... I will attempt to upload a picture... I haven't decided upon a name but for now she will be called Ole' 41
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Now, I am going to be needing advice,materials,and maybe even some help. If there is anyone willing to maybe give advice, or anyone with experience in this area ... I am a disabled auto mechanic with loads of tools and abilities. (although they are now relatively limited physically)
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:40 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the good looking bus and welcome to skoolie madness! Looks you got a good drive train combo. I just returned from driving my dog nose bus home yesterday and looking forward to the adventure.
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:49 PM   #3
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Thank you GaDawg, good luck with yours as well... mine isn't home yet, but am super excited to get started ... with the physical limitations I have, that may change later with all the frustrations that can arise with these builds from what Iv'e seen in various videos on you tube... I should be picking it up in the first week of May...I will need 3 years to complete it but I only have about 6-8 months
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:02 PM   #4
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You have what I (almost) have. The sole exception is I have a C7 engine.

Once you strip the seats, run wiring first. Then, some rigid foam insulation, 1" thick, will fill the void between the seat rail and the top wire run. Plumbing comes next.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:21 PM   #5
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Very nice bus.

Younger brother (sister?) to mine
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:22 PM   #6
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2003 was an HD, HDX was introduced in 2004
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:37 PM   #7
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2003 was an HD, HDX was introduced in 2004
Same bus, different badge.
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:22 AM   #8
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2003 was an HD, HDX was introduced in 2004
See... I have so much to learn...
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They didn't change the bus, they just changed the badge to make the EFX and HDX easier to understand.
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:49 PM   #10
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They didn't change the bus, they just changed the badge to make the EFX and HDX easier to understand.
I figure I have enough time to figure that all out but was told its the HDX Either way shes/hes mine... I want to come up with a good name for it though... For now its Ole'41 but i really want it to have a name that describes me and the bus...
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