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Old 06-10-2005, 06:04 PM
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Bought a Bus Today

Kind of a impulse - got the pilot scambling to fly us to Memphis at 5:30. Always sort of wanted one This will be hard to hide from the wife.
Probably won't make it back much farther than Tunica tonight!


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Old 06-10-2005, 06:27 PM
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My brother was into that he just sold a GM motorcoach turned camper. Gotta be fun to drive, king-of-the-road!

That must have the infamous Detroit 892, or is that one a 871?
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Old 06-10-2005, 06:27 PM
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you have your own pilot?! and a plane?

What do you plan to do with it?
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Old 06-10-2005, 06:48 PM
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Ha good for you. You'll love it. They are fun to drive and ride in. My dad has an old scenicuiser that is huge. It is much more aerodynamic than the MCI and modern buses. The front part is low to the ground and then about 10-15 feet back where the storage bays are it goes up a level. It has a kitchen (gas stove, sink, microwave), bathroom with shower, a table with booths, and 4 beds. It's a piece of junk and stuff is always breaking down but he likes to work on it (which is why it is always breaking) amd fun. He put a big diesel with a turbo in it. I can't remember which model but I do remember that it is 8 cylinders. It is pretty fast for a bus. Ok so I was looking over the factory engines and I am almost positve it is an 8V-91 which I assume is 910 cubic inches. That with a big turbo and larger injectors puts out some power. How much I don't know but you definitely feel it.

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Old 06-10-2005, 06:56 PM
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Cool Bus! I've thought in the past about getting a bus, and doing a conversion on it.

Any details? Cat or Detroit or Cummins? Miles?

Is it gutted, or, or, or, ...?

Congrats...it looks nice from the outside.
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Old 06-10-2005, 07:15 PM
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Ha good for you. You'll love it. They are fun to drive and ride in. My dad has an old scenicuiser that is huge. It is much more aerodynamic than the MCI and modern buses. The front part is low to the ground and then about 10-15 feet back where the storage bays are it goes up a level. It has a kitchen (gas stove, sink, microwave), bathroom with shower, a table with booths, and 4 beds. It's a piece of junk and stuff is always breaking down but he likes to work on it (which is why it is always breaking) amd fun. He put a big diesel with a turbo in it. I can't remember which model but I do remember that it is 8 cylinders. It is pretty fast for a bus. Ok so I was looking over the factory engines and I am almost positive it is an 8V-91 which I assume is 910 cubic inches. That with a big turbo and larger injectors puts out some power. How much I don't know but you definitely feel it.

http://busexplorer.com/PHP/MidPage.php?id=177
http://greyhoundbusmuseum.org/gfx/1956Scenicrusier.jpg
Detroit engines are sized this way: 8 is for the number of cylinders, 91 is for cubic inches per cylinder. While I'm not familiar with an 891, there were 892's with turbo, also there were 871's as well earlier on.

Correct me if I'm wrong as I don't know all the configurations of these Detroit engines, the Detroit line up also included 453, 471, 492 I think, also were 653, 671, 692 V-six turbo, as well as a non-turbo 871, and turbo 892, and then there are the V-12's 1271, 1292, and I think 16 cylinder engines as well. What's interesting is that the pistons from a 471 will fit all 71 cube engines as many parts are interchangeable.

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Old 06-10-2005, 07:28 PM
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Kind of a impulse - got the pilot scambling to fly us to Memphis at 5:30. Always sort of wanted one This will be hard to hide from the wife.
Probably won't make it back much farther than Tunica tonight!
If you hide it under a tarp in the driveway maybe she won't notice...

How much did you pay for it?
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Old 06-10-2005, 10:19 PM
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How you gonna install one of those living rooms that articulates out sideways?
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Old 06-10-2005, 11:47 PM
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I used to have to drive those "little" buses, now it's pretty much MCI E4500's every day. I mostly learned how to drive on 102DL3's. I think the E is probably more aero than a 'cruiser, but I sure do love cruisers, I have 2 of the Corgi 'cruiser models. I'd love to go to one of the Greyhound museums and see one restored back to Greydog specs. I'd also like to see an MC6 sometime, they're even cooler than a 'cruiser, originally was equipped with a V12 diesel, it was the first 102" bus and the first with an air operated door. Most of them got kicked out of the US and up into Canada, something about how a 102" vehicle wasn't exactly legal in alot of states."Big, Fast and Ugly" is what they'd call them.

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Old 06-11-2005, 12:37 AM
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Detroit engines are sized this way: 8 is for the number of cylinders, 91 is for cubic inches per cylinder. While I'm not familiar with an 891, there were 892's with turbo, also there were 871's as well earlier on.

Correct me if I'm wrong as I don't know all the configurations of these Detroit engines, the Detroit line up also included 453, 471, 492 I think, also were 653, 671, 692 V-six turbo, as well as a non-turbo 871, and turbo 892, and then there are the V-12's 1271, 1292, and I think 16 cylinder engines as well. What's interesting is that the pistons from a 471 will fit all 71 cube engines as many parts are interchangeable.
They also make a 149 series. That's right--149 cubes per jug! The biggest one I ever saw was a 16V149.
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Old 06-11-2005, 06:57 PM
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Turn it into a MB!

Put a Mercedes V-8 in it! Get 40 inch custom made Mercedes Star rims!

Well, maybe not 40, 30 is fine.
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Old 06-11-2005, 09:56 PM
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Welcome to the bus club. I bought a 1982 Thomas Transitliner about a week ago. Not as big and fancy as yours, but will do what I want nicely. Enjoy what will invariably be a question as to your sanity.
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Old 06-12-2005, 09:40 PM
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Buddies of mine bought an MCI coach a few years back and converted it into an RV for going to the track to watch car races. They had some pretty neat systems since most of them were engineers anyway. Biggest problem was that the darn thing weighs so much. When they try to level it in the field at turn 8 (Mid-Ohio) it just crushes normal lumber. They keep looking for big pieces of Oak.
Oh, and I think it has 22.5 inch rims.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:03 PM
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Not Big Enough!!!!!! 22.5!!!! Its A Bus!! Not A Vdubya Beetal!!!
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:50 AM
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Buddies of mine bought an MCI coach a few years back and converted it into an RV for going to the track to watch car races. They had some pretty neat systems since most of them were engineers anyway. Biggest problem was that the darn thing weighs so much. When they try to level it in the field at turn 8 (Mid-Ohio) it just crushes normal lumber. They keep looking for big pieces of Oak.
Oh, and I think it has 22.5 inch rims.
The big ones like these need to have air suspensions. The Marathon Coaches use the air suspension to level the bus, and the levelling system automatically readjusts itself if the air shocks bleed off any pressure.

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