WELL? It's a done deal now. I've paid the money and the Prevost is mine!
Originally Posted by Mudhutwarrior
Check the bag mounts on the prevost, they are known to rot then the repair gets expensive.
For the asking price of $6000, I figured the bus would have some pretty serious issues. ...and it does. I now know that it needs bags in the rear. Yes, I am planning on doing the bags myself. I have found at least one blog where the procedure is described. I have also already found a source for the tools.
I got the Prevost home today. It went right in my driveway like it was made for it. I wasn't expecting that.
I keep comparing it to the old Bluebird pusher I used to drive when I was driving the kids to and from school. I call it my BB but really, it belonged to the school. There are a number of similarities between it and the Prevost but they are most certainly very different machines. When I was driving the schoolie, I was taught the proper way to make right turns without killing any kids standing on the curb. That lesson came flooding back as soon as I made my first right turn. Yay!
OMG, the Prevost is SUPER quiet. I can barely hear the engine running but conversations from the driver's seat are at the same level as they are in my living room at home.
My old Bluebird did not have a Jake brake but the Prevost does. One the way home, I went down near Riverside drive in Clarksville, TN and I had to go down a seriously steep hill. Love that Jake Brake. LOVE IT!
This Prevost also has an air-ride seat. I'm not sure I like it. Hmmm. It's way more bouncy than I think it should be.
The engine is a Detroit. I still don't know the model number but I do know that it is a turbo-charged six cylinder. Compared to my old Bluebird, it's an absolute ROCKET! It's so quiet and so smooth that I found myself going WAY too fast in traffic. I had to really watch my speedometer and force myself to NOT pay attention the the seat-of-the-pants feel because it is SO deceptive.
The Allison trans is a six-speed.
Well... I'm extremely happy with my find. I know I have a lot of work to do and also a lot to learn. But I'm excited about learning and enthusiastic about doing the work.
I don't know how to post photos yet but I did put another photo of the Prevost in my Four For Sale album.