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Offline Brill-o

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Parts hunting surprise-
« on: September 08, 2006, 05:17:24 PM »


Most of you know I’m in search of a few elusive trim items for my coach.
I try to follow all leads and research all contacts until exhausting the source or running into a dead end.
My success with the history of my personal coach is what keeps me in the hunt for the parts.

Through a lead which led to another, then another, etc, I was able to get in touch with some folks I believed to have a book that I’d desperately needed-- an ACF-Brill factory manual.

These were (are) a really fine couple that were great to chat with!
I explained my plight and hoped they would have the book.
They did, and gave me this as well:

To be continued….
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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006, 05:22:26 PM »
Way to go! Keep plugging Brill-o we're all pulling for ya! BK  ;D
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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006, 05:29:46 PM »


More to come-

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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2006, 06:35:13 PM »
Oh, Brill, it's ALREADY pretty! ;D  Christy
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2006, 06:42:31 PM »

Let me formally introduce you to “Penny” 

This- because of where she was built and where I found her (Pa.).

Serial # IC-41A- O53

I’m sure I was just as shocked as some here might have been!

She’s somewhat newer than her older sister being a 52’, and has some things quite different than “Luray”-

She’s already converted, but needs a good cleaning and new carpet, etc and for the most part road-ready. Nestled underneath is a sweet purrin’ Cummins with a 4-speed.
She’s covered in Imron and has all the outside trim bits.
The outside is in good shape, with a couple of dents (and some workable surface rust).
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the shop manual inside (yet).

To answer some incoming queries:

I still plan to continue to work on Luray until she’s done—only stopping for maintenance/repairs on Penny, but with this new addition to the fam’, my direction might change, since I have access to seats and overhead luggage racks, for Luray.

Luray might get put back (or at least close) to her original Touring Coach form- and is not for sale-

Penny will get first treatment since she’s almost ready for tags, then it’s right back on to Luray.

I will update the inside as necessary, but the previous owner redid it all himself with new toilet, stove, beds (8!) etc…
I want to use her asap.

For road-worthiness, she needs a generator (switching to an alt.), fan (bad blade), Rt side wiper, and a possibly a brake job—that’s it.
(It’s being gone over by qualified mechanics at this time-)

The wife (Brill-ette) is behind me 100% on this, and really wants to learn to drive Penny, as well!

She will eventually get a new coat of paint as well- with the scheme being similar to the Greyhound style of the era, since that is what she was and originally from Kansas city.

Her first private owner was the same company that bought my first Brill!
What are the odds of that!

So, now I own both a T/ways and a hound, of similar models!
I could never of dreamed of this!

I attribute my good fortune to honesty, politeness, and mostly the will of God.

So, I’m a lot closer, to some here, since I now have a “newer” coach to compare notes with-

So, with two vintage Brills, do I qualify as a true Busnut now--as opposed to an antique refurbishing rookie?

Thank you for the read-

Ps-for belfert (if he reads this-)
We WILL be going to the beach in her, in Nov—no matter WHAT she looks like, inside.
It’s all about diving the bus, baby!

« Last Edit: September 08, 2006, 06:47:56 PM by Brill-o »
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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2006, 06:46:08 PM »
Here's further inside-

Sorry for the blur--I was shaking with excitement!

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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2006, 06:57:58 PM »
This is just too cool!

I think it would be awesome to put Luray back to it's original configuration. That would be sweet!!

Keep us posted.  Lots of photos.
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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2006, 07:30:12 PM »
Some kinda cool!!    Psa 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2006, 08:03:38 PM »
Hey Brillo, I just love it, man!  :) I'm usually just a quiet newbie (still searching for right shell) that lurks and reads a lot and doesn't say much here yet, but this one just had to get a comment out of me! Rates as the "power of positive energy pays off bigtime" story of the day (maybe year).

Good luck with your twin Brill blessings,

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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2006, 11:13:44 PM »
Very Cool...i started the other way, first was the older scenicruiser conversion. Then I bought another for parts to get some trim off it. Then I fell in love with the new bus. Now I am trying to buy a seated coach.

I don't know why people say this is a sickness. I could stop anytime I want...

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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2006, 05:27:59 AM »
What a story!   What a find.... ;D

Now...Who had the biggest smile...YOU when they said you could have it, or THEM when you said you would take it?

Like most things...It depends on your perspective ;)

All I can say is "You must be living right". :P :D


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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2006, 06:41:44 AM »

Where in PA did you find this IC-41.......I may know of another in PA that might be available and is pretty complete as I recall

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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2006, 08:33:54 AM »
Hello again, Friends-

I hope everyone is doing well... (especially belfert-) :)

Thank you for my new coach’s very warm welcome!

I expect to have fun time working on her as well.
I will mostly be re-doing the interior, for starters.


Oh goodness! You have my heart racing again! This would be fantastic!
Please Pm or email me as soon as you have the time, as I’m in desperate need of a manual and some parts. I will definitely go and check out your lead!
I am extremely interested!

Thank you so much! :)

Oh, and I found her through a contact in NH. The owners moved to Fla (planning on coming back up to get her once the generator problem was fixed)

The smiling--I’ll bet was mutual. Since the previous owner was a Brill driver, he had very fond memories of them. He took meticulous care of the ones he drove and has owned a few of them, as well.

He gave me the whole history of “Penny” since she left the ACF plant.
Once he found out I was not just a “re-seller” or someone looking for scrap prices, he was thrilled!
Both he and his wife have been in contact with me for several weeks about it now. (I wasn’t planning to announce it here until things were totally finalized.)

He was extremely happy that someone would be willing to give the old girl a second chance!
I guess I proved my worth-

Both of our families are very happy and totally satisfied with the transaction. We plan to stay in touch and I will be sending him pics with future updates.

Again, thank you for taking the time to read my most happiest posting! :)

« Last Edit: September 09, 2006, 08:40:20 AM by Brill-o »
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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2006, 11:50:52 AM »
Brill-o, That is Fantastic. I KNEW you were a bus nut when you got excited about your first Brill! The friends you are making in this hobby are the best people you will ever meet! I have a PD4501 & it amazes me at the quality of friends I have made while persuing part leads for mine.

Please keep us posted.

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Re: Parts hunting surprise-
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2006, 10:56:22 PM »
Congrats a-plenty, Brill-o! She looks like a sweet ride and I can't think of a more deserving owner of another Brill. Or even another...  :)

Post some more pics when you get the chance. She looks like a creampuff.

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