The Yellow Monster
I wasn't sure on first glance if the bus was going to be a keeper, but I jumped in it, turned the key and the motor instantly started. I live about a mile from the place I bought it, so I took it to my house and gave it the full inspection.
I used to be a turboprop mechanic in the U.S. Air Force – this couldn't be that much different, right?
Seriously though, the engine and chassis were in great shape, so I overlooked some of the more glaring body problems and drove away the proud owner of the yellow monster complete with the Tennessee title.
I shot these photos the day I got the bus. I couldn't wait to start removing some of the junk that I hated. The mirrors and the bus door were the first to come off.
I bought the bus from a church. It looked as if it had been waiting to be purchased for quite a while.
The bus was equipped for handicap accessibility with a big side door, which came in handy later.
Rust, Muck & Mildew
They actually had two busses for sale, a 1986 Ford with a gas engine that looked to be in worse condition, and this one – a 1986 International S1700.
The exterior was in pretty bad shape. It was covered with rust, mold, mildew and lots of other unidentifiable filth.
In addition to the large side door, the bus was a bit shorter in length than a standard bus, which made it a bit easier to drive and park.