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The Biggest Hot-Rod Project in Idaho

Posted June 05, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Bus classic auto idaho restoration

After several decades in the film and entertainment business, Sean Kennedy was ready for a career change.

But to what?

He had, for some time, entertained the idea of running his own business — a tour service offering geology tours of the Pacific Northwest. He had been fascinated by its volcanic and tectonic history, and by its widely varied and ever-changing landscape.

But modern tour buses are expensive.

Over the years, he had the germ of an idea that maybe refurbishing an old bus, perhaps a school bus, would work. But most old buses, having been in commercial service — sometimes for decades — were pretty much basket cases anyway. For some with diesel engines, restoration and maintenance would be out of reach entirely. They got pretty complicated, with parts and servicing — especially mechanics — hard to find.

Well, when we said "biggest hot rod project in Idaho," we meant it literally.

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