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« on: May 27, 2012, 07:38:05 AM »

My wife and I bought a bus! A 1977 Eagle model 05 #19734 from the couple who did the original conversion. So including the bus company who originally owned it, we are the third owners.

The 1,300+ mile trip from Florida to New York was relatively uneventful. I am learning (and have lots to learn) about the mechanics of the bus. I already have a laundry list of electrical issues (mostly chassis, some house) to tackle which I am sure is the result of 35 year old wiring and rusty ground connections.

Time will tell if this will be camping intermingled with bus projects or the other way around!

Thanks to everyone who has answered my questions already and offered to show off their conversion before we jumped in. (We jumped in anyway)

Let the fun begin!

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012, 07:46:44 AM »

Congratulations!   I think?

 Bus looks familiar who did you buy it from?    JIm
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012, 07:47:24 AM »

Congrats and good luck! ~ At least you all ready know the best source for help!
Grin  BK  Grin

PS weed need pics as proof or it didn't happen! (besides that we love bus porn!)

Opps the pic just showed up after I posted this! LOL
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2012, 07:49:39 AM »

Hmm, that bus does look familiar. Where have I seen it before?
Grin  BK  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2012, 07:55:59 AM »

Congrates! That is a handsome piece of equipment, spend some time getting to know it, but above all use it and have fun, while making any changes Wink

   All the best!
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2012, 08:11:59 AM »

That was Jack Campbell neighbors Eagle nice ride Tony Fisher in KS can answer the questions on that 1 he converted it and one of the few converters left around 

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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2012, 08:32:16 AM »

As Geoff would say that is a "check book conversion" lol nothing wrong with Tony's conversions years back Tony charged 49,000 out the door if you furnished the bus several, photos of it on the Eagles board nice bus


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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2012, 09:24:34 AM »

Nice Bus

Good way to get your feet wet (checkbook conversion) in this economy --- you will find plenty of things to do if you want to and have fun traveling when you can

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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2012, 02:21:20 PM »

Welcome to the  Madness, are you from florida or just there when you found your bus?
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2012, 04:23:13 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2012, 05:49:49 PM »

  Time will tell if this will be camping intermingled with bus projects or the other way around!

     Some of us manage to get a little camping in!
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2012, 06:10:00 PM »

Congrats, and welcome to our madness! I have #19744 so not to far from yours.
Make sure you make it to the Eagle site  if you haven't already. Between here and there you will find
all your answers.

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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2012, 06:42:52 PM »

Welcome to our madness!

Here or the Eagle Board are both great places to ask your questions. Don't hesitate.
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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2012, 08:02:45 PM »

Bought a bus?  Now that was a nutty thing to do Smiley

Welcome to the Chaos.  Bus looks pretty.  Hopefully we will see you around!

-Sean & Angie

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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2012, 06:27:58 PM »

Wow, mine is 19743, ain't this something. Bob
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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2012, 06:56:25 PM »

My records show you being the forth owner of record as far as I can tell 19734 was delivered to Pathfinder Lines of New York then to Wilson Bus Lines 11/02/1976

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« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2012, 10:46:27 AM »

A little delay in responding to everyone... Would you believe I was working on the bus?


jjrbus: We bought it from Jerry Rich in Polk City, FL. who did the conversion.

BK: I added the photo after the original post - I had to figure out how to do it first. Always learning.

Bill 340: FL just happened to be where we found the bus. Very few, if any, up near us.

Sean: Thanks for the welcome. We have been watching your blog and enjoying Angie's driver training too. Time will tell if my Mrs will give it a try.

luvrbus: Good info. I didn't realize that the original delivery wasn't to Wilson.

Thanks for the welcome and comments, everyone.

-Kitt
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« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2012, 03:47:03 PM »

Congratulations to you and your wife! That is a sharp looking bus!

But how about posting some pictures of the inside and bays?
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« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2012, 05:14:36 PM »

Welcome! You are about to embark on a wonderful journey! Have fun and be safe!

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« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2012, 07:09:12 PM »

That is a sweet looking Eagle, Congrats and enjoy!! Grin
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