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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:05 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

Well your samba name sure fits you now type2rescuemaine. I'm so happy to see you saved another bus and this one is super special SO23, way to go and I look forward to seeing the build thread as we know it will be great with your dad Burlyhammer helping. Nice father & son early Westy build.

Great shot great save and time to place her in the Main thread you started.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

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Those Maine Boys don't fuckabout !! Laughing

Winter extractions are pretty tough, the Mud, Ice & cold temps make those rescues a bitch, great job !! Keep the pics coming........
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

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Those Maine Boys don't fuckabout !! Laughing


No we don't

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

Ya those Mainers are very resourceful bunch...I woulda gone in with a saw all and a couple pack mules, mosquitoe spray, and something for poison oak.. Embarassed Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:28 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

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Ya those Mainers are very resourceful bunch...I woulda gone in with a saw all and a couple pack mules, mosquitoe spray, and something for poison oak.. Embarassed Laughing

Trust me, if we would have had Some oxen, we definitely would have got the bus out of there the first time and saved $$$ on the machine rental. And the photo ops... Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:08 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

Epic rescue. I so hope you do a rebuild thread 😊😊👍😎
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:38 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

Here are some of the photos I took over the last 6 months of visiting the bus up to now. The first time we went there, we thought that we would drive the truck with the trailer down to the bus. We realized immediately that the ground was too soft, and we wouldn't make it. The second time we went, we rented the lift planning to carry 4 buses out of there. (The split window buses have been bought. There are some bay window buses still available there, along with a lot of other cool old cars and trucks.) After we picked up the SO23 the lift sank into the mud, and we spent the next several hours getting the lift out. No buses that day, and now the SO23 is sitting in the middle of the junkyard road. The next attempt, we rented the lift again. That day we were hoping the ground was frozen. It was not frozen enough. When the lift showed up, it was the smaller one with small tires. We didn't even attempt, and we called it a day. We then decided that since the SO23 was in the road it had to come out soon. We went back again to make it roll. We were going to drag the SO23 out with a pickup, but the ground was still too soft. We did get 3 wheels to roll. The fourth had 2 broken wheel studs, and a stripped stud. Also there were no tie rods, so even if it did roll, it wouldn't have gone far. Feb. 29 Leap day. We showed up with a tire, a drum, some tie rods, chains straps, a come along, 5 sheets of plywood and a tractor. We immediately buried the tractor. We used the wood mostly for the tractor. It ended up all disintegrated. Sorry for the long winded story. Believe it or not, this is the shortened version of the story. We finally got the bus out. Lots of trips, and lots of work, and lots of help from my son and Matt C.
This was only possible because of Matt. Thanks man!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

A Herculean effort under very trying circumstances. Congratulations. Iím very grateful that I donít live in a place like that lol!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

Epic extraction- well done for getting that beast out of there!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:30 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

She certainly made you work for it. Very Happy

Props to you for saving it and looking forward to the reconstruction.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:30 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

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Wow, that is both cool and scary
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:32 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

Great Job... I know that was a lot of work. Nice to have another SO23 saved...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

You east coast guys are nuts.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:15 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

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Wow, that is both cool and scary

This was the wheel with two broken and one stripped stud. No backing plate made it easier to "tap" the drum off. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:06 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

Since we pulled this bus out, we have been contacted by a few people via Instagram regarding parts from the bus. Hopefully the dash board will be coming back soon, along with a few other items. I am hoping we will be able to find the M Code plate. If anyone has it, or may know who has it, please PM me. It would be awesome to put it back in the bus!
Thanks Samba folks for all the positive feedback! We had a blast recovering this bus, and look forward to getting it back on the road!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

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You east coast guys are nuts.


You think!!! I lived on east coast, saw rust that is crazy bad. I moved west.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:35 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

Burlyhammer, you are a sick, sick freak.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:17 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

Yes agree cool and scary, wow Burlyhammer I'm so happy for you and your son as you will do a great inspiring job on her rebuild. Also glad you have a good friend Matt C who made all of this possible. Is Matt going to rebuild one of them too? Thanks again East Coast Bus Heros Wink

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Wow, that is both cool and scary

This was the wheel with two broken and one stripped stud. No backing plate made it easier to "tap" the drum off. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:51 am    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

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Yes agree cool and scary, wow Burlyhammer I'm so happy for you and your son as you will do a great inspiring job on her rebuild. Also glad you have a good friend Matt C who made all of this possible. Is Matt going to rebuild one of them too? Thanks again East Coast Bus Heros Wink

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Wow, that is both cool and scary

This was the wheel with two broken and one stripped stud. No backing plate made it easier to "tap" the drum off. Laughing Laughing Laughing

We are definitely lucky to have Matt as a friend. Heís a great guy and passionate about buses. If any bus can be saved, he will make it happen!
Thanks Linda!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Today in Bus hunting history... Reply with quote

That so23 looks like one i saw ten years ago in a yard in Maine the wood inside was all rotted. The only parts i got out of it where the hooks for the rear net and maybe a coat hook or two and a bunch of screws.There was a porcupine living in it.
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