The Chicken Bus - Rebirth of a Bus
It's just an old school bus, yeah!! I bought them in Kansas and drove them down to Guatemala where they were converted into the 'normal' Guatemalan chicken bus. The shop is outside Antigua in a small town called Dueñas. The paint job (inside and out) was with Sherwin Williams fleet paint rubbed down by hand between coats and cost $800.
The whole conversion is around $6,000.
They then went back to the States to be sold.
The best engine is a DT466 made by International Harvester.
A VERY good bus is less than $10,000 to buy. I use Jerry at The Kansas Bus Connection. A good size is 10 or 11 windows. Best body is Bluebird. The only decent automatic transmission is the 4 speed with lock up in top gear (Allison MT643). The rest are junk.
That bus (Lawrencia) cost me $3,500 to purchase. It ran like a top.
Photograph and text by Gwyn Lawrence of The Sea Breeze Hotel in Corozal
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