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ChrisFred
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you contact the local police dept? Give them a clear description. Also call up any autobody places that would take the bus and restore. They may have it in their shop.

Check salvage yards, towing companies, etc.

Sadly, with buses sticking out like a sore thumb on the street, he may just horde it or sell it under the table somewhere. If I was your friend, I would look for a month or so, then maybe invest in a new one...

I wish you the best of luck, and I am sorry for your friend's loss...



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Chris,

We have notified the police. Also, we are looking at salvage, and towing operations in the area. I've created a photo based on a sighting at a Flying J's near Manteca CA.

I'll be posting that shortly.
If that's a solid lead I'm assuming the bus in in Stockton or perhaps Sacramento.

Thanks again,
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you also have the VIN and any documentation? Some sly guy may try to do a quick repaint and alter it to look like a different bus... Inform the police of this info immediately! any info will help with the search. I will search here in Myrtle Beach, but it is not likely that it is over here Laughing

Luckily your friend is not hurt from any robbing incident. Things could get ugly... and it could also be A LOT worse!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about security camera footage from Flying J's? If they're lucky the guy paid for gas with a credit card. Are the police aware of that sighting?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Chris and Pacman,

We are informing the police now. I think the yellow is the "new" color to conceal it for transport.

I'll ask them if they can inquire regarding the security footage. That's a great idea...stay tuned!

We're gonna get this bus back!!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gilly,

Wishing for the best for your friend, and following this thread. If it is the same bus, what kind of idiot paints a bus yellow to disguise it. I hope you find the bastard.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Singlewheel,

Yes, yellow is an odd color to "conceal" it. But if we're looking for grey it is certainly different.

We have the police pulling the security camera footage of the Flying J's (with luck) and if the bastard paid for gas with a credit card we'll have something to track.

I've also posted to picture of it on a Truckers News Facebook page as well as the Flying J's FB page.

Hopefully something will turn up. Perhaps it's a different stolen one, that would be okay too if we help someone else find theirs.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe there's a different angle on the security footage & it'd show the tow vehicle (license plate)?

Looks like bus' right front wheel is starting to fall off the side of the trailer... eeek.

You said you had a:
- front tire mount
- short rubber antenna (black)?
- 13 window (bus on trailer might be bullet blinker)
- air scoops

Is that 'for sure' your bus on the trailer? Just asking because if not... it's a rabbit hole & taking resources away from your bus.

Wishing you good luck...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Easy e,

No this is not security cam footage, it's just a mock up I did on photoshop based on a report of the bus being seen at the Flying J's truck stop outside Manteca CA.

I sent it to the person who saw the bus to ask him if this resembles what he saw.

We are trying to get an LA detective to gain access to the security camera footage. So as of now it's just a fake rendering of what it MAY have looked like so people know what to look for.

Thanks for the help in finding this bus I really appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi that yellow is close but on drivers side there was a BIG I MEAN BIG DENT TOP WAS GRAY! was parked by the streets buy the flying J the guy was filling a gas container walking to the bus he did not speak english Crying or Very sad and all he said was no no no the other guy was in the truck. the guy i talked to was mexican/or/other 5'5 180 other guy dont know:( from what I seen it had 1 pice of belt line trim no bumpers and a AIR SCOOP looks like it was there a long time from the drip trail of rust down to the f'ed up wheel wells driver side mangel..... from the pic you gave I really don't think it's the same bus "I could be wrong"... Sad sorry I hope you get that bus back!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks xcoldgrim,

Sounds like it's not the same one. I'll report it anyway since it sounds suspicious.

Meanwhile, I'll keep the search going. I've got an engine # now and also Mickey tells me that there was a plate on the back of the right side passenger seat. Bulkhead area facing the cargo area. It has 2 sets of numbers on the plate. He has no idea what these numbers are. Any ideas?

He mistakenly drilled thru the plate once to mount something then he realized a plate was there. This marking would set it apart from other buses like it. Probably no one has drilled thru that plate!!

I'll post the plate #'s shortly along with the engine block #.

Thanks again,
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some new info on the missing 66 Bus:

Engine #: H0841084

ID #'s on bulkhead plate are:

14-4-425-001-114-130

And

UD-2112-121872-6134276

Not sure what they mean but I made another post asking for help on that.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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14-4-425-001-114-130

And

UD-2112-121872-6134276


This is the M-code plate.
It has the production date, factory options, and the VIN # (in lower right)

It should be in this format:
14 4
425 001 114 130
UD 2112 121872 6134276

I think you made a typo on the 2112 - it should be 2412 as 21 = Panel and 24 = Deluxe

The full VIN # is actually 246134276 though, this would be stamped by the battery tray.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Everett,

Much appreciated!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any ideas on how else to get the word out on the stolen 1966 Bus?

Seems like these vehicles would be commonly transported, but where? Mexico?

If it eventually turns up at an auction is there a way to identify it and claim it?

Do thieves routinely remove VIN #'s and replace with new ones?

How do they sell without a title?

I would think the value is in restoration.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would bet it is close to where it was taken. The only way out of Glendale is freeways and cop ridden surface streets. I would ask children in that area, kids tell on people these days. It is in a garage less than 3 miles away is my guess. Take a vw bus and drive around there, ask the curb creatures that hang out all day waiting for they govnmt check. I had a bike stolen many years ago and the first person I asked was a local kid and he knew exactly where the bike was. I bet the thief had a hard time getting the bus put away because folks see old buses! I have a strong suspicion the robber is a vw owner, someone that knows vw buses and the value of parts.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without pictures of the actual bus in question this thread is almost completely useless.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand.

I'm digging for pictures.

I'll scour the neighborhood.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got postings all over the internet. This bus HAS to turn up. Unless it's been shipped overseas.

I'd like to gain access a 7/11 security camera that was on the corner as well as the city of Glendale CA security cameras. Anyone know how to get access to such security footage?

As always, any comments are welcome and appreciated.

And yes, a picture will be revealed this weekend of the missing Mickey Bus.

Thanks
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