Hello to all,
My name is Ed and I currently live in hot and humid Miami Florida!
After dreaming for many, many years of buying a bus, I finally did it!
Actually this is the second bus. The first bus I did not hold onto as while it was the right chassis, it was the wrong engine and trans for me.
First bus was a Bluebird A3RE with a Cat engine and a 545 trans with factory air conditioning!
Did not keep it because 1) Cat engine are pricey to repair and 2) 545 tranny.
Sold it quick and made double my money! Woohoo!
Second bus, which is the Keeper, 1999 Amtrans, 72 pass.
DT466E, MD3060 Trans, 207,000 miles, air ride, air brakes and oh yeah, lots of underbelly storage to boot!
Rear gears are 5.83 I believe...
Cruises 70 MPH at 2200 RPM. Can't wait to get 6th gear unlocked!
Bought the bus in Shelbyville, Kentucky and drove to Miami without any problems!
Picked it up with a full tank of fuel, the first leg of the trip from Shelbyville to West Columbia, South Carolina (521 miles) the bus averaged 8.8 MPG, up and down all those mountain ranges...
Did the same on the flat roads from SC to Miami at an average of 70MPH all the way, 8.9 MPG!
Bus has undercarriage rust but that is ok since I am a commercial sandblaster and can take care of this problem very easily!
Sadly after parking the bus in my yard, I went to start it a couple of days later and it won't start. Got the problem pinned down to no power to the Allison trans push pad selector. Common problem with these is no power to LED's on pad, bus won't start!
Also I need to give a big thumbs up to
is the manager (Ed) at the Shelbyville school district bus depot and his Mechanic (Charlie). Not only was I able to get all the service records for the bus from day one when it was purchased but was also to get a factory service manual for the bus since this was the last Amtran they had they no longer needed the manual!
Be back soon..