1991 SETRA KASSBOHRER S 215 DHD
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I always wanted a bus since the first time I've got on board of a MCI GreyHound bus with 8V71 Detroit engine seeing it fly down the highway and that sound of the power house
From the beginning I want it a MCI or Eagle bus but they were out of the price range or way too old.
Decided on the engine ( 2 stroke Detroit 8V92TA ) and had lots of thinking about the tranny, manual or automatic ? I knew that the old 3 speed Allison automatics were really bad on fuel with not a really good top speed and it will be an RV so it has to be an automatic for the comfort ( at least 4 speed allison ).Couple years a go I almost bought I believe it was 1968 already converted with 4 speed tranny and 6-71 Detroit but what I didn't like was the the previous owner had cats living there so the smell was terrible plus it had bad roof leak in the back bedroom with smashed windows.
Was also thinking of getting flat nose school bus but that would be at the price of sacraficing all the storage below.
The next one that was in the consideration was a 1962 GM 4106 with 8V71 and 4 speed manual, The guy had health problems and bought him self new " Sticks and staples " motorhome. Talking to him he told me that the first gear is almost impossible to get in ones you stopped. The 4106 had new clutch, the waste tank had leak because was made out off wood and fiberglass ( 100 gallon ) so that can't be patched, the front brakes were shot, he had bucket under the engine to catch all the leaks and lived in it full time since 1999 so there was more NO's then YES's.
Don't get me wrong, nice bus and 12 years ahead from the 4106, but my next option was a 1991 Setra Kassbohrer S 215 DHD with 8V92 TA DETROIT and 4 speed Allison.
Already with bathroom on board, 2 sinks and fridge, I guess mini sink and mini fridge.
I had the fear of getting parts since it was Made in Germany but for North American market with the domestic drive train and now owned by MCI.
Most important it has power 4 WHEEL STEERING, yes the tag axle turns with the front wheels, so this thing ( I should give it a name, on the front fascia there's S R A is missing so it says ET, it fits right I think :-) ) turns on a dime.
It was a charter bus here in the Vancouver BC area and the hub odo says 168000 KM. Also drives like it.
Tires are good and this monster cruises at 110 km/h like nothing.
Brought it home couple days a go and my wife totally flipped out but now thanks to friend of mine " Paul " ET is in a dry hangar that I can rent, where I can work on it ( Thank You Paul ).
Here is my ET and lets go and let the challenge begin.
I will be posting pictures with the ongoing progress.
Had to put the shower walls in thru the window, that was fun, then it was too high so had to cut it inside the bus, but got it in. The drain and the water lines are in. Both vent pipes are all the way also.
Wiring on the way
Building frame for the black and gray tanks.
The plumbing is getting done, Have to run the 3" pipe to the left side of the bus since all the sani stations are on the left.
Electrical panel and automatic transfer switch
Finally started to built the closet, I couldn't look at the empty hole anymore
Complete, next is finishing the rest of the ceiling and put up my flat screen
Another cherry on the cake done :-)
Nice shower door is in and the shower is ready to go, also the heater and water heater ( propane/electric ) are in and working 100 %.My tank level sensors are hooked up and working, bus inverter is working so the fridge and all the 110V stays on, including batterie's charger
Took the .bus for the first camping trip to see how's everything working and its all 100 %, no issues and very comfortable beds Still have to put the rest of batteries ( 7 more ) and have to ad solar panels.
It was truly long hours of sending and scuffing.
Finally looking more like a RV, thank you Mark for your help with sending and painting, it was a long week of sending and paint.
I had to get this decal when I've seen it :-)
Solar panel number 3 has been installed. The only reason I've added another one is because last time we went camping and I backed the bus in the camp site the rear of the bus was perfectly under trees ( still worked ) and the front was in the sun plus I couldn't look at it anymore being against the wall in the hallway :-) .
Cool shot with the bus on the screen how it looked the day I got it.
Never post it picture with the sink in :-)
Hooked up and ready to go camping again :-)
Sold to very nice people