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Author Topic: Well, I now have a bus!  (Read 3099 times)
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« on: May 30, 2009, 01:59:25 PM »

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry!  Seriously, that is one big thing in my driveway.  1980 MCI MC5C from the Navajo Nation, converted starting 4 years ago, fully livable and quite nice, but not done by any means.  I doubt they are ever done!  8v70N, Spicer four speed, and I only stalled it once so far, but then again all I've done is drive it up and down my driveway.  I drove school buses as a kid in college, but haven't driven anything this big in a long time.  Engine overhaul 30K miles ago, new brakes all round, original airbag type suspension with the air beams still intact, I'm hoping that the Navajo's didn't get all that much rain and snow.  Deep tinted windows but the chassis air may not be  working - it is converted to R134 already.

Next is get it insured, licensed, get my Z endorsement, and very carefully take it for a drive...  I'll try to post some pics tomorrow.  Here is a link to the ad: 
http://brantford.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-RVs-trailers-MCI-highway-coach-RV-conversion-W0QQAdIdZ124745026

I guess I'm official!
Brian
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 02:23:06 PM »

Congratulations fellow Canuck.  You don't happen to have relatives up toward Owen Sound or over towards Lachute do you?
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009, 02:27:42 PM »

not that I know of!  Fun to have another B. Evans around though.

Brian
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2009, 02:43:49 PM »

Congratulations Brian. Let the fun begin! Smiley Mitch
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2009, 02:58:53 PM »

Congrats! What an inspiration. Have fun with it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2009, 03:38:33 PM »

Good one Brian, looks like a great find. Don't be intimidated by the size, I was worried until I drove mine, then no problem....
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2009, 03:56:53 PM »

Way to go!

Now the REAL FUN begins! Don't be intimidated by the size, find a vacant parking lot (Really big one), and go for a drive! Make corners, set out some cones, backup until you almost hit something (more cones), get a feel for the distance when looking in the mirrors!

You'll get the hang of it, but not until you go for a long drive, a very long drive!  Grin

Good Luck and Be Safe!

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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2009, 04:08:46 PM »

Sharp looking rig!  Congrats!

Glad to see your addiction is now full blown...  TeeHee 
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2009, 07:04:22 PM »

Congratulations Brian!  Looks like a nice one.  I'm a Newbie too.  I agree with Paul, some practice in a BIG parking lot (don't forget the cones) and a long drive.  Now the fun begins!

BTW, My practice was a 3,000 mile drive home.

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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2009, 07:18:13 PM »

Brian,

Nice straight MCI 5, one of the best looking I,ve seen. Change the filters and what your gauges.

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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2009, 07:32:12 PM »

Congrats another Canuck Bus Nut.  I found my schoolie experiences helped with driving highway coaches, but the coaches sure handle nicer.  Take it easy when you are in tight spots and don't be to proud to get out and take a look befor eyou scrape something.
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2009, 07:36:03 PM »

I bet that is a sound bus with very few miles it was used for training by the Navajos at Window Rock AZ and WW Williams a DD dealer in Phoenix did most of the maintenance.   Good find I wondered what happen to that bus
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2009, 07:37:42 PM »

Nice bus, I love the colors.
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2009, 07:40:58 PM »

Congratulations Brian!

Great start and ready to go journeying!

Have good intercity bus garage mechanic to look at all the safety and reliable points before the trip begin.

Sojoun for Christ, Gerald
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2009, 07:59:41 PM »

 Grin Now thats a classy gal. Congratulations Brian. Hope to see you on the road. All the Best, M&C
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