Jul 232010

I man­aged to get the bus home.  Not so fun severe­ly behind on sleep.  Any­hoo, basi­cal­ly turned out well.  The bus itself was indeed a 40′, 15 win­dow bus.  The MT643 trans­mis­sion was fresh­ly rebuilt in 2009.  The engine is a mechan­i­cal DT466, 1997 man­u­fac­ture.

I’ve yet to prop­er­ly take a look at the engine, but it does have some issues that made them­selves known.  Only had 133k miles on it, so I’m hop­ing it is an o-ring or headgas­ket that needs replace­ment rather than a rebuild kit to get it back up to 100%.  Runs well enough to dri­ve on for time being at least, though I have no inten­tion of dri­ving it until all’s well.  We’ll see how it goes, worst case I’m look­ing at $1100 so not too bad.

The bus itself is in EXCELLENT con­di­tion.  So far not a bit of rust or dam­age to be found.  The ply­wood floor has appar­ent­ly suf­fered dry rot (or some­thing), but the met­al under­neath it is pris­tine which is all that mat­tered to me.

All in all, I am extreme­ly sat­is­fied with the pur­chase and I high­ly rec­om­mend you send Lan­ny Ashcraft an email detail­ing the type of bus you’re look­ing for if you’re hav­ing trou­ble find­ing it.  Or even if you’re just look­ing for a bet­ter price.

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