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« on: April 11, 2008, 06:33:58 AM »

Hi, guys.

I am a new bus owner and have a lot to learn, and have learned a lot already from just reading your posts.  I live in northwest Ohio, and actually 3 of my friends and myself purchased this bus to replace are skoolie that we enjoyed and had a lot of fun with.  We bought a 1979 MCI MC9 from a limo company and plan on renovating it into a masterpiece.  She needs some work, but we're ready.  I'm sure i will have thousands of questions, and hope you guys can help us out with your knowledge.  We don't travel the great U.S.A., but we attend a few Nascar races, Country Concert in Fort Laromie, a football game or two and usually a Buffet concert if we can fit it in.  I look forward to your advice, comments and opinions. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2008, 06:40:01 AM »

 Welcome!!! If you are looking for advice and opinions you sure came to the right place Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2008, 06:55:50 AM »

Welcome to our madness and the busnut family.  As you've already been readng posts, you already know what a great resource it is.  Ask away and keep us posted on how it's coming along.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2008, 06:59:06 AM »

Welcome Greg!  You have now been infected with he Bus Nut Virus.  It is highly contagious but in my case extremely fun and fulfilling.  You will have days (maybe even weeks) when you will wonder what the heck you got yourself into.  Of course there will be other days (especially when you have the bus out on the road) that you will thank your lucky stars for your bus and all the fun you will have.  Have fun and ask lots of questions.  This board is filled with helpful people that have answers to most of your questions.   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008, 07:13:35 AM »

Sounds like you guys have too much fun! Grin  Fire away with questions!

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008, 07:26:42 AM »

All these guys can tell you what you SHOULD do..........I can tell you what you should Not do.



We all work together. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2008, 07:28:13 AM »

Welcome to the bus madness!

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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2008, 08:26:40 AM »

Hi Greg,

Welcome!

You surely came to the right place.

Lots of luck to you and your friends on the Make over!

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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2008, 01:03:10 PM »

Thanks everyone.  As you can imagine are bus isn't in perfect face.  We have an allison ht 740 tranny in it and are going to have to replace the transmission pan.  It seems the previous owner, somehow managed to bottom her out.  anyone know how much a pan for a 740 cost to replace.  Other than that, we hope to get her home next week, get her gutted and then begin the fun stuff.  If anyone has an MC9 and has spare parts just laying around....we'll take them.  It aslo seems we have issues with the speedometer and i'll keep you posted with plenty of questions on that.
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2008, 06:00:51 PM »

If you have been reading previous posts, you must have seen the advice to get a service manual and a parts book for your bus. It is almost impossible to do any serious work without those two books.
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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2008, 06:09:00 PM »

Greg,

Welcome,  Im my humble opinion the "BUS" is some of the best money I ever spent....

You will find a wealth of Opinions, Talent and Ideas on this BBS.

No question will not find an answer, and try the search for some great previous questions and answers.

Best of Luck on Your project

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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2008, 06:12:56 PM »

Welcome, Greg, to the world of insanity and the largest collection of masochists the planet has ever known.

I doubt there's a person on this Board who cannot recall the emotions you've experienced with this purchase.
You're in Man!  A member of the most unique groups known to man.

Welcome aboard!

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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2008, 07:42:57 PM »

Welcome, Greg, to the world of insanity and the largest collection of masochists the planet has ever known.

I doubt there's a person on this Board who cannot recall the emotions you've experienced with this purchase.
You're in Man!  A member of the most unique groups known to man.

Welcome aboard!

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Wow, we're unique?  Grin Grin
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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2008, 07:57:51 PM »

Might add....anytime you want to get quicker & straight answers, try to include a picture or two of the subject if possible so we can respond with less guess work.

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PS....to add a picture...click on "Additional Options...", browse for your picture's file and left click on it and post.
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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2008, 08:06:09 PM »

Hello Greg,

Welcome to our little corner of the world, of which you are now a proud member and owner!

As others have said, ask questions and you will get numerous answers.

There is lots of help here and you don't even have to pay for it!

Happy Trails,

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« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2008, 10:18:27 PM »

Greg,

I hate to be the one to rain on your parade, but you should have bought a GM. Angry

Oh Well, I have overlooked that fault with a lot of others here, so why not one more. Tongue

Welcome! Smiley

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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2008, 05:32:21 AM »

Greg,

Don't pay Barn Owl any mind.  He's just jealous he's not cruising down the road in a MCI-9.  That's okay Barn Owl, I'd be proud to have you ride with me anytime.   Grin

Greg,  what transmission to you have?   Huh       Tell us your dream for the bus.......    Shocked Shocked  And weclome to the nut house.



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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2008, 04:22:15 PM »

and usually a Buffet concert if we can fit it in. 
Welcome aboard!
I like you already......"Fins to the Left!" Grin
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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2008, 02:37:08 PM »

Fins to the right....Glad to here everyone wants to give there opinion!  Super Betty is at an Allison Dealership right now getting a new tranny pan put on her and also getting a systems check up.  She was previously owned by a limo company and I'm a little leery on how well the maintenance was on her....but we'll see.  We hope to get her back home this week to start the renovation process.  I had a real long explanation of my bus life already written, then had some pictures added, click post and seems the picture were to big and I lost all my writings to you...so now you are getting the short version.....Myself and 3 friends all between the ages of 28-32 own this bus.  We had a 1987 bluebird skoolie we converted and recently just sold on ebay to buy Super Betty.  We all have wives and more friends who tag along on trips so we are planning the bus to sleep 12.  2 Queen beds in the back, w/ 2 full beds in front of that on the drivers side, closets on the passengers side, with then the bathroom in front of that, kitchen forward of that and then the lounge at the very front. We are going to insulate the floor and most likely ceramic tile the bus front to back.  We had laminate floor in our skoolie and multiple wet feet coupled with a lot of beer don't mix well w/ laminate.  We need something more durable.  With the cargo bays under the MCI, I won;t have to struggle so much with the water tank and holding tank mounts.  I had 240 and 240 under the skoolie and i hope to have 300 and 300 in the 1 cargo bay in front of the rear wheels....i think i can...i think i can...I won;t know for sure until she's in my drive way, but it should be real close to fitting that with the tanks i can get.   We didn't have heat or air in our skoolie, but we believe we will in this conversion....still researching that aspect.  Attached is a floor plan and view of the possible super Betty.....floor plan for sure....maybe not the paint scheme.....but we'll see.

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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2008, 03:11:07 PM »

greg
i'm building my rig with just one wife, can't imagine it with three wives.
how can you keep them out. the (i don't like it there) comes up pretty
ofton.  just kiddin. jt.
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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2008, 03:51:56 PM »

We broke them in with Black Betty our skoolie....trust me, they didn't like it at first...mine hated her the worst, but after the first year of the boys going on trips with her, the girls decided they wanted to go along on an adventure.  So we took them to the June race at MIS, and ever since then, they have been bussers to.  We've even thrown around getting htme there own short bus...the pink taco.  I always have to smile when I hear my wife say after we get home from work....."you know, I was thinking about Betty today...."  Black Betty was our skoolie and we do miss her already.  She's with her new owner in Iowa, hopefully he's treating her good.  Attached are some pics of her.
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2008, 04:07:52 PM »

greg
i started on a 54 scenicruiser. which was an band bus for 25 years. converted
in79 . it was the darkest place you could imagine.if a window was left they painted black. i had to use a flashlight to get around. needless to say . as soon
as we got it home ,and stoped. my wife and kid were in there tearing out the
interior.    lots of luck. j.t
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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2008, 07:34:14 PM »

Wow! Sleeping 12, you could use some of these:

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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2008, 08:16:44 PM »

Man, I couldn't imagine sleeping twelve in a bus that still has full kitchen, bath room, and living room.  Maybe the couples thing makes it easier.

I have 8 bunks in a 43 footer with full facilities and that is tight enough.  My bathroom ended up too big, but another foot or two wouldn't help much to gain more sleeping space.
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« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2008, 09:43:33 PM »

OHHHHHHHH Black Betty Bam ba lam.... that's a neat set up!
300 gallon tanks sounds like a huge amount of weight in those bays Shocked
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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2008, 06:59:29 AM »

Sleeping 12 will only be a once a year thing, when we attend country concert.  Other than that it will be mostly just us 4-8.  The skoolie could hold 240, so i hope a coach can hold 300 .  I'm going to try to have three 95 gallon holing tanks, 2 grey and 1 black and three 95 gallon fresh water tanks. This will be a little more concertrated by I will fabricate some cages that will hang off the bus floor frame and the cargo bay floors to disperse the weight.  Something will work out.  I had 240 gallons behind the rear wheels on the skoolie for holding tanks and six 40 gallon tanks between the front and rear wheels all hung off the bus frame and floor in saddles.  Even i was impressed with myself when i got them done. ha.  We need that much water so that 8-12 of us can take showers and have the toilet for 4 days without having to pay to refill with water or pay to have the holding tanks emptied more than once...right before we leave.  Free water from home and its usually $1 a gallon at MIS or country concert, and $75 a tank to empty the holding tanks.  It has worked so far and we've never run out of water.  Black Betty was our song for the old girl, but now we have big white super Betty....until we can get her painted.  She was a rolling party.  Attached is a side picture of her where you can see Lil' Betty.  She lit up, moved, and flashed....literally. 
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