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Old 04-09-2009
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I hope someone with really deep pockets buys the whole works and starts building busses again.
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Thumbs up Wanderlodge Factory, Land and Parts SOLD today!!

Wanderlodge Factory, Land and Parts SOLD today!!

I just got off of the phone with Randy, he was on his way back home after attending the Auction of COACHWORKS HOLDINGS, INC. 1 WANDERLODGE WAY, FORT VALLEY, GEORGIA (Wanderlodge Plant) http://www.since1917.com/buses.htm

He informed me that one individual purchased the entire plant and surrounding property including the NEST as well as all of the contents of the factory, equipment, parts, plans, drawings, records, etc. The new owner stated he has no interest in anything related specifically to the Wanderlodge models, with the exception of some of the parts, so it looks like Wanderlodge is indeed gone.

Randy has already been in contact with the new owner and stated that we have an interest in some of the information and material that is related specifically to the Wanderlodge models and he will be in contact with the new owner in the future.

As soon as Randy can get back he will fill us in on any of the particulars that he can.
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Hopefully Randy can maintain a good and meaningful dialogue with the new owner and maybe provide us with everyhing the new owner doesn't want.
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if anyone can get this done He can do it.......

GOT YOUR BACK, RANDY !!!!
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It would be interesting just to know what exists with respect to parts for the vintage motor homes. It's possible that there is a not a lot left. But if we had no more then an inventory it would be interesting. Save us looking for materials that don't even exist wouldn't it?
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John in my opinion we neednothing from Ft Vally to keep our coaches going. All of our chassis is either from Ridewell or is standard Class 8 truck parts which we can get at even NAPA. The engine and transmission is standard. Any body part that may get damaged can be made by a full service Bluebird school/transit bus company such as the one near me in Chittenango,NY. Even 6-7 years ago when I could not get a battery door for the 1982 FC35 due to an accident, they made one that could not be told from the original. They have all of the body rub rails, and sheet metal and machines to make any body part.

As for the majority of the interior parts they are standard for almost any motorhome, refrigerator, freshwater parts, LP, furniture etc.

Is there anything you feel we cannot get from already existing sources other then the factory drawings?
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I'm sure if we get into the minutia of our birds, there will be tons of things that BB schoolbus won't have. For instance, I was replacing the outside acrylic grab handle on mine earlier this week. There is a rubber gasket that goes between the upper mount and the body. While I have not yet gone to my local BB dealer, I'll bet they'll look at me like I'm crazy when I ask about it. Certainly no trucks use something like this. In dealing with old cars for years, it's these type things that finding the OEM sources for would be like winning the lottery. If you can't seal it, you can't maintain it. I understand the chassis is stock HD parts; the engine I can easily get parts for, as well as the tranny, the AC, the plumbing, the reefer, etc, etc. But to truly maintain one, you have to be able to get everything. Sooner or later you'll need it, or at least it would be nice to replace it while you're already there.

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Heres what happened today.
We left here at 6am,heading to Ga for the auction.
arrived at Ft Valley at 9am,the auction started at 10am.
There was 5 cars in the lot,2 belonged to the auctioneer and 3 were bidders,a 4th car came along about 9:45.

I went to the door,it was locked,but a guy came to see what i wanted,i told him i wanted to come in and he said "no",not unless i had $100,000 in hand.
So,i didnt get in.
At 10am the bidders went inside,7 men,4 bidders.

At 10:20 they started coming out,i asked the first guy what happened,he told me this:
One buyer bought it all,he paid 2 million for the real estate,and $750K for the inventory,tooling,etc.

The buyer comes out around 11am,i introduced myself,we talked for a few minutes,he told me he had no interest in the wanderlodges or parts,records etc.
I told him i would be iterested in all of that stuff,if i could afford it!
He told me to call him a week or so,once everything was done.
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Try finding a genny radiator for an LXi. It wasn't provided by Powertech. I couldn't track down the OEM vendor. Try finding any of the body parts or any of the chassis framing.
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This will be interesting to follow.

I understand in a limited way with respect to parts and maintaining these old vehicles having owned a couple collector cars (no high end stuff) and I see both sides. If you are trying to maintain originality it's just real difficult, you end up scrounging old parts vehicles etc or making due with less then idea replacement parts. For our buses, not certain how many people would be attempting to keep things original just functional. One thing for certain we are stronger as a group on this stuff.

I had a old SAAB car and it was interesting. There were some parts which were pretty much the Holly Grail with that car. Such as brake shoes. What was happening with those cars was there where very few on the road. Likely less then 100 in the world and fewer parts. What it amounted to for me was then if you needed brake shoes you pretty much had to hope that one of the several fellows who had a hoard of parts like you well enough to "sell" you a couple.

So If Randy gets the parts inventory then what the will mean is that we have to start treating him better.


The other side of this is money solves most of these problems. Most anything can be fixed if you sprinkle enough money on it. Those rubber parts can all be reproduced, just takes money. And as a group we can better ourselves considerably. The roof moldings just introduced by Stephen at Dupree products a perfect example. And the blue inverters for the E panels another.
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