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S & L Travel and  Tours, a Belizean tour operator specializing in custom design travel and adventure throughout Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. We specialize in custom-designed, special-interest and adventure vacations (Diving, Fishing, Mayan Ruins, Jungle and Nature Tours, Birding, etc.) within Belize, and in neighboring Guatemala (Tikal) and Mexico.
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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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