Well, for better or worse the credit union that was "auctioning" off the 91 repo'd Newell called us yesterday to state they were ending the auction and did we still want the coach as we were the high bidders. We did agree to purchase the coach and went down and put the deposit down to seal the deal. We know have too wait a couple of weeks while they get the coach to the glass shop to replace both front windshields and the one side window that was broken.
Did we overpay at $31k, maybe, the interior of the coach is in great shape, the exterior looks good, no noticeable rust on the chassis that I was able to find, nor rust on the exterior. I did take all the manuals and paperwork home with me and went thru most of it last nite. The coach appears to have had 3 previous owners, with myself as the 4th. The gentleman who was foreclosed upon for never having made a payment, well he might have not been creditworthy, but he did keep receipts and notes about any work he had done on the bus during the year or so he owned it. There are also receipts for maintenance that was done by the 2nd owner, but nothing from the first. The paperwork includes the original blueprints, etc. It does appear that all scheduled maintenance was done, even by that last owner. Receipts for oil changes, chassis lubes, etc are among the paperwork.
One of many questions I do have, the previous owner had the engine water pump replaced, if there was a water pump problem, how likely is it that the engine was overheated, or does the auto shut off prevent that from happening?
Our plan now is once we take actual possession of the coach is to take it to DD repair place, have all the fluids changed, belts changed, etc, and have the mechanics thoroughly inspect the chassis, brakes, air system etc. I will be doing my own maint in the future, just want a trained eye to do the initial, figure they are more likely to spot potential problems.
I'm sure I will have many, many questions in the weeks ahead, really appreciate the help I've gotten so far.
The coach paperwork lists the coach as #255, but haven't had a chance to verify this on the actual coach.
Congatulations on the New purchase, Hope it all works out good! Sounds like you got a good deal.
Keith, Krista and Family
77 38' Newell Coach Repowered from Smokin' V555TA To 325hp 8.3 inline 6 cummins, Allison 3000 series trans
87 40' Newell Coach 475hp 8V92 DD(sold)
22' 350hp Jet Riverboat
79 Ford F250 4x4
Many others to list
John, glad you got the unit, I would have to think it was meant to be. There were a handful of folks including myself that were on that unit. I for one wanted to get a steal of a deal being so far away from where it is located, I kind of wanting a longer coach and on the mission of doing a later model engine exchange. Even at what you paid, that is always a feasible future option. There could be a great chance that the motor will be just fine and dandy for a long time. I know you were originally willing to pay much more for a prized Newell and believe all in all you could end up with something after some misc. upgrades a more personalized coach at a much healthier overall investment.
The water pump replacement thoughts will be pretty much sorted out after a thorough oil analysis. Everyone keep your fingers crossed for John that this is a great engine. Congrats again John on your purchase and let us know however we can help you. We also look forward to your sharing in this new adventure you are embarking on. Please share what you will.
Something everyone should remember around here, is that the more you share about the great improvements and care of your valued coach with others around here, builds up future tokens of value to your coach if and when the time comes you ever want to sell it. If I was a buyer looking around at Newell's or any other luxury coach for that matter and I knew how well an owner had prized and taken care of his beloved coach, I would surely pay a much higher dividend for it. Bar none!
Some of us are extreme DIY guys and others are not, but we can all learn and gain someway from one another. Hopefully that makes sense.
Previous Owner of 3 Newell's
Wanted: Newell Coach Needing Engine Replacement!
If you want to sell, PM or Private Message me. Thanks!
"I know I’m not perfect, and I don't live to be. But before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean."
What ever you do, don't buy any fluorescent bulbs or ballasts. Just come on over and I'll give you what you need for free. I ended up buying a bunch of bulbs only to find that I had numerous bad ballasts, and found it was much less money to replace them with LEDs than fix them. That and I really like the light from the LEDs much better.
Jon & Chris Everton
1986 40' Dog House #86
0 hp 8V92 Allison HT740
Soon to be 500hp ISM with ZF 6 Speed
Congrats on a great value! When up front costs are low, you can really afford to put some cash into "personal" up grading and make it truly your own custom coach. First off be sure tires are not out dated. Tommy at Newell has done magic for us on customization and we recommend them highly!
Clint C. Johnson / Fran Balm
Coach 289 '92 42'6" 8V92 Hybrid
F-350 4X4 Crewcab
F-250 4X4 Crewcab
Sounds like a deal to me! I wouldn't part with our '82 for that! But what the heck I wouldn't part with our '82!!!
have Coach will Travel
Steve & Tricia
1982 Newell 38' (built before #1) 6V92 DD, 5 Speed Allison, 12.5 KW Kohler, Couch used to make into a Bed but I fixed it! https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=214
2007 Yukon, 1981 CJ7 Laredo, 2002 Honda CRV, 1955 Thunderbird, 1952 Pontiac Sedan Delivery, 1952 Ford 8N, 1958 Airstream, 1959 Glasspar 16' Avalon, Cabin in the Woods........what will I work on next
Thanks, really appreciate the positive comments. I knew going in it would need new tires, one of the tires has a mfg date of 01. Joined FMHCA to take advantage of their tire program. Does any one know of a good place to buy tires in Boise/eastern Oregon area? It's nice to have a great place too go for good advice
John and Patti
Julie and Gracie (Our papillons)
John, I believe that any Michelin dealer will honor the Advantage price program, will install the tires and you pay Michelin directly. You might try Google to find the nearest Michelin dealer. Good luck.
2001 Newell #579
tow a 2011 Honda Odyssey
1935 Mercedes 500K replica
John, here is a direct link. I am not a member yet and will probably join with the next coach since I don't need tires on this one.
Michelin Americas Truck Tires Dealer Locator It looks like you put in your address or city and miles etc. and the map will show you some little colored markers. A red marker apparently is for the Advantage Dealers. I don't find as many as some might think. I would call one of the ones close to you and see what they say.
Brady K. Jones
1986 Newell 40' 8v92