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Old 02-21-2020, 05:06 AM   #1
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Hello from northeast Ohio

Been lurking a while. made a couple posts about the bus I was trying to get from the local school district. Finally yesterday I drove her home. Once I got her in the driveway I started asking myself "what have I done?, am I ready for this?" Second thoughts running wild I guess.

Got a pretty good deal buying direct for scrap price. Although it was such a pain for the district I don't think they'll sell another bus privately. It has some rust, looks minor but its hard to say because around here it never is. It will need tires because they took the newer ones off and put on some 'may-pops' so I could drive it home.

Its a 2008 Thomas model 0908S with 9 windows. About 28' long with a Allison 2500 transmission, I think 5 speed cause it has a circle around the D on shift. Perfect size for what I want to use it for. Only has 21k miles and was used very little. I think the hours are about 5700 but maybe wrong on that.

I have little diesel knowledge but I've worked on many gas motors and will attempt to perform most maintenance myself. Hoping to learn more here as time goes on.

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Old 02-21-2020, 06:07 AM   #2
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Old 02-21-2020, 06:15 AM   #3
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Old 02-21-2020, 11:10 AM   #4
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Welcome to the madness!

The circle 'D' is the universal symbol for o/d and the 2500 does have a .74 fifth speed. New as your bus is "unlocking" a 6th speed may be possible but it's all about paying for a software reprogramming -- might not be worth it depending on how you'll use the bus...
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Old 02-22-2020, 04:23 PM   #5
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Hello from northeast Ohio

Started working on the bus today. Removed all the school decals and covered the larger school bus stickers on top as they were too much for me to tackle right now. I just had carpel tunnel and trigger finger surgery last week and hand not fully functional yet.

I have rust issues. I know many will say run away but here in Ohio we deal with it. Iíve never taken on metal work before but looks like Iím going to learn. I plan on power washing the underside and see how bad it is. The floor is actually pretty solid but the floor supports are going to need cleaned up. The rear door would not hardly close after I opened it from the rust. Have a few quarter sized holes which will get bigger once I start working on them.

On the plus side I was cruising the highway at 68 and RPMs were about 2300. Seems to top out there but Iím good with that.

All the windows are in good shape and initial look shows I just need to recaulk a bit I think
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:57 PM   #6
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My bus came from R.I....
Solid over all but there's a couple spots that will need reconstruction -- not just patching. I'd say it's a great place to learn metal fab. It's all mostly right angles and the work won't show when done -- just needs to be solid.

Keep spraying bike chain lube on the door hinge. Mine squeaked when I got it but now it don't and more importantly the hinge moves instead of stressing the sheet-metal when you open/close the door!
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Old 02-22-2020, 07:21 PM   #7
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Check out my build thread. My bus is (getting closer to "was" now) pretty rusty and I've had to rebuild a good part of the rusted-out areas. You might get some hint of what you'll be facing and some ideas for dealing with it.

I'm also from NE Ohio originally (Akron area). Go Browns.
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:58 AM   #8
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Check out my build thread. My bus is (getting closer to "was" now) pretty rusty and I've had to rebuild a good part of the rusted-out areas. You might get some hint of what you'll be facing and some ideas for dealing with it.

I'm also from NE Ohio originally (Akron area). Go Browns.
yep, I'm in Akron. Thanks for sharing your build thread. I'm reading and seeing just what I need to do. What did you use to cut the rusty metal out?
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yep, I'm in Akron. Thanks for sharing your build thread. I'm reading and seeing just what I need to do. What did you use to cut the rusty metal out?
I usually just use an angle grinder with a cutting wheel and/or a pair of Harbor Freight electric shears (which can cut down to 14 ga no problem). The guy I hired to repair my floor for me (who flaked out early and left me to do the job myself, thankfully) did all the cutting of the giant hole around the wheel wells. Angle grinders terrify me (I've twice had them fly out of my hands while cutting stock) so I was more than happy to let somebody else do that job.
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Old 02-23-2020, 03:42 PM   #10
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I also noticed my fuel tank is pretty wet with fuel. Donít know if itís wet from the top down or what. Any common leak areas on these Thomas buses?
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Old 02-24-2020, 09:42 AM   #11
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Akron. I live in Cuyahoga Fall , but I store my stuff in Akron (goodyear heights) by East High school. Small world...
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