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TheHubbardBus 06-08-2019 09:56 PM

Meet our new bus... Mr. Beefy!
 
Yes, we paid more than we hoped to.
No, we haven't seen it in person.
No, we don't even know if it will run (it did a year ago, so there's that)

Are we nervous? You betcha.

But we own a bus! Or at least a couple pictures of one!

6'4 headroom, AC, air brakes, t444e, Allison 2000, ~150K miles. $4550 auction price.

Whatcha think, Skoolie.net. Did we do OK, or are we morons? (It's OK, we've got thick skin!)

https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/do...docid=32004314

https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/do...docid=32004286

david.dgeorge07 06-08-2019 10:01 PM

Lots to like about that. Any extra you paid for this vs a bus with a 545 will seem like pennies if you ended up doing a transmission swap. Really cute size. Should make a great national park machine!

david.dgeorge07 06-08-2019 10:02 PM

Where is it and when do you get it?

peteg59 06-08-2019 10:06 PM

As long as the rust is minimal or non existent, and it's pre 2004, yes. It looks good in your pics.
It's difficult at best buying from afar, but it can be rewarding if all of the right stars align when you hit the buy button!
Hope it works out in your favor, going forward...

TheHubbardBus 06-08-2019 10:09 PM

Thanks David!


Austin, TX. Plan is to drive up next week in a rental car, move it to a nearby shop to blow the cobwebs out, mount tires if necessary, and then drive it back. Hopefully it will need nothing more than gas, batteries, and a little pre-trip TLC.

TheHubbardBus 06-08-2019 10:13 PM

Pete, from what we could tell from the limited photos, it looked essentially rust-free. Or as close as you can get to that. There were close pictures both under the fenders as well as some that showed the frame/axles, and it looked GTG.


And yes, 2003.

david.dgeorge07 06-08-2019 10:14 PM

Exciting times! I remember hardly being able to wait once I purchased mine!

Feels like being a little kid again!

TheHubbardBus 06-08-2019 10:18 PM

Was yours an auction bus also?



And yes, I can't remember being this excited for quite some time! Butterflies big-time!

peteg59 06-08-2019 10:24 PM

Sounds like those proverbial stars aligned for you on it!
Congratulations, and hopefully the anxiety of waiting to see your recent purchase in person isn't too stressful...

david.dgeorge07 06-08-2019 10:25 PM

No I picked it up on Craigslist but there was a period of a few days between paperwork and delivery.

david.dgeorge07 06-08-2019 10:27 PM

Meet our new bus... Mr. Beefy!
 
The guy delivered it, which was nice. In hindsight seems silly that I wouldn’t have wanted to drive it home.

TheHubbardBus 06-08-2019 10:37 PM

If I had a bus your size, and I had never drove a bus before, I'd be very pleased to have the option of learning on my own time rather than as a requirement to get it back to the homestead! Appreciate your build thread, BTW. :thumb: I could fit about 3 of these in your ride lol.

TheHubbardBus 06-08-2019 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by peteg59 (Post 330847)
Sounds like those proverbial stars aligned for you on it!
Congratulations, and hopefully the anxiety of waiting to see your recent purchase in person isn't too stressful...


:thumb::biggrin::dance::dance:

TheHubbardBus 06-08-2019 10:51 PM

The Other Half
 
This was... super exciting/stressful.... good stuff. Life can be mundane at times. Bidding on something you've only seen pictures of.. and . .they warn you.. you've only seen pictures of when you bid.. Got aggressive at the end. But we both ... i think loved every minute of it. Scary, Exciting, freaking out on our next adventure.. angry at those bidding on.."Our Bus" but.. i think we did ok. Now our .. bring her home adventure starts. I grew up with awesome artist parents.. every summer we hit the road in a VW Bus with 5 kids Mom and Dad and a dog.. to travel for ~3weeks.. at times.. as a child I hated it.. looking back now would not change it for the world!!.. super excited to start that path again. Even better.. discussing it with my 94 yr old mom.. who was... the true planner of all of our expeditions. Love to see her smile when I tell her what we're planning ....

o1marc 06-08-2019 11:02 PM

I bought mine off Craigslist in Butte, Mt. Waited 2 weeks for a cheaper airfare. Only a few questions from the seller as I consider it all fluff. They picked me up at the airport and drove me 5 hrs to the bus. Having seen it in person for the very first time the sellers wife asked if I was happy with what I got. Said I won't know till I drive it down the street. I drove it 3k miles down that street and am very happy with my bus. It was the first time I had ever driven a bus, except the one in OKC that I drove to the first stop sign in limp mode, and back to the sale garage. So contrary to what negatives some people have with CL, some legitimate good deals can be had from there.:dance:

TheHubbardBus 06-08-2019 11:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by o1marc (Post 330857)
Said I won't know till I drive it down the street. I drove it 3k miles down that street and am very happy with my bus.


Haha. I like that :biggrin:

HazMatt 06-09-2019 07:41 AM

I reckon the bus' name answers Clara Peller's tart inquiry...
https://youtu.be/U80ebi4AKgs

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheHubbardBus (Post 330831)
Yes, we paid more than we hoped to.
No, we haven't seen it in person.
No, we don't even know if it will run (it did a year ago, so there's that)

Are we nervous? You betcha.

But we own a bus! Or at least a couple pictures of one!

6'4 headroom, AC, air brakes, t444e, Allison 2000, ~150K miles. $4550 auction price.

Whatcha think, Skoolie.net. Did we do OK, or are we morons? (It's OK, we've got thick skin)

Sounds & looks good, tho the proof is in the pudding (of the key in the switch & it starting)
You're right: 16 ga is thickish skin...
Now, time to get off your big buns and get busy! [emoji6]

TheHubbardBus 06-09-2019 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by haz.matt.1960 (Post 330875)
I reckon the bus' name answers Clara Peller's tart inquiry...

That it does! The name, however, is in tribute to our dog George, who in both attitude and appearance bears at least a passing resemblance to Adam Sandler's dog in 'Little Nicky'...

https://youtu.be/KG1KLcogziY

Hopefully we end up on top in this deal.

HazMatt 06-09-2019 09:34 AM

🤞[emoji106]...
🤙

Dèsirée 06-09-2019 02:49 PM

Congratulations on your braveness and your baby too!!! I’m sure, if you went this far, you can overcome anything.

And just in case, your braveness was encapsulated in a time-release miniature vessel which one can ingest at their leisure, please do share... the only thing though, I will need a lot more than just one!!

TheHubbardBus 06-09-2019 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dèsirée (Post 330939)
Congratulations on your braveness and your baby too!!! I’m sure, if you went this far, you can overcome anything.

And just in case, your braveness was encapsulated in a time-release miniature vessel which one can ingest at their leisure, please do share... the only thing though, I will need a lot more than just one!!

Thanks for the congrats, Desiree. We'll do what it takes to make things work.

No capsules, concoctions, or contraband involved. Lack of common sense comes natural to me :biggrin:

musigenesis 06-09-2019 04:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by o1marc (Post 330857)
the sellers wife asked if I was happy with what I got. Said I won't know till I drive it down the street. I drove it 3k miles down that street

Are they, like, still waiting for you to come back with their bus?

o1marc 06-09-2019 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by musigenesis (Post 330959)
Are they, like, still waiting for you to come back with their bus?

Nope, handed them a wad of cash and hit the road for Seattle for a couples days before heading back to No. Ga.

Dèsirée 06-10-2019 12:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheHubbardBus (Post 330941)
Thanks for the congrats, Desiree. We'll do what it takes to make things work.

No capsules, concoctions, or contraband involved. Lack of common sense comes natural to me :biggrin:



Youuuu rrrrrr funnyyyy!!! I wonder if I should try the same approach, probably be a disaster!

Asetechrail 06-10-2019 12:58 AM

I think it’s a great looking bus! You wouldn’t have gotten it cheaper because you were bidding against a reseller. I have been following those five buses to see what they would go for. The reseller only ended up with two of them. :dance:

802trees 06-15-2019 02:08 AM

Congrats! Cheers to your new adventures

NavyVet 06-15-2019 05:43 PM

Nice.
I bought a 1997 bluebird about 3 months ago.
Enjoy and have fun

jofred99 06-15-2019 05:50 PM

3509 is a nice bus. It may be me, but they started 3509, 3510 and 3511 with starting fluid, which I don't like. The batteries are shot, but tires on these all of the 6 window buses looked great. I did not check the tire date codes.


Air ride seat and A/C should give you a nice ride back to the house.


We had second thoughts and decided for a 7 or 8 window bus (which we haven't found yet).

Ross 06-15-2019 08:29 PM

Fantastic!
 
Perfect size bus. And the price is perfect, especially for no rust. Cheap rust is a very expensive thing to buy. I did essentially the same thing, only farther away. I bought a 7 window Freightliner Thomas in Alabama. I live in northwest Washington state. I literally won the thing on auction, got a plane ticket, and was on the shuttle to SeaTac 4 hours later. It was a Thursday, and I had to make it to the school district office to pay for it before the end of business Friday. Everything worked out perfectly, and I drove it 2900 miles back home without a hiccup. The worst thing about the trip was doing it solo.

Danjo 06-15-2019 08:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by david.dgeorge07 (Post 330849)
The guy delivered it, which was nice. In hindsight seems silly that I wouldn’t have wanted to drive it home.

Yeah man! The wheelbase looks short enough you could turn donuts!

Congratulations on your acquisition. Now the fun really begins!

TheHubbardBus 06-15-2019 08:55 PM

Thanks for the positive thoughts all, Jody's on the road right now with all things necessary for any quick fixes and some more advanced... He'll be picking it up on Monday. Super Excited!! We have the floor plan laid out in blue tape on our living room floor... we've been looking at it for a weeks now. Extra benefit of others buying in the same auction and some already picked up. Understanding that each bus is individual but hoping for the best. :dance::dance::dance: :marshmallow:

"Mr Beefy!!"

o1marc 06-15-2019 09:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheHubbardBus (Post 332316)
Thanks for the positive thoughts all, Jody's on the road right now with all things necessary for any quick fixes and some more advanced... He'll be picking it up on Monday. Super Excited!! We have the floor plan laid out in blue tape on our living room floor... we've been looking at it for a weeks now. Extra benefit of others buying in the same auction and some already picked up. Understanding that each bus is individual but hoping for the best. :dance::dance::dance: :marshmallow:

"Mr Beefy!!"

Does it feel strange to know your new home will fit in your current living room?:smile:

RandyLee 06-15-2019 09:35 PM

Let me know if you need anything I’m only a hour from Austin

HazMatt 06-15-2019 09:44 PM

Likewise
Tho I'm close to 3 hours, from the opposite direction.

TheHubbardBus 06-15-2019 09:46 PM

Well.. we're a bit away from it being our home.. actually it'll be our roaming home.. we hope to get some property up north and put up a container home setup.. off grid as well so.. We'll have both ;).

Anxious to get out on the road though.. our reason for going Skoolie is because of our fur babies. We used to travel out of town each weekend in our X-Terra with our two dogs.. well.. things being what they are our fur family grew to a point that we couldn't travel anymore and we both miss it. So.. it'll be great to have a vehicle that all of us can fit in again and we can get on the road again.

Funny side note, we have two X-Terra's and they're both yellow.. :rofl: so.. yellow ain't no thing here. Can't wait to hear the neighbors when we pull a big yellow bus onto our side yard :)

Our Current Garage:
https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/e35...200,h:750,a:cc

TheHubbardBus 06-15-2019 09:47 PM

Thanks.. I'm sure Jody will see this and reach out if needed!!

TheHubbardBus 06-15-2019 11:07 PM

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On my phone, so apologies on not addressing y'all individually. Thanks for all the well wishes and offers of assistance. Pretty damned cool for people you've never met. we sure hope to meet as many of y'all as possible in the near future. Great group of peeps.

Made it into el Paso. Was going to go the whole 14 hours but glad in retrospect I broke it up. Will be in Austin tomorrow then Mr beefy day after that.

If they use starting fluid on our bus again I'm going to slap them with my pimp hand :biggrin:

Not taking any chances on you Texans. I know what can happen when you see oil :rofl:

o1marc 06-15-2019 11:13 PM

Used properly, starting fluid is not bad for our engines.:thumb:

TheHubbardBus 06-15-2019 11:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danjo (Post 332315)
Yeah man! The wheelbase looks short enough you could turn donuts!

LOL.. don't give him (Jody) any ideas ;)... :evil:

HazMatt 06-16-2019 12:25 AM

Glad to see you packed lightly.
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheHubbardBus (Post 332340)
On my phone, so apologies on not addressing y'all individually. Thanks for all the well wishes and offers of assistance. Pretty damned cool for people you've never met. we sure hope to meet as many of y'all as possible in the near future. Great group of peeps.

Made it into el Paso. Was going to go the whole 14 hours but glad in retrospect I broke it up. Will be in Austin tomorrow then Mr beefy day after that.

If they use starting fluid on our bus again I'm going to slap them with my pimp hand [emoji3]

Not taking any chances on you Texans. I know what can happen when you see oil :rofl:

The kitchen sink must be just out of frame...

thebrent 06-16-2019 01:14 AM

I love your short bus!!!
 
Its super cute. I had a 1989 5 window short bus. It was awesome although I always wanted a 6 window. Your price was good! Have lots of fun!!!

RandyLee 06-16-2019 03:50 AM

😁
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by o1marc (Post 332343)
Used properly, starting fluid is not bad for our engines.:thumb:

I prefer WD40 to use instead of starting fluid it won’t hurt the engine and works so sweet

EastCoastCB 06-16-2019 05:15 AM

idk if those oil pans in the pic will work. Hard to tell but they look like they're car sized.

HazMatt 06-16-2019 06:20 AM

Might be why there's a pair. Drain one while the other is filling..?

EastCoastCB 06-16-2019 06:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HazMatt (Post 332366)
Might be why there's a pair. Drain one while the other is filling..?

Have you changed the oil on a bus? 5 gallons of hot oil coming out a nearly one inch hole.
You need a BIG container.
I use a deep 7 gallon bucket in a hole.

HazMatt 06-16-2019 06:47 AM

I got split ends, but think I'll take a pass on that hot oil treatment!
Quote:

Originally Posted by EastCoastCB (Post 332367)
Have you changed the oil on a bus? 5 gallons of hot oil coming out a nearly one inch hole.
You need a BIG container.
I use a deep 7 gallon bucket in a hole.

I believe the intent was to drain potentially water contaminated &/or stale fuel.
May now be a non-issue, since we've reports it's litter mates fired up successfully.

Meathead 06-16-2019 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheHubbardBus (Post 330839)
Thanks David!


Austin, TX. Plan is to drive up next week in a rental car, move it to a nearby shop to blow the cobwebs out, mount tires if necessary, and then drive it back. Hopefully it will need nothing more than gas, batteries, and a little pre-trip TLC.

Do not put gas in a 444e!

And Mr. Beefy is what the gals call me, but you can use it if you want. :biggrin:

TheHubbardBus 06-16-2019 03:45 PM

Batteries
 
Afternoon all, for any of you who saw these buses in person. Any ideas on the battery type? What size and what terminals .. were they group 31 or something different?

Jody's arriving in Austin this afternoon and has some time so if possible he's thinking of picking the batteries up today.

Thanks all!
-- Sharon

o1marc 06-16-2019 04:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheHubbardBus (Post 332461)
Afternoon all, for any of you who saw these buses in person. Any ideas on the battery type? What size and what terminals .. were they group 31 or something different?

Jody's arriving in Austin this afternoon and has some time so if possible he's thinking of picking the batteries up today.

Thanks all!
-- Sharon

My bus came with a single 8D battery that I replaced with 2 group 31DC. If you're in a dominant cold area I would stick with 2 batteries, some have 3. My bus ran/started fine on one group 31. most will be set up with a thread terminal of 5/16" or 3/8"

RandyLee 06-17-2019 09:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheHubbardBus (Post 330831)
Yes, we paid more than we hoped to.
No, we haven't seen it in person.
No, we don't even know if it will run (it did a year ago, so there's that)

Are we nervous? You betcha.

But we own a bus! Or at least a couple pictures of one!

6'4 headroom, AC, air brakes, t444e, Allison 2000, ~150K miles. $4550 auction price.

Whatcha think, Skoolie.net. Did we do OK, or are we morons? (It's OK, we've got thick skin!)

https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/do...docid=32004314

https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/do...docid=32004286

Any updates yet ? Did he get the bus ? Is he driving home?


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