Hello everyone! I'm just starting to draft up plans for my bus, so I decided now would be the best time to start a thread in order to document my full experience.
I picked up my bus in February, on my birthday weekend actually... surprise for me, from an auto auction in downtown Birmingham for a whopping $2200, including taxes. It had just been pulled from service at the end of the previous semester in Gwinnett County, Georgia, who are known in the "school bus community" for how well they treat their buses. (For reference - I drive a school bus for the local system and occasionally deliver new buses from the dealership nearby over the summer).
The drive home was spectacular - but I got stuck at a gas station for an hour wondering why the bus wouldn't turn over. I finally just stuck some metal to the solenoid and hit the road, it turns out the reason why was that I had locked the back door while pumping gas.
Below are the specs for my bus:
- Carpenter S/1753 built 12/15/1988
- 65 passenger shell/11 window length
- International IDI 7.3L diesel paired with an Allison AT545 (engine rebuilt 2018 )
- New(ish) tires!!!
- Air brakes
Pictured below are the photos I took the day I brought her home. Check out that high roof!
I'm excited to try and do this all myself - with the help of some friends and my stepfather, and you all, of course! - to try and learn as much as I can in the process. I hope you all enjoy my personal ramblings as I try my best to work this project!